The XTERRA Olympic Canyon VR Duathlon powered by Gatorade Endurance, to be held over five days from September 24-28, 2020, is the fourth of eight virtual races designed to engage the endurance community as they train to stay sane, healthy, and positive.
Inspired by Utah, home to the XTERRA USA Championships and 2002 Winter Olympics, participants are encouraged to dig deep and go far in a “Rush for Gold” - an ode to Utah’s Olympic pedigree and its adventurous railroad history that fueled dozens of great gold rushes in canyons around the state.
“While our traditional September off-road triathlon and trail run national championship races in Utah were put on hold this year due to COVID-19, XTERRA athletes are still out there training and pushing through these uncertain times,” said XTERRA President, Janet Clark. “Fun, re-imagined events like this inspire us all to stay motivated and we’re grateful for the support of our partners at Gatorade Endurance for supporting the initiative.”
Race entry into the XTERRA Olympic Canyon VR Duathlon is free, and the challenge combines a 5K run with a 28K bike and 10K run. There is also a Sprint race featuring a 2K run, 14K bike, and 5K run. Both can be completed by individuals or 2-3 person relay teams, and participants can complete the distances all at one time or over the course of five days from September 24-28.
The event is a benefit for the Trails Foundation of Northern Utah who plan, promote, construct, and protect public pathways and trails throughout the area including portions of XTERRA’s courses.
XTERRA VR participants receive a personalized digital XTERRA Passport to collect commemorative stamps from each race and display on their Instagram or Facebook stories. XTERRA will recognize the top 25 in each division – men, women, and team through leaderboards updated as results are posted and authenticated. Final results will be published on September 29, 2020.
Learn more and register at xterraplanet.com.
About Gatorade Endurance
Gatorade Endurance is a line of sports nutrition products created specifically to meet the demands of endurance athletes during longer, more intense training and racing. Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSS), Gatorade Endurance products deliver the critical fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need during training and racing. For more information and a full list of products, please visit GatoradeEndurance.com.
XTERRA® is a global lifestyle brand and off-road race series. What started in 1996 as the world’s first off-road triathlon in Maui, Hawaii, is now an endurance sports lifestyle with a racing presence in over 30 countries worldwide and expanding. XTERRA® cultivates a passionate and dedicated community, celebrated by intrepid triathletes, trail runners and outdoor adventurists around the globe. Learn more at www.xterraplanet.com.