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Xterra Returns to Keystone This Weekend

Xterra Returns to Keystone This Weekend

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posted: 01/01/2000

KEYSTONE, Colo. July 9, 2004 - More than 1,000 athletes representing 30 states and eight countries will be in Keystone, Colorado next weekend, July 17-18, for the Nissan Xterra Central Championship race and accompanying events.

The championship, featuring a $20,000 pro purse, is an OFF-ROAD triathlon comprised of three disciplines. It starts with a 1-kilometer swim in Keystone Lake, follows with a 31k mountain bike up, around, and down Keystone Mountain, and finishes with a twisting and turning 10k forest trail run.

It's the second-of-four championship events in the Nissan Xterra USA Series that boasts 45 races in 28 states. There is no venue, however, with conditions equal to that of the Rockies. The altitude (starting at 9,000 feet and climbing to 11,000 ft.) alone can turn a seasoned athlete into a pile of mush but there's also the frigid water, intense trail climbs, and bone-jarring biking.

Some of the best professional athletes from around the globe will converge on Keystone Resort for the race, including Olympic triathletes gearing up for Athens.

There is also a half-distance XTERRA Sport race, perfect for newcomers. The two XTERRA events accommodate approximately 600 racers, and more than half hail from Colorado. The races are part of an off-road sports festival weekend that includes free clinics in mountain biking, trail running, and swimming, an expo area with multisport displays and demonstrations, the Colorado State Mountain Biking Championships, trail running races, and the Nissan Kid's Base Camp which provides a whole day of fun stuff for the kids, plus there's food, drinks, and music all weekend long.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 17

  • 7:30am
    Saucony XTERRA Snake River Scramble Registration
  • 9am
    Expo Open — Exhibits, Food Booths, Climbing Wall
  • 9am
    Saucony XTERRA Snake River Scramble Start (5K and 10K)
  • 9am-5pm
    XTERRA and XTERRA Sport Registration and Packet Pick-up
  • 9am
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship Registration Open
    (Registration closes 30-minutes prior to each race start)
  • 10-11:00am
    XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — MTB Clinic with Justin Thomas & Anke Erlank
  • 10:00-05am
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Pro/Semi Pro/Expert Men & Jr. Expert Men Start (16 miles)
  • 10:15am
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Pro/ Expert Women Start (16 miles)
  • 10:30am
    Saucony XTERRA Snake River Scramble Awards Ceremony
  • 11:30am
    XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — Trail Run Clinic with Tyler Johnson & Chantal Thompson
  • 11am
    Nissan Xterra Owners Excursion and Lunch
  • 12pm
    Xterra Owners Off-road Excursion and Lunch
  • 12:30-12:40pm
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Sport Men Start (12 miles)
  • 12:30pm
    Kahuna's XTERRA and XTERRA Sport Race Briefing
  • 12:45pm
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Jr. Men and Jr. Expert Women Start (12 miles)
  • 12:45pm
    XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — "Art of XTERRA — with Candy Angle, Josiah Middaugh, Nicolas LeBrun, and Jamie Whitmore
  • 12:50pm
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — All Sport Women Start (12 miles)
  • 2pm
    XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — Swim Clinic with Dominic Gillen & Kaley Parkinson
  • 2:30-2:40pm
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Beginner Men and Women Start (12 miles)
  • 2:45pm
    ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Jr. Women and Jr Boys/Girls Start (8 miles)
  • 5pm
    Expo Close


    Sunday, July 18
  • 8am
    XTERRA Sport Start (0.5k swim, 15k mtb, 5k trail run)
  • 9am
    Expo Open — Exhibits, Food Booths, Climbing Wall
  • 10am-2pm
    Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, a benefit for Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • 10:30am
    Nissan Xterra Central Championship Start
    (1k swim, 31k mtb, 10k trail run)
  • 11:00am
    XTERRA Sport Awards Ceremony
  • 12 Noon
    XTERRRA and XTERRA Sport Athlete BBQ
  • 3pm
    Nissan Xterra Central Championship Awards Ceremony
  • 3pm
    Expo Close

    NISSAN KIDS BASE CAMP SCHEDULE -

    Saturday, July 17

  • 8-9am
    Nissan Kids Sprint Registration
  • 9:05am
    Nissan Kids Sprint
  • 9:30am-4pm
    Challenge Stations Open
  • 10-11am
    ABCD's of Bike Safety
  • 11-12pm
    Bike Skills Riding Course Open
  • 12pm
    Shimano Youth Series Bike Race
  • 2-3pm
    ABCD's of Bike Safety
  • 3-4pm
    Bike Skills Riding Course Open

    Sunday, July 18
  • 9:30am-3pm
    Challenge Stations Open
  • 10-11am
    ABCD's of Bike Safety
  • 11am
    Bike Skills Riding Course Open

    Parents must register their children prior to participating in Base Camp activities. Participation is free.

    For more information about the 7th Annual Nissan Xterra Central Championship, visit www.xterraplanet.com.

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