XTERRA Racing with The Devil May 1

Spring is here in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast and it is time to hit the water, singletrack and trail!

May 1 is Opening Day for XTERRA athletes in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions, so get your application in for the XTERRA Jersey Devil Off-Road Triathlon in Barnegat, New Jersey. Now in its 6th year, the Jersey Devil is still the same great family event, and an excellent way to spend a Spring Sunday morning together supporting Mom, Dad, Sis, Bro, everyone racing through the water and grounds of the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp.

The XTERRA Jersey Devil includes a half-mile lake swim, 13-mile mountain bike and 3-mile trail run.  The lake is shallow so water temps warm daily in the spring; past race day water temps have usually been in the low ’60’s.  The mountain bike course is flat with plenty of space to pass (or be passed); and the ground is very sandy – this is the Jersey Shore.

“The course drains very well, so if there’s rain immediately prior to or even on race day, there is not much mud to deal with,” said race veteran Charlie Redmond.  “The trail run is quite tricky, with lots of turns, hops and twists through the trees, and then there’s that pesky Jersey Devil always looking to grab you!”

What makes this race especially cool is the beneficiary.

“The New Jersey Devil is an all-volunteer effort benefiting the Boy and Girl scouts of this region,” said race director Bob Horn, as all race profits are given back to the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp, 229 Brockville Road, Barnegat NJ 08005, where the race is held.

More information here: http://www.xterrajerseydevil.com/home.  Please register in advance here https://www.raceforum.com/xterra.


New in 2016 – for the first-time ever – XTERRA Regional Champions will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on October 23 in Maui. And, athletes who can’t make it this year have an opportunity to defer the spot until 2017 to allow more time to plan their trip.

XTERRA Jersey Devil on May 1 is in the Atlantic Region.  If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington D.C. this race is IN YOUR REGION.

How old will you be on December 31, 2016? The answer determines your age group. If you’ll be 45-years-old on December 31 (even if you’re 44 on race day) you’ll be competing in the 45-49 division all year. To win your region you have to score more points than any other athlete from the Atlantic Region in the 45-49 age group.

How to score:
– You score points by finishing in the top 15 in your age group (75pts for 1st, 67 for 2nd, etc.)
– You can do as many races as you want.
– You count your best four finishes.
– You must compete in at least one (1) race in your Region.
– You must count at least two (2) races in your region.
– There are two races – XTERRA Oak Mountain (May 21 in Alabama), and XTERRA Beaver Creek (July 16 in Colorado) that offer 100 points.  In those three you can get 100-points for 1st, 90 points for 2nd, and so on.  If you do two or three of those races, just your best finish counts at 100 points, and others revert to 75-point scale.

Other races in the Atlantic Region include the XTERRA EX2 on July 10 in Flintstone, MD and XTERRA Appalachia on August 7 in Penn Runn, PA.



XTERRA New Zealand in Rotorua Saturday

The 14th annual Paymark XTERRA New Zealand Championship race takes place Saturday at Blue Lake in Rotorua.

It’s a big race for a lot of reasons. It’s the fourth of six events on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour, dishes out qualifying spots into XTERRA Worlds to the top amateurs, and qualifies Kiwis to race for their country at the ITU Cross Tri World Champs.

It’s also one of the biggest gatherings on the XTERRA Planet with thousands of participants taking part in the walk, runs, mountain bike races, and off-road triathlons on offer. And it all happens in one of the most magnificent locations on earth.

“It’s hard to stay focused during the race because it’s so beautiful out there,” said last year’s women’s winner Suzie Snyder.  “It’s like no place I’ve ever been.   You go from a tropical feel to a Redlands Forest-type scene to jungle action, and it changes all the time so it’s just constant stimulation.”

A terrific pro field is on hand to contend for the top step, including the top three men from last year with defending champion Braden Currie, runner-up Sam Osborne, and third-place finisher Olly Shaw.  XTERRA Asian Tour Champ Bradley Weiss of South Africa will give those three chase, as will Kaon Cho of Korea, and a deep cast of Kiwis including Clark Ellice, Kiley Momohara, Alex Roberts, and Lachlan Davey.

