XTERRA presents ATX Trail Run in Pace Bend Park in central Texas, situated on a peninsula jutting into Lake Travis, with steep bluffs on one side offering spectacular views and gentle grassy slopes descending to the water on the other side. The trails at Pace Bend Park include limestone ledges, challenging rock gardens, some steep climbs, and technical drop-offs with plenty of smooth trails to help you recover before reaching the next obstacle. The event offers two-course options for participants; 10.5K and 21K. The course is a single track with steep climbs, twisty turns, and technical limestone drop-offs. The challenging run has smooth trails between the obstacles so runners can recover and prepare. Those in the shorter race run the Classic Texas Hill Country loop once, and those in the longer option do two laps. The event is held regardless of weather, rain or shine, so runners should prepare for Texas’s unpredictable spring weather. Registration includes a park entry fee, timer chip, personal-sized racing shirt, and train run finisher cup. The well-marked course has aid stations with snacks and hydration for competitors to stay fueled. A post-race celebration includes food for all participants and beer for those 21+ years old. Trail Run awards are presented to the 10.5K overall winners for men and women, the top 3 places for men and women in 21K, and the top 3 place winners for men and women in each age-based category. These will be announced at the post-race celebration.
ATX Trail Run includes a full weekend with many XTERRA events; Individual and Team Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, and Duathlon. The event site has details for all events as well as park accommodations. XTERRA hosts multiple trails throughout the Southwest region for those who prefer running in the sun. Check out these annual races: San Tan Trail Run and Black Canyon Trail Run in Arizona, Utah Trail Run in Utah, and Laguna Beach in California. See you on the trails!
XTERRA is best known for being the world’s premier producer of off-road triathlons spanning 13 off-road event categories spread across 47 countries. You can see their full roster of events here. Xterra also produces great trail events worldwide, culminating in the annual Xterra Trail Running World Championship in Hawaii. Strambecco covers many of the best, and you can see the events we’ve rated here.