First Annual XTERRA Blackwater 21K and 6.5K Trail Run

Mar. 15, 2017

On April 2nd, the XTERRA Blackwater Trail Run will have its inaugural start in Milton, Florida, just a day after the popular XTERRA Blackwater Off-Road Triathlon.

“For two years, we’ve had such a great turnout to the XTERRA Blackwater,” said race director Ben Dillon. “’I’m thrilled to add an XTERRA trail race to take advantage of the incredible trails here and provide something special for the runners.”

The 6.5K race consists of well-maintained and clearly-marked single track that weaves around Bear Lake. “The course is flat and fast,” says Dillon, “But it includes enough rocks, bridges, and roots to satisfy adventurous athletes.”

The 21K course includes two loops of the inner hiking trail and the outer loop of the Blackwater bicycle trail.

Having participated in over 30 XTERRA races all over the world, Ben Dillon knows how to put on a great race. He is the founder of Blackwater Multisport, the organization behind both XTERRA events. “I was drawn to XTERRA because I could train for the races the way I used to train when I was an Aviation Rescue Swimmer in the Navy.”

U.S. Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmers are one of the top emergency response teams in the world. They routinely complete rescue missions in some of the most extreme environments, including mountain rescues, missions at sea, and humanitarian efforts in remote locations during natural disasters.

“The motto of every Aviation Rescue Swimmer is ‘So Others May Live,” says Dillon. “It’s a privilege to serve at this level, and after I separated from the Navy, I wanted to keep giving back. XTERRA’s “live more” philosophy is aligned to my own beliefs, and I love to see people test their limits and succeed."

Trail Run