The race carries special meaning for both Osborne and Shaw, who hail from right there in Rotorua and would like nothing more than a big win in front of their family and friends. In last year’s race Currie came in just 13-seconds ahead of Osborne, who comes in confident having trained with New Zealand Olympian Ryan Sissons in his build-up to the Rio Olympics.

On the women’s side this could be the year for Lizzie Orchard from Auckland. She had a breakout race at XTERRA Worlds last year, finishing 5th overall, and won her first XTERRA major earlier this season at XTERRA Philippines. She’ll have her hands full with fellow kiwi and former age group XTERRA World Champion Sara Backler, Rachel Challis, and Mary Gray.

To get a sense for the beauty of Blue Lake, have a look at this video from last year’s race: http://www.xterra.co.nz/video.html

More information can be found at www.xterra.co.nz and on Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Paymark-XTERRA-Rotorua-Festival.


XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship April 23

Intrepid triathletes and trail runners from all over the world are headed to New South Wales, Australia for the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship triathlon and accompanying trail running races at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on April 23-24, 2016.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said: “NSW is Australia’s adventure capital, with so many fantastic landscapes and opportunities for athletes to test their skills and endurance. The South Coast is a wonderful location for XTERRA and I wish the athletes the best of luck.”

The main event starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim at Callala Beach, follows with 30-kilometers of mountain biking on trails through the Nowra State Forest, and finishes with a grueling 10-kilometer trail run that traverses Australia’s famous beaches and bushland.

As the most prestigious event in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Tahiti, and Saipan – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race boasts the second-largest prize purse in off-road triathlon at $50,000 AUD, and will be filmed and edited into a sports special to be broadcast on ESPN International and throughout the U.S. via national syndication and Fox Sports Network.

The event will also serve as XTERRA’s Australian Championship – giving Aussies the chance to grab this very special national title – and award 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui to the top performers. The off-road sports festival weekend also includes a sprint distance off-road triathlon, Xticer beginner triathlon, trail runs, and relay team competitions attracting more than 600 competitors of all ages.  www.xterraasiapacific.com


forest_playground_dark_greenThe true beauty of every XTERRA race around the world is the natural environment in which the race takes place.

At the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship held on the South Coast of New South Wales, participants are treated to uncrowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and bushland that can be enjoyed by walkers, runners, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts alike.

“State Forests of the South Coast are home to thousands of hectares of native bushland which showcase a diversity of beautiful landscapes,” said Brendan Grimson, the Partnerships Leader at the Forestry Corporation of NSW which provides free access to thousands of kilometers of forest roads and trails and more than 100 free visitor areas, including camping grounds and picnic facilities.

“Our State Forests support a range of spectacular visitor experiences from mountain biking, horseback riding, trail biking and four-wheel driving. We welcome the XTERRA participants to explore the forests here. What’s more, you can bring your dog.”

Just a few hours south of Sydney in the beach side town of Callala on Jervis Bay XTERRA racers will find a coastline endowed with bays, interesting country towns, great food and wine, and many natural attractions. Indeed, NSW is renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, beauty and exuberant spirit.

Learn more at http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit


Compex Partners with XTERRA

Honolulu, HI (April 14, 2106) – TEAM Unlimited LLC, owners and producers of the XTERRA America Tour, today announced Compex will join the 2016 XTERRA America Tour as a participating sponsor.

Compex is the worldwide leader in electric muscle stimulation. From injury prevention and fast recovery to muscle-strength gains and endurance improvements, Compex provides athletes and active people with the most intelligent tool to enhance sport performance. The device recruits specific motor nerves by targeting muscle fibers that cannot be reached through traditional workouts and training, and is designed to help athletes reach their goals by delivering a magnitude of benefits including increased muscle strength and density, larger muscle size, boosted speed, enhanced blood circulation, and faster recovery.

