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XTERRA Winter World Championship returns to Snowbasin

Looking to repeat the success of last year’s inaugural event, XTERRA Winter World Championship returns to Snowbasin Resort
in Ogden, Utah on March 7-8. Combining multiple disciplines and a
weekend of races and parties, XTERRA proved to be “the best new
sporting event of 2008” according to readers of SportsTravel Magazine.
Also returning are last year’s champions – Brian Smith of Guinnison, CO
and Sari Anderson of Glenwood Springs, CO – who hope to defend their
titles against some of the best athletes in the world.

At the event’s debut last year, Utah welcomed three hundred
competitors including some of the biggest names in endurance sports and
adventure racing from around the globe. The main event is a true test
of skill and perseverance combining a 5K run on groomed snow, 5K
snowshoe in powder, 10K mountain biking on snow, and an 8K ski
mountaineering course with over 3,000 vertical feet of climbing. While
the pros challenge each other for a share of the $10,000 prize purse,
amateurs will test their skills in individual discipline races such as
snowshoeing and ski mountaineering.

Athletes and spectators alike can expect a weekend of fun,
excitement, and if last year’s event is any indication, dramatic
finishes. After a grueling two hours, the 2008 World Championship came
down to literally the final second, with Brian Smith edging past Josiah
Middaugh of Vail, CO just three gates from the finish line. XTERRA will
continue the festivities this weekend after the sun goes down with
parties at local bars and restaurants where video highlights of the
day's events will be presented.

XTERRA Winter Schedule:
Saturday, March 7

8am-3pm   Registration/Packet Pickup at Snowbasin Resort

9am-3pm  Expo Open

9:30am      Skate Ski Start – 10K

10:30am   Snowboard “Dash for Cash” Start

1:00am      Ski Mountaineering Race Start

11:30am    Skate Ski Awards at Snowbasin

1:00pm      Cut-off for Ski Mountaineering Race

1:30pm      Snowshoe Start – 10K and 5K

3pm           Ski Mountaineering and Snowshoe Awards at Snowbasin

6pm           Race Briefing - Ogden Marriott - English Walnut Room

8pm           After Party - Brewski’s, Ogden (21 and over only).

Sunday, March 8

8am           Registration/Packet Pickup at Snowbasin Resort

9am-3pm   Expo Open

10am         XTERRA Winter World Championship Start

12:30pm    Winter World Champs Cut-off (must start ski mountaineering leg)

2pm           XTERRA Winter World Championship Awards at Snowbasin

8pm           XTERRA Winter World Championship Party