XTERRA Off-road Triathlon and Duathlon

July 9, 2023

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19th 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 19th Annual XTERRA EX2 Off-Road Triathlon, Duathlon, and Relay.

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.

The XTERRA EX2 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 Italy.

Course Descriptions

Swim Course

The triathlon starts with a .75 mile swim in beautiful Lake Habeeb.  The swim is two laps with a 50 meter beach run between the laps.  After exiting the water for the second time, racers run up to the transition area that is 100 meters from the water and transition to bike.

Bike Course

The bike course is a two-lap course with each lap measuring 6.7 miles for a total of 13.4 miles. The total elevation change on the bike course is over 1,000 feet. The bike course has about 1 mile of pavement on each lap and the rest is awesome singletrack and doubletrack. There are two on-course aid stations on each lap. After completing the second bike lap, racers enter the TA and transition to run.

Run Course

The run course is a single loop that measures 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of about 600 feet. The run course has about 1 mile of pavement and the rest is sweet singletrack and doubletrack. There are three on-course aid stations on this leg.

Duathlon Run #1

The duathlon substitutes the swim with a 2.7 mile run with an elevation gain of about 150 feet. There is one on-course aid station on this leg.

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 swim or run (duathlon leg #1), 13 mile bike, or the 5.7 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.

Registration Fees

Triathlon

Soloists
$85 – New Year (by 1/1)
$95 – Early (by 4/9)
$105 – Regular (by 6/9)
$115 – Late (by 7/5)
$125 – Race weekend

2 or 3 Person Teams
$150 – New Year (by 1/1)
$165 – Early (by 4/9)
$180 – Regular (by 6/9)
$195 – Late (by 7/5)
$205 – Race weekend

Duathlon

Soloists
$60 – New year (by 1/1)
$70 – Early (by 4/9)
$80 – Regular (by 6/9)
$90 – Late (by 7/5)
$100 – Race weekend

2 or 3 Person Teams
$110 – New year (by 1/1)
$125 – Early (by 4/9)
$140 – Regular (by 6/9)
$155 – Late (by 7/5)
$165 – Race weekend

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, finisher medal, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday July 8th
4:00pm to 7:00pm – Check-in and course open for pre-riding

Sunday July 9th
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.

Gear Information

Bicycles

  • 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

 

Wetsuits

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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Directions

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

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 Rules

  • 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

Age Groups

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:
Open

Sponsors

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