July 15, 2022
- July 16, 2022
Beaver Creek, Avon, CO Beaver Creek, Avon, CO
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! ALL ARE WELCOME!
WHAT: XTERRA USA Championship
WHEN: July 15-16, 2022
The 21st annual XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon will be held in conjunction with a new family-friendly and community-focused weekend of events in Avon, Colorado, July 15-16, 2022. The triathlon will be held on Saturday, July 16.
It’s the first-time XTERRA has hosted its national championship in the Colorado Rockies, following 12 seasons at Snowbasin Resort in Utah (2009-2021) and eight years in Incline Village, Nevada (2001-2008).
There will be $25,000 in prize money awarded equally to the top 10 elite men and women, plus XTERRA USA Championship crowns to age group division winners along with 51 qualifying spots into the 2022 XTERRA World Championship to be held in Trentino, Italy on October 1.
In addition to the main event, XTERRA will host sprint and relay races along with a variety of other endurance events for the whole family including kid’s races, yard games, vendor booths, food trucks, beer gardens, and live music at the marvelous open-air Nottingham Park Pavilion in the heart of Avon.
THE CYCLE EFFECT
Our community outreach partner is The Cycle Effect, which was founded by XTERRA Family members Brett and Tamara Donelson. They empower under-privileged young women through mountain biking by focusing on physical wellness, community impact, and mentorship. By providing an opportunity for girls to be engaged in regular, healthy programs that help build their self-esteem and promotes overall wellness, girls are more likely to be healthier, stay engaged in school and set goals that will support their future. It’s real, it works, and we can help their team with donations of cash and gear (even a bike if you’ve got one to give!).
Registrations after June 15 are not guaranteed an event t-shirt. If you are a valid military ID holder, use the code "MILITARY" for a 10% discount during registration checkout.
Distance: 1,500m swim / 24k MTB / 9k trail run
The event will feature $25,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes. For amateurs, there will be 51 spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Trentino, Italy up-for-grabs.
Distance: 750m swim / 14k MTB / 5k trail run
The XTERRA Sprint race is a half-distance race on the same course and day as the championship race. The race provides a great opportunity for new competitors.
XTERRA KIDS K AND BIKE RACE
Distance: Free age-appropriate-distanced kids' races during the Saturday evening festival.
Runs: Ages 10 and under | Bike: Ages 7 and under | Pushbikes are allowed. | Finisher prizes will be awarded.
NOTTINGHAM LAKE DROP-IN OPEN WATER SWIM
Thursday, July 14 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
$8.00 per night pre-registration (before 3pm day of)
$10.00 per night for drop-in registration
Register online here!
$25,000 Elite Prize Purse Breakdown – Paid Equally to top 10 Elite Men and Women
Find XTERRA Elite Eligibility criteria here.
Qualifying Slots into XTERRA Worlds to be held October 1, 2022 in Trentino, Italy
Note: An extra qualifying slot will be awarded in each division per every 10 participants in an age group. For example, if there are 25 finishers in the 20-24 men's division category, then four slots will be awarded in that division.
Physically challenged athletes, please email info [at] xterraplanet.com for XTERRA Worlds qualification.
Cancellation, Refunds, and Referrals
NEW! Active Refund is available for purchase during registration and will provide 100% refund of your entry fee if you cancel for any reason up to 48 hours prior to the event.
To submit a refund application, visit refund.active.com. Have your Reference ID handy from your ACTIVE Refund Purchase Information email. Full information can be found HERE.
Refer a friend and save up to 25%!
Share your unique referral code (located on the bottom of your event confirmation) with your friends - and if they use it when they register for the event, you save!
You will receive 5% credit for each person that signs up using your code - to a maximum of 5 people:
1 referral = 5% refund
2 referrals = 10% refund
3 referrals = 15% refund
4 referrals = 20% refund
5 referrals = 25% refund
Please allow 7-10 days after the event has ended to receive the referral fees.
*Subject to change, so please check back regularly.
