2021 XTERRA USA Championship Update
Swim cancelled due to HAB, New Run-Bike-Run course is Epic
Posted: September 14, 2021
The swim portions of the XTERRA USA Championship and XTERRA Utah Sprint off-road triathlons scheduled to take place at Pineview Reservoir on September 25, 2021, have been cancelled due to extraordinarily high levels of cyanobacteria in the water.
Both events will proceed as run-bike-run duathlons that will start and finish at Snowbasin Resort. The XTERRA USA Championship will combine a 2.5-mile trail run with an epic 19-mile mountain bike, and 5.5-mile trail run. The Sprint will mix a 1.5-mile run with a 13-mile bike and 3-mile run.
The great news is the new mountain bike course is fabulous. It uses the most fun and flowing trails on the mountain and for the first time ever, has just as much downhill as uphill!
You’ll find new maps, course descriptions, and event schedule here: https://www.xterraplanet.com/usa-championship#CourseInformation.
“It’s an unfortunate, but necessary decision based on the data and guidance we’ve received from officials at the Weber-Morgan Health Department and the scientists at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality who have been conducting weekly tests at Pineview Reservoir,” explained XTERRA World Tour president, Janet Clark. “Athlete safety is our number one priority, and we just can’t swim under these conditions.”
There is a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Warning Advisory for Pineview Reservoir in effect, based on samples taken last week, that contained a toxigenic cell density of 11.9 million cyanobacteria cells/mL, well above the UDWQ/UDOH recommended Warning Advisory threshold of 100,000 cells/mL, and two million more than the week before.
The image seen here from satellite imagery of Pineview Reservoir, which is just 20% full due to the drought, shows the toxic lake-wide bloom.
Warning advisory signs, located at all access points around Pineview Reservoir, instruct the public not to swim or engage in any activities where submersion or ingestion is possible. You can find the most current Pineview Reservoir water quality updates, learn more about HABs, and how to protect yourself, family, and pets at: https://deq.utah.gov/health-advisory-panel/pineview-reservoir-recreational-monitoring-2021