While there are many reasons to love the beginning of spring, there is no doubt that for the XTERRA Tribe, the best part is that it signifies the start of XTERRA racing in the U.S.
In March, the XTERRA Bluebonnet in Bryan, Texas and XTERRA REAL in Granite Bay, California, kicked off the series and served as the first chance for South Central and West region athletes to begin earning points in pursuit of a regional championship (and the Maui spot that goes with it).
“XTERRA REAL is the reason I own a hoody and booties,” said XTERRA Pan Am age group Champ, Janet Soule, in anticipation of the chilly water she has a date with this weekend. “The swim is followed by two super fun bike loops on a hilly, curvy trail, and the run is all trail and really fast. It’s a great course with the typical warm and friendly XTERRA vibe.”
On April 22nd, as the weather heats up in the southern states, the XTERRA Southeast region will kick into gear with XTERRA Myrtle Beach while the Atlantic region will follow on May 6th with XTERRA Jersey Devil in Barnegat, New Jersey. The XTERRA Northeast region joins the mix on June 6th with XTERRA French River in Oxford, Massachusetts, where the nation’s hardiest athletes show what they are made of after months of training through snow and ice. The Midwest region gets underway June 10th at Illinois Wilds in Hanna City while the much beloved XTERRA Lory announces the arrival of Mountain region racing on June 16th in Bellvue, Colorado.
The season keeps rolling until the XTERRA USA/Pan America Championship in Ogden, Utah on September 15th and is punctuated by two championship races. XTERRA Oak Mountain in Pelham, Alabama on May 19th and XTERRA Beaver Creek in Avon, Colorado on July 21st feature some of the best trails in the country. Even better, they attract some of the best XTERRA athletes from all over the world.
We know this season will go quickly, as it does every year, and we can’t wait to see what will unfold. We look forward to watching the races for regional championship titles and to see who earns a ticket to Maui by being the fastest on a given day at XTERRA Oak Mountain, XTERRA Beaver Creek, and XTERRA Nationals.
However, the best part of the tour belongs to the athletes. Whether it’s the quiet fortitude of the Northeast warriors, the rambunctious shenanigans of the Southeast athletes, or the diehards in Texas, who eat points for breakfast, we salute the men and women who will bravely toe the line, suffer well, and finish strong in 2018. We have no doubt they will inspire us with their courage, grace under pressure – and because this is XTERRA – their camaraderie and kindness.
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