XTERRA Granite Man Kicks Off Racing in Northwest Region
The inaugural XTERRA Granite Man off-road triathlon at Applegate Lake, Oregon is the first of four races in the Northwest Region this year.
Race weekend is set for June 11-12, and also includes a duathlon, kids tri and du races, a 10-mile mountain run, 5-mile poker run, youth scavenger hunt, and a 17.5-mile time trial xc mountain bike race. There’s even a “dual day” award for those that do XTERRA on Saturday, and the 10-mile mountain run on Sunday. Plus, there’s camping!
The XTERRA Granite Man race combines a .75-mile swim, 13-mile MTB, and 5-mile trail run.
“The views across the lake of the majestic peaks of the Red Butte Wilderness and surrounding Rogue River National Forest lands are spectacular,” said Chad Wikander of the Rogue Valley Race Group, LLC.
“Applegate Lake is at its best this time of year, full with fresh spring run-off. You may compete as a Granite Man individual or as a three-person team with each team member doing one of the segments.”
Nestled at 2,000-feet in the Rogue River National Forest, Applegate Lake has long been a favored destination in southern Oregon for mountain bikers, trail runners, and swimmers alike and the XTERRA Granite Man is the only multisport race held at the venue.
The swim is in Applegate Lake and starts and ends at the Hart-Tish park beach. Hart-Tish is one of the few Forest Service parks with several acres of beautifully groomed lawn down to the water’s edge. The mountain bike section starts at Hart-Tish Park and goes clockwise around the lake to Seattle Bar. At Seattle bar, participants will rack their bikes and complete the course with a 5 mile run back to Hart-Tish Park.
“On the bike and run, participants will utilize 12 miles of single-track, 3.5 miles of pavement and 2.5 miles of forest roads that follow the fingered shoreline. It includes many short, moderately difficult climbs and a lot of very fun undulating terrain. The trail is never too technical but it is definitely challenging,” said Wikander.
Learn more at http://granite-man.com/triathlon.
WIN YOUR REGION AND QUALIFY FOR XTERRA WORLDS!
For athletes living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska the chase for regional titles starts at XTERRA Granite Man.
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 that can’t make it this year have an opportunity to defer until 2017 to allow more time to get faster, fundraise, and plan their trip.
Athletes aiming to win their region simply have to score more points than any other athlete in their division (based on your age as of Dec. 31, 2016).
- 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 three races –XTERRA Saipan Championship (March 12 in the Northern Marianas), 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.
Read full rules doc here: http://www.xterraplanet.com/uploadedfiles/XAT_RULES.pdf
Other races in the Northwest Region this year:
July 16, XTERRA Hammerman (Anchorage, Alaska)
Aug 6, XTERRA Portland (Gaston, Oregon)
Aug 21, XTERRA Wild Ride (McCall, Idaho)