French River

 

XTERRA French River

Oxford High School

July 13, 2019

Overview

About

WHAT:   XTERRA French River

WHEN:  July 13, 2019

WHERE:  Oxford High School - 495 Main Street, Oxford, MA 01540 (map it)  

Based out of Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford, MA, and the adjoining High School grounds, XTERRA French River will feature the challenging (but fast!) trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam, locally referred to as "Hodges", including the famous river crossing on the run course!  

For both long (XPS) and short (sprint) course races, a traditional swim-bike-run race is offered plus a duathlon (run-bike-run) option. Relay teams are also available for the traditional (swim) triathlon race too, making it perfect for family and friends to race together.  

Registration is only available on-line prior to race day (or sold out at 200 racers); there is NO on-site registration offered.

Race entry includes chip timing (5 splits), swim cap, post-race snacks/food/drinks, awards, raffle prizes. 

2015 race video - https://youtu.be/vpVo_1mfdqc
2017 race video - https://www.facebook.com/TheGZone2015/videos/1804268333220608/

 

Races

XTERRA TRIATHLON

Distance: 1/2 mile swim (2 loops), 12 mile mountain bike, 5.5 mile trail run
 

XTERRA DUATHLON

Distance: 1.5 mile trail run, 12 mile mountain bike, 5.5 mile trail run
 

XTERRA SPRINT TRIATHLON

Distance: 1/4 mile swim, 9 mile mountain bike, 3.5 mile trail run

 

XTERRA SPRINT DUATHLON

Distance: 1.5 mile trail run, 9 mile mountain bike, 3.5 mile trail run

 

Contact

Contact Name:  Alex Rogozenski

Contact Email:  alex [at] mramultisport.com

Contact Phone:  774-272-1767

Note: Please do not contact xterraplanet.com for questions about this specific race.  Use the email and/or number provided here.

Volunteers

Volunteers at XTERRA French River really make the event possible. From venue set-up, to race-day check-in or working the Transition Area, to being a marshal out on the course or helping sweep the course after the last racer heads out, volunteers are the life-blood of the event.  No experience is necessary, but seasoned athletes "get it" as they know how important these folks are from being on the other side of the starting line and want to give back to the sport.  Many of our volunteers are teammates, friends, or family members of registered racers.

Each and every volunteer at XTERRA French River receives a volunteer shirt, optional race swag, and what many find most valuable - registration fee credits towards a future race (not just XTERRA French River, but to any race produced by MRA Multisport).

Links to sign-up to volunteer:  

July 13 Triathlon/Duathlon race - https://event.racereach.com/XTERRA-French-River/volunteer

Race Info

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 12

Noon - Course open all day for pre-riding and running

 

Saturday, July 13

6:30am - 7:45am Check-in/Packet Pick-up/Chip pick-up and Transition Area opens (NO on-site registration)
(*Start times per category subject to be tweaked to best accommodate all categories, reference Athlete Packet published the week of the race)
8:00am XTERRA Triathlon and Duathlon Start
8:15am (ish)  XTERRA Sprint Course Start
11:30am Awards and raffle (approximate)
11:45am Course is closed. This gives long course athletes about 3:45 (3:30+/- for short course) to complete the course; this should be adequate time.  Due to our arrangement with local emergency personnel, the course will be closed at this time.  Volunteers throughout the course will keep you appraised of the time.

 

Sunday, July 14

6:30-7:45am Check-In (trail run)
8:00am Half Marathon start
8:10am 10K Start
8:20am 5K start
11:30am Awards -varies per race once majority of racers have finished
11:45am Course is closed. This gives half marathon athletes about 3:45 (3:30+/- for 10k and 5k) to complete the course; this should be adequate time.  Due to our arrangement with local emergency personnel, the course will be closed at this time.  Volunteers throughout the course will keep you appraised of the time.

 

* Participants must be present. Awards and raffle prizes will not be mailed.

Course Info - XTERRA Triathlon

XTERRA Triathlon

Course Distance:  1/2 mile swim, 12 miles mountain bike, 5.5 mile trail run

Based out of Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford, MA, and the adjoining High School grounds, XTERRA French River will feature the challenging trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam. All trails for all races this weekend are single loop format - no laps and no out-and-backs!!!  Run course is marked in RED arrows, Bike course is marked in BLUE arrows.

**all maps subject to change at discretion of the Race Director or US Army Corp of Engineers, based on trail conditions and other contributing factors**

The swim course is a self-seeded, gender neutral, time trial (not mass or wave) start, with swimmers going in a counter-clockwise direction around a 1/4 mile course.  The second lap starts at the buoy closest to the beach so all swimmers stay in the water (no beaching to start second lap).  From the beach area, it's a short run to transition area.  The bike is primarily singletrack with a fair dose of New England style rocks and roots.  Overall this is a fast bike course, and is marked with BLUE arrows and has about 250 ft elevation change.  The run course features the famous river crossing in the early part of the course just over 1 mile in. Just past the 1st aid station at the 1.5 mile mark, the elevation of the course comes into play over the next 1.5 to 2 miles.  The final aid station is about mile 4 right before the bridge crossing.  Runners then run along the river back to the venue and the Finish Line.  All runners will follow RED arrows.  The terrain along the run course is very similar to the bike course, with total elevation of about 700 ft. 

