The race will serve as a qualifier for the 2023 XTERRA World Championship and as the second stop of the supercharged XTERRA World Cup. The race features $15,000 USD in total prize money for elite athletes, who will compete over a 1.5km swim, 33km mountain bike and 10km trail run. For amateurs, there will be 58 spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Italy up-for-grabs.
Slots indicated apply equally to male and female divisions. See the complete rules here.
Pros race for a $15,000 USD pro purse paid equally to the top 7 men and women as follows:
Place - Purse
1st - $2,300
2nd - $1,700
3rd - $1,200
4th - $800
5th - $650
6th - $450
7th - $400
2023 Elite Prize Money Policy:
All elites earning prize money will receive onsite a W-9 (US resident) or W-8BEN form and a bank wire information form. Return your completed forms to Samantha Paulson onsite or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prize money will be paid by bank wire within two-to-four weeks.
Foreign elites will be subject to 30% withholding and may file a refund through the IRS 2021 form 1040NR by April 15, 2023.
Age groupers battle for 51 slots to the World Championship.
Top finishers at Oak Mountain Championship race are awarded slots to the XTERRA World Championship in Italy based on the following age group allocations.
Amateur awards will also be given to the top three in each age-group division. You must be present to receive your awards. Awards will not be mailed after the event.
USAT SWIMMING CONDUCT
4.1 Permissible Strokes. Swimmers may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water and may tread water or float.
4.2 Bottom Contact and Resting. A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress. A violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his/her sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment under Section 3.4(1).
4.3 Emergencies. A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, and pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer, who has received official assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the participant withdraw from the race or receive medical assistance.
4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.
4.5 Notice of Wet Suit Policy. The wet suit policy for any particular race shall be included on all race literature that is intended for distribution to potential participants. The wet suit policy shall conform to Section 4.4, unless a change is granted in compliance with Section 1.4. The wet suit policy on such literature shall include the following information, if applicable; a. Any changes from Section 4.4; b. Any specific restrictions on equipment; c. Any disparity between the wet suit policy for age group athletes and the policy for elite athletes.
4.6 Measuring Water Temperature. It is recommended, but not required that the water temperature for a race be finally determined by a measurement made within 2 hours of the race start. A water temperature measurement should also be taken prior to any pre-race meetings in order to forecast to the athletes as early as possible the likely water temperature on race day and the likelihood of whether wet suits will be allowed on race day.
4.7 Official Equipment. If provided by race management, a swimmer shall wear the proper official swim cap corresponding to his wave. The penalty for an infraction of this rule is a variable time penalty. For safety reasons, if no official cap is provided, all swimmers should wear their own brightly colored swim cap.
4.8 Goggles. Swimmers may wear, but shall not be required to wear, swim goggles or face masks.
4.9 Illegal Equipment. Any swimmer wearing any artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind shall be disqualified.
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