Xterra Returns to Keystone This Weekend

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KEYSTONE, Colo. July 9, 2004 - More than 1,000 athletes representing 30 states and eight countries will be in Keystone, Colorado next weekend, July 17-18, for the Nissan Xterra Central Championship race and accompanying events.

The championship, featuring a $20,000 pro purse, is an OFF-ROAD triathlon comprised of three disciplines. It starts with a 1-kilometer swim in Keystone Lake, follows with a 31k mountain bike up, around, and down Keystone Mountain, and finishes with a twisting and turning 10k forest trail run.

It's the second-of-four championship events in the Nissan Xterra USA Series that boasts 45 races in 28 states. There is no venue, however, with conditions equal to that of the Rockies. The altitude (starting at 9,000 feet and climbing to 11,000 ft.) alone can turn a seasoned athlete into a pile of mush but there's also the frigid water, intense trail climbs, and bone-jarring biking.

Some of the best professional athletes from around the globe will converge on Keystone Resort for the race, including Olympic triathletes gearing up for Athens.

There is also a half-distance XTERRA Sport race, perfect for newcomers. The two XTERRA events accommodate approximately 600 racers, and more than half hail from Colorado. The races are part of an off-road sports festival weekend that includes free clinics in mountain biking, trail running, and swimming, an expo area with multisport displays and demonstrations, the Colorado State Mountain Biking Championships, trail running races, and the Nissan Kid's Base Camp which provides a whole day of fun stuff for the kids, plus there's food, drinks, and music all weekend long.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 17

7:30am
Saucony XTERRA Snake River Scramble Registration

9am
Expo Open — Exhibits, Food Booths, Climbing Wall

9am
Saucony XTERRA Snake River Scramble Start (5K and 10K)

9am-5pm
XTERRA and XTERRA Sport Registration and Packet Pick-up

9am
ACA Colorado MTB Championship Registration Open
(Registration closes 30-minutes prior to each race start)

10-11:00am
XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — MTB Clinic with Justin Thomas & Anke Erlank

10:00-05am
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Pro/Semi Pro/Expert Men & Jr. Expert Men Start (16 miles)

10:15am
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Pro/ Expert Women Start (16 miles)

10:30am
Saucony XTERRA Snake River Scramble Awards Ceremony

11:30am
XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — Trail Run Clinic with Tyler Johnson & Chantal Thompson

11am
Nissan Xterra Owners Excursion and Lunch

12pm
Xterra Owners Off-road Excursion and Lunch

12:30-12:40pm
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Sport Men Start (12 miles)

12:30pm
Kahuna's XTERRA and XTERRA Sport Race Briefing

12:45pm
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Jr. Men and Jr. Expert Women Start (12 miles)

12:45pm
XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — "Art of XTERRA — with Candy Angle, Josiah Middaugh, Nicolas LeBrun, and Jamie Whitmore

12:50pm
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — All Sport Women Start (12 miles)

2pm
XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell — Swim Clinic with Dominic Gillen & Kaley Parkinson

2:30-2:40pm
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Beginner Men and Women Start (12 miles)

2:45pm
ACA Colorado MTB Championship — Jr. Women and Jr Boys/Girls Start (8 miles)

5pm
Expo Close


Sunday, July 18

8am
XTERRA Sport Start (0.5k swim, 15k mtb, 5k trail run)

9am
Expo Open — Exhibits, Food Booths, Climbing Wall

10am-2pm
Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, a benefit for Challenged Athletes Foundation

10:30am
Nissan Xterra Central Championship Start
(1k swim, 31k mtb, 10k trail run)

11:00am
XTERRA Sport Awards Ceremony

12 Noon
XTERRRA and XTERRA Sport Athlete BBQ

3pm
Nissan Xterra Central Championship Awards Ceremony

3pm
Expo Close NISSAN KIDS BASE CAMP SCHEDULE -

Saturday, July 17

8-9am
Nissan Kids Sprint Registration

9:05am
Nissan Kids Sprint

9:30am-4pm
Challenge Stations Open

10-11am
ABCD's of Bike Safety

11-12pm
Bike Skills Riding Course Open

12pm
Shimano Youth Series Bike Race

2-3pm
ABCD's of Bike Safety

3-4pm
Bike Skills Riding Course Open

Sunday, July 18

9:30am-3pm
Challenge Stations Open

10-11am
ABCD's of Bike Safety

11am
Bike Skills Riding Course OpenParents must register their children prior to participating in Base Camp activities. Participation is free.For more information about the 7th Annual Nissan Xterra Central Championship, visit www.xterraplanet.com.