Xterra Worlds moves to Dec. 5 and adds Trail Run Worlds 21K

Flora Duffy leads the way on the bike at the Xterra World Championship. Photo: Courtesy Xterra.

Xterra has announced that the 25th edition of its off-road world championship event in Maui, Hawaii has “moved from its tentatively scheduled date of Oct. 31 to Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 in order to allow the maximum amount of time for global vaccination roll-out and relaxation of travel and COVID-related restrictions.”

As part of the 25th year’s race celebration Xterra has also decided to add the Xterra Trail Run World Championship 21K to Maui on the same weekend. In past years that race has taken place on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

“We’re optimistic international travel conditions will improve dramatically in the coming months,” said Xterra World Tour president Janet Clark. “At this time, Hawaii is open to tourism and quarantine can be avoided with a negative covid test from state-approved providers within 72 hours of departure. The state is also talking about vaccine passports and other measures to ease restrictions, keep communities safe, and stimulate the economy at the same time.”

The 2021 Xterra season has seen four events take place so far in Arizona, Taiwan and another two in New Zealand. The rest of the 2021 Xterra schedule includes 34 more qualifying races in 21 different countries.

The Xterra World Championship has a pro prize purse of US$100,000. Athletes don’t have to qualify for the Trail Run Worlds and, in addition to the 21 km race there are kids races and adult 3.3, 5 and 10 km trail races as well. Information on the events can be found here.