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XTERRA Myrtle Beach is proud to be celebrating its 5th year.
The world-renowned name in off-road triathlon comes to the family-oriented beach vacation destination and the result is XTERRA Myrtle Beach. This race has become a favorite in the XTERRA American Tour. The race begins with a unique boat ride to the starting line and current assisted swim in the Intracoastal Waterway. The bike portion will surprise many, with a challenging and technical course that will engage racers over two laps to cover 14 miles. The single track is a hidden gem among our coastal geography! The run is a true mix of terrain covering 5 miles. Drawing beginners and experienced racers alike, the XTERRA Myrtle Beach is a race like none other.
The swim will be a 1000-meter Intracoastal Waterway swim. There is a slight current and the swim start will be adjusted so swimmers will have the current with them. The swim is highlighted by a unique water taxi ride (pontoon boats) to the swim start.
The bike will consist of (2) 7 mile loops (14 miles) at the Horry County Bike and Run Park. Locals have nicknamed the trail the “Hulk” because it resembles the twist and turns of the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride. The trail is fast and flowing single track. Many athletes will be surprised at the amount of elevation changes that are on this trail considering it’s along the coast.
The run is a 5 mile, 2 loop lollipop out and back. Most of the trail is shady and there is a variety of terrain including a twisty tight trail, sand, a steep switch back, and flat gravel road.
Top 3 Male and Female. Top 3 in standard age groups Male and Female 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 65-69, 70-74, and 75+. Top Relay.
RACE Day Info: This Race is SOLD OUT. There will be NO Race Day Registration.
Pre -swim, ride, run: The swim course is available to pre-swim any time. However the waterway is open to boat traffic except during the race. So if you decide to pre-swim please use caution and have a spotter on a SUP or kayak with you. The Bike portion of XTERRA Myrtle Beach is being held at the Horry County Bike and Run Park, also known as “The Hulk”. The park is open for pre-riding anytime between now and race day. The Run portion of the XTERRA Myrtle Beach is being held at property adjacent to “The Hulk”. The trail is open for pre-running anytime between now and race day. (However, the trail is only loosely marked as of now. Final cutting and marking will take place Saturday)
Weather and Water: Air temperature race morning is expected to be around 53 degrees with light winds out of the ENE. High temperature for the day should be mid 60's. Water temperature on Wednesday was 66 degrees. We anticipate a wetsuit legal race. USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower. USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 - 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards. If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits. Water temperature will be tested on race morning and announced over PA systems.
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup will take place Sunday morning(race morning) from 6:00 am until 7:30 am. It will be at the trail head at the picnic kiosk (right by unloading area). There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. This event is sold out.
Parking and Unloading: There will be an Unloading Zone available at the trail head area. Absolutely no parking will be allowed in this area. This will be a drop off area only and vehicles can not be left unattended. Parking is permitted on either side of Frontage Rd, both before and after the trail head area. Please use extreme caution when driving through this area. Please allow yourself extra time to arrive, unload, and park.
Transition: The transition area will open at 6:00 am and close at 7:30 am. Racks will be marked with race numbers. Rack your bike in your designated space. We will have a brief Athlete meeting at 7:30 and then begin loading boats. Please do not wait to start getting on the boats. We have enough boats for everyone to stay on the boats until right before the start. You will be allowed to get off the boat at any time before the start if you want time to warm up.
Athlete Village Area: PeeDee Bicycle will have a tent setup up and provide bicycle tech support. CORA Physical Therapy will be onsite pre race for kinesiology taping and for post race massage. Other local sponsors will have booths setup. Please take time before or after the race to thank them for their support.
Course Maps and other links: Course Maps can be found HERE.
Information about “The Hulk”, as well as a direction map of the area can be found here: https://www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/horry-county-bike-run-park-the-hulk
For a virtual tour of “The Hulk”, visit: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7002890/the-hulk
The GPS address for “The Hulk” is 150 Frontage Road B-2, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.
That’s it for now. We look forward to seeing everyone on race day!
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*Right to Cancel or Reschedule – Steppin' Up LLC reserves the right in the event of inclement weather, emergency, or natural disaster to cancel the race or move to a later time that day or alternate date within the year (if available). In the event of a CANCELLATION with no ability to reschedule, there will be NO REFUND OF ENTRY FEES. Each athlete must accept any such risk for their entry paid. That said, we have never had to cancel XTERRA Myrtle Beach.
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