“The XTERRA community is committed to living life to the fullest and the starting point is being healthy and fit,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely.  “We feel that part of our mission is to introduce XTERRA friends and family to companies and groups which have great products and services which fit with the “Live More” philosophy, and Compex is surely one of those. Coincidentally, we were exposed to Compex in our early years with XTERRA when they were just entering the USA market and at our events people were lined up to test and experience what was then a “new product.” I tried it myself and was quite impressed with the muscle energy it generated. So, when our friend Brandon Hearn joined Compex we connected and agreed to team up in the future…and we are very happy to welcome them onboard.”

The alliance puts Compex in a prime position to connect with XTERRA’s active, national audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors via the XTERRA America Tour of more than 100 off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S.

“Compex is excited to partner with the 2016 XTERRA America Tour and offer their athletes an intelligent training aid to improve their performance,” said Brandon Hearn, Sr. Director of Compex. “Not only does Compex serve as an excellent strength training tool for endurance sport athletes, it allows athletes to flush lactic acid in less than 6 minutes.”

Compex is offering XTERRA racers 20% off their first Compex purchase using coupon code XTERRA20.  See product line and order at https://www.compexusa.com/products.

DJO Global is a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. The Company’s products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease, enabling people to regain or maintain their natural motion. Its products are used by orthopedic specialists, spine surgeons, primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. In addition, many of the Company’s medical devices and related accessories are used by athletes and patients for injury prevention and at-home physical therapy treatment. The Company’s product lines include rigid and soft orthopedic bracing, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular therapy systems and compression garments, therapeutic shoes and inserts, electrical stimulators used for pain management and physical therapy products. The Company’s surgical division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products for the hip, knee and shoulder. DJO Global’s products are marketed under a portfolio of brands including Aircast®, Chattanooga, CMF™, Compex®, DonJoy®, ProCare®, DJO® Surgical, Dr. Comfort® and ExosTM. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.DJOglobal.com.

TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.                                                             From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry. In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution. Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.


Dreaming of Victoria, B.C., Canada

Three months from now on July 10, 2016 XTERRA Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) will take center stage on the XTERRA World Tour.

While the fresh air, perfect weather, epic trails and stunningly clean lake are reason enough to plan a trip to race around Durrance Lake on Vancouver Island, this year the event has become a “must-do” race for many more reasons.

Foremost it joined the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Tour and will award Silver-level points to both amateurs and professionals, it increased its pro prize purse to $7,500, will dish out 25 amateur qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship, award the top five Canadian athletes in each age group with a spot into the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship, and name the top Canadian in each division its BC Provincial Cross Triathlon Champion.

“The Victoria XTERRA is presented at a world class venue, which is home to the National Mountain Bike center along with national sport centers for running and triathlon,” said three-time XTERRA World Champion Melanie McQuaid. “A long list of world class athletes from triathlon, mountain biking, road cycling and running call Victoria home and I am excited for the global XTERRA community to visit the greatest endurance city in Canada and see our beautiful trails and lakes while enjoying the incredible restaurants and hospitality Victoria has to offer.”

Now in its fifth year on the World Tour, all who have raced at Durrance Lake before have praised what it has to offer.

“XTERRA Victoria is one of my all-time favorite courses, a true off-road triathlon starting in a beautiful lake followed by fun, challenging single track and while the bike is technical, the run is even more so,” exclaimed XTERRA legend Danelle Kabush.

Canadian Olympian Brent McMahon, who grew up riding and training on the nearby trails, has won all four editions of the XTERRA Victoria off-road tri so far but will face a much deeper pro field due to the Pan America status this year.

“It’s very exciting to hear that XTERRA Victoria will be included in the XTERRA Pan American series,” said McMahon. “The series will be highlighting some of the best destinations for mountain biking and triathlon and I think Victoria will be one of the best locales on this tour. This event will draw some of the best athletes in the world in their bid for World Championship qualification and series ranking.  You can expect a great field and a challenging and fun course come July.  I can’t wait to race again and defend my title from last year.”

The cool waters are surrounded by narrow twisting trails lined by steep forest slopes. Submerged logs and dead trees on the boggy south side of the lake provide important breeding habitat and a foraging area for a number of wildlife species. Durrance Lake is also a popular fly-fishing spot with a population of smallmouth bass and cutthroat trout.

“As race director I am very excited to welcome athletes to XTERRA Victoria 2016, an international event that maintains its community vibe,” said Monique Moore. “You  can’t beat the beauty of Vancouver Island or the challenge of our west coast trails.  And I want to thank Derek and Mark of Hopkins Prosthodontics for sponsoring this event for the third year.  We feel an attachment to this race as we see in it parallels to our role in dental healthcare. XTERRA Victoria requires technical skill beyond conventional triathlon.  The Victoria race is known for the most technical bike course in XTERRA.  Victoria is a hotspot in the world of triathlon with many champion athletes and coaches calling it home.  The promotion provided by this affiliation will draw more racers to experience the XTERRA Victoria challenge showcasing our endurance sport community.”

Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located, has been rated the top island in the continental U.S. and Canada and one of the top 10 islands in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine. It’s even by named the top destination in all of Canada to visit.

After the race participants have their choice of magnificent food and beverage, even fine dining at the Butchart Gardens next door. Durrance Lake’s easily accessible parking and wash room facilities makes it a comfortable environment for both participants and spectators.

In addition to the championship event the Human Powered Racing team will also host youth and sprint triathlons, and a 14K trail run on Saturday that will award age-group champions with a complimentary entry into XTERRA’s Trail Running World Championship race at Kualoa Ranch (Oahu) Dec. 4.

“This year’s race promises to be one of the biggest and best events on the XTERRA World Tour. You’ll find one of the toughest courses at one of the most beautiful places anywhere, and the people are pretty friendly too!” smiled Moore.

To see last year’s Highlight video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQyHHFsWg-k#action=share

For more information visit: http://www.xterravictoria.ca


Serrano, Poor win XTERRA Malta

Majjistral Nature Reserve –  The reigning XTERRA European Tour champion Roger Serrano from Spain and the women’s tour runner-up from 2015 Brigitta Poor from Hungary got off to a quick start in 2016 by capturing the season-opener at XTERRA Malta this morning.

XET Technical Director Nicolas Lebrun was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report.

Malta is a beautiful place to start the 2016 edition of the XTERRA European Tour.  The temperature today was around 20°C and the water 17°C, but the strong winds made the conditions a little bit tougher than it looked in the pictures.

The swim was two loops, starting with the tail wind then a 90° turn that made it hard on everyone to go straight. Jens Roth took the lead quickly and started the second loop with 15-seconds on Serrano, followed by new pro Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, age grouper Jean Marc Rimaud from Versailles, and Fabien Combaluzier who brought a big team with him to race here in Malta.

In the women’s elite race Diane Lee from the UK (she was 2nd at XTERRA Denmark last year) took the lead on local Maltese Danica Spiteri and Brigitta Poor, with Morgane Riou more than one-minute back.

At the start of the bike Roth had a 30-second lead on Serrano.

“I did a massive block of training this winter, and came here in good shape,” said Serrano, who broke a rib a few weeks ago but said he recovered quickly from that and was confident today.

Roth was stronger on the flat sections but Serrano was stronger on the downhills and technical pieces.

“I caught Jens after about 7km on a rocky downhill, then we collaborated a bit.  I improved my run this winter, lost some weight, and wanted to start the run with energy,” said Serrano.  “When I started this race today, compared to last year, I was much more confident in my running ability and wanted to prove that to myself today.”

Behind Roth and Serrano it was a race for third led by Guilhem, a new pro to XTERRA From the southeast of France, then Maxim Chane, who was making his pro debut but we know him from some great age group performances in Maui.  Brice Daubord and Jan Pyott both got flat tires today.  While Pyott did not finish as a result, Daubord rode the last few kilometers of the bike on his rim then ran his way to a 9th place finish.

In the women’s race Lee took a 30-second lead into the bike section, followed by last year’s Malta Champ Brigitta Poor and Spiteri, with Morgane Riou and Alena Stevens more than one-minute back.  After the first loop Poor put 2:30 on Riou, and five minutes to the third place rider Lee.

