The race will include a 1.5K swim with two laps in Lake Maipo, a brand new ski lake set alongside the XTERRA Village, followed by 30K mountain bike and 8K trail run. The 2-lap bike course will be fun for riders of all skill levels with some challenging altitude gains and plenty of room for passing. And the trail run will take competitors around the lake and into mountains revealing stunning Chilean landscape views.
A Sprint course is also offered on April 1 (750m swim, 10K mountain bike and 3K trail run), and the following day is equally as action packed with the XTERRA Kids triathlon for children from 7-15 years old and XTERRA Relay races over the full distance. The weekend will be filled with Chilean-style fun and hospitality.
With US$7,500 in elite prize money on the line, competition will be fierce in this first-time event. Fittingly, Chilean Olympian Barbara Riveros (pictured) is confirmed to race. “Chicka” is no stranger to XTERRA and reached the podium in XTERRA races all over the world, including two second place finishes at the prestigious XTERRA World Championship. France’s Morgane Riou, who finished 5th in the 20016 XTERRA European Tour, American Kara LaPoint, who ranked 3rd in last year’s XTERRA Pan American Tour, and Brazil’s Sabrina Gobbo, 5th in the 2016 Pan Am Tour, will be there to challenge her.
In the men’s race, Chile’s Felipe “Pipo” Barraza, who took 4th last year in a stacked field at the XTERRA Pan American Championship, will be racing, along with fellow Chilean Benjamin Munizaga. Legendary Argentinian triathlete, Oscar Galindez, 4th at XTERRA Argentina last year, will compete, as will 2012 Argentinian Olympian Gonzalo Tellechea. American Ian King, 7th in the 2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour, and Frenchman, Julien Buffe are also racing.
The producers of XTERRA Chile are passionate and experienced triathletes. Rodrigo Ballivian is the oldest international distributor of XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards, and his partner, Emilio Ramirez, brings a wealth of experience in event production. His company Milpies, produces numerous high profile road triathlons as well as mountain bike races.
Chile promises a great XTERRA race experience and a spectacular travel experience rich in natural beauty, culture and history. It is home to Patagonia, Easter Island, the high Andean plateau, and vineyards producing some of the world’s best wine. Don’t miss it.
About XTERRA Pan American Tour The XTERRA Pan American Tour is a 10-stop series for both amateur and professional athletes starting March 25th at XTERRA Argentina and concludes September 16 with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah. In between are majors in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
XTERRA Blackwater, with competitors representing twenty states and Puerto Rico, has sold out for the third year in a row. The race is scheduled for April 1st at Blackwater River State Forest in Milton, Florida and is second in the 50 race, 30 state 2017 XTERRA America Tour. XTERRA Blackwater headlines the weekend long Blackwater Multisport Festival, which also includes the Bear Lake Off-road Super Sprint and XTERRA 21K and 6.5K Trail Runs. Entries for these events are still available.
The man behind Florida panhandle’s XTERRA is Ben Dillon, a 10-year Navy veteran who has 30 XTERRA race finishes to his credit. “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to produce XTERRA’s,” said Dillon. “My passion for many years was racing on the XTERRA circuit around the globe. Now that passion extends to multi-sport event production…and to be able to put this together so that others have an opportunity to enjoy what I have experienced is priceless!”
Twenty percent are first-timers to the sport, and if history repeats itself, they will join the ranks of Blackwater enthusiasts like Florida’s Wendy Ewing and Butch Houser.
“I have done road racing and road triathlon for years and was suffering from burnout,” said Wendy Ewing, 2016 XTERRA Blackwater women’s champion. “I had watched my husband and son race XTERRA over the years and decided last spring to give it a go. The atmosphere of XTERRA reminds me of the old days of triathlon, very low key, yet still very competitive. Getting out there in the dirt, mud, rocks, and whatever XTERRA throws at you, has renewed my desire to race again.”
“I did my first tri in 1986, and never raced off-road till 2015,” said Butch Houser. “It’s a blast. If you have never raced on trails you are missing out on a new treat/challenge. This race is as good as anything you’ll find on road. Warning though – you might get hooked!”
FEDHEALTH XTERRA KIDS TAKE NELSON MANDELA BAY BY STORM
The picturesque Kings Beach was a hub of excitement on Friday with eager junior adventure seekers lining up to partake in the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Nelson Mandela Bay.
“The Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race was the perfect ice breaker for a weekend of action packed XTERRA racing,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “XTERRA is all about fitness, fun and most importantly family. We are thankful to all parents for making it possible for their children to be part of the experience. It was truly heart-warming to see the joy on the faces of each and every entrant. ”
Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “It’s always with great excitement that we welcome kids at our Fedhealth XTERRA events. Physical exercise is a major part of a healthy childhood, and when Mom and Dad can also join in the fun, there’s the added benefit of spending quality family time together. Our Nelson Mandela Bay event offered a wonderful day (and weekend) out, for both the young and the young at heart.”
Junior XTERR Warriors could choose between three age group categories when entering the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race: 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run), 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run), and 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run).
Lisa De Villiers (age category 6 – 8 years), made her XTERRA debut on the day. “Today was nice. I really enjoyed the swim and mountain bike leg. I was very happy to cross the finish line.”
Francois De Villiers (age category 12 – 15 years), enjoyed the swim leg the most. “I’m not a strong swimmer, but I really enjoyed the swim because I did well today. I enjoyed the event. It was very nice winning.”
Zac Fletcher (age category 9 – 11 years) had a good race. “I really liked the mountain bike leg,” says a very happy Zac. “I had a good race and really enjoyed the XTERRA.”