Rules

XTERRA World Championship Qualification

Please note: These criteria and rules apply to qualification for the 2022 XTERRA World Championship in Trentino, Italy.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR XTERRA WORLDS

There are several ways to qualify to race at XTERRA Worlds:

1. Win your division at ANY 2022 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Event:

Date
Race
Location
WC Slots
February 26
XTERRA Iceman
Lake Pleasant, Arizona, USA
26
March 26-27
XTERRA Taiwan
Kenting, Taiwan
51
April 9-10
XTERRA Argentina
San Juan, Argentina
26
April 9
XTERRA Malta
Golden Bay
26
April 16
XTERRA Greece
Vouliagmeni
26
April 23-24
XTERRA ATX
Austin, Texas, USA
26
May 7-8
XTERRA Brazil
Ilhabela, Brazil
51
May 21
XTERRA Portugal
Golega
26
June 4
XTERRA Italy - Lake Garda
Toscolano Maderno
51
June 11
XTERRA Belgium
Namur
26
June 11-12
XTERRA Cameron Park
Waco, Texas, USA
26
June 11-12
XTERRA Whistler
Whistler, BC, Canada
26
June 18
XTERRA Lory
Bellvue, Colorado, USA
26
June 19
XTERRA Prague
Prague, CZE
26
June 25
XTERRA Switzerland
Vallee de Joux
26
July 3rd
XTERRA France
Xonrupt
51
July 9-10
XTERRA Magnolia Hill
Navasota, Texas, USA
26
July 9-10
XTERRA Quebec
Quebec, Canada
26
July 9-10
XTERRA Victoria
Victoria, BC, Canada
26
July 10
XTERRA EX2
Flintstone, Maryland, USA
26
July 16-17
XTERRA Italy Scanno
Abruzzo
51
July 16-17
XTERRA USA Championship
Avon, Colorado, USA
51
July 23
XTERRA DINO North Indiana
South Bend, Indiana, USA
26
July 23
XTERRA Conquer the Crater
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
26
July 30
XTERRA Super Besse
Super Besse, FRA
26
August 6
XTERRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Mouliets et Villemartin, FRA
26
August 6
XTERRA Portland
Gaston, Oregon, USA
26
August 13
XTERRA Ardennes
Lac de Gileppe, BEL
26
August 13
XTERRA European Championship
Prachatice, CZE
51
August 20
XTERRA Germany
Zittau
51
August 21
XTERRA Lake Tahoe
Incline Village, Nevada, USA
26
September 3
XTERRA Sumava
Lipno, CZE
26*
September 3-4
XTERRA Dominican Republic
Sumana, Dominican Republic
26*
September 10
XTERRA Netherlands
Ameland Island
26*
September 18
XTERRA Japan
Marunuma, Japan
26*
September 25
XTERRA Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California, USA
26*
October 1
XTERRA World Championship
Trentino, ITA
78**
October 15
XTERRA Sardinia
Castiadas, ITA
26**
October 22-23
XTERRA Tahiti
Moorea, Tahiti
26**
October 22-23
XTERRA Chile
Lake Vichuquen, Chile
26**

* Slots for XTERRA World Championship 2022 or 2023

** Slots for XTERRA World Championship 2023

2. Finish in a qualifying spot at a 2022 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Event. There are additional qualifying spots at Gold events in Brazil, Lake Garda, France, Lake Scanno, the USA Championship in Colorado, European Championship in Czech, and Germany as follows:

Men - Minimum Slots
Division
Slots (Gold Events - 51 slots)
Slots (Silver Events - 26 slots)
15 - 19
1
1
20 - 24
2
1
25 - 29
2
1
30 - 34
3
1
35 - 39
3
1
40 - 44
3
1
45 - 49
3
1
50 - 54
3
1
55 - 59
2
1
60 - 64
2
1
65 - 69
2
1
70 - 74
1
1
75 - 79
1
1
80+
1
1
Women - Minimum Slots
Division
Slots (Gold Events - 51 slots)
Slots (Silver Events - 26 slots)
15 - 19
1
1
20 - 24
2
1
25 - 29
2
1
30 - 34
2
1
35 - 39
2
1
40 - 44
2
1
45 - 49
2
1
50 - 54
2
1
55 - 59
2
1
60 - 64
2
1
65 - 69
2
1
70+
1
1

NOTE: At all races, an extra qualifying spot will also be added to every division that has 10 or more racers on the starting line. For example, if there are 11 racers in any division at a Silver event, the top TWO will earn qualifying spots. If there are 20 racers, the top THREE qualify. For Gold events, as an example, if there are 11 racers in the men’s 35-39 division, the top FOUR qualify. *DNS will not be counted toward age group totals.

3. Receive a ROLL-DOWN spot from a 2022 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Event.
- Initial qualifiers have two weeks to confirm and pay for their slot after their race. If they don’t take their slot, it will roll down to the next person in their division, who will also have two weeks to confirm and pay. This process repeats down to the top 5 eligible athletes in each division at Silver races, and the top 10 in each division at Gold races. Slots may roll further at the discretion of XTERRA officials to account for slot winners who previously qualified and are already registered.

4. The reigning 2021 XTERRA World Champions automatically qualify so they can defend their title in Trentino.  The 2022 Champs will be invited to the 2023 World Championship.

5. Legacy slots will be awarded to XTERRA athletes who have raced more than 15 events over the last five seasons, or, raced in 15 or more past XTERRA World Championship races. If you meet either requirement, email entries@xterraplanet.com to request a legacy slot.

6. Physically challenged athletes are required to compete in at least one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race then request an entry by emailing entries@xterraplanet.com.

7. Athletes may apply for one of the following exemptions (not guaranteed, on case-by-case basis):

  • Geographic Exemption: If you live more than 500 miles away from a qualifying event.
  • Media/Influencers: Accredited journalists and influencers with a letter of assignment and/or verified reach, and proven athletic ability.
  • Discretionary: The XTERRA World Championship committee will consider unique appeals on a case-by-case basis. To make a case for a qualifying spot, email entries@xterraplanet.com with a detailed explanation in English or French.

NOTES

  • The Italian Triathlon Federation does not allow athletes under 18 to compete. Only athletes 18 or older by December 31, 2022, are eligible to race at XTERRA Worlds.
  • If you’re an athlete who qualified at a 2021 event for 2022 Worlds, and have not yet received a registration link and code, email entries@xterraplanet.com.
  • Athletes who qualify for events taking place between August 1, 2022 and September 12, 2022, can accept and pay for a slot into the 2022 OR 2023 XTERRA World Championship (not both).  Events taking place after September 12 award slots only to the 2023 XTERRA World Championship.

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED ATHLETES

Physically Challenged athletes must race one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race and then request an entry by emailing entries@xterraplanet.com.

ELITE/PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES

Elite athletes must race one XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series race and then request an entry by emailing elite@xterraplanet.com.

Elites who finished in the top 10 at the 2021 XTERRA World Championship receive complimentary entry into 2022 Worlds. The top 10 in 2022 will earn comp entry to 2023.

Elites who win a 2022 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series event offering at least $7,500 in prize money will earn 50% off entry into XTERRA Worlds.

Geographic and injury exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email requests to elite@xterraplanet.com.

Learn more about XTERRA elite racing eligibility on our elite racing information page.

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