With the announcement of the XTERRA Trail Marathon Series, 2021 is set to be better than ever for the XTERRA family and long-distance trail runners. The exciting new 10-race series bolsters the current XTERRA calendar while offering runners the chance to discover new destinations within the discipline of long-distance trail running.
On March 28, the series commences on the southern tip of Taiwan with the XTERRA Kenting Trail Runs. The calendar is made up of five existing XTERRA Trail Marathon races and five exciting new races thanks to partnerships with popular, established events across Europe. While the marathon distance forms the core distance of the series, the events also offer something for everyone–from 5km to ultra-distance, and athletes can enjoy the famous XTERRA atmosphere.
"There's a strong connection between our off-road triathlon family and the global trail running community and we look forward to welcoming new XTERRA fans to the series. We remain committed to protecting our environment while providing athletes the opportunity to explore new locations and conquer their sporting goals!” - Konstantinos Koumargialis, XTERRA Europe Marketing Director
28.03.21: XTERRA Kenting Trail Runs – Taiwan
Now in its third year, this successful trail race will welcome the marathon-distance for the first time in 2021. An outdoor sports paradise, renowned for its rugged mountain terrain, white sand beaches, caves, and coral reefs, this event offers a bit of everything.
01.05.21: XTERRA Gozo Trails – Malta
The island of Gozo is a jewel in the Mediterranean and the trails also do not disappoint with the perfect mix of beach, cliff-edge, lush valleys and small villages.
09.05.21: XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run – Alabama, USA
Ranked as one of the top 25 ‘Crown Jewels’ of running trails across America (Trail Runner Magazine 2011), runners will understand exactly why when they experience the course within the Oak Mountain State Park.
16.05.21: XTERRA Taihu Trail Run – Suzhou, China
After its successful debut in November 2020, the XTERRA Taihu Trail Run will welcome runners to a unique course through the Yuyang Mountain and Guangfu scenic spots.
29.05.21: XTERRA Tupuna MOOREA Trail – Tahiti
An incredible adventure awaits in Tahiti with a tropical jungle trail run. With 1,800m of elevation gain, the trails also pack a punch and offer the perfect challenge.
10.07.21 – 11.07.21: XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon – Wales, UK
Welcoming the XTERRA brand back to the UK for the first time since 2015, Snowdonia trail marathon is one of the UK’s most challenging trail races and is an event not to be missed.
11.09.21: XTERRA Dolomiti di Brenta Trail – Italy
After hosting the XTERRA Short Track in 2020, this beautiful region of Italy looks forward to welcoming athletes to the UNESCO Heritage site and some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
10.10.21: XTERRA Trail Vallée de Joux – Switzerland
A proud host of the XTERRA Off-Road triathlon and a popular destination on the XTERRA race calendar, the beautiful Vallée de Joux will be sure to take your breath away.
17.10.21: XTERRA O-See Ultra Trail – Germany
On the border of Germany and the Czech Republic, XTERRA O-See is another regular on the XTERRA Cross Triathlon calendar. This time, the Zittau Mountains will also welcome long-distance runners the chance to experience the beautiful and challenging trails of the region as part of the XTERRA Trail Marathon series.
30.10.21 – 31.10.21: XTERRA Trail des Balcons d’Azur – France
The French Riviera at its finest, there is no better way to end the series with XTERRA Trail des Balcons d’Azur. Time to discover the jagged rock formations and wild fauna and flora this area is famous for.
For the Series Schedule, click here.
Please Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions the inaugural series will not operate a points system or award an official series winner. However, we look forward to including points and prize money for future editions of the series.