Poland, Korea to Join XTERRA World Tour

Jun. 25, 2015

The XTERRA European and Asian Tours are breaking new ground and adding compelling venues to their series of events in 2016.

In Europe, XTERRA Poland (http://xterrapoland.pl/) will debut in August 2016 in the historic town of Tyniec on the western outskirts of Krakow. The race will be staged either before, after or in-between XTERRA Czech and Germany, creating an ideal race vacation block for international travelers.

“There are a lot of great attractions in the area and one could easily spend a week visiting all the tourist and outdoor sights,” said Kris Kowal, one of the event organizers. “Old town is on the UNESCO list, as are the Wileiczka salt mines and Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp.”

Krakow lies on the Vistula River, the largest river in Poland, and on the boundary between Kraków-Częstochowa Upland and the Carpathian Mountains. Its history dates back to the Paleolithic period.

Organizers are hosting a test race this year, on August 23, and have been granted two qualifying slots to XTERRA Worlds for the men’s and women’s overall winners. Learn more at http://triathlon.krakow.pl/eng/ and find a video from their 2014 event.

South Korea will also welcome an officially sanctioned XTERRA championship race in 2016, and like Poland, will host a test event this year.

The XTERRA Korea preview event will take place September 5th at Daeahn Reservoir in Wonju City, Gangwon Province.  The date for the championship race in 2016 has yet to be announced.

“For international athletes from both inside and outside of Korea, we will offer English, German, and Japanese languages at registration, the race briefings, and in the announcements,” said Daeik Kim, Manager of Planning & Marketing at SJ Company in Seoul, Korea. “Competitors will fly into Incheon International Airport, and the race site is about three hours away. If requested we can book an English speaking taxi or express bus.”

Learn more at www.xterra.co.kr, https://www.facebook.com/xterrakorea, or by emailing xterrakorea [at] gmail.com.