XTERRA, the global leader in off-road triathlon, is pleased to announce the addition of XTERRA Costa Rica, presented by Coopenae, to the 2024 XTERRA Americas Tour.
The three-day outdoor sports festival will be held August 23-25, 2024, at Las Catalinas, a beautiful car-free beach town in the northwest province on the coast of Guanacaste.
The weekend of events will be produced by Performance Solutions, a Costa Rican events management company led by two-time Olympian and XTERRA veteran, Leonardo Chacon.
“For us, it has always been our dream and our goal to bring XTERRA to Las Catalinas. We think everyone deserves the opportunity to discover this amazing place and the unique experience it provides, and on top of that, it’s a real authentic XTERRA course,” said Chacon, who won the XTERRA USA Championship race in 2013, the very first XTERRA Costa Rica off-road triathlon in 2014, and twice finished in the top five at XTERRA Worlds.
Las Catalinas is just 45 minutes from Liberia International Airport in a resort town with ample accommodations - from luxury hotels to beach front cottages - and boasts more than 20 miles of purpose-built mountain biking trails that weave into the forest hills and along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Leonardo and his team, who have clearly demonstrated that they have the drive and experience needed to host a world-class XTERRA weekend at a truly dream-worthy destination,” said Steve Andrus, XTERRA Americas Tour manager.
The main event starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim in the warm and calm waters at Playa Danta, a protected bay, follows with a 30K mountain bike course filled with single track trails in the forest reserve surrounding the town, and finishes with a 10K trail run along the coast and across stretches of white-sand beaches before finishing on the cobblestone streets in the city center.
It will offer $7,500 USD in prize money for professionals, and 28 qualifying spots into the 2024 or 2025 XTERRA World Championship, plus points in the XTERRA Americas Tour for amateurs.
“It’s an excellent venue for an XTERRA with miles and miles of well-built single track trails on the ocean,” said Josiah Middaugh, the 2015 XTERRA World Champion who took part in the 10th annual Las Catalinas Triathlon earlier this year. “It’s a very unique development that models an Italian village with its architecture, and there is also a 25 meter 4-lane outdoor lap pool on property where Leo trained during his Olympic preparations.”
In addition to the main event, XTERRA Costa Rica will also offer a 30K trail run that will serve as a qualifier into the 2024 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon, plus 5K and 14K trail runs, a variety of popular open-water swims, kids’ races, and live music all weekend long.
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