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XTERRA Trail Run Nationals Open to All Runners

  The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals race is being staged in Utah for the first time, and runners of all ages and skill levels are welcome for the 5th edition on Sunday, September 25. There is less than two weeks remaining to register for the race, so visit the XTERRA Trail Run website www.xterratrailrun.com for more information.

The event offers three courses – 21 kilometers, 10 kilometers and 5 kilometers.

The 21K course will serve as the national championship course, and some of the nation’s finest trail runners including three-time defending men's champion and World Mountain Running champ Max King of Bend, Ore. are expected to participate. Each age group winner (male and female) from the 21K course will be crowned an XTERRA national champion for 2011. The national champions will be determined purely on the results of this race, so even a first-time XTERRA entrant has a shot at a title.

Located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, Snowbasin is easy to get to and an increasingly popular adventure travel destination.It also has an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, green and yellow.

It should be noted that only the results from 21K half-marathon course will be used to determine the national champions. However, the top age-group runners from the 10K and 5K fun runs will also be honored with XTERRA medals. Finisher medals will be given to all participants.

The trail race will be held one day after the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon, creating the ultimate XTERRA weekend for warriors.

As the final event of the 70-race XTERRA U.S. Trail Run Series, the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals will be filmed for a nationally syndicated XTERRA Adventures TV show.

For those who want to turn the race into a weekend getaway for the family, there will be much to do in Snowbasin and Ogden during that weekend. In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. What’s more, the city of Ogden will host a Harvest Moon Festival during that weekend, so there will be even more activities for the entire family. And Salt Lake City – the capital of Utah – is only a 45-minute drive away from Ogden.

For more information visit www.xterraplanet.com or www.xterratrailrun.com or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1 (877) 983-7721.