For the second year in a row, the XTERRA Gator Terra will serve as the USA Triathlon Off-Road Championship race. Held on 4 June at DeGray Lake in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the distances for this year’s race include a 1500m swim, a 32K mountain bike ride, and a 10K run.
“Last year’s race was an epic adventure,” said Race Director Fred Phillips. “In the days leading up to the race, we had five inches of rain at the race site. At 2pm on the day before the race, we received a call from the Army Corp of Engineers, who told us that the area for the start, finish, and transition would be under water in a few hours. In a 30 hour time period, the DeGray Lake rose 12 feet.”
Phillips immediately secured a second venue about six miles down the lake and worked hard to complete the set up of the new transition, finish area and swim course by 9pm that day.
“Next, we had to reconfigure the bike course, including the signage,” he continued.” This took us until about one in the morning. The best news is that we were still able to start on time at eight AM for the race briefing. I really hope we don’t have rain this year, but if we do, we are ready for it! Nothing can stop the XTERRA Gator Terra.”
The XTERRA Gator Terra is the oldest XTERRA branded race on the XTERRA World Tour other than the World Championship race in Maui, and will be celebrating its 21st birthday this year.
In addition to the Gator Terra USAT Championship on Sunday, there will also be a Sprint Distance Off-Road Triathlon (500 yd swim/9 mile bike/2.5 mile run) on 3 June, and the Rusty Iron 1500m Open Water Swim on 4 June.