Thursday, July 14
|5:30pm - 7:00pm||Drop-In Open Water Swim - Nottingham Lake|
Friday, July 15
|2:00pm - 8:00pm||Packet Pickup - Pavilion at Nottingham Park, Avon
Photo I.D. and USAT Membership card required for triathlon registration
|5:15pm - 6:00pm||FREE Lakeside Yoga Session - Nottingham Park, Avon - no registration is required|
|6:00pm||XTERRA University - Nottingham Park, Avon|
|6:00pm - 8:30pm||SunsetSUP! - Nottingham Lake, Avon|
Lakeside Cinema - Nottingham Park, Avon
Saturday, July 16
Full Course Distance:
1,500m swim / 24k MTB / 9k trail run
Full Distance Off-Road Triathlon Course Map (click map below to enlarge) | View in google maps
Bike portion: View in alltrails.com for map and elevation | View in google maps | Download .gpx file
Run portion: View in alltrails.com for map and elevation | View in google maps | Download .gpx file
750m swim / 14k MTB / 5k trail run
Sprint Distance Off-Road Triathlon Course Map (click map below to enlarge) | View in google maps
Bike portion: View in alltrails.com for map and elevation | View in google maps | Download .gpx file
Run portion: View in alltrails.com for map and elevation | View in google maps | Download .gpx file
*Ride the trails any time during park hours.
XTERRA Full Course – 1,500m swim / 24k MTB / 9k trail run
XTERRA Beaver Creek Sprint – 750m swim / 14k MTB / 5k trail run
A 750m or 1,500m swim in Avon’s Nottingham Lake will kick off the point-to-point race. This is a 1 or 2 lap, rectangular course, and a 10-minute warm-up is allowed before the race begins. The average water temperature is between 67 and 71 degrees. Athletes will be given a plastic bag with a race number at registration/packet pick-up. Please use this bag for all belongings used at T1 for transfer by Race Personnel to the finish area in Beaver Creek Village.
PRE-SWIMMING AT NOTTINGHAM LAKE IS PROHIBITED OUTSIDE OF SCHEDULED DAYS/HOURS and is cause for disqualification.
Other local “pay-per-swim” options include the Avon Recreation Center Pool, the Eagle-Vail Community Pool, and the Westin Pool.
After the swim, racers transition to the mountain bike course. Ride out to pavement and get ready to climb for 2,200 feet or 3,600 feet of elevation gain. The off-road uphill climb goes along the trails of Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, and Beaver Creek:
Riders leave T1 via the bike path around the north side of the Lake.
- Turn left onto paved West Beaver Creek Blvd (Intersection will be marshaled during the race)
- Continue over railroad tracks and across HWY 6 (Police controlled intersection during the race)
- Turn left at the skier parking lot and pick up a paved bike path at the end of the lot
- Cross over Prater Road and hit the dirt at the top of the Riverfront Gondola
- Total pavement leaving lake is approximately 1 mile – Great chance to get the legs cranking!
- Follow the trail at top of Gondola and cross under Lower BC Express chairlift. You are on the Elkhorn Trail (some steep climbs)
- After you cross under the second lift, you will intersect the “Village to Village Trail”. This is where you will see the first Aid Station
- Sprint Course racers will take a left onto “Village to Village Trail” at the Aid Station, immediately crossing over the paved road and follow signs to FINISH bike portion
- Full Course racers will climb up the paved “Strawberry Park” road for .9 miles (Full XTERRA racers only)
- After climbing the .9 miles, turn right onto “Daybreak Ridge Trail”. (Full XTERRA racers only)
- At the high point on the trail, turn right onto “Primrose Trail”/ gravel service Road (Full XTERRA racers only)
- At the top of the Arrowhead Lift, you will pass through descending to the West on Skiway, just after you pass by the Arrowhead Yurt on the switchback, you will make a SHARP LEFT TURN onto a winding downhill single track “Arrowhead Mt. Trail” (Full XTERRA racers only)
- When you intersect the “Village to Village Trail”, head back across Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch ski slopes, then back through the Aid Station (Full XTERRA racers only)
- Cross over Strawberry Park paved road and follow signs on “Village to Village Trail”
- Turn hard LEFT onto Beaver Lake Trail and connect to Alley’s Way.