“I was very nervous this morning,” said Poor. “It’s the first race of the season, and you don’t know who did what, so I just pushed as hard as I could. I lost my bottle early on the bike and that added some stress to the day.”

Back to the men’s race, Serrano led the first 500-meters of the trail run but was only five seconds ahead of Roth. His face and attitude were confident, however, like somebody in control of the race while Roth looked like he was in “all-out” mode.

It was four minutes before Guilhem came by in third, chased by another new pro Hannes Wolper and Chané in 5th.  The top three stayed the same through the finish and Serrano won his first XTERRA after several 2nd place finishes on the tour last year.

“Of course I’m happy because I’ve been trying to get a big win like this for three years, but I also know that Brice had a flat, and Ruben Ruzafa wasn’t here,” said Serrano.  “So it’s nice but I know I still have a long way to go.”

It was refreshing to see Serrano analyze his victory in this way, and I know a lot of people are happy for him tonight having got this win.

Roth was also elated with his runner-up showing, saying “it’s perfect, my condition is good and now I will start a big block of technical training on the mountain bike.  I’m improving and I’m having a lot of fun.”

Guilhem was happy too, and surprised he did so well in his first XTERRA.  It’ll be fun to follow his season and he’ll probably race next month in Greece as well.   Chane finished in fourth, and after the race said “I like these races that are a little bit shorter.  I’m really happy, especially to be able to run all the way home and forget my nightmare run from Maui last year.”

We will be watching Chane for many years to come.  Peter Lehmann from Germany, another first year pro, had a solid run to finish in 5th.  Lots of new guys out here today and I’m not sure if anyone in the top 10 was any older than 25!


In the women’s race Poor had a big lead on the run, but her boyfriend told her it wasn’t so big so she kept pushing and ultimately finished more than four minutes ahead of Riou.  Sandra Koblmueller had a great run to move up from 6th place to third by the finish line, then Golsteyn and Stevens.

“I’m really happy,” said Poor.  “I know I’m not yet at 100%, and clearly the goal is to try to win the Tour. I finished second last year, so I need to move up one more place.  I will try to race the whole tour, and give myself the best chance of winning it.”

Riou had a career-best performance in 2nd place, a result of a lot of hard work in the off-season to improve her mountain biking with the Organicoach crew.

Another highlight for the day was seeing David DeSantis finish his 4th race of the 16 he has planned around the world to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  “That was maybe the best trail running loop I ever did, this place is so beautiful,” he said.

If you’d like to congratulate him by donating $16 to his fundraising efforts go to: https://www.gofundme.com/desantis16in2016.

I had another great experience in Malta, and was happy to see all these new young and fast athletes.  Thanks Nathan, Deidre, Antonello, Ruben… and all the Hellfire crew, who doubled their entries this year!

Next stop in Europe: Greece!

Elite Results:

Pro Men      
Pl Name Time Points
1 Roger Serrano, ESP 2:16:44 75
2 Jens Roth, GER 2:17:48 67
3 Pierre-Antoine Guilhem, FRA 2:22:29 61
4 Maxim Chane, FRA 2:23:20 56
5 Peter Lehmann, GER 2:24:35 51
6 Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA 2:25:04 47
7 Brice Daubord, FRA 2:28:09 43
8 Dominik Wychera, AUT 2:28:41 39
9 Hannes Wolpert, GER 2:28:56 36
10 Fabien Combaluzier, FRA 2:29:15 33
Also: Cedric Lassonde (30), Christophe Betard (27), Markus Benesch (25)
Pro Women    
Pl Name Time Points
1 Brigitta Poor, HUN 2:40:15 75
2 Morgane Riou, FRA 2:44:21 67
3 Sandra Koblemueller, AUT 2:46:51 61
4 Maud Golsteyn, NED 2:48:12 56
5 Alena Stevens, SVK 2:50:55 51
6 Diane Lee, GBR 2:59:14 47
7 Kristina Nec Lapinova, SVK 2:59:45 43
8 Danica Spiteri, MLT 3:00:17 39

Photo Gallery / Complete Results


XTERRA Malta was the seventh of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 23.

