The 2017 XTERRA America Tour has a new race for the Atlantic Region, XTERRA Way Over Yonder, which will be held at Wawayanda State Park in Hewitt, New Jersey on May 20. There are 50 races in 30 US states on this year’s XTERRA America Tour, including five in the Atlantic Region.
The Wawayanda State Park features 60 miles of trails that ‘weave through a hardwood, hemlock and chestnut oak filled forest with rocky outcrops all around’. The XTERRA team add that the ‘park is home to red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, and the great blue heron… Incredibly, this scenic outdoor playground is located less than 50 miles from the Big Apple.’
“It’s the first New York City metro XTERRA,” said Race Director David Schwartz, an XTERRA athlete himself. “I had a moment of inspiration while competing at XTERRA Nationals in Utah a couple of years ago, realizing XTERRA was under-served near the nation’s largest city so I set my sights to go about making a race as epic as the city itself.”
He continued, “It all starts with a beginner friendly 800m swim, comprised of two 400m laps with a short beach shuffle in between, in the glacially-formed, spring-fed Wawayanda Lake. Then it’s on to 12-miles of mountain biking with plenty of technical single track featuring all aspects of this amazing park – dirt, rock, pine needle carpet and swamp.”
The last leg is a 5-mile trail run that starts easy before heading in to some lush green single track through the forest.
“It’ll be a great race for newcomers to the sport and for the seasoned vets out there chasing points and trying to win a regional championship and the Maui spot that goes with it,” added Schwartz.
The first 50 entrants will be entered into a special bonus raffle, and registration is open now at http://www.raceforum.com/XTERRAyonder
Athletes can make use of a US$15 off registration coupon code: 15OFFXTERRANYC (expires January 22, 2017).