Bend has been labeled “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by the editors of Outside Magazine and fondly referred to as home by defending Xterra Champion Max King, with only a month remaining until the September 18th race day it’s not too late to represent the home-grown talent and provide yet another reason why the Xterra National Trail Running Championships belong in Bend.
For as little as $35.00 you can toe the line with the elites in the national championship race. Cover the 21km course and climb a 1,000 feet against the best for your shot at a nice prize purse for the top 5 male and top 5 female finishers.
If you are not tempted to challenge the elites, bring your friends, co-workers, siblings and neighbors and battle for one of 15 age group Xterra national crowns. Titles are awarded to each 5 year age division from 9 and under to 80+. If a half marathon is not in your range of interest there is also 10k, 5k and kids sprint races offered. (All at discounted prices on the August 27th special sign-up day.)
If you are not familiar with the course drop in at 12:30 on September 17th and learn a few tricks at Xterra University. Get to know the course, aid station locations and learn about race day nutrition and hydration when you drop in to pick up your race packet.
If the scenic course and rock-bottom registration fee doesn't get you going maybe the 9:00 start time will do the trick. You don't even have to be up before sun-rise to compete.
- Marci K.