Bike course .gpx file - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/668048014

FR Long Course

Course Info - XTERRA Duathlon

XTERRA Duathlon

Course Distance:  1.5 mile trail run, 12 mile mountain bike, 5.5 mile trail run

Based out of Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford, MA, and the adjoining High School grounds, XTERRA French River will feature the challenging trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam. All trails for all races this weekend are single loop format - no laps and no out-and-backs!!!  Run course is marked in RED arrows, Bike course is marked in BLUE arrows.

**all maps subject to change at discretion of the Race Director or US Army Corp of Engineers, based on trail conditions and other contributing factors**

The duathlon starts at the beach area and heads out past the Transition Area and onto the course for 1.5 miles. This segment is the EXACT same as the first 1.5 miles of the bike course. Duathletes return to Transition Area  via the Bike In/Swim In entrance.  Clear signage and volunteers will ensure duathlon participants stay on  course for  this first race segment. The bike is primarily singletrack with a fair dose of New England style rocks and roots.  Overall this is a fast bike course, and is marked with BLUE arrows and has about 250 ft elevation change.  The run course features the famous river crossing in the early part of the course just over 1 mile in. Just past the 1st aid station at the 1.5 mile mark, the elevation of the course comes into play over the next 1.5 to 2 miles.  The final aid station is about mile 4 right before the bridge crossing.  Runners then run along the river back to the venue and the Finish Line.  All runners will follow RED arrows.  The terrain along the run course is very similar to the bike course, with total elevation of about 700 ft. 

Bike course .gpx file - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/668048014

Course Info - XTERRA Triathlon (Short Course)

XTERRA Triathlon - Short Course

Course Distance:  1/4 mile swim, 9 mile mountain bike, 3.5 mile trail run

Based out of Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford, MA, and the adjoining High School grounds, XTERRA French River will feature the challenging trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam. All trails for all races this weekend are single loop format - no laps and no out-and-backs!!!  Run course is marked in RED arrows, Bike course is marked in BLUE arrows.

**all maps subject to change at discretion of the Race Director or US Army Corp of Engineers, based on trail conditions and other contributing factors**

The swim course is a self-seeded, gender neutral, time trial (not mass or wave) start, with swimmers going in a counter-clockwise direction around a 1/4 mile course for 1 loop.  From the beach area, it's a short run to transition area.  The bike is primarily singletrack with a fair dose of New England style rocks and roots.  Overall this is a fast bike course, and is marked with BLUE arrows and has about 200 ft elevation change.  The short course bike is identical to the long course until the split just after the bridge at approx mile 2.3.  At this point, the long course bike goes up to the right, where the short course continues to follow the BLUE arrows to the left.  Volunteers and signs will direct the short/long course bike split.  The second part of the bike short course is identical to the last part of the long bike course.  The run course features the famous river crossing in the early part of the course just over 1 mile in. Just past the 1st aid station at the 1.5 mile mark, the short course runners stay to the left along the road and avoid all the elevation that the long course runners encounter.  The final aid station is about mile 2.5 right before the bridge crossing.  Runners then run along the river back to the venue and the Finish Line.  All runners will follow RED arrows.  The terrain along the run course is very similar to the bike course, with total elevation of about 250 ft. 

Long course bike .gpx file (follow until mile 2.3, then stay left and resume on last 5-6 miles of the course - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/668048014 

FR Short

Course Info - XTERRA Duathlon (Short Course)

XTERRA Duathlon - Short Course

Course Distance:  1.5 mile trail run, 9 mile mountain bike, 3.5 mile trail run

Based out of Carbuncle Pond in North Oxford, MA, and the adjoining High School grounds, XTERRA French River will feature the challenging trails located within the US Army Corp of Engineers property of Hodges Village Dam. All trails for all races this weekend are single loop format - no laps and no out-and-backs!!!  Run course is marked in RED arrows, Bike course is marked in BLUE arrows.

**all maps subject to change at discretion of the Race Director or US Army Corp of Engineers, based on trail conditions and other contributing factors**

The duathlon starts at the beach area and heads out past the Transition Area and onto the course for 1.5 miles. This segment is the EXACT same as the first 1.5 miles of the bike course. Duathletes return to Transition Area  via the Bike In/Swim In entrance.  Clear signage and volunteers will ensure duathlon participants stay on  course for  this first race segment.   The bike is primarily singletrack with a fair dose of New England style rocks and roots.  Overall this is a fast bike course, and is marked with BLUE arrows and has about 200 ft elevation change.  The short course bike is identical to the long course until the split just after the bridge at approx mile 2.3.  At this point, the long course bike goes up to the right, where the short course continues to follow the BLUE arrows to the left.  Volunteers and signs will direct the short/long course bike split.  The second part of the bike short course is identical to the last part of the long bike course.  The run course features the famous river crossing in the early part of the course just over 1 mile in. Just past the 1st aid station at the 1.5 mile mark, the short course runners stay to the left along the road and avoid all the elevation that the long course runners encounter.  The final aid station is about mile 2.5 right before the bridge crossing.  Runners then run along the river back to the venue and the Finish Line.  All runners will follow RED arrows.  The terrain along the run course is very similar to the bike course, with total elevation of about 250 ft. 

