This past weekend, Jamestown, North Dakota was the site of the RM Stoudt Off-Road Festival which hosted the XTERRA Pipestem Creek Off-Road Triathlon along with 3 other events.
Recap from the director, Steven Aesoph:
“The event (weekend) was absolutely fantastic!! 87 participants through the 4 events (more than triple last year!!). “
“The Redplum Media Trail Run kicked off the RM Stoudt Off-Road Festival on the right foot. The 26 competitors were the first victims…….er, I mean runners to experience the Chiropractic Arts run course. They all finished with mud on their legs and smiles on their faces after 4.3 miles on the off-camber, rugged trail run that included three stream crossings and two mud bogs.”
“Next up was the RDO Sho-Co (short course) tri. This race serves as the “gateway drug” to off-road triathlon. Totaling under ten miles, it was the first foray into this great sport for 6 individuals and 3 relay teams. They all had a blast!!”
“The headliner on Saturday was the Quality Inn XTERRA Pipestem Creek. With 9 states represented, this race featured a cast of both XTERRA veterans and first timers. They turned out to be a hearty bunch, with all 27 who started the race finishing even with the 3 hour swim/bike time limit. The run course for the XTERRA was the same one used during the trail run earlier that day. Lots of positive reviews so far. Over 700 pictures were taken by the photographer on site and are available for viewing and download on theXTERRA Pipestem Creek Facebook page.”
“Sunday featured the Epic Sports Epic mountain bike race, a 26 mile loop all the way around the Pipestem Reservoir. This race truly lived up to its name. The 10 starters began the race just as the rain drops came down…… and they never stopped. This race course is challenging to navigate in fair weather, let alone constant rain. All 10 riders navigated the course and finished the race. My intent when designing the route was to give the participants the uneasy feeling of not knowing where the hell they were while still giving them the confidence that they weren’t off course. Mission accomplished. I actually heard almost the exact phrase “just when I thought I was lost, I’d see a trail marker.” It was perfect.”
“Just a great weekend that exceeded my expectations in every way.”
Have you ever participated in an off-road event? What made it a great event for you?