Off Road Triathlon National Championships

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

June 04, 2017 8:30 a.m. (ET)

Off Road

Xterra Gator Terra 
Xterra Iron Mtn

The 2017 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships will take place June 4th as part of the XTERRA Gator Terra in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The XTERRA GatorTerra is the oldest, longest running XTERRA race on the U.S. mainland. The race venue, DeGray Lake and Iron Mountain, is nestled in the foot hills of the Ouachita (Wash-she-ta) Mountains in Southwest Arkansas, in the Diamond Lakes resort area of Hot Springs and Arkadelphia. The Iron Mountain trail system has over 25 miles of exciting trails. The 1500 meter Swim is held in DeGray Lake, which has been rated as one of the top 10 cleanest fresh water lakes in America by the Army Corp of Engineers. The mountain bike portion of the event uses 19.5 miles of purpose built mountain bike trails. This is deep woods single-track, with solid climbs, great descents, several large banked turns, awesome views, and much more. The run course will challenge you from the beginning to the end; hang on to your hat! At the finish line you will have earned the right to be called an Iron Mountain Man and will receive a finishers medal to prove it. While in town, ride one or more of the three epic trails in Diamond Lakes area, visit Hot Springs National Park, and the Crater Of Diamonds State Park. Enjoy some Southern hospitality! 

Click here for more information and to register today!

Distance: 1500m swim / 32k mountain bike / 10k trail run

Location: Degray Lake Spillway Area, Arkadelphia, AR

Entry Fees: $85 until 3/5, $95 until 5/14, $105 until 6/2, $120 on race day

*There is no qualification required for this event.*

Non-Championship Sprint Triathlon: For those athletes who may want to try this event on a smaller scale, there is also a sprint-distance off-road triathlon on Saturday, June 3 at the same venue. This event is not part of the USA Triathlon National Championship. The distances are: 400yd swim, 9mi mountain bike, 2.5mi run. Click here for more information and to register today.

Eligible Age Groups and Awards

Participants have the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship through the 2017 USA Triathlon Off-Road Triathlon National Championship. It is the policy of USA Triathlon to provide awards only for those age groups which qualify for this level of competition. Age groups will begin with 17-19 and continue in 5-year increments through 80-84. The minimum ages to compete are based on the ITU Competition Rules (appendix A, page 75). 

  • For the 2017 USAT Off-Road Triathlon National Championship, athletes must be 17 by December 31st, 2017.
  • For the 2018 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship, athletes must be 18 by December 31st, 2018.

The USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship will also recognize and award Elite and PC Open categories. Please note that this event may have additional categories other than what is listed here. USA Triathlon will only provide National Championship awards for the above categories. If you are wishing to compete at this event, but do not meet the minimum age requirement, we encourage you to participate in one of our youth events. For a chart of recommended distances for youth multisport athletes, please click here.

Note: this event may allow athletes under 17 to participate. In coordination with ITU rules, they will not be eligible for USA Triathlon National Championship awards.

Team USA Information


The 2017 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, will qualify athletes for the 2018 ITU Cross World Championships. At the Off-Road National Championships, the top 18 in each age group, rolling down to 25th place after applying the age-up rule, will qualify for the World Championships.

The top-20 off-road triathletes per age group in the USA Triathlon off-road triathlon annual rankings as of 12/31/17 will also qualify for the world championship. The top 2 are offered a spot rolling down to 20th.

Note: All spots offered via the rankings system are subject to spots being available on the roster.


USA Triathlon Sportsmanship Creed

As competitive athletes and members of the triathlon community, you know there is no better feeling than succeeding in your endeavors in sport. As a competitor at USA Triathlon events, you have a responsibility to demonstrate the highest standards of sportsmanship per the USA Triathlon Rulebook (Article III, Sections 3.3 and 3.4, Line b.), and as such, should always show respect for the sport, your fellow athletes, race staff, officials, volunteers and spectators. Each individual athlete shares this responsibility, which includes refraining from the use of improper language and conduct detrimental to the community at large. This rule will be strictly enforced and disrespectful language or conduct will not be tolerated.

For more information on USA Triathlon rules and sportsmanship, please reference the USAT Competitive Rules.  


2016 Results

Flight Information 

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