MORE than 600 athletes will head to Dwellingup for the world premier off-road multisport event XTERRA.
XTERRA is an extreme competition combining swimming with mountain biking and trail running. It has been described as part triathlon, part mountain bike race and part “survival of the fittest”.
Elite Energy Events chief executive Mark Emerton said competitors will face a 1.5km swim (2 x 750m), a 30km mountain bike course and a 10km run.
“XTERRA is known for only being held in the most beautiful locations in the world,” Mr Emerton said.
“The race location, featuring the Murray River, certainly fits that bill and we are very much looking forward to this challenging first race for the 2018/19 Australian Championship series.”
A 12-month collaboration between Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO), Sports Marketing Australia, local government authorities and Elite Energy Events secured the race for Dwellingup.
MAPTO chief executive Karen Priest said the elite event was a coup for the region.
“XTERRA is growing in popularity across the Asia-Pacific region and to have more than 600 competitors from across Australia in the Peel Region for up to a week in November will have a positive impact for accommodation providers, restaurants and other local businesses,” she said.
“The event sponsorship agreement includes broadcast of the race, and beautiful Dwellingup, on XTERRA’s 10 television shows which reach more than 50 million viewers worldwide.”
Shire of Murray President David Bolt said the event not only offered an ideal opportunity to showcase the town’s plethora of trails including canoe, walking and cycling trails, but also its pristine forests, waterways, adventure attractions, the historic Hotham Valley Railway and its arts, crafts and educational offerings.
WHEN: November 24 and 25.