The Historic XTERRA Gator Terra off-road triathlon will double as the 2016 USA Triathlon Off Road National Championship on May 1, 2016 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
It's an important race for XTERRA amateurs for many reasons as they can collect valuable points towards winning their regional championship in the XTERRA America Tour, claim a spot on Team USA for the 2017 ITU Cross Tri Worlds, and race for a national title.
The event is celebrating its 20th birthday this year (which includes 18 years at its original home in Ruston, Louisiana, and now its second year at its new home of DeGray Lake and Iron Mountain in Arkadelphia).
The Race venue is nestled in the foot hills of the Ouachita (Wash-she-ta) Mountains in Southwest Arkansas, in the Diamond Lakes resort area of Hot Springs and Arkadelphia.
“The Iron Mountain Trail system has 25+ miles of exciting of trails,” said race director Fred Phillips. “The 1500-meter swim is held in DeGray Lake, which has been rated as one of the top 10 cleanest fresh water lakes in America by the Army Corp of Engineers. The mountain bike portion of the event uses 19.5 miles of purpose built Mt Bike trails. This is deep woods single track, with solid climbs, great descents, with big banked turns, awesome views and much more. The Run course will challenge you from the beginning to the end, so hang on to your hat! At the finish line you will have earned the right to be called an Iron Mountain Man and will receive a finishers medal to prove it.”
Phillips recommends racers come early and stay a few extra days to ride one or more of the three IMBA Epic Trails in the Diamond Lakes area (Womble, Ouacitha Trail, and Vista), visit Hot Springs National Park, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and enjoy ‘some good ol’ Southern hospitality.’
Learn more at http://www.dltevents.com/off-road-events/xterra/xterra-gator-terra.html or email DLTevents [at] yahoo.com.