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Race Preview: XTERRA PDX Epic off Road Weekend 8/8 – 8/9/2015 (Henry Hagg Lake, Ore.)

XTERRA PDX takes place August 8 - 9, 2015.

XTERRA PDX takes place August 8 - 9, 2015.

The XTERRA racing weekend is coming to the Portland area on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015. The weekend of events will all take place at Henry Hagg Lake, in Gaston, Oregon. This is the northwest’s largest off-road multi-sport weekend and Portland’s largest off-road racing series. Wanna get dirty? Wanna have fun? If so, definitely keep reading. There are a ton of different events to choose from. On Saturday, August 8, the event schedule is packed with a total of three triathlon and duathlon options, and one kids event. For the big “kids” (adults), you can choose to race in the full or sprint option of the XTERRA Portland Off-Road Triathlon, or the XTERRA Portland Off-Road Duathlon. The Kids have their own splash, pedal and dash.

On Saturday, the transition area will open at 6:30 a.m., as will registration and packet pick-up. The transition area closes at 8:30 a.m. so participants can attend the mandatory pre-race briefing at 8:40 a.m. The point series full triathlon and duathlon begins at 9 a.m., and the sprint triathlon will start at 9:30 a.m. And – the Kids splash, pedal and dash will take place at 10:30 a.m. At 12-noon, the awards for top placing finishers and a raffle for all participants will take place. There are over $1,000 of prizes being raffled off.

For those who love to run, and aren’t into or up for the multi-sport options, there are some great events to choose from on Sunday, August 9. As in previous years the 10k was so popular, XTERRA has added a 5k to this year’s event line up. You may choose from a half marathon, 10k, or 5k trail run! WooHoo, this has me written all over it! The half marathon and 10k will begin at 8 a.m. with participants going in opposite directions. Half marathoners will go around the entire Hagg Lake, which will be beautiful, challenging and scenic. It will be tough enough for seasoned trail runners, yet gentle on the newer trail runners. The 10k is challenging! At 8:30 a.m., the 5k begins and will be a good fit for everyone. The race awards for top finishers and raffle will take place about 10:30 a.m. And, just as on Saturday, there will be a raffle for all participants that will have over $1,000 of prizes up for grabs.

The after party for the XTERRA Portland is said to be absolutely awesome. Make sure to get registered for the event(s) of your choice (think – you can do two races in two days!!!). Online registration closes August 6.

Date: Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015
Distance: Full or spring Tri, Duathlon, Kids race, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
Start Time: First event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday
Cost: $115 for full tri (or $210 for the relay), $100 for sprint tri or duathlon; $80 for half marathon, $55 for 10k or 5k.
Register: Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog, runjessica.com.

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