On Saturday, June 7, athletes from a twelve-state region will converge on Eureka Springs for a day of off-road competition that only XTERRA can dish out!
With the most significant topography between the Appalachians and the Rockies, the Ozark Mountains set the backdrop for one of the most challenging racecourses in the region.
Event organizers are expecting as many as 200 athletes at this year's race. Race director Nick Cross said, "We are quickly developing a reputation as a top-notch stop on the XTERRA America Tour."
The off-road triathlon will utilize a wave start, with racers charging into the cool, clear waters of Lake Leatherwood from the sandy swim beach. Upon exiting the water, racers will scramble 200 yards to the transition area and the start of the mountain bike section. The mountain bike course consists of a mixture of single and double track trails which are semi-technical and include challenging rocky terrain, steep climbs, and several fun and fast descents. The run course follows the contours of the mountains on the west side of the park. The trails are mostly smooth, with some rocky and technical sections. There are two challenging climbs on this route. For a detailed route description and topographic maps with elevation profiles see the "Course Information" page of the website.
Participants, spectators and volunteers can expect an exciting and fun-filled race day. The racecourse passes through the grassy meadow, which serves as the hub of the race operations, three times during the day, so spectators can expect to witness plenty of XTERRA race action. Live music by local favorites Mountain Sprout will keep the atmosphere festive and authentic to the Ozarks.
After the race, participants and volunteers will enjoy free food and more music. Awards will be given for the top three finishers in each age group, with prizes awarded to the top three overall finishers. As with any XTERRA event, there will be plenty of gear giveaways and door prizes. A post-race party will be held at the Pied Piper Pub downtown, with exclusive beer and food specials for XTERRA Eureka Springs participants.