Jul 5 2020
Victoria, BC, CA
Elite Purse: $7500 | Maui slots: 26
The 2020 XTERRA North American Tour for elites was cancelled on June 11, 2020 due to COVID-19.
“The health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, crew, partners and host communities is and always will be our top priority,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “We realize the many emotional and economic factors this decision creates for so many good people in our extended XTERRA community, but ultimately we felt the risks involved with encouraging travel and hosting large gatherings was not acceptable.”
Individual XTERRA North American Tour events attracting big fields from across the U.S. and internationally that were simultaneously cancelled include the off-road triathlon at XTERRA Beaver Creek on July 18 in Avon, Colorado, XTERRA Oak Mountain on August 28 in Pelham, Alabama, and the XTERRA USA Championship events in Utah on September 19.
Note: As of June 11, 2020, XTERRA Mexico and XTERRA Dominican Republic are still tentatively planning on hosting events on their original or postponed dates based on the unique public health guidelines in their communities.
“We will continue to assist our organizers and evaluate each event individually using safe-race guidelines and by following the direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and local municipalities as it relates to the coronavirus,” said Clark.
A full list of events and their current status is available at xterraplanet.com/xterra-and-covid-19.
XTERRA World Tour events that proceed will qualify athletes to race at the 2021 XTERRA World Championships. The XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon is scheduled for October 31, 2021 in Kapalua, Maui.
Clark added that, “Racing is in our DNA and XTERRA in-person events will return. In the meantime, our community will connect and support each other, and our crew will adapt and innovate – all while taking care of their families – to position the sport and lifestyle for a successful return in 2021.”
With many events being cancelled, XTERRA has taken its on-site activations online with the introduction of the XTERRA Connect digital platform. The initiative provides daily social media content including LIVE workouts and Q&A with XTERRA athletes and coaches, health and wellness insights, an XTERRA Yoga Series, training tips, its own XTERRA Podcast, and an emerging youth series. Virtual race offerings and interactive XTERRA University programs are in development.