XTERRA Nation Ready to Gather in Utah

Aug. 31, 2012

The world-class facilities at Snowbasin Resort and the high-adventure recreation destination of Ogden, Utah team-up to host XTERRA Nationals for the fourth straight year on September 22-23. 

Josiah Middaugh“Nationals” is the culmination of all 140 XTERRA U.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events in 2012. The 70-race XTERRA America Tour ended its regular season Sunday and invites to Utah were sent to the top performers in each age group from across the country – setting up a bona-fide USA championship race to determine the best-of-the-best in off-road triathlon.

The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 22, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 23, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs. Both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty of Utah to millions.

While the USA Championship off-road triathlon is an invite only race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to the public, so one and all can challenge XTERRA’s most decorated trail runners and race for a national championship.

Both events finish at Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, Snowbasin is easy get to and boasts an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.

The two events will bring more than 1,000 amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously, Ogden hosts its 11th annual Harvest Moon Festival with a wealth of family-friendly activities planned for all ages including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown crit races.

“We love bringing the XTERRA Tribe together in Utah, the energy level is off-the-charts,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are simply the best – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we can’t ask for a better venue." Learn more at www.xterrautah.com.