XTERRA Utah Series
Utah has been the gathering place for XTERRA Trail Run participants from around the country every September since 2011. It only makes sense that the Beehive State would have an XTERRA Series of its own.
The XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series continues in 2014 after a successful debut in 2013.
“The popularity of trail racing in Utah is increasing,” Utah Series director Mac McCluskey said. “I see the number increasing on the trails during my own training runs and participation in local events has been increasing.”
Utah is renowned for its breathtaking trails, and the races in the series are no exception.
The series begins on January 1st with the XTERRA Hideout Trail Run in Dead Mans Gulch. This will be a 5k trail run on the snow to benefit the Park City Freestyle team. The second race will take runners to the Olympic city of Park City, UT. Where all races beginning at the Utah Olympic Park, near the Nordic Jump Center. The third race at Jordanelle State Park, offers rolling terrain and scenic views – all at elevations above 6,000 feet. The final race will take place at Wolf Mountain ski resort in Ogden, so the climbs – and views – are sure to be epic.
Each race in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from Utah and other states. All three races are scheduled for the summer months of May, June and July, when the weather is expected to be warm and dry. “Mountain temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s; I consider it to be perfect for running,” is how McCluskey described it.
The XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series should serve as a perfect warm-up for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which is held every September at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.
“If anyone were training for Nationals, this would be the place to do it,” McCluskey said. “With the elevation change and hilly terrain that these events offer, it is a positive comparison to the course at Nationals. They could not be any more similar without actually being Snowbasin, and should provide excellent training opportunities for anyone considering that race in September.”
Points will be awarded to the top runners in each age group at every race in the Utah Series, and standings will be updated throughout the season. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Utah at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
To register for a race in the Utah Series, or to learn more about it, please visit www.utahxterra.com.