Xterra Triathlon moves U.S. Championship event from Utah to Avon this summer

Crowds gather at Beaver Creek for Xterra races in 2021. Xterra will move its US Championship event to Beaver Creek in 2022.
Jesse Peters/Xterra

VAIL – The Xterra Off-Road Triathlon Circuit is moving its United States Championship event out of Utah to Beaver Creek and Avon as part of a larger effort to relocate the triathlon circuit’s long-used championship venues off road.

The event will take place from July 16 to 18.

It’s a big shake-up in the United States as the Xterra World Championship event, Hawaii’s off-road triathlon on which the series’ foundation was built, also moves to 2022 after 25 years on Maui.

The idea of ​​taking a professional triathlon competition and moving it to soft-surface mountain trails and choppy water originated in Maui with the Xterra World Championship event, but will move to Italy in October.

This makes the Avon/Beaver Creek event the largest Xterra off-road triathlon event in the United States in 2022, which has Avon officials excited.

“We are thrilled that Xterra is expanding its footprint here in Avon and focusing more on the community here in Avon,” said Danita Dempsey, the city’s cultural arts and special events manager.

Steve Andrus, Xterra’s new US Tour Director, said the move is part of a global initiative for Xterra to rotate its championship venues every two years, if not every year, to provide new experiences and new challenges to the Xterra family.

In moving the Xterra USA Championship to Colorado, Andrus said the tour sought out a location that “has long been a mecca for Xterra athletes and outdoor recreation.”

While Xterra has held an event known as the Mountain Championship at the Avon/Beaver Creek site, the 2022 race will be the first time Xterra has held its National Championship in Colorado, following 12 years at Snowbasin Resort in the USA. Utah and eight years in Incline Village, Nevada.

Xterra competitors swim at Nottingham Lake in Avon in July 2021 during the Xterra Colorado event, which will become the Racetrack USA Championship in 2022.
Jesse Peters/Xterra

“One change that’s going to be new for this year is a festival component that’s happening in Avon,” Andrus said. “We want to focus on the community on this event, not only how can we have a good race, but how can we involve the community areas to participate in these events? Create a new festival-like atmosphere with other things, not just racing.

In addition to the main event, Xterra is planning sprint and relay races, children’s races, garden games, vendor stalls, food trucks, breweries and live music at Nottingham Park.

Trey Garmin, longtime public relations manager at Xterra, said while the Colorado event has always been a success, the fact that it is now the US Championships will likely mean more athlete turnout. from all over the country.

“Generally speaking, in Utah, we will have nearly all 50 states represented, and with the prize money increasing, we can expect more foreign elites to travel,” Garmin said.

The purse includes $25,000 awarded equally to the top 10 elite men and women, as well as Xterra USA Championship crowns to the Age Group Division winners as well as 51 Xterra World Championship qualifying spots. 2022 to be held in Trentino, Italy on October 1.

The Xterra Colorado course begins in the town of Avon and continues aloft on the Beaver Creek trails.
Jesse Peters/Xterra

“We are reinventing ourselves in many ways. One is to rotate championship venues, and more importantly, our renewed focus is to deliver exceptional event experiences for attendees and the local community,” Andrus said. “To that end, we reached out to our partners in Avon and Beaver Creek to find local musicians, restaurants, sustainability partners and charities to make this a real block party.”

Dempsey said the Xterra USA Championship is currently striving to become a zero-waste event in which the materials used are reusable, recyclable or compostable.

“Our sustainability issues and overall collaboration for climate action is a high priority for our city, so we’ve linked them with our appropriate partners here locally with the goal of eventually becoming a zero event. waste.”

Xterra said the company also had sustainability in mind when making the decision to move the world championships.

“While several factors were considered, athlete accessibility and carbon footprint played a central role in the decision,” Xterra said in a statement. “But no destination stood out more to carry the torch for this landmark event than the spectacular foothills of Trentino, Italy. A must-visit destination for any outdoor adventurer and a bucket list location for every off-road athlete. “

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