Long course bike .gpx file (follow until mile 2.3, then stay left and resume on last 5-6 miles of the course - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/668048014 

Travel

Camping And Lodging

Oxford is conveniently located just off I-395 in MA near I-90 (Mass Pike), with easy access to greater Worcester MA area (1-2 exits north).  Oxford is centrally located in New England approximately 50 miles west of Boston MA, 40 miles northwest from Providence RI, 60 miles northeast from Hartford CT, 100 miles south from Concord NH or Brattleboro VT and 130 miles east of Albany NY.

Sutton Falls camping area - http://www.suttonfalls.com
Lake Manchaug Camping - http://www.lakemanchaugcamping.com
Various hotels just off I-395/I-90 in Auburn MA - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g29523-Auburn_Massachusetts-Hotels.html

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

Q: What is the race cancellation policy?
A:  To ensure the safest event for the participants and all involved, we reserve the right to cancel, delay, or modify the format of the event at anytime. Believe us, it would have to be a very, very SERIOUS and DANGEROUS situation for the event to be canceled. But in the unfortunate situation this is required, there is a no-refund policy in place, as the majority of the costs have already been incurred to host the event and when associated, we do not want to take away any contributions to our charities. We expect you to be disappointed if the event is canceled, as we will be, but we also hope you understand why a no-refund policy is in place.

Q: Are there any refunds or transfers?
A: Sorry, all registrations are final; there are no refunds or transfers to other participants.  Within 10 days of the event, you can transfer your paid registration to another future event, for a small fee.  Please see the Transfer page for full details.  If you are unable to do the event please let us know ASAP so someone else can take your spot.

Q: Are strollers, joggers, pets, etc allowed on the course?
A: Due to insurance purposes, the safety of all participants, and USAT Rules, we cannot allow strollers, joggers, pets, etc on any of the courses at all.

Q: How many participants will be allowed to register?
A: The race capacity is 200 people, and a maximum of 10 relay teams across all events for the day,

Q:  Is the event chip-timed?
A: Yes.  We use New England Timing with ankle chip timing.  All athletes will receive 5 splits. Results will be posted online at coolrunning.com and on this website after the event.

Q: How many water stations are on the course?
A: There will be (2) aid stations on the run course, none on the bike course. 

Q: Is the event sanctioned by the USAT?
A: Yes, the triathlon is sanctioned by the USAT and will observe all USAT rules. Everyone must have an annual membership ($50 for adult, $10 for youth (under 17)) or purchase a one day USAT license through the online race registration process.  See below for more info.

Q: What is a one-day USAT license?
A: A one-day license allows an athlete to compete in a USAT sanctioned race without purchasing an annual membership. The $15 fee provides the (adult) athlete with excess accident insurance for that race only.  You can purchase this one day license (or annual) online when you register for the race. Visit USATriathlon.org for more information.

Q: Will there be a Clydesdale or Athena Division in the triathlon? 
A: No, there will just be Age Group divisions.

Q: Are wetsuits allowed?
A: Per USAT rules, wetsuits are allowed when the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower. If it is 78.1-83.9 degrees, wetsuits can be worn but the participant will not be eligible for awards.  If the water temperature is 84 degrees or warmer, no one is allowed to wear wetsuits.  In mid-June, the water temperature will likely be less than 78 degrees so we anticipate this being a wetsuit-legal race. Water temperature will be tested in the days leading up to the race and again on race day. For the last few races, water temperature has been in the low 70's.

Q: Do I have to wear a swim cap?
A: Yes, you are required to wear the colored swim cap issued to you for the race.

Q: Do I have to wear a helmet on the bike course?
A: YES – No Exceptions.

Q: What sort of bike is allowed?
A: Anything off-road.  Cyclocross bike are allowed, though the few that have used one in the past have driven straight to a bike store to buy a "real" mountain bike.  Fatties are allowed for sure, but are not a separate division.

Q: What time does the transition area close?
A: The transition area closes at 7:45am.  Please, make every effort to be out of the transition before 7:45am so we can start the race on time.

Q: Can I pick up my friend's packet?
A: No. Every participant must pick up their own packet and show ID. The only exception is that a parent can pickup their child's packet if they have to co-sign the USAT waiver.

Q: What is the minimum age to participate in event?
A: All athletes must be at least 12 years old (by December 31) to participate in the event. 
 

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