This July, no matter if you live in the northern wonderland of Canada or smack dap in the Heartland of Texas, you can enjoy the beauty of the trails and the magic of XTERRA. While no trail runner can ever turn down the opportunity to run on the dirt, running with the XTERRA Tribe is something special. In XTERRA races, time isn’t as important as toughness and sportsmanship matters as much as speed.
July marks the halfway point in the XTERRA season, which officially ends with the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on Oahu in December. Before then, there is a whole slew of amazing trails to explore.
On July 7th as part of the XTERRA Victoria weekend, the XTERRA Victoria 14K will take you around the world-renowned trails and sparkling waters of Durrance Lake. These trails are the home of the Mt. Work Mountain Bike Park, where you can test yourself on technical terrain and reward yourself with epic views.
The course is comprised of three loops on the same 4.7K course used for the XTERRA Victoria off-road tri, which will be held the next day and will feature some of the best amateur and elite off-roaders in the US and Canada.
On that same day, in Glen Rose, Texas, the XTERRA Jurassic Trail Run will lead you on a far different – and hotter – course. Offering 5K, 15K, and 21K options, the XTERRA Jurassic Trail Run is a chance to run on trails that dinosaurs once roamed on. Held in Dinosaur Valley State Park, the Jurassic Runs will be held at 7pm, so bring a headlamp!
The 5K course includes a river crossing early in the race and then heads into a rocky ascent to a great view before heading down and then crossing the river again. The 15K course also crosses the river and includes most of Dinosaur Valley State Park’s outer loop trail. The 21K will complete the 15K course and then a 5K loop.
The following day, on July 8th, XTERRA heads to Columbia, South Carolina for the XTERRA Harbison Trail Run. Choose between a short and sweet 5K or go the distance in the 21K. Both routes take runners through Harbison State Park, a 2,177-acre environmental educational park nestled along the Broad River, just nine miles from downtown Columbia. Runners in both the half marathon and the 5K follow out-and-back routes that start and finish inside the park, just off Lost Creek Drive.
And get this, the event was just named the top outdoor festival event in South Carolina by the good folks at stepoutside.org.
Learn more and find a race at www.xterraplanet.com.