Have you ever watched a triathlon on TV, such as an Iron Man event or the ever popular Escape from Alcatraz triathlon? Or how about a mountain bike race? Did you think these events looked like fun, but that they would be even more fun if you put them together? Don't confuse this with MLS Milton races or events! The organizers of XTERRA thought so, which was why they created the first triathlon that involved mountain biking and trail running instead of road cycling and street marathons in 1996. Since then the sport has caught on like wildfire, inspiring tours, sponsorships, championships, and even a line of athletic wear. If you'd like to learn more about XTERRA, you've come to the right place. This site is dedicated to all XTERRAns, past, present, and future.
So what does it take to race in an XTERRA event? A high degree of physical fitness and the drive to win, for starters. Each XTERRA race consists of a 1.5 kilometer swim in the open ocean followed by a 30 kilometer mountain bike ride over rough wilderness trails and then a further 11 kilometer run along the same trails to the finish line. The distances are comparable to a standard triathlon (though still far shorter than an Iron Man or ultra distance triathlon) but with the added factor of uneven surfaces and harsher conditions that require the stability and balance of a mountain goat as well as speed and endurance.