Billed as ‘a very special race’, the inaugural PATAGONMAN XTRI extreme triathlon is scheduled to take place on 9 December 2018 in the Aysén Region of Chile. Taking in the scenic backdrop of Patagonia , The event is part of the XTRI WORLD TOUR circuit, and it’s supported by Norseman, the iconic long-distance race, that has gone from point to point and from fjord to mountain in Norway since 2003.
The long distance PATAGONMAN XTRI involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2 km run. However, the organising team in Chile point to a difference in the point-to-point course in Patagonia, with ‘a unique surrounding and extreme conditions’. As with Norseman in Norway, the swim leg of PATAGONMAN XTRI starts with a jump from a ferry boat. Here, athletes plunge into the icy-cold waters of the Aysén Fjord (10-12°C) and then swim back to Puerto Chacabuco.
The cycling leg of the race will ‘roll on the only 180 km of the Carretera Austral [with] actual pavement’, all the way to Cerro Castillo, and the race will finish with a marathon through dirt trails and rubble roads following the Ibáñez River through forest, ‘next to beautiful lakes and waterfalls all the way to the General Carrera Lake’.
Each competitor is required to show up with a support person who will assist them throughout the race. This companion will be transported by the race organization from T1 to two different points along the bike course, then to T2 and finally to two different points along the running course. From this last place (km 28) the support will be allowed to join their athlete, running together to the finish line. Besides this support, there will be only two supply stations: one on the cycling course (km 90) and the other on the running course (km 21).
There are only 300 slots for athletes. The enrolment process began on 17 December 2017 and will close on the 31st of the same month. However, this is not a first-come, first-served event. During that period, anyone can buy a lottery ticket to have the option to participate in the event. That ticket costs US$10; and the total amount collected from this process will go to charity.
After that period, there will be a draw for all who participated in the enrolment process; and the 300 lucky winners will be selected and notified by email. They will have one week to confirm and pay their registration. Registration costs US$690. If after those seven days the payment is not completed, the slot will roll to another athlete.
The race is supported by the Chile Olympic Committee, the National Sports Institute, Bureau of National Tourism, the Armada de Chile and local authorities. Sponsor partners include Zoot Sports, Naviera Austral, Merrell and Puerto Chacabuco.