August Events: On the Trail to Trentino

From the XTERRA European Championship to rounds 2 and 3 of the Short Track series and night runs around one of China’s biggest freshwater lakes, August brings with it no shortage of action and adventure, and a whole host of new opportunities for XTERRA athletes to punch their ticket to the World Championship in Trentino.

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Aug 5-7, XTERRA Nouvelle Aquitaine

The West of France plays host to a full complement of adventure as the XTERRA European Tour enters the month of August. 

Beginning in Nouvelle Aquitaine, the gorgeous blue waters of Lac de la Cadie will welcome athletes competing in the Light, Medium and Full Distance events before switching gears to accommodate the Mixed Relay Triathlon.

The event will also feature the Kid’s Triathlon to give the future XTERRA superstars their first taste of off-road event action.

If after racing you still have some energy left, consider a visit to the nearby city of Saint-Emilion - a UNESCO designated world heritage site showcasing nearly 2000 years of history alongside the world famous vineyards and wines that it produces still to this day. 

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Aug 6, XTERRA Portland

Grab the tent, get the kids (and a few of their friends), and hit the road for one of America’s greatest summer traditions - camping by a lake in the Pacific Northwest!

XTERRA Portland offers the ultimate family getaway with an organized campout Friday night at Hagg Lake, an easy hour’s drive from downtown Portland, Oregon.  

Organized by XTERRA Pro and Super Mom, Annie Usher, participants can rest assured the event will deliver a ton of fun for the little ones.

“XTERRA is for everyone,” said Usher. “We have two options for kids, a splash-pedal-dash for those 8 and under, and the XTICER for kids 8 and up that mixes a 200-meter swim along the shoreline with a 6K bike and 3K trail run.”

And for the BIG kids, a duathlon and awesome full-distance race around the lake is on the docket. The XTERRA World Championship qualifier mixes a 1K swim with a fast and “flowy” 27K mountain bike and 8K trail run that finishes with a leap and a grin into the supper fun slip-and-slide finish line!

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Aug 12-14, XTERRA European Championship

The European Championship returns once again to one of the oldest races in Europe. 

Situated in the South West of the Czech Republic, Prachatice is less than 2 hours away from the capital city of Prague, making this one of the most accessible races on the calendar. So it’ll be no surprise to see an absolutely stacked field of elites, amateurs and fans descend on the Bohemian town for an epic celebration of adventure. 

And if the spectacle of the XTERRA European Championship and Round 2 of the XTERRA Short Track series isn’t exciting enough, the local organisers have planned three days of food, music, and entertainment to keep the party going long into the night.  

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Aug 13, XTERRA Ardennes Trophy

Held in the Eastern part of Belgium, just 20km from the world famous Spa-Francorchamps motor racing circuit, the second XTERRA Long Distance event of the year will see a host of endurance enthusiasts descend on Lake Gileppe for a 2000-metre swim followed by a 60KM mountain bike adventure that takes in the best that the Ardenne region has to offer. 

With the rolling route mostly on forest tracks offering a more gentle off road experience, gravel bikes will be welcomed with open arms, giving gravel riders the chance to experience a full day out in the company of our XTERRA community. 

But regardless of the bike you choose, you can look forward to the 20KM trail run through the dense forest that covers the entire single-lap course. 

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Aug 14, XTERRA Waiuku Trail Run

For the penultimate event of the 2022 XTERRA Auckland Trail Run & Walk Series, runners and walkers will be taken on an adventure through the largely unknown – and often-forgotten – Waiuku Forest. 

As the name suggests, the series aims to bring family and friends together with a wide variety of distances that can accommodate the first-timer as well as challenge the experienced trail runner.

The XTERRA Waiuku Trail Run promises to treat runners and walkers to another exceptional trail event that New Zealand is so well known for as they wind their way through towering pine trees with hard-packed, low impact sand-based trails underfoot. 

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Aug 19-20, XTERRA Germany

Another one of the big European races returns this year as the town of Zittau and the Olbersdorf Lake play host to XTERRA Germany and the accompanying O-See Sports Festival. 

With the action spread over 3 days, thousands of racers and spectators will congregate on the beach to watch athletes line up for no less than 8 events! 

With the best Elites in the world lining up for the XTERRA Short Track on Friday night, they’ll go again alongside nearly 1000 age groupers over the classic XTERRA distance. 

And don’t expect the action to stop until the legendary flag waving post-race party. 

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Aug 21, XTERRA Lake Tahoe

A swim in Big Blue, an epic mountain bike ride on the infamous Flume Trail, and a twisting trail run through the pine trees. 

XTERRA Lake Tahoe offers up one of the greatest courses on the entire World Tour and was home to the first-ever XTERRA National Championship back in 2001.

Long-time XTERRA event producer, Todd Jackson, was part of the team that put on that first race and 20+ years later is still delivering one of the sports’ most iconic events. 

The full-distance race is a formidable challenge, combining a 1.5K swim with a 36K mountain bike and 10K trail run, and every year the best off-roaders in the U.S. fill the start list making the competition even tougher. 

There’s also a sprint race, aquabike option, and 5K and 10K trail runs on the schedule and even if you don’t race - a visit to Incline Village alone is a worthy adventure.

Lake Tahoe itself is one of the purest, deepest, and most beautiful lakes in North America, and it’s less than an hour from Reno, Nevada “The Biggest Little City in the World.”

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Aug 27, XTERRA Suzhou Yuyang Night Run

In a summer’s night festival designed to bring together runners and nature lovers of all kinds, the XTERRA Suzhou Yuyang Night Run will put the natural beauty of Suzhou on full display with a night run that starts at sunset and heads into the trails of Yuyang Mountain. 

The event takes place alongside Lake Taihu, China’s third biggest freshwater lake, with the course winding along the water’s edge before leading runners into the natural trails for a lamp-powered adventure.

A choice between the 9KM and the 21KM will bring together new and experienced runners with live bands, food, and other outdoor experiences set to give fans, friends, and family a night to remember.

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Aug 27-28, XTERRA Tremblant

The third of four races in the XTERRA Quebec Series takes place in Tremblant, a unique ecological preserve that is transformed for just one weekend a year into an off-road triathlon getaway.

Organizer Christian Rodrigue and his team are dedicated to offering up a challenge to suit every age group and skill set. 

In Tremblant, there are 6/11/20KM trail runs, youth-sprint-and-full distance duathlons, a MixTerra for gravel racers, sprint tri, and of course - an XTERRA World Championship qualifier.

Quebec was named one of four international destinations that would be perfect for a Race-Cation this year by the editors of Triathlete Magazine, and for good reason

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