The XTERRA East Coast Championship returns to Virginia, June 15th, 2014.

The original off-road triathlon returns as a field of professional and amateur athletes gets set to discover Richmond’s pristine trails in the nation’s premier wilderness racing series – swimming, mountain biking and trail running at Brown’s Island.

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Luck Stone Corporation is a proud to bring this world-class outdoor event to Richmond as a sponsor of the XTERRA East Championship.

June 14-15, 2014

Brown’s Island
Richmond, Virginia
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Event Info

10k & Half-Marathon

Schedule

6:30 AM

XTERRA Fugitive 10K and Richmond 21K Packet Pickup

(sorry, no race day registration)

8:00 AM

XTERRA Richmond 21K Trail Run start

8:30 AM

XTERRA Fugitive 10K

1st wave start

8:40/50/9 AM

XTERRA Fugitive 10k

2nd, 3rd, and 4th wave starts, as needed

9:00AM–3:00PM

XTERRA Expo and XTERRA Kids Zone Open

9:00AM–1:00PM

Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, a benefit for Challenged Athletes Foundation

9:30AM–3:00PM

XTERRA East Championship and Sport Registration and Packet Pick-up

Proof of identity required

10:00AM

XTERRA Kids Sprint

Free

10:30AM

XTERRA Fugitive 10K / XTERRA Richmond 21K Awards Ceremony

11:00AM

XTERRA Kids Bike Race

Free

11:30AM

XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell

hosted by pro athletes

12:30PM

Kahuna's XTERRA East Championship and Sport Race Briefing

6:00 AM

Transition Open for Set-up and Body Marking

8:00 AM

XTERRA East Championship

Pro Race Start

8:45 AM

XTERRA East Championship

Age Group and Teams Race Start

10:15/10:30 AM

1st place male/female Championship pros expected

 9:05 AM

XTERRA Sprint Race

Age Group and Teams Start

9:00 AM – 1PM

Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, a benefit for Challenged Athletes Foundation

10:15 / 10:30 PM

1st place male/female Championship age groupers expected

10:30 / 11:15 PM

1st place male/female Sprint racers expected

1:00 PM

XTERRA Cut-off at T2

1:00 PM

Championship and Sprint Awards Ceremonies

7:00 PM

After Party

Location TBD

Visiting RVA

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This State Capital is a mecca for adventure, with Brown's Island at the center of it all. Over 400 years of history, the James River's Class IV rapids, our Arts & Culture District or literally hundreds of local restaurants, are all just a stone's throw away.

Top 5 things to do between events (and within walking distance):

Cruise the Canal

A 40 minute narrated historical tour of the James River and Kanawha Canal

Catch some Whitewater

Raft the "Best urban park from Georgia to Maryland"

Taste the Local Flavor

There's something for everyone, at one of over 900 area restaurants

Glide through History by Segway

Guided 1- to 2-hour tours of Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill or Hollywood Cemetery

Get in touch with Your Inner Artist

Find culture at one of more than 500 galleries, museums and venues

For Foursquare users, earn your RVA badge by visiting these hot spots in the River City!

Pro Athletes at Xterra

  • Will Ross

    Anchorage, Alaska

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  • Will Kelsay

    Boulder, CO

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  • Tim Snow

    Brockton, MA

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  • Suzie Snyder

    Fredericksburg, Virginia

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  • Shonny Vanlandingham

    Durango, CO

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  • Ryan Ignatz

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  • Ryan DeCook

    Rochester, MI

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  • Nick Fisher

    Ogden, UT

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  • Melanie McQuaid

    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Lesley Paterson

    San Diego, California

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  • Katie Button

    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Francisco Serrano

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  • Danelle Kabush

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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  • Dan Hugo

    Stellenbosch, South Africa

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  • Craig Evans

    Hendersonville, Tennessee

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  • Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz

    Stellenbosch, South Africa

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  • Cody Waite

    Lakewood, Colorado

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  • Christine Jeffrey

    Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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  • Chantell Widney

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  • Catherine Sterling

    West Boylston, MA

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  • Caroline Colonna

    Taos, New Mexico

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  • Brandi Heisterman

    Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Branden Rakita

    Colorado Springs, CO

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  • Brad Weiss

    Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Andy Lee

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Will Ross

Anchorage, Alaska

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 17

 
Having just turned 24, the Anchorage, Alaska native is the youngest pro in the field but has been racing XTERRA for seven years now.  Ross had his best XTERRA finish ever right here in Richmond, a seventh-place showing in 2011. 