- Turn right at the gravel service road “Cinch” for a short, approx. .2 miles up to the “Cork Screw Trail”
- Turn left off “Cinch” service road and descend into “Corkscrew” – singletrack switchbacks with small root drops
- Continue on “Lower Corkscrew” singletrack/service roads into T2
Runners hit the trails for a 9k or 5k run through aspen glades, along skyways and singletrack, returning to the base of Beaver Creek Village for the post-race party! There is an elevation gain of 700 or 1,300 feet.
- Exit T2 – a slight climb to service road under Chair 1 – Gondola
- Cross Kiva skier bridge over paved road and turn left downhill, paralleling the road
- Turn Right onto “Buddie’s Way” single track, this turns into a double track skiway
- Turn Left onto “Aspen Glade” singletrack
- At “Cinch” service road, turn right, follow this down below the horse stables.
- Just past the road bend below the stables, turn left onto “Village Loop” single track.
- When you intersect “Cinch”, turn left. Sprint racers will then take an immediate right to the finish!
- Full XTERRA racers continue left on “Cinch” and continue to Village Road.
- Turn left on Village Road and connect to Five Senses trail.
- You will join “Lost Buck Spur” single track.
- As you cross under ski lift #12, follow “Stack-it” single track across then downhill.
- Follow “Stack-it” below “Lost Buck” service road and the water tank.
- When “Stack-it” intersects “Lost Buck”, take this service road to the bottom
- Cross “Strawberry Park Skier Bridge” to Finish!
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.
FREE LAKESIDE YOGA - Friday, July 15 @ 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Join local yoga instructor, Amanda Buck, for a free 45-minute session on the Avon Performance Pavilion lawn at Nottingham Park. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, but the event will have a few extras for out-of-town visitors to use.
Find Amanda's group and a few minutes of relaxation to the right of the stage on the lower lawn close to the lake. No registration is necessary. All are welcome.
SunsetSUP! - Friday, July 15 @ 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Compete with yourself and other paddlers at the SunsetSUP Race on Nottingham Lake. These races are perfect events to meet other paddling enthusiasts, get out on the lake and push your skills to the next level. The SUPer fun races are in partnership with SUP CO.
Join us and bring all your friends for our inaugural SUP’er fun race SUP series on Nottingham Lake to win prizes and/or bragging rights! Compete with other paddlers or meet new paddling enthusiasts at SunsetSUP! Enjoy a perfect evening and sunset on Nottingham Lake.
LAKESIDE CINEMA - Friday, July 15 @ 8:15pm
Grab your friends and family and join us at Nottingham Park to enjoy a family movie on the big screen! Come early and enjoy a picnic in the park, paddleboat, or SUP board on Nottingham Lake, stroll through the park or check out the new playable music instruments near the Recreation Center. The movie begins at dusk (around 8:15 p.m.) and seating is on the grass field, so bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack the popcorn, and sit back, relax, and enjoy!
XTERRA KIDS K (Ages 5 and under) - Saturday, July 16 @4:40pm
Finisher prizes will be awarded.
XTERRA KIDS K (Ages 6-10) - Saturday, July 16 @4:50pm
Finisher prizes will be awarded.
XTERRA Littles Bike Race (Ages 7 and under) - Saturday, July 16 @5:05pm
Pushbikes are allowed. | Finisher prizes will be awarded.
The Proper Way - Saturday, July 16 @6:05pm
The Proper Way is a band comprised of traditional bluegrass instruments being played in very non-traditional ways. Join XTERRA for a fun, FREE concert to watch these musicians 'play it like they feel'.