7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua, North Island
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia
7-May XTERRA Malaysia / XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Langkawi
7-May XTERRA Brazil Ilhabela, São Paulo
7-May XTERRA Greece Vouliagmeni
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Papeete
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Pelham, Shelby County, AL, USA
21-May XTERRA Portugal Golega
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Namur
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Vallee de Joux
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Milton, Ontario, Canada
3-Jul XTERRA France Xonrupt
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Victoria, B.C., Canada
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Beaver Creek, CO, USA
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA Germany – XTERRA European Championship Zittau
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep  XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui
Emma Garrard

Emma Garrard Up for Utah Governor’s State of Sport Award

Reigning XTERRA USA and XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Champion Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah has been nominated for the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Award in the category of Pro/Olympian female.

Garrard is one of four outstanding athletes on the ballot alongside Olympic cross country skier and reigning XTERRA National Champion trail runner Liz Stephen, Kiley McKinnon from the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, and Brittany Bowe from U.S. Speedskating.

“It’s a big honor, not just for myself but also for XTERRA,” said Garrard, who had a breakout season in 2015 and was named USA Triathlon’s Off-Road Elite of the Year for the third year in a row.

Voting is done by the people, providing the XTERRA Tribe with the opportunity to put Garrard on the top step. Vote now (and often, once per day) at http://stateofsportawards.com/pro-olympian-female-of-the-year-2016.html.

Garrard said her “off-season” has been non-stop.

“Coaching and parenting a 3-year-old has been demanding but rewarding. I have built up a good base for the season. Now it just needs to stop snowing so I can ride my bike outside,” she said.

Garrard, who was a cross country skier in college, got back to her roots this winter.  She says the shorter, faster races remind her that she does have some fitness and speed despite feeling tired all the time while working, training, and mothering.

“The off-season keeps me fresh and excited for summertime racing,” said Garrard. “It allows me to have my best races in September and October. I always look forward to the snow and it was great to have a better snow year this year and get out on cross country skis more than 2015.”

Garrard says her goals for 2016 are to “enjoy racing, take chances, improve my power on the bike, and start a junior triathlon program in Utah.”

The XTERRA Tribe can expect to see her back in action this May at the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon May 21 in Pelham, Alabama.


Stop 4 for DeSantis on 16 in 16 Tour

The Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, and this weekend…Malta.

“We are in Malta and it is amazing!” said DeSantis. “The scenery is incredible, I’ve got to consciously remind myself to concentrate on the course and stop looking at the views so I don’t crash on the bike!”

Reigning XTERRA Warrior Award winner and cancer survivor David DeSantis will race in his fourth XTERRA World Tour event on Sunday in the Mediterranean Sea and although he’s not yet one-quarter of the way through his ambitious 16 races in 16 countries quest to raise $16,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, DeSantis has already raised more than $11,000.

“It’s a very honorable move of David to do this. It’s a great story” said Andre Szucs, a below-the-knee amputee a beneficiary of the support Challenged Athletes Foundation provides. “Because of people like him we can do what we do!”

Caitlin Snow, an Ironman star who did her first XTERRA in Costa Rica earlier this month on the urging of DeSantis, a family friend, started a grand idea to donate $16 after every race he finishes.

“A bunch of friends are taking Cait’s advice and donating $16 per race and it’s all adding up nicely,” exclaimed DeSantis, who placed 2nd in his division at XTERRA Costa Rica and said he “had a blast” doing it.

To join the 16 in 16 movement, visit https://www.gofundme.com/desantis16in2016.


XTERRA America Tour About to Get Real

The 2016 XTERRA America Tour is ready to rock with the first two races in the continental U.S. this Saturday at the XTERRA REAL off-road triathlon in Granite Bay, California and XTERRA Bluebonnet in Burnet, Texas.