Will Kelsay

Boulder, CO

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 4

 
The former Mr. XTERRA award winner has been a worldwide inspiration to an entire generation of XTERRA athletes. The 11-year veteran once went on a 12,000-mile, 12-race, cross country road trip in a beat-up RV to share his love for the sport, and in 2011 did a six-week, six-country XTERRA road trip (see video). This season he is serving as the American ambassador to XTERRA Mexico, and anyone interested in discovering the beautiful venue of Tapalpa on August 3 should email him at will@willkelsay.com. Last year he finished a career-best 4th in Richmond.

Tim Snow

Brockton, MA

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 21

 
The 37-year-old from Brockton, Massachusetts has been racing XTERRA for four years, and placed 14th in Richmond last season.  He was also 14th at the Southeast Champs last month.

Suzie Snyder

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank:   3

 
Suzie lives in Fredericksburg, so consider Richmond her home course. The 31-year-old is in her 10th year with XTERRA and is the reigning XTERRA U.S. National Champion.  Originally from Averill Park, New York, Suzie was a three-sport state champ in cross country, pole vault, and slalom waterskiing. Snyder finished 3rd in Richmond in 2011, and was 6th last year.  This season she was second at the West Champs and sixth at the SE Champs.

Shonny Vanlandingham

Durango, CO

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 4

 
Shonny V turned 44 on May 29 and just won the Beast of the Southeast off-road tri in Tennessee last weekend.  The former XTERRA World Champion (2010) has been awesome in Richmond, winning the title in 2011, finishing 2nd in 2009 and 2010, third in her first try in 2008, and fourth last year despite a nagging knee injury.  This season she placed 3rd at XTERRA South Africa, 3rd at the West Champs and fourth at the SE Champs. With 15 NORBA National race wins and three NORBA Series Championship titles, Shonny was the most successful rider in NORBA history. A 7-time U.S. National Mountain Bike Team Member, 3x (2004-06) NORBA National Series X-Country Champ &  2005 U.S. National Short Track Champ.

Ryan Ignatz

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 11

 
Ignatz works full time as a bike fitter at Colorado Multisport and is also a fit instructor for Retul, but despite limited training still manages to be among the best in the sport.  He was 4th at the season opener in Vegas and was 6th in his last attempt in Richmond back in 2008.  Ignatz has been racing XTERRA for a decade, and his wife Maia is one of the top women’s age groupers in the sport.

Ryan DeCook

Rochester, MI

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: NR

 
The Rochester, Michigan native has been racing XTERRA for a decade, and won the 20-24 XTERRA East Championship title back in 2004 before turning pro.  DeCook had his best showing in Richmond in 2009 when he finished seventh, and in 2010 he blew out his knee in Forest Hill Park while racing towards the front on the bike.  His resilient return has been an inspiration to the XTERRA Tribe, read about it here; http://www.xterraplanet.com/news/press_article.cfm?id=3564

Nick Fisher

Ogden, UT

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 6

 
The 27-year-old from Ogden, Utah is one of the sports’ up-and-coming stars in his first year as an XTERRA Pro and fresh-off a career-best 5th place showing at the Southeast Championship race on May 18.  Fisher won Utah state high school track titles in the 800, 1600, and 3200-meters and founded the Weber State tri team while in college.  This will be his first shot at Richmond, but as a pro mountain biker the twisty, turny trails (and short swim) should play to his strengths. 

