XTERRA 2009 Comes to Sugarbush


Warren, VT- The XTERRA Northeast Cup, a burly off-road triathlon, rolls onto Sugarbush Resort this Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12. The race is part of the national XTERRA Cup Series and will see elite athletes from all over the country competing to qualify for a chance to race in the World Championships in Maui. Competition is open to all (there is an amateur 'Sport course'), but there is one requirement: you’d better have a big, healthy set of lungs.

Started back in 1996 on the island of Maui, XTERRA races combine the chill of swimming in a mountain lake, the thrill of weaving through trees on a mountain bike, and the adrenaline of running up and around some of the country’s highest peaks. The Sugarbush race will begin with a swim in the snowmaking pond just off the Mad River. Pros will have to complete two laps (1.5k); amateurs one (750m). Racers then jump on their mountain bikes for a lung-busting climb up the trails that parallel the Sugarbush Access Road and German Flats, finishing at the Mt. Ellen base area. The triathlon ends with a run around the lower-section of Mt. Ellen with the pros having to complete a 10k loop that sees a 570-meter climb, and amateurs a 5k loop that has a 285-meter climb.

The XTERRA Northeast Cup will dish out $10,000 in prize money.

'This is an awesome event,' said Sugarbush’s John Egan. 'This kind of race was made for Sugarbush. It has all that’s great about outdoor sports: challenge, excitement, and the beauty of the mountains. It’s a great race to compete in, but it’s also a great race to watch because the level of athleticism is incredible.'

Competition gets underway this Saturday with the XDURO Trail Race going off at 9 a.m. This 21k- run has competitors running from the snowmaking pond off the Mad River, up through the mountain bike trails that parallel the Access Road and German Flats, and then around the base of Mt. Ellen. Amateur triathletes begin competition at 1 p.m. on the Sport Course and there will be a Children’s Course Duathlon that starts at 4 p.m. The pros come out Sunday for a 9 a.m. start. The Beer Garden opens at 11:30 a.m.

Visit sugarbush.com for complete schedule and registration information.