XTERRA REAL is entering its 14th season overall and its 13th as part of the XTERRA America Tour, and organizers say the “lake is full, turn-out is strong, the weather is a perfect 75 degrees and sunny, and the trails are in excellent condition.”

“What keeps us going is the energy that the athletes bring and share with our team,” said Mark Shaw, who produces the event alongside Bill Driskill and the team from TBF (Total Body Fitness). “The spirit of the XTERRA athletes is unique. Throw it down…no excuses…have fun…party hard!”

The alumni list from REAL races past reads like a virtual who’s-who in the sport of XTERRA with the likes of Hall of Famer Jamie Whitmore, World Champs Melanie McQuaid and Lesley Paterson, Mr. and Mrs. XTERRA award winners Cliff Milleman, Janet Soule, and Tom Lyons, XTERRA Warrior award winners Willie Stewart and Bryan Medrano, original announcer Whit Raymond, inspiration blind racer Bobby McMullen, U.S. Pro Series Champ Emma Garrard, future legend Shayna Powless, American triathlon greats like Ben Hoffman, Mike Pigg, Justin Thomas, Matt Lieto, and a countless number of former XTERRA Age Group National and World Champs like Matt Balzer, Phillip Glenn, Ross McMahon, David Cloninger, Meiling Yee, Scot Zavack, Debbie Sullivan, Kara LaPoint, Bryce Phinney, Brian Astell, Aracelly Clouse, David Duncan, and the list goes on….

This year XTERRA REAL will be getting some “real” attention from people outside the triathlon industry as mixed martial artist star Nate Diaz, fresh off a big win earlier this month against Conor McGregor, and his brother Nick Diaz will be racing.

Of the coures Matt Balzer, the defending men’s champion, said “I always love starting my season with XTERRA REAL.  It’s almost a local race for me with a very fast, twisty course, and hero dirt.  The short, steep climbs on the run are tough, but that’s XTERRA.  It’s always hard to get a win at REAL, but I think I’m ready to defend my title.  There are a few pros within driving distance of the race and great young, local talent that make for fast racing.  As always the TBF crew will put on an amazing event so that and the beauty of Folsom Lake keep me coming back every year.  The home baked pies at IKEDA’s after the race don’t hurt either.”

About the “vibe” two-time winner Kara LaPoint added that “TBF is amazing, and we are so lucky to have access to their races so close to home. They host a ton of events throughout the year, and a great variety, from mountain biking to trail running to both road and off-road tri and duathlon. The TBF staffers are so nice and supportive, and really make an effort to get to know their frequent racers. The events are very professional and well-organized. I attend their events as often as I can and feel really fortunate to have such good racing opportunities here in our area. All of their events have an awesome community vibe. Much of the time we see the same core group of regional athletes attending, which is a great group of people and allows for some really strong competition, particularly for us in the women’s field! The vibe is always friendly among the racers, and there is always great spectator and volunteer support at the venues. The XTERRA REAL course is super fun. It’s a great little mountain bike loop that offers a good variety of technical elements, fast riding and beautiful scenery. You get to do two laps so it gives you a chance to re-try anything you may not have nailed on the first lap! The swim is COLD so early in the year, but it’s nice and short, so you get out quick! The run is one of my favorites. It’s almost all on hard-packed dirt so it’s fast, but there are a couple big hills that really hurt!”

Over in Texas the XTERRA Bluebonnet off-road tri is the first race in the South Central Region this year and the first of five in the Texas XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series.

“The Pure Austin Fitness XTERRA Bluebonnet Off-Road Triathlon will challenge even the toughest athlete with miles of rugged single track and screaming fast downhill trails that cut across exposed granite outcrops and beautiful fields of wildflowers,” said race director Joel Grimmett. “Overlooking Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake, Reveille Peak Ranch showcases the spectacular geology of the Llano Uplift. The ranch’s location and amenities create a unique event venue and destination, with perfect trails, glorious views and natural treasures.”

These events also mark the start of the chase for XTERRA Regional Championship titles and the qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds that goes with it. See How it Works for specifics.

XTERRA Schedule: http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/xterra/