Melanie McQuaid

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  • 2010-11 XTERRA Canada Champ
  • 4-time XTERRA US Pro Series Champ
  • 3-time XTERRA World Champ
  • Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank:   2

McQuaid was 28 when she made her first trip to the James River back in 2001, and has since won three XTERRA World Titles.  In Richmond, the former world cup mountain biker from Canada has been remarkably consistent, making her way to the podium every June for 12 consecutive years, including wins in 2004, 2008, 2009, and last year, to go with six runner-ups.  Last month at the Southeast Champs McQuaid posted the fastest bike split and finished just behind Paterson in second.  This weekend she’ll race at the IM 70.3 in Raleigh, NC.

Lesley Paterson

San Diego, California

  • 2011 XTERRA World Champion
  • 2011 XTERRA Pacific Champion
  • Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 1

Since finishing third in Richmond last year after "crashing all over the place" Lesley has won every XTERRA she’s entered, including the USA and World Championships last year, and the Philippines, West, and Southeast Championship titles this year.  In the last three months alone the “Scottish Rocket” has done 13 races (3-XTERRA, 2-70.3’s, 3-pro mountain bike races, 4-running events, 1-Oly distance tri), and won nine of them.  She also won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and ITU Cross Triathlon World title last year, and was honored as the off-road athlete of the year at the Competitor Endurance Sports Awards.  Lesley is also a film producer that just signed a movie deal, coaches 27 athletes every week, just shot a workout DVD, has been on the cover of three mags recently, held a boot camp in Ohio, did four charity events, and delivered her first corporate motivational talk.  This July she’s hosting a fully-funded three-day triathlon camp for young adults 18 to 22 who are at a crossroads in their lives and for participants from the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Katie Button

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 13

 
Katie won the 25-29 age group title at the XTERRA East Championship in 2011 before turning pro, and last year she was 9th in the River City. The 28-year-old physical therapist from Canada was also 9th at the Southeast Championship last month. 

Francisco Serrano

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: NR

 
“Paco” represented Mexico at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and has been racing off-road since 2004 when he finished 8th right here in Richmond at his first-ever XTERRA.  He’s the reigning XTERRA Mexico Champion.

Danelle Kabush

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank:   5

 
This will be Danelle’s sixth trip to Richmond.  The 38-year-old from Calgary has finished 5th here three times (including last year) and had her best showing in 2009 when she placed 3rd.  Kabush won the XTERRA Mountain Champs last year and has been in the top 5 at Worlds four times, including two runner-ups.  This year Danelle placed 5th at the West Champs and 7th at the SE Champs.  The mother of two earned a PhD in sport psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2007, and writes an informative and entertaining blog at danellekabush.com.

Dan Hugo

Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

  • 2011 XTERRA South Africa Champion
  • Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank:  9

The 27-year-old from Stellenbosch, South Africa was 24-seconds shy of winning the XTERRA East Championship in his first try here back in 2008, and finished 2nd in Richmond twice thereafter in 2010 and 2011. Last year Hugo missed the River City race and sat out most of the season due to injury, but has returned to the sport in 2013 with guns blazing.  He has posted a remarkable six straight runner-up finishes at XTERRA World Tour races - starting at XTERRA South Africa, followed by 2nd place finishes in the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, Malaysia, and last month at the Southeast Championship in Alabama.  With the injury to Stoltz and absence of Middaugh, Hugo comes into Richmond as the favorite.  

Craig Evans

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Current XTERRA Pro Series Rank:  2

The 35-year-old from Hendersonville, Tennessee has been racing XTERRA for a dozen years and as a pro since 2006.  His crowning achievement in the sport came last year when he was the top American – and 2nd to only Conrad Stoltz - against a stacked-international field at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Alabama.  Evans is a rare breed, an elite who dedicates more time to his real job and family than to training.  In Richmond, he’ll be wearing No. 1 as the top-ranked pro in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series rankings (disclosure, Series leader Josiah Middaugh will not race in Richmond). Evans has finished in the top 5 at four-of-the-last-five races in Richmond, including a venue-best 3rd place finish last year.  

Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz

Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • 4-time XTERRA World Champ
  • 9-time XTERRA US Pro Series Champ
  • 2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champ
  • Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 8

The “Caveman” got his illustrious XTERRA career kick-started in Richmond back in 2001, and has since become the sports all-time championship race wins leader with 46 and is the only elite to win four XTERRA World titles.  The two-time Olympian from South Africa once said he “lost his heart to XTERRA in Richmond” and has dominated here, winning seven of the last eight races including four in a row.  Stoltz had to pull on the run at last month’s Southeast Championship due to a calf injury, and is uncertain if he’ll be able to toe the start line on June 9. 

Cody Waite

Lakewood, Colorado

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 15

Waite broke the 5th metatarsal head in his right foot in February but returned to racing earlier than expected – finishing 8th at the Southeast Championship in May.  The eight-year XTERRA veteran from Lakewood, Colorado credits his sponsor ASEA and putting extra emphasis on his nutrition while his training volume was reduced, as key factors in his speedy return.  Waite has been in the top 10 in Richmond three straight years, and is also a tri coach who creates specific training plans for XTERRA. 

Christine Jeffrey

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 8

 
The four-time All-American swimmer at Arizona State is known as the “Big Fish” and she regularly beats the boys out of the water.  This is the 40-year-old Canadians sixth year racing XTERRA, and her best showing in Richmond was a 4th place finish in 2011. This year she was 14th at the West Champs and 8th at SE Champs.  When she is not racing Christine works as a landscape architect in Tucson, Arizona. Learn more about the Big Fish at christinejeffrey.com

Chantell Widney

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: NR

 
This will be Chantell’s second-ever XTERRA, and in her first one – last year at XTERRA Canada – she finished 4th despite being totally new to mountain biking and on a very tough mountain bike course. The 34-year-old Canadian is a certified exercise physiologist and accomplished road triathlete.

Catherine Sterling

West Boylston, MA

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: NR

 
Richmond will be Catherine’s first-ever XTERRA race.  The rookie pro from West Boylston, Massachusetts was an honorable-mention in USA Triathlon’s age group triathletes of the year voting last season, and won the 35-39 USAT National Championship in 2011.

Caroline Colonna

Taos, New Mexico

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank:   9

 
Caroline did her first XTERRA in 2000. Ten years later won the 45-49 division XTERRA World Championship then turned pro.  Her best showing in Richmond was 2011 when she finished 6th.  This year she placed 12th at West Champs and 10th at the SE Champs.

Brandi Heisterman

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 6

 
Brandi is coming off her best XTERRA showing yet, an impressive 3rd place finish at the Southeast Championship last month in Alabama. This will be her first race in Richmond but the short swim plus tricky bike and run courses should play to her strengths.  The 37-year-old Canadian is a school teacher by trade, and a mother of two who pens a humorous blog “Babies and Bikes."

Branden Rakita

Colorado Springs, CO

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 3

Rakita enters Richmond tied for 2nd with Craig Evans in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series.  The 32-year-old Durango, Colorado native is one of the sports best swimmers, and a consistent top five performer since crashing the podium at the USA Champs in 2008.  He earned a civil engineering degree from Colorado State and can be seen in a plethora of current 2XU ads.  Last year Rakita placed 5th in Richmond.

Brad Weiss

Cape Town, South Africa

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 10

 
Last year Weiss finished seventh in Richmond in his first race in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series, just a few weeks after winning the ITU U23 Cross Triathlon World Championship.  Since then the 24-year-old South African has finished in the top 5 at XTERRA South Africa, the Philippines, Saipan, Guam, and was just 4th at the Southeast Championship at Alabama.  Fellow countryman Dan Hugo thinks Weiss has what it takes to be on top, and the young gun could very well be Hugo’s fiercest competitor in Richmond on June 9. 

Andy Lee

Current XTERRA US Pro Series Rank: 18

 
Andy won the XTERRA East Championship age group title last year in Richmond and just finished 12th in his first race as an XTERRA Pro at the Southeast Championship in Alabama. 

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