Alaska's only XTERRA event is also one of the longest running. On July 22nd, XTERRA Hammerman will kick off its 17th year in Kincaid Park in Anchorage. The half-mile swim, 13-mile mountain bike, and 4-mile trail run allow you to experience some of the most amazing nordic ski trails in the country.
For those who want to pass on the swim, The XTERRA Hammerman Duathlon takes place at the same time as the off-road triathlon - a 1.8 mile run is substituted for the swim.
Race director Andy Duenow is so thorough that he offers three different guided pre-rides of the course several weeks before race day.
"We will show you the entire bike course and point out where the run course goes in and out.We gear each pre-ride to the slowest riders and stop frequently to talk about sections of the course and regroup," said Duenow. "Separate 'hot laps' are offered for those who want to hammer."
Because it's Alaska, a bear bell on your bike isn't a bad idea.
For more information about XTERRA Hammerman and to register, visit www.hammermantriathlon.com.