Trout Steak Revival - Saturday, July 16 @8:15pm
Join us for an evening full of Indie, Americana, and Colorado Bluegrass vibes from Trout Steak Revival. The concert is FREE for racers and non-racers alike, so celebrate your XTERRA finish by joining us alongside this awarded, local Colorado band.
Trout Steak Revival
Ever since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado band. The band’s brand of songwriting, balanced by their indie-folk and bluegrass sound, resonates to listeners and concert-goers nationwide. Among the band’s accomplishments, the band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS. They collaborate with school children in mentoring programs in Colorado and nationwide as part of the Can’d Aid Tunes Ambassador Program. Their music is featured on Bank of Colorado’s radio and television advertisements. Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band multiple times, and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Photo Credit: Tobin Voggesser
The Proper Way
The Proper Way began when multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters Shane Osguthorpe and Scott Rogers met while playing a local festival. When a performer failed to appear, the two—who had never played together—were asked to fill in the slot. The musical connection was immediate, and they began performing occasionally with one another.
They established themselves as The Proper Way in 2016, when a promoter invited them to come for a series of shows in Lake Tahoe.
After touring nonstop for two years, the band joined forces with friend and fellow singer-songwriter Carrie Myers to release Ain't No Good Thing Ever Dies, a collection of songs by Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, in 2018. The musical connection with Myers was so obvious, and they had so much fun performing and recording as a trio, that Myers joined the band shortly afterwards.
Their most recent release is All Is Not Lost, a collection of songs by the Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit.
May I bring my own alcohol?
No, even though Nottingham Park has been designated as an “open container” this summer, during special events where alcohol is being sold, like the XTERRA USA Championship, alcohol is not allowed within the liquor boundary.
What about non-alcoholic beverages?
No single-use plastic vessels will be allowed at the event. There will be free water filling stations and canned products available for purchase. There will not be any beverages available for purchase in single-use plastic bottles. Additionally, you will not be able to bring any single-use plastic bottles (including but not limited to water, sports and energy drinks, juice, tea and coffee drinks, etc.) to the event.
May I bring my dog or pet?
We love all four-legged furry family members. In general, well-behaved leashed pets with owners present at all times are allowed at special events and may be restricted to specific “dog-friendly” areas of the venue.
Is smoking allowed?
Avon is a smoke-free community (tobacco, marijuana, etc.). The smoking of marijuana in any outdoor area, public or private, in Avon is illegal.
Are events accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, our event venues all have hard surface paths and locations which will accommodate access.
May I bring a chair or blanket to the event?
Absolutely! We ask that you respect other guests' viewing, but feel free to enjoy the show from your own chairs or blankets.
What happens during inclement weather?
The event will happen rain or shine.
Will there be food and/or beverages for sale?
Yes, food and beverages will be sold at the XTERRA USA Championship.
Where can I park?
We encourage the use of public transportation, riding a bike, or walking. Free parking is available at Avon Elementary School, and on-street parking on W. Benchmark Road and Lake Street, etc. Some events will allow parking at the Bear and/or Elk lots located on Highway 6. Please check the specific event website page for details.
What may I bring?
Blanket/low backed camping or beach chair
Valid government-issued ID to purchase an alcoholic beverage
What is prohibited?
Single-use plastic bottles
Weapons of any kind
Laser pens and similar focused-light devices
Fake IDs – they will be confiscated
The XTERRA USA Championship is proud to be partnering with Walking Mountains in our sustainability efforts.
Remember your reusable water bottle – Plastic-Free Event!
XTERRA will be supporting the Town of Avon with their Plastic-Free events initiative. Fostering a culture of environmentalism, waste mitigation and energy conservation which minimizes the negative impacts to our collective environment and community for the long term is of utmost importance to the Town. The Towns environmental sustainability initiatives and Eagle County’s waste diversion goal of 50% reduction by 2030 (zero waste events utilizing leave no trace practices).
All finishers of the XTERRA USA Championship and XTERRA Beaver Creek Sprint races will receive this reusable, stainless steel cup to use at the festival.
Rethink your ride
The use of public transportation is encouraged as well as walking or riding a bike to all events.
