Gator Terra: New Home, Same Name
The XTERRA Gator Terra and Rustman off-road triathlons are still on, but the venue has changed from their iconic home in Ruston, Louisiana to their new digs in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Long-time race director Fred Phillips explains…
“2015 is a year of change. The Gator Terra (the oldest mainland XTERRA) and the RustMan (the original Epic distance race) get a new home. After 17 years in Ruston LA, the Gator and its big brother the RustMan, have packed their bags and moved about 150 miles north to DeGray Lake in Arkadelphia AR.
These two brothers are taking up residence on the Iron Mt Trail System, 20 plus miles of sweet single track trails, constructed to the latest IMBA trail building techniques. You will have a permanent grin on your face after riding here! The construction of this trail system started in 2008 with phase one being completed in late 2009, phase 2 being completed in 2012, and phase 3 starting in mid-May this year with a projected completion of August 2015. Once phase 3 is complete we will be at roughly 26-miles of contiguous trail.
DeGray Lake is located on the eastern edge of the Ouachita (wash-she-ta) Mountains in Southwest Arkansas. This provides for great trail topography. The swim uses DeGray Lake, listed by the US Army Corp of Engineers as one of the top 10 cleanest fresh water lakes in America. The bike course is an 11-mile loop for the Gator Terra and two laps of a 15-mile loop for the Rustman. The run is one Lap of 3.3 -mile course for the Gator Terra and three Laps of the 3.3 mile course are slated for the Rustman.
This is the only location in the US offering two XTERRA points races on one weekend. Race one day or race both, your choice! So for all of you looking to maximize your travel and get your endurance fix this is it. Yes, we offer the Rustman Double awards to the top finisher Male /Female (cumulative time) for both days.
Bring your friends, we are offering a variety of events. On Saturday, we will be offering a 1-mile open water swim. Great for early season training. In addition to the off road tri on Sunday, we are also hosting the Iron Mt Sprint (Road) Tri so you can bring your road buddies with ya. After you race for two days, they can drive on the way home!
The race site is easy to get to, located just a couple miles off Exit 78, Interstate 30. Less than three hours from Memphis and only four hours from Dallas. This is a resort area so there is plenty of hotel space with just minutes of race site!
Come on over for some good ol' Southern Arkansas Hospitality!”