In 2010 XTERRA is taking trail running to the extreme with the half-marathon distance “Xduro”.
“After 12 years of producing trail runs alongside our XTERRA off-road triathlons we’ve learned that our audience wants a bigger challenge than a 10k,” said TEAM Unlimited CEO Tom Kiely. “What the market told us was to create a series of half-marathons that have a physical challenge parallel to that of a road marathon, but with Mother Nature along for the ride.”
Some Xduro’s will be off-road half-marathons, some may be 18k or even 27k, but one thing is certain -- each one will serve up a buffet of obstacles the road just doesn’t offer. Navigating through dirt pathways, dodging boulders, leaping over roots, clambering up hills that make your calves cry and skating down valleys that allow you to survey some of the most scenic vistas Mother Nature has painted.
“XTERRA is thrilled with the growth of its Trail Running Series launched six years ago, and we think the longer distance focus will push it to whole new extreme in terms of participation and challenge,” said Janet Clark, President of TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA. “XTERRA Trail Runs give runners an opportunity to explore some wildly natural environments and challenge Mother Nature's diverse and unique offerings from roots and rocks, to stream crossings and unexpected scenic vistas.”
More than a dozen endurance runs across the U.S. and several more around the globe will ready runners for the ultimate Hawaiian experience – the XTERRA Trail Running World Championshipon the spectactular Hawaiian island of Oahu.