XTERRA Tsali, Rain or Shine

Jun. 21, 2017

On Sunday, June 25th, XTERRA heads to Bryson City in western North Carolina.

"The course at XTERRA Tsali is one of the most popular trails in North Carolina," said race director, David Berger. "It features a lot of rolling hills and scenic views of Lake Fontana. It's definitely suitable for beginners, but they need to be ready to do some climbing."

We know it's going to be an awesome race. The rain expected this weekend may add some muddy fun, and the course will take athletes through the spectacular national forest land in the Tsali Recreation Area.

Berger admitted he is crossing his fingers about the weather. "But the good thing is, if it does rain, the trail can handle it."

We are crossing our fingers too, but it's not about the weather. What we at XTERRA would love to see, is the fabulous group of racers you can always find at XTERRA Southeast Region events.

"2017 XTERRA Fort Yargo Champ Marcus Barton will be at the race, and we are hoping that 2016 XTERRA Tsali Champ, Dwayne Dixon will be there as well," said Berger.

If we are lucky, 2017 XTERRA Myrtle Beach Champ, Caleb Baity, and 2017 XTERRA Blackwater Champ, Yaro Middaugh will also make an appearance.

These Fab Four swap podium spots the way the rest of us pass around energy bars and training tips. And they do so with a great sense of humor and an even better display of sportsmanship.

“We have a close-knit group,” said Middaugh, back in May. “The races have been very competitive, which makes them fun for us.”

For more information and to register for XTERRA Tsali, visit www.goneriding.com.