Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 XTERRA National Trail Championships return to Bend

For the 3 consecutive year Bend, Oregon will host the XTERRA National Trail Running Championships on September 18, 2010. While not an officially sanctioned USA Championship, this race features the best of the best from XTERRA trail races held around the country throughout the year. This race is also the lead up to the self-proclaimed XTERRA "World" Championship held the past years in Hawaii. If runners stick around for another weekend they can run in the USA 50k Trail National Championships (sanctioned by USA Track & Field - the official national governing body for all running sports) on September 25. Here is the complete press release from XTERRA:

Let's face it, Bend, Oregon is pretty much one of the coolest places in the country and a mecca for all you trail running pilgrims out there. That's why XTERRA is headed back to Bend on September 18th as it plays host to the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship for the third consecutive year. Bend, Oregon is surrounded by one of the most sophisticated and spectacular trail systems out there, and XTERRA has taken advantage by creating a fast, relatively flat, yet challenging course for the 2010 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship.

As the final event in a 60+ race series, regional champions and elite runners from all over the country will be vying for their chance at the $5,000 prize purse, and XTERRA.TV will be there to capture all the excitement. Of course, you don't have to be an elite runner to join in the fun as we'll also host a scenic 10km and a stroller friendly 5km too.

What else can I do while I'm in Bend you ask? Whether you are looking for a relaxing bike ride along the Deschutes River followed by a tour of the town's seven local breweries or an action-packed, thrill-seeking climb up Smith Rock, Bend's activity options are truly limitless. Then after a hard day of play outside in the pristine fall temperatures of Oregon, wind down in Bend's bustling, urban downtown full of top-notch restaurants and shops.

Still not convinced? XTERRA is offering early bird rates of just $25 (5km) / $30 (10km) / $40 (21km). XTERRA will also be teaming up with Bend's Bigfoot 10km Trail Run for the "XTERRA 10 and Again" promotion with discounts for anyone running in these back -to-back events. Registration is now open, so sign up today. See you in Bend!


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