August doesn’t just mean that we are in the prime of fitness. It means that we are living the life. Blackberries off the vine, long training rides with tons of daylight, and swimming in lakes that are just the right temperature for cooling off after a hard workout in the heat.
Although autumn is hot on our heels there are still some great races to check out before September.
This weekend, August 11-12, its XTERRA Muleshoe in Texas, XTERRA St. Louis in Missouri, and XTERRA Syracuse in New York (we previewed those races here).
On August 18th, XTERRA Rockport Rugged will take off from Alpena, Michigan. The race features a 1000 meter swim, a 15.1-mile mountain bike ride, and a 5.6-mile trail run.
“For years we’ve wanted to feature Alpena’s untouched natural beauty in an outdoor race experience," said event co-host Casey Stutzman of Performance Locker. "The Rockport terrain is the perfect canvas for an XTERRA event because it is rough and undeveloped. This won’t be your typical triathlon – this is XTERRA so expect rugged racing in its most natural form. It’s going to be a wild and exciting experience for the athletes.”
On that same day, XTERRA Auburn will take place a Chewacla State Park in Auburn, Alabama. XTERRA Auburn will feature a 750-meter swim, a 10-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run. The swim will be held in the park’s 26-acre swimming lake, while the bike and run will highlight the park’s 25-plus miles of mountain bike trails.
On August 19th, XTERRA heads west to McCall, Idaho for XTERRA Wild Ride. The race features a .75 mile swim, an 18.5-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile trail run in Ponderosa State Park. Located about 100 miles north of Boise, less than 300 miles southeast of Spokane, and 5000 feet up in the air, Ponderosa State Park has miles of pristine single track where you can have an authentic experience of being in the heart of nature.
Also on the 19th, XTERRA Lake Tahoe takes XTERRA to one of the purest and deepest lakes in North America. The bike starts up a gradual climb on Tunnel Creek and then pops out onto the epic Flume Trail, which skirts the mountainside overlooking Lake Tahoe. Riders continue on past Marlette Lake and down a rocky and fast Tahoe Rim Trail.
"Both the Duathlon and the Sprint will complete the 22 mile bike course with approximately 4000 feet of climbing," said race director Todd Jackson. "The 10K trail running course is relatively flat, fast and scenic with tall pines, aspens, and creek crossings."
Don't miss these great races, especially if you are looking for a tune up before the XTERRA National Championship in Snowbasin, Utah on September 15th and/or the XTERRA World Championship on October 28th on Maui.