If a car is necessary, please offer your friends a ride and carpool.
XTERRA DISCOUNT DETAILS
XTERRA athletes can enjoy 15% discounts (before taxes/fees) between July 12-19, 2022.
The minimum stay required is 2 nights, unless a specific residence/home requires a longer stay.
Standard policies apply:
Initial deposit at time of booking is 5% of the total stay and is non-refundable.
Final balance of booking is due 48 hours prior to the arrival date, at which time the entire stay is non-refundable.
A courtesy block is based on availability and subject to rate changes based on booking date.
Participants can also call to make reservations: 1.800.235.3557 and mention XTERRA Beaver Creek 2022.
Rates and space are subject to change.
Each reservation includes one parking spot at the property booked.
Discounted rate cannot be combined with any other offers.
Discounted rates are not commissionable, should a travel advisor be involved in the booking process.
Festival Shuttle Bus
The Town of Avon is providing XTERRA athletes with a special, Town of Avon-branded bus service for the post-race festival events. This "Special Event Bus"-labeled shuttle will operate for nine (9) hours between Nottingham Park (Lake Street Stop) and Beaver Creek Resort (top of Village Road) running on the half-hour beginning at 1:30pm and ending with the last pickup at Nottingham Park at 10:30pm and dropping off at approximately 10:45pm at Beaver Creek Resort.
Find more information about getting to and around Beaver Creek/Avon HERE.
Getting around Avon
Public Transportation & Parking:
- The use of public transportation is encouraged as well as walking or riding a bike to the park.
- Free on-street parking is available, including on W. Benchmark Road and Lake Street, as well as at the Avon Elementary School Parking Lots.
- The Elk Parking Lot will be available for race and post-race events. The Bear Parking Lot will be available for post-race, festival activities only.
Getting to the Avon Performance Pavilion, The Terrace, and Harry A. Nottingham Park:
From Denver traveling on I-70, take exit 167 into Avon. From Grand Junction traveling on I-70, take Exit 168 into Avon. Take Avon Road, which on event day will direct you to parking areas. The park is located at One Lake Street.
2022 VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Join us and be part of “the greatest race on dirt” - a fantastic international event weekend with some of the best athletes from all over the world swimming, riding, and running right here in Beaver Creek. We are looking for groups or individuals who have a few hours to spare to help with the event.
Various duties include helping register athletes before the race, body-marking, prepping food/drinks in the recovery tent, handing out water/Gatorade on the course, being a course marshal, helping out the timers, and more.
Volunteers will get a great-looking event t-shirt, lunch, all the Gatorade they can drink, and the undying gratitude of the XTERRA family. The XTERRA crew will deploy volunteers to cover road crossings, help with transition (this is where the athletes go from swim-to-bike and later from bike-to-run), and hand out water and drinks at aid stations, at the finish line, and with timing.
If you cannot volunteer for a full shift, please just contact us in advance and we can accommodate your schedule.
Fundraising opportunities are available for teams, clubs, or any groups looking to raise money for their organization.
Questions? Email the XTERRA Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer [at] xterraplanet.com. Hope to see you there!
We'll be sure to capture you in action this year so wear your best and brightest racing kit!
To see photos from previous years, click on the links below:
2019 XTERRA Beaver Creek Photo Galleries
Don't forget to tag us @xterraplanet and use #xterraplanet!
The XTERRA USA Championship race will offer $25,000 USD prize money to the top 10 elite men and women. Age groupers battle for 51 slots to the XTERRA World Championship to be held October 1, 2022, in Trentino, Italy.
$25,000 Elite Prize Purse Breakdown – Paid Equally to top 10 Men and Women
2022 Elite Prize Money Policy:
All elites earning prize money will receive onsite a W-9 (US resident) or W-8BEN (foreign national) form and a bank wire information form. Return your completed forms by email to samantha.paulson [at] xterraplanet.com.
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.
For XTERRA USA Championship information, email info [at] xterraplanet.com or call 877-751-8880.