Race Preview: 2016 XTERRA PDX Epic Off Road Weekend

Looking for an exciting weekend event for the super elite or for the weekend warrior? XTERRA PDX will have something for everyone with the Epic Off Road Weekend coming up August 6th and 7th at the beautiful and challenging trails of Hagg Lake. Bring the kids on August 6th for the Kids Splash Pedal Dash while you take part in the Triathlon, Duathlon, relay, or Sprint Tri. Since I am unable to swim, you're more likely to see me on Sunday the 7th for the amazing (and technical) trail races.

All finishers will receive a finisher’s award to commemorate your accomplishment. When I participated in 2013, we received a really cool stainless pint glass that (those over 21 yrs old) could be filled with beer from the beer garden. There will be pizza, over $1,000 worth of raffle prizes, games, and awards for the top placing athletes.

The course maps for Saturday is available online and the course descriptions for Sunday’s trail runs include terms such as “roots”, “ruts”, “rocks” and “hilly”. Don’t let that be off putting as the scenery is completely worth every challenge and obstacle you might face.  Along with some technical trail, runners will enjoy open meadows, old growth forests and shade from the trees’ canopy, foot bridges, and a heart pumping, exhilarating, sense of accomplishment.  I am not one likely to (ever) finish in my age group or be a “top finisher” but whenever I think of my XTERRA 10K, I still feel a little thrill about completing it.  (I did get first place, however, for wearing the most XTERRA temporary tattoos.)

XTERRA’s sponsors at On, 10 Barrel and Papa Murphys are coming together to host a pre-race party, demo run and registration event on Thursday 7/21 on the On HQ in downtown Portland. Make sure you check it out. 

Race Details:

One of the participants from the 2013 event


Sat. Aug 6thXTERRA Portland Triathlon, Sprint, and Duathlon

6:30 am – Transition open
6:30 am to 8:30 am – Packet Pick Up / Registration (Cash Only)
8:40 am – Transition closed
8:40 am – Mandatory pre-race briefing
9:00 am – Triathlon / Duathlon / Relay Races
9:30 am – Sprint Triathlon
10:30 am – Kids Splash Pedal Dash
12:00 pm – Awards and raffle

Sun. Aug 7thXTERRA Portland Trail Run Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

…And then there’s yours truly after completing my first 10K and first trail race at the 2013 event

6:00 am-7:45 am – Packet Pick Up and Registration
7:45 am – Prerace Briefing
8:00 am – Half Marathon+ (about 13.8 miles)
8:10 am – 10k Start
8:20 am – 5k Start
10:30(ish) – Awards, raffle, and PARTY!
Where:  Henry Hagg Lake  (50250 SW Scoggins Valley Road; Gaston, OR 97119) at Boat Ramp C.  Please bring $5 for parking if you do not already own a season parking pass for the park.

Registration:  (Click here to be directed to XTERRA PDX to register)  Fee schedule is as follows before August 3rd. For day of race registration or at packet pickup, add $10 for the events on Saturday and an additional $5 for the events on Sunday.

Triathlon – $90
Sprint/Duathlon – $70
2 Person Triathlon Relay – $120
3 Person Triathlon Relay – $140
2 Person Duathlon Relay – $110
Half Marathon+ (about 13.8 miles)  – $55
10K – $50
5k – $50
Website:  XTERRA PDX 
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