XTERRA Snow Valley near Big Bear Lake in the Southern California mountains has listened to their athletes and added a much sought after longer "Points Tri" to this year's schedule on August 4 at Snow Valley Ski Resort in Running Springs, California.
“Our athletes love the tough and fun course we laid out for them last year,” said race director Gary McMurtrey. “Some of them love it so much they demanded we make it even longer. Who are we to say no?”
New for 2012 the main event features a two lap, 1000-meter swim, a 21-kilometer hilly bike course, and a full 10K run.
“This race is perfect for the hardcore XTERRA junkies who are chasing those precious series points. Beginners and athletes with common sense can tackle the Sport Tri which is just as much fun but roughly half the distance. We even offer an Off-Road Duathlon for the non-swimmers. Whichever race you choose, everyone will celebrate their finish with unique finisher's medals, custom awards, raffle prizes, a free BBQ lunch and a visit to the beer garden,” said McMurtrey.
XTERRA Snow Valley is also hosting 10 and 21K trail runs on Sunday, August 5, and those making a weekend out of it can do the “Dirty Double.”
“I have been racing triathlons for over 25 years now and Gary, Mark, Carla, Laurie and the entire crew provided an event that was fun, well-marked, well-manned and challenging,” said long-time XTERRA racer Dave Ruby after last year’s race. “The energy and vibe was spread from them right on to those competing. Nice going guys, thanks for the great time.”
Indeed the crew at Snow Valley received high-praise last year earned high-praise from tri-magazine writer AJ Johnson after last year’s race.
“When a race is run by a director with passion, who used to or still races, it shows in organization, prizes, course and general atmosphere. Some races are so well run and so thought out that you know the guys behind the scenes have been through a bad race experience themselves and want to avoid that for their own event. In the case of XTERRA Snow Valley, this couldn’t have been more true,” stated Johnson in the piece.
Read the whole story, “the Passion of the Race Director” and learn more about the race and register at www.xterrasnowvalley.com