The 2014 XTERRA Each Championship will also serve as the 2014 USAT Off-road National Championship. We also welcome back our presenting sponsor Luck Stone Corporation. Luck Stone is one of the few remaining privately held, family-owned and operated mid-size companies in our region and in surface mining industry.
This will be the 16th year for XTERRA in Richmond, and the River City is widely regarded as the sports finest urban adventure. Events include the XTERRA Richmond 10k trail run, the XTERRA Richmond half-marathon trail run, free kids races, free clinics taught by athletes, the Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon to raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and two off-road triathlons a half-distance XTERRA Sprint race (perfect for newcomers) and the XTERRA East Championship.
Learn more about this years race and see images and videos from races past with the links to our press guide; highlight reel, and photo site here
The Richmond course is classic, and renowned for having some of the most technical trails in XTERRA despite being in the heart of a big city.
The swim has become a poster child for the XTERRA creed that Mother Nature is your toughest competitor. Its slated to start at the boat ramp at Browns Island, where competitors swim across the James River to Belle Isle, get out of the watershuffle a few hundred feet across Belleand then swim back. The James isnt very cooperative, however, so expect the unexpected.
The Sport race swim will not exit the water at Belle Isle. Sport swimmers will complete a single loop in the water and return to the boat ramp at Brown's Island.
The bike is just as crazy. Riders go under and over bridges, through tunnels, and up stairs. Thanks to countless hours of volunteer work on the Northtrail over the last couple of years, a full loop has been created that connects the north and south James River trails via the Boulevard Bridge to the west and the Belle Island footbridge to the east. The course staples include the Buttermilk trail, Belle Isle sections, tough short climbs and fast downhills through Forest Hills Park, and the man-made miracle Hodson Ramp.
The run starts easy enough, a pleasant jog along the canal, across the river, and on top of the floodwall with a great view of the city. Then athletes turn onto a dirt trail and suddenly an 80-foot vertical climb up railroad ties stares them in the face. They call it the Mayan ruins because it looks just as gnarly as a 2000-year-old temple. After that quad burner, things get easy again for a little while but all kinds of climbs and twists and turns lie ahead. A cool section of forested singletrack meanders through the woods along the river, leading to a water crossing over a small island where athletes encounter rocky terrain and the legendary riverbed crossing The Dry Way. From there racers climb up an old iron ladder to Belle Isle, cross over the James on the footbridge, and head back to Browns for the finish.
Note: The James River is shallow in spots and has several natural and man made obstacles so keep you eyes peeled. It's possible that we may alter the swim course as a result of low or high water.