Registration is now open for the inaugural XTERRA Kunming off-road triathlon sports festival on the weekend of September 21-22, 2019 at OCT Yangzong Lake Resort in Kunming, China.
XTERRA Kunming is the grand finale of the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour, offering up $25,000 USD elite prize money, 100-point scale scoring, and 51 qualifying spots for amateurs into their choice of the 2019 or 2020 XTERRA World Championship race in Maui.
As the last of five championship events on the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour, it also pays out $10,000 USD among the top five male and female elites in the final tour standings.
The race combines a 1.5-kilometer swim in the azure-colored Yangzong Lake with a 30K two-loop mountain bike through the regions’ famous purple sage flowers, and a 10K trail run that twists along mountain and lake trails. Participants can enter as individuals or as part of a three-person relay team.
“The course is beautiful and has a good mix of single track, big climbs, and open spaces for passing,” said Nicolas Lebrun, a former XTERRA World Champion triathlete and the director of XTERRA Europe, who helped design the course.
The venue is well known for its mountains, lakes, forests, grasslands and caves; and boasts a bird’s eye view of the centuries-old Yunnan-Vietnam Railway.
“It’s a real adventure, and visitors will love it,” added Lebrun. “There is a small town to explore the local shops, culture, and restaurants, and the food is delicious. The whole experience is fascinating, and I look forward to celebrating the inaugural event with everyone in September.”
In addition to the main event XTERRA Kunming will also offer a half-distance sprint race on Sunday that mixes a 750-meter swim with a 15K mountain bike and 5K trail run.
The day before, on Saturday, September 21, XTERRA Kunming offers events for the whole family including 5, 10, and 20-kilometer trail running races and a 30K mountain bike race.
“Beyond the races, visitors will be treated to world-class hospitality, singing and dancing, and a fascination look into the simple way of life found among the 26 ethnic groups in the area,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “Their distinct ethnic characteristics can be seen in their colorful customs, unique cuisine, gorgeous clothing, and stunning architecture.”
Sign up today and learn more about XTERRA Kunming, including travel tips, race, and destination information online at www.xterraplanet.com/kunming.
As the top tourist attraction group, Overseas Chinese Town Group (OCT) was founded in 1985, headquartered in Shenzhen, is a central enterprise directly managed by SASAC of the State Council. OCT Group has the largest number of theme parks and resorts in China including Beautiful China, Window of the World, Happy Valley and East Overseas Chinese Town. It receives more than 40 million visitors each year and is the only Asian tourist attraction group that ranks among the top four in the world.
OCT Yunnan is a large-scale comprehensive vacation project created by OCT Group and Yunnan City Investment Corporation. OCT Kunming Yangzong Lake resort covers 7 square kilometers with total investment of more than 6 billion RMB and positioned as an ecotourism demonstration area and an international class leisure resort. Learn more at www.chinaoct.com.
XTERRA is a sports lifestyle brand that produces authentic race experiences and apparel for the outdoor enthusiast. In 2019, XTERRA will celebrate its 24th season by hosting off-road triathlon and trail running events in 30 countries. XTERRA also offers premium, performance apparel and accessories for the trail and beyond. Learn more at xterraplanet.com.