Xterra is an international series that includes races around the globe, and consists of an off-road triathlon, starting at 9.30am. Competitors will be undertaking a 1.5km swim in Golden Bay, a mountain bike course of 30km around Majjistral and Mizieb, and an-11km run around the Ġnejna plateau.
The focus of the event is to encourage sports in nature, combining discipline, self-discovery and competition in an environment that is both beautiful and demanding. The race in Malta has attracted over 24 elite professionals and 160 age-groupers from 21 countries.
Professional athletes will take part to compete for the $7,500 pro prize purse while the top amateurs will win their entry into the coveted World Xterra Championships, held every year in Hawaii.
This year will see the return of female 2015 edition winner Hungarian Brigitta Poor, as well as three of the top five placed males from last year’s edition. The Malta race will also be welcoming upcoming athlete Karl Shaw who just won Xterra Costa Rica, beating the world champion of 2015 and who is showing a lot of promise in the field. He will certainly give Spaniard Roger Serrano some tough competition!
Local participation has also increased, with some new faces as well as returning athletes such as Maltese Triathlon Champion Danica Bonello Spiteri will be competing in the Pro category.
“We are very pleased with the growth that this race has registered, especially from an international perspective. We will be welcoming over twenty nationalities and some top world class athletes, showcasing our beautiful island in the true Xterra spirit of ‘Live More’. ” commented Nathan Farrugia, Race Co-Founder. “We believe that Xterra Malta is an excellent opportunity for athletes to enjoy a course which has been laid out on the most beautiful nature reserve on the island, and giving them a platform to challenge themselves and find their true strength”.
The starting list will see athletes travelling to Malta from Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and United Kingdom. This year the Race will also be welcoming a group of German, amateur, athletes who will be followed by a TV crew filming them throughout the challenge for the popular “Real Men” programme. The show, aired on VOX, has over 1.5 million viewers. Strong ties with the Italian and French triathlon movement is also helping the growth of this event, with significant numbers from these countries travelling to Malta this year.
Malta Tourism Authority CEO Mr. Paul Bugeja stated that: “The Malta Tourism Authority is extremely satisfied with events such as Xterra Malta. Although it has only been introduced recently, this event has already gained an excellent reputation amongst multi-sport race enthusiasts. The fact that it is held at the start of the season, when most of Northern Europe is still engulfed in inclement weather, is an added bonus for both athletes and spectators. Events like Xterra are also very much in line with MTA’s ongoing efforts to promote the Maltese Islands as an all-year-round destination offering all types of activities appealing to a wide range of interests.”
Xterra Malta is grateful for the support of the Malta Tourism Authority, The Golden Sands Radisson Blue Resort, Eurosport, Casapinta Events and Cisk Excel, the Malta Police Force, G4S, Malta Red Cross, KD Travel, The Cyclist, SignIt, JPGatt Photography, emvigee pr & marketing, volunteers and athletes who are contributing to the event’s success.
Xterra Malta Triathlon will start at 9:30am on Sunday 3rd April in Golden Bay, with the first finisher expected at 11:30am. All athletes will have till 14:30hrs to cross the finish line. A Prize Giving Ceremony will take place on the Golden Sands Radisson Blu Terrace at 16:00hrs in the presence of athletes, officials, volunteers, guests and media.
XTERRA is a global brand of sporting challenges that is creating a 100,000 ‘tribe’ of followers that race this particular type of challenge around the world every year. Xterra Malta, founded by Nathan Farrugia and Antonello Gauci is returning to our island for the second year and will be seeing a number of returning professional athletes.
XTERRA MALTA will be held on Sunday 3rd April at the Golden Bay Radisson Blu Resort, and aims to attract hundreds of sports and nature enthusiasts from around the world to challenge themselves against the elements in the beauty of Malta’s nature reserves.
It is a great opportunity for Maltese athletes to compete on an international level without leaving our coast and an excellent way to play host as well as gain from home turf advantage.