In just a little more than two months America's best triathletes and trail runners will unite in Utah for the XTERRA USA Championship races.
It’s the seventh straight year Ogden will play host to the big event, and the 12th year of racing overall in the Wasatch range.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell was the founder of the first XTERRA race in Ogden back in 2004, and still one of its biggest supporters.
"XTERRA is a unique event for our community that has grown and progressed over the past decade into a truly world-class event. It is a huge part of our community's DNA. These athletes and race organizers have become part of our family providing an opportunity for us to form lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Not only do I enjoy the homecoming feel the event brings, it also has great economic impact for Ogden. Our hotels sell-out and our restaurants fill up. XTERRA is proof that what GOAL is doing, works. I love XTERRA. It is the perfect fit for Ogden, and I look forward to this weekend every year knowing this year will be the best yet," said Caldwell before last year's race. As the last of five races in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series elites race for $80,000 in prize money while dozens of cameramen position themselves around Wheeler Canyon and the Wasatch Range to capture all the action for a nationally syndicated one-hour TV show.
For amateurs it's the last of more than 100 races in the XTERRA America Tour of triathlons and trail runs and more than one-thousand XTERRA racers from nearly every state in the U.S. travel to Utah in pursuit of their dreams to race for an XTERRA National Championship.
The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 19, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone. The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 20, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs. It’s important to note that you don’t have to be fast to join in the fun. For some, it’s just about finishing and that’s okay as XTERRA is all about perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle.
In addition to the races XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden on Friday with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Then on Saturday from 8am to 10pm the streets shut down for a massive, community wide block party as Ogden hosts its 14th annual Harvest Moon Celebration with a wealth of family-friendly activities including live music, a farmer’s market, kid’s activities, arm wrestling, pumpkin decorating, downtown crit races, and fantastic fare from Historic 25th Street’s incredible restaurants.
There is great entertainment to be found at Snowbasin Resort as well. While it is an epic spot for winter sports (think 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet) Snowbasin is also ideal in the summer time and when the Fall colors turn the mountain landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s simply spectacular.
For more info and links to registration visit www.xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-751-8880.