The latest addition to the XTERRA family is XTERRA Nordic. Running26, a Danish based company has added a whole series of races to the calendar in Denmark and Sweden, Norway will follow shortly.
The Denmark races begin May 11 with an off-road duathlon and continues with the main events August 29, 30 and 31 in an area called Tisvilde Hegn. Events include a mountain bike race, a 10km trail run and an off-road triathlon.
The events in Sweden will take place July 11, 12 and 13.
According to organizer Steen Walter, himself a multiple danish champion in cross country, athletes can expect well designed courses, with races of high quality, and "they will cover the varied scandinavian nature that can be found in Sweden, Denmark and Norway" Walter continued.
Despite the fact that Denmark is flat with its highest point at 300 feet the terrain will still provide enough challenges for the participant to make it a real XTERRA event. Just a few hundred kilometers to the north in Sweden you will find totally different terrain that will create a unique nordic experience.
Walter expects that an actual XTERRA Series for the Nordic countries will come in 2015.
With the addition of Denmark to the XTERRA family you now have the opportunity to experience the place that inspired the happiest place in the world. True there has been plenty of stories about Danes being the happiest people in the world, but we were thinking of Tivoli Gardens, build in 1843 this is the second oldest amusement park right after Dyrehavsbakken (by 260 years), which is just about 10 miles North of Tivoli Gardens.
Yes, 260 years is not so much in a country where things are kind of old. Right up the coast from where the XTERRA race is to be held "Hamlet's" castle Elsinore is located, build in 1420.
If you go to Sweden you will have plenty of different choices for sightseeing. With 978 miles from North to South you will spend some time on the road and with a museum dedicated to ABBA how could you not like a city like Stockholm? If you want to get out of the city, you can go north to the mountains, and go all the way up to the arctic circle, or you can head down south toward the more populated areas.