America Tour Heats Up Before Break

Apr. 26, 2013

Over the next four weekends prior to XTERRA’s lone scheduling break over Memorial Day weekend a wide variety of off-road triathlon challenges will be contested across eight U.S. states.

Oak Mtn RiderThis weekend brings the XTERRA Jersey Devil tri at Citta Scout Reservation in Barnegat, NJ. The race is located about 30 miles north of Atlantic City, and organizers are praising their hosts at the Scout Reservation, and the Jersey Shore Boy Scout Council, for all the hard work they put in since Hurricane Sandy to make the camp safe and ready for action.  The XTERRA Jersey Devil marks the start of the Points chase for the newly aligned Northeast Region, which now encompasses both the old NE region and the Mid-Atlantic Region into one "Super Region."

With that race director Bob Horn reported entries from Maine to Virginia this year, which will surely make for some tough competition to start the season.  Top age groupers signed up to compete include returning XTERRA Jersey Devil champ Daryl Weaver, runner-up Josh Loren, and top 5 finisher Ian King.

Also this weekend is XTERRA Fort Yargo, the second race in the Southeast Region.  “The competitors really enjoy this venue. Everything from the water, the trails, to the scenery is excellent, ” said race director David Berger who has been in charge since 2004. With Atlanta less than an hour away, there is plenty to do as well. So come experience some southern charm all while enjoying the camaraderie of XTERRA down in the Peach State.

The first week of May welcomes in Ruston, Louisiana, hosts to the oldest continually running XTERRA on the continental U.S.; XTERRA Gator Terra, 17 years running.  Ruston also hosts the Oldest XTERRA Epic: XTERRA Epic - Rustman, now in its 4th year.  The Rustman is also the first race of the newly formed XTERRA Epic Series.  Get a head start on your competition towards become the first ever XTERRA Epic Series Champion!

The XTERRA Epic - Rustman is May 4th (1 mile Swim/ 30 Mile MTB/ 10 Mile Trail run) and the XTERRA Gator Terra is May 5th (800yd swim/ 10 mile MTB/3.35 mile Trail run).  And, for the endurance junkies combine the two and you’ll have the Rustman Challenge, Presented by the Ruston / Lincoln CVB, which awards  the fastest male and females (top 2 each gender), based on cumulative time in the two races, with a share of a $1000 prize purse.

From the oldest to the newest, XTERRA Key Biscayne hosts its inaugural event on May 12 with a race in South Florida that combines a half-mile open water swim, with a 10 mile mountain bike and 4 mile trail run.  Connecting two parks, The Historic Virginia Beach Park and Virgina Beach Mountain Bike Trail, Key Biscayne brings a lot of sweet single track to the Tribe.

The last stops before Memorial Day include a classic on May 18 at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama – home to last year’s ITU Cross Tri World Championships and the XTERRA Southeast Championship since 2006.  Oak Mountain has arguably the best trails in the entire XTERRA series according to Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz.

The XTERRA Points Series is also in full swing on Sunday with the XTERRA King of the Hill in Lebanon, NJ, XTERRA Muleshoe in Spicewood, Texas, and the XTERRA Last Stand in Augusta, Michigan all on May 19.

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