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Cindi Topel on her way to winning her age group at the 2016 USAT Off-Road National Chammpionship Photo: la dolce rvita

XTERRA Gator Terra Awarded USAT National Championship Off Road Triathlon for a 2nd Year

USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship - XTERRA Gator Terra

XTERRA Gator Terra will be celebrating its 21st birthday by hosting the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship for a second year in a row.  The 2017 USAT Off-Road National Championships in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on June 4th, will qualify athletes for the 2018 ITU Cross World Championships in Odense, Denmark. The top 18 in each age group, rolling down to 25th place after applying the age-up rule, earn the right to compete against the worlds best at ITU Cross Tri World Champs.  There is no pre-qualification needed to register to compete in this National Championship.  All those 17 years and older are welcome.

“The Gator Terra, it’s the original XTERRA. 100 % genuine.” – Fred Phillips, Owner of DLT Event Management, producers of the event.

Athletes in the northern part of the country will have a better opportunity to train for this year’s championship, as it has moved from early May in 2016 to June 4th for 2017.

If you are looking for clean and clear water to swim in, a truly championship mountain bike and run course, then you will find it here in Arkansas.  DeGray Lake is rated as one of the top 10 ten cleanest, fresh water lakes in America. The Iron Mountain Trail System is truly a championship level providing a 19.5-mile single lap bike course. For 2017 we will be offering a brand new run course that will challenge you from the beginning to the end!

XTERRA Gator Terra

2017 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship

DeGray Lake – Arkadelphia AR

June 4, 2017

1500 Meter Swim / 19.5 Mile Mountain Bike / 6.2 Mile Trail Run

XTERRA Gator Terra Registration

DLT Events a 21-year-old event production company located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  Feel free to contact them with any questions at DLTevents@yahoo.com

XTERRA Gator Terra

XTERRA Gator Terra

XTERRA Gator Terra

Also, be on the look-out for more opportunities from DLT Events in the upcoming year.

May 7, 2017 – DLT will be hosting the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championship at the same venue as the XTERRA at De Gray Lake. This is deep woods single track with punchy climbs, great descents, loads of banked turns, awesome views, and much more.

June 3rd, 2017 – The day before the National Championship event is the DeGray Lake Sprint Off-Road Tri – 400 Yd Swim, 9 Mile Mountain Bike, 2.5 Mile run.  This is a great opportunity for the first timer or significant other joining athletes who are racing Sunday.  Additionally on Sunday, June 4th, we will be offering a 1500 meter open water swim race.

Southwest Arkansas has many activities for the whole family to enjoy near Arkadelphia:

  • Three IMBA Epic Mountain Bike Trails
  • Hot Springs National Park and an amusement and water park for you to take the kids. Hot Springs, about a 30 minute drive away from DeGray Lake.
  • The Crater of Diamonds State Park, about 45 minutes away, is a public diamond mine, find a diamond and you get to keep it.

 

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About Will Kelsay

Will Kelsay is one of the top cross triathletes in the world with a 10 year career spanning 5 continents competing in more than 18 countries. He has 20 career wins and more than 70 top 5 finishes. Anyone who has met him knows his passion for the sport is only overshadowed by his huge smile & his appetite for fun.

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