18th Annual XTERRA EX2
Escape the summer city heat and head for the mountains! Join us at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, MD for the 18th Annual XTERRA EX2 Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon.
The triathlon race course starts with a two lap swim in warm clear waters of a mountain lake and the duathlon starts with a three mile semi-technical trail run. After the first segment, all racers head out to complete two laps of a mountain bike course that includes twisty lakeside single-track, wide fire roads, smooth grassy sections, and a few rock gardens. Once completing the mountain bike course, racers transition to a 5 mile run that has rooty trails, smooth open flats, and one big climb. All in all, this course is super fun and has challenged thousands of newbies and seasoned vets over the years!
.75 miles swimming, 13 miles mountain biking, 5 miles trail running
3 miles trail running, 13 miles mountain biking, 5 miles trail running
The XTERRA EX2 Off-Road Triathlon is one of the points series races held in the United States. Competitors earn points based on their finishing place. Racers use these points to vie for the title of XTERRA Regional Champion thus qualifying for the XTERRA World Championship held in Hawaii.
You are going to love this race venue! With its picture perfect beauty, fantastic amenities, large clear mountain lake, and challenging trail network, Rocky Gap State Park offers a stellar venue for this nationally recognized points series race. Rocky Gap has tons to do and is just a 2.5 hour drive from the Washington and Baltimore metro areas. You can make it a family weekend, with camping, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, awesome beaches, plenty of trails, and fishing – everyone will love it! Or you can make it a fun weekend getaway – there is a fancy lodge/casino on site and plenty of bed and breakfasts located right in Cumberland.
Team Relay Option
Each duathlon and triathlon relay team may be comprised of two or three racers. Each athlete on relay teams must complete at least one FULL segment of the race, either the .75 mile swim (Tri)/3 mile run (Du), 13 mile bike, or the 5 mile run. Racers will ‘tag’ each other at the bike rack where their bike is placed. For two person teams, one racer will have to complete two FULL segments and the other racer will only complete one segment.
$85 – New Year (by 1/1)
$95 – Early (by 4/10)
$105 – Regular (by 6/10)
$115 – Late (by 7/6)
$125 – Race day (if available)
2 or 3 Person Teams
$150 – New Year (by 1/1)
$165 – Early (by 4/10)
$180 – Regular (by 6/10)
$195 – Late (by 7/6)
$205 – Race day (if available)
$60 – New year (by 1/1)
$70 – Early (by 4/10)
$80 – Regular (by 6/10)
$90 – Late (by 7/6)
$100 – Race day (if available)
2 or 3 Person Teams
$110 – New year (by 1/1)
$125 – Early (by 4/10)
$140 – Regular (by 6/10)
$155 – Late (by 7/6)
$165 – Race day (if available)
Registration Fee Includes
Fun and challenging course design, professional race operations, wonderful volunteer support, awesome aid stations, medical support, plentiful post-race food, electric atmosphere, great music, awards and give-a-ways, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.
Race Weekend Schedule
Saturday July 9th
4:00pm to 7:00pm – Check-in and course open for pre-riding
Sunday July 10th
7:00 to 8:00 – Check-in
8:15 – Pre-race briefing
8:45 – Racers assemble at starting line
9:00 – Race starts
11:00 – Post-race food available
12:30 – FREE kids race*
1:00 – Awards (top 5 in each category) and sponsor give-a-ways
* Kids race is for ages 2-11. We split into age groups and run short out and back ‘race’. Kids who participate can pick from the Treasure Box.
- Helmet use is mandatory. All racers are required to wear a CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified bicycling helmet while biking.
- Mountain bikes with at least a front suspension system are recommended. Racers using cyclocross bikes will not receive an official time
The water temperature of Lake Habeeb in mid-July is normally around 80 degrees. Water temperature will be measured the day before the race and race morning. All athletes will be notified whether or not wetsuits are allowed under USAT rules.
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.
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Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Flintstone, MD 21530
Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland, 6 miles east of Cumberland in Allegany County. The park is approximately 2.5 hours from the Baltimore and Washington regions.
From Batimore and Washington DC:
- Travel to I-70 west.
- Travel west on I-70 past Hagerstown.
- At Hancock, take I-68 west.
- Take exit #50 for Rocky Gap State Park.
- Once in the park follow signs for Race Parking. The staging area is near the main bathhouse and snackbar in the ‘day use’ area on the eastern side of the lake.
Awards will be presented to the top five male and female, age group finishers, and to the top five relay teams. Awards will be presented after the race at the awards ceremony.
- Race-provided swim caps must be worn during the swim.
- Portable music players or any device requiring earphones are not permitted.
- Race numbers must be worn on the front and must be visible at all times.
- Pets and Pacers are not allowed on the course.
- Respect other racers, volunteers, race staff, and the environment. No littering.
- Poor sportsmanship may result in disqualification.
- Racers must notify race officials if they drop out of the race.
- Stay on designated trails.
- No e-bikes
Triathlon Age Groups include:
15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, etc…up to oldest competitor
Triathlon Relay Divisions include:
Co-Ed, Female, Male
Duathlon Age Groups include:
29-Under, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
Duathlon Relay Divisions include: