Intrepid triathletes and trail runners from all over the world are headed to New South Wales, Australia for the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship triathlon and accompanying trail running races at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on April 23-24, 2016.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said: “NSW is Australia’s adventure capital, with so many fantastic landscapes and opportunities for athletes to test their skills and endurance. The South Coast is a wonderful location for XTERRA and I wish the athletes the best of luck.”
The main event starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim at Callala Beach, follows with 30-kilometers of mountain biking on trails through the Nowra State Forest, and finishes with a grueling 10-kilometer trail run that traverses Australia’s famous beaches and bushland.
As the most prestigious event in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Tahiti, and Saipan – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race boasts the second-largest prize purse in off-road triathlon at $50,000 AUD, and will be filmed and edited into a sports special to be broadcast on ESPN International and throughout the U.S. via national syndication and Fox Sports Network.
The event will also serve as XTERRA’s Australian Championship – giving Aussies the chance to grab this very special national title – and award 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui to the top performers. The off-road sports festival weekend also includes a sprint distance off-road triathlon, Xticer beginner triathlon, trail runs, and relay team competitions attracting more than 600 competitors of all ages. www.xterraasiapacific.com
VISITING NEW SOUTH WALES FORESTS
At the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship held on the South Coast of New South Wales, participants are treated to uncrowded beaches, crystal-clear water, and bushland that can be enjoyed by walkers, runners, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts alike.
“State Forests of the South Coast are home to thousands of hectares of native bushland which showcase a diversity of beautiful landscapes,” said Brendan Grimson, the Partnerships Leader at the Forestry Corporation of NSW which provides free access to thousands of kilometers of forest roads and trails and more than 100 free visitor areas, including camping grounds and picnic facilities.
“Our State Forests support a range of spectacular visitor experiences from mountain biking, horseback riding, trail biking and four-wheel driving. We welcome the XTERRA participants to explore the forests here. What’s more, you can bring your dog.”
Just a few hours south of Sydney in the beach side town of Callala on Jervis Bay XTERRA racers will find a coastline endowed with bays, interesting country towns, great food and wine, and many natural attractions. Indeed, NSW is renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, beauty and exuberant spirit.
Learn more at http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit