Spring is here in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast and it is time to hit the water, singletrack and trail!
May 1 is Opening Day for XTERRA athletes in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions, so get your application in for the XTERRA Jersey Devil Off-Road Triathlon in Barnegat, New Jersey. Now in its 6th year, the Jersey Devil is still the same great family event, and an excellent way to spend a Spring Sunday morning together supporting Mom, Dad, Sis, Bro, everyone racing through the water and grounds of the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp.
The XTERRA Jersey Devil includes a half-mile lake swim, 13-mile mountain bike and 3-mile trail run. The lake is shallow so water temps warm daily in the spring; past race day water temps have usually been in the low ’60’s. The mountain bike course is flat with plenty of space to pass (or be passed); and the ground is very sandy - this is the Jersey Shore.
"The course drains very well, so if there’s rain immediately prior to or even on race day, there is not much mud to deal with," said race veteran Charlie Redmond. "The trail run is quite tricky, with lots of turns, hops and twists through the trees, and then there’s that pesky Jersey Devil always looking to grab you!"
What makes this race especially cool is the beneficiary.
"The New Jersey Devil is an all-volunteer effort benefiting the Boy and Girl scouts of this region," said race director Bob Horn, as all race profits are given back to the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp, 229 Brockville Road, Barnegat NJ 08005, where the race is held.
TITLE CHASE BEGINS FOR ATLANTIC REGION
New in 2016 - for the first-time ever - XTERRA Regional Champions will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on October 23 in Maui. And, athletes who can’t make it this year have an opportunity to defer the spot until 2017 to allow more time to plan their trip.
XTERRA Jersey Devil on May 1 is in the Atlantic Region. If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington D.C. this race is IN YOUR REGION.
How old will you be on December 31, 2016? The answer determines your age group. If you’ll be 45-years-old on December 31 (even if you’re 44 on race day) you’ll be competing in the 45-49 division all year. To win your region you have to score more points than any other athlete from the Atlantic Region in the 45-49 age group.
How to score:
- You score points by finishing in the top 15 in your age group (75pts for 1st, 67 for 2nd, etc.)
- You can do as many races as you want.
- You count your best four finishes.
- You must compete in at least one (1) race in your Region.
- You must count at least two (2) races in your region.
- There are two races – XTERRA Oak Mountain (May 21 in Alabama), and XTERRA Beaver Creek (July 16 in Colorado) that offer 100 points. In those three you can get 100-points for 1st, 90 points for 2nd, and so on. If you do two or three of those races, just your best finish counts at 100 points, and others revert to 75-point scale.
Other races in the Atlantic Region include the XTERRA EX2 on July 10 in Flintstone, MD and XTERRA Appalachia on August 7 in Penn Runn, PA.