XTERRA Iron Creek on August 26th will be the final race of the 2016-2017 XTERRA America Tour. Just three weeks before the XTERRA Pan Am Championship, XTERRA Iron Creek will be the last chance to snatch up points and fine tune your racing skills.
Held 13 miles west of Spearfish, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, XTERRA Iron Creek is racing at its best. The late summer temperatures are still in the 80s in the day but dip into the 60s at night. The tourists headed home from Mount Rushmore and the Badlands are already back in school, making it easy to sightsee on your trip.
At Iron Creek Lake, the single track is always free of crowds. The 16 miles used in the race are technical enough for advanced racers but ridable for adventurous beginners.
"The venue is beautiful," said race promoter, TJ Loftus. "The campground and lake make it a perfect race to bring your family for a weekend of racing, fishing, and lazy rafting. And there is always enough BBQ pork and locally brewed beer for everyone to get their fill after the race."
The full distance race will take off at 9:30 AM, Saturday, August 26th. The 1000m swim, 16 mile bike, and 5 mile run, have plenty of vertical gain for both running and riding. The ride climbs from Iron Creek Lake up to the Old Baldy Trail System in the Black Hills National Forest.
"After descending back to Iron Creek Lake, the race transitions to a challenging two-lap run around the lake," said Loftus. "Spectators cheer on the racers as they tackle difficult hike sections on each lap of the run, making it a true community event."
In addition to the traditional triathlon, XTERRA Iron Creek will also feature a Sprint Distance (500M Swim-10K Bike-4K Run), a "Mudder" with a shorter swim (500M swim-20K Bike-8K Run), and a Duathlon (4K Run-20K Bike-8K Run).
You can register for the XTERRA Iron Creek Triathlon at www.runsignup.com.
The Trail Run will take place on Friday, August 25th at 4:45 pm and will feature a different course than the run course used in the triathlon. You can do either the 5K or 8K run.
The runs will start at the Transition Area and will follow, for the most part, the beginning of the triathlon bike course. Both races will follow the same route to the split point. At the split point, the 5K runner will return to the finish line while the 8K runners will continue to run additional 1.5K course to return to the split point and the common route to the finish line.
You can sign up for the trail run on site, prior to the race start.
Camping and Lodging
Iron Creek Lake has campsites and cabins for rent. This is the ideal place to stay for the race, but space is limited so reserve you spot quickly. The next best is to stay at one of the many hotels in Spearfish.
Iron Creek Lake Campground (605-642-5851)
Spearfish also has many great hotels and restaurants and is near gambling in historic Deadwood, the great carvings of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, the 114-mile Mickelson trail and countless miles of single-track.
For more information and to register, visit www.qxict.com.