XTERRA Nationals on TV

Jan. 15, 2016

The hour-long feature presentation of the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon, held Sept. 16, 2015 in Ogden, Utah, will air in the race venue’s home market on KSL this Sunday, Jan. 17, at 1:30pm.

No doubt women’s race winner Emma Garrard from nearby Park City, Utah, will be tuning in alongside her extended endurance sports family in northern Utah. You can also expect Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, who was the first-ever race director for the Ogden XTERRA race back in 2004, to take in the scenic beauty and exciting race staged in his backyard.

Last year's USA show was seen by six million viewers and similar viewership numbers are expected for this season’s broadcast.

More than 700 racers from 41 states took part in the grueling challenge that combined a one-mile swim with an 18-mile mountain bike and 7-mile trail run.

Josiah Middaugh won the men’s race for the second time in four years in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 21 seconds, edging New Zealand’s Braden Currie in a thrilling side-by-side battle by just 26-seconds at the line.

The close race between those two, alongside some really great amateur racer interviews, made for one of the most compelling XTERRA race shows in recent memory.

For Garrard the win in Utah was her first on the America Tour after two years and eight straight runner-up finishes.

“This is the first time I’ve ever held the mic,” said an emotional Garrard at the awards ceremony that day. “I’m so happy to be on the top step.  Proud to be up here with these girls who pushed me so hard not just today but for the last 10 years.  It’s great to have my family here, and for XTERRA to be my family too.”

The broadcast in the Salt Lake City market is one of several airings for the show across the nation on Sunday. It can also be seen in the San Francisco market on FOX at 10:30am, and in Idaho Falls, Sioux City, Takima, Madison, Bowling Green, and others.  To see when it’s on in your market visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/television/broadcast-schedule/