2015 XTERRA America Tour Preview
The 2015 XTERRA America Tour off-road triathlon schedule featuring 70 races in 35 states, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Among these events are 65 XTERRA Point Series races (XPS) and five XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races - also known as the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.
The five core majors remain intact for the seventh straight year. Of note, the XTERRA East Championship in Richmond is entering its 17th season (the longest running XTERRA outside of Worlds in Maui) and the Southeast Championship will celebrate its 10th year at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama and will also double as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship this year.
April 25 - XTERRA West Championship - Lake Las Vegas, NV
May 16 - XTERRA Southeast / USAT Nationals - Pelham, AL
June 14 - XTERRA East Championship - Richmond, VA
July 18 - XTERRA Mtn Championship - Beaver Creek, CO
Sep 19 - XTERRA Utah - Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, UT
For Pros: The top 15 elites at each championship event are awarded points based on overall pro finish. Pros count their best three-of-four scores plus the points they get (or don’t get) at the XTERRA USA Championship in Utah. Thus, the final point total combines the best three scores in the first four races, plus the USA Championship race points. He/she with the most points in the end is declared the U.S. Pro Series Champ. The U.S. Series will dish out $140,000 in prize money: $15,000 at each regional championship race, $20,000 at the USA Championship, and $60,000 to the top overall points scorers in the Series. The XTERRA World Championship on November 1 in Kapalua, Maui is a stand-alone event worth $100,000.
For Amateurs: The XTERRA America Tour is designed to provide age group athletes (amateurs) with a bona-fide championship to compete for within their geographic region. At the end of the regular season the top performers in each of eight regions are honored as Regional Champions and invited to compete against other athletes their same age at the National Championship in Utah on Sept. 19.
Here's how the Series works:
1) CHOOSE REGION: There are 8 regions, determined by a competitor's primary residence at the time of their first race.
2) DETERMINE YOUR DIVISION/AGE GROUP: "XTERRA Age" is based on a competitor's age on December 31, 2015. Athletes compete in the following age categories: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+ (m), and we also have Physically Challenged Divisions.
3) RACE AND SCORE: Series competitors race for points at their choice of events - including XTERRA Points Series (XPS) races & XTERRA Championship Series (XCS) races. Competitors can enter as many events as they'd like but just their best four finishes count towards their total points score. Competitors are required to race in at least one event in their region, and must COUNT two events in their region.
4) COUNT ‘EM UP: Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each age group at each race. Athletes can earn more points at championship series races because, generally, participation is higher and the courses are tougher. If an athlete races at more than one championship event, only the best finish counts at full points. Any other finishes earn points at the same rate as the XTERRA Points Series races.
5) BECOMING A REGIONAL CHAMP: At the end of the regular season in late August, the athlete with the most points - by gender, by division, by region - earns the title of XTERRA Regional Champion. In addition, points scorers in each region are invited to compete for a national title at the XTERRA USA Championship in Utah.
To qualify to race at the XTERRA USA Championship, September 19, at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah, amateur and physically challenged athletes must finish in the top 15 in their division at an XTERRA America Tour race.
Note: All XTERRA America Tour events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body of multisport in the United States. As such all athletes are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the USAT. Details available at usatriathlon.org.
The XTERRA Points Series races are a collection of independently produced off-road triathlons owned and operated by local promoters, while the championship series events are bigger races with pro purses on full-length courses operated by TEAM Unlimited / XTERRA.