The hour-long feature presentation of the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon, held on 16 September 2015 in Ogden, Utah, was on air in the race venue’s home market on NBC-affiliated television broadcaster KSL this past Sunday 17 January.
The broadcast in the Salt Lake City market is one of several airings for the show across the US on Sunday. It was also seen in the San Francisco market on Fox, and in Idaho Falls, Sioux City, Takima, Madison, Bowling Green, and others.
The previous USA show was seen by 6 million viewers and similar viewership numbers are expected for this season’s broadcast.
More than 700 racers from 41 US states took part in the gruelling challenge that combined a one-mile swim with an 18-mile mountain bike and 7-mile trail run.
Josiah Middaugh won the men’s race for the second time in four years in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 21 seconds, edging New Zealand’s Braden Currie in a thrilling side-by-side battle by just 26-seconds at the line. In the women’s race Emma Garrad from Park City, Utah, took victory.
The organising team at XTERRA noted that the close race between the leading two male athletes, alongside amateur racer interviews, made for one of the most compelling XTERRA race shows in recent memory.