On Saturday, April 21st, the XTERRA South Central season continues with XTERRA ATX at Pace Bend Park in Spicewood, Texas. The race is smack dab in the middle of central Texas hill country on a peninsula that juts into Lake Travis.
“You get steep bluffs on one side of you and gentle grassy slopes on the other,” said race director, Joel Grimmett. “But what’s even better than the scenery are the trails. Limestone ledges, challenging rock gardens, some steep climbs, and technical drop offs with plenty of smooth trail in between to help you recover before reaching the next obstacle.”
The second of five XTERRA off-road triathlons in Texas, XTERRA ATX is a favorite of racers. Former South Central Regional Champ and water-safety expert Alissa Magrum will be at the race, having recently returned from a trip to Honduras where she taught children living in an orphanage near the ocean how to swim and be safe in the water.
“That trip was epic,” said Magrum, who also races on a women’s charity team called Team Do Awesome. “But it’s always good to be back and I’m excited to be racing at ATX, which is practically my backyard.”
At XTERRA Bluebonnet on March 24th, Magrum finished second in her 40-44 age group to Melanie Etherton, who is back competing after having to take time off for injuries.
“I am so excited to be back racing,” said Etherton. “My goals for this year are to have fun and be healthy.”
XTERRA ATX will also be a rematch for Kyle Grieser and Andy Lee. Lee finished about a minute ahead of Grieser at XTERRA Bluebonnet. Each are excellent long-time XTERRA racers and skilled at all three disciplines.
Shawn Bohrer, who finished second behind Grieser in the 35-39 age group will also be at XTERRA ATX and is looking to see what’s possible in 2018.
“XTERRA Bluebonnet was my best overall finish so far,” said Bohrer. “ I really like technical bike courses, and ATX is probably one of the more difficult in the Texas races. Really my number one goal for all of these races is to have fun and
give the best effort that I feel I can give. Each year I've seen my overall performance improve, and I generally set some rough goals on where I'd like to be. Last year I was shooting for top 10 overall and generally met that goal. This year I set my target at the top 5 overall. I think it is a stretch goal, but I proved it is possible at Bluebonnet so we'll see if I can keep it going at ATX.”
XTERRA ATX is also attracting some out of town athletes as well, like Michael Drackert whose goal is to get to Maui this year. He raced at XTERRA Fruita and XTERRA Fort Custer last September – those points counted toward the 2018 season – and is driving from Kansas City to Texas for his first race this year.
“It’s a very long drive,” he admitted, “But my brother lives along the way and I’m looking forward to visiting friends in Austin. My training has been going great, and more importantly, I’m injury free and excited to race.”
Learn more and register for XTERRA ATX.