Some of XTERRA’s fastest and most famous amateurs are in Arkansas this weekend for the XTERRA Gator Terra off-road tri which is doubling as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship.
On the line are national titles, valuable points for amateurs racing for a regional title and the Maui spot that goes with it, plus the right to race for Team USA at the 2017 ITU Cross Tri World Championships to be held next August in Pentincton, Canada.
Among the heavy hitters on the start list is reigning USAT and XTERRA National Champ Daryl Weaver (pictured), fresh off a win at XTERRA Myrtle Beach last week. Weaver has a remarkable streak going, having won his division at 28 of the 29 regular season XTERRA races he’s entered, and the overall at most of those.
For the women the amazing Mimi Stockton looks to defend her overall women’s amateur USAT National Title that would go nicely with her three XTERRA World Titles in the 40-44 division.
Others coming back to defend their USAT crowns include Ron Scranton (70-74), Doug Usher (60-64), Stephanie Landy (55-59), Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (60-64), and Linda Usher (65-69).
The entire start list reads like a who-who in XTERRA racing lore with names like 15-time regional champ Steve Cole, 14-time regional champ Beverly Enslow, 11x regional champ Kyle Grieser, and stalwarts like David Rakita, Peter Lilley, Marc Hawley, May-li Cuypers, Paula Maresh, Mike Carter, Brett Edgerle, Karen Robertson, Kristen Wade, Bill Blankenship, Marcus Barton, and on and on.
One thing is for sure, Team USA will be in good hands next year!
Over in Winder, Georgia the XTERRA Fort Yargo off-road tri takes to the trails in the natural refuge of the state park on Saturday where one of the only remaining forts for early settlers can be found.
On Sunday, further up the coast, the devil is loose in Barnegat, New Jersey – home to the XTERRA Jersey Devil off-road tri that we previewed earlier this month.