HONOLULU, HI – Snowbasin Resort and Ogden, Utah transform into XTERRA Title Town USA September 24-25 as all 140 of XTERRA’s U.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events culminate at Nationals in one magical weekend on the mountain.
Lance Armstrong will be racing his first triathlon in over 20 years. The 7 time Tour de France winner is no stranger to triathlon, having won the national sprint championships at age 18 and 19.
The two events will bring more than 1,200 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.
The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 24, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone.
The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 25, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs. Both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty of Utah to millions.
In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously, Ogden hosts its 10th annual Harvest Moon Festival with more than 25 family-friendly activities planned for all ages including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown criterium races.
“We are excited to bring our entire XTERRA Tribe together in Utah this September, the energy level is going to be off-the-charts,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are proven winners – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”
While the USA Championship off-road triathlon is an invite only race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to the public, so one and all can challenge the best-of-the-best trail runners and race for a national championship.
Both events finish at Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and most recently served as the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour. Located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, and just up the road from the adventure capitol of Ogden, Snowbasin is an easy get to and increasingly popular adventure travel destination. It has an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.
For more information and links to registration visit xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.
The XTERRA USA Championship weekend is sponsored by the Utah Sports Commission, and Paul Mitchell. Sponsors include GU, Gatorade, Zorrel, Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, MediaOne of Utah, U.S. Forest Service, KSL TV, and the XTERRA Alliance – Wetsuits, Vitality, Cycling, Fitness, Flex, and Footwear.