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2020 Xterra World Championship and Tour Points Series cancelled

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the world's premier off-road event.

Chalk up another major event that has been cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic – the 25th running of the Xterra World Championship will have to wait a year.

2019 Xterra World Championship. Photo: Courtesy Xterra.

In an announcement today Xterra announced that the world championship in Maui scheduled for November 8 and the Xterra Trail Run World Championship half marathon on Oahu on December 6 have been cancelled. Today’s announcement included cancellations of a number of major American Xterra events, along with the cancellation of the 2020 Tour Points Series.

“The health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, crew, partners and host communities is and always will be our top priority,” said Xterra President Janet Clark. “We realize the many emotional and economic factors this decision creates for so many good people in our extended Xterra community, but ultimately we felt the risks involved with encouraging travel and hosting large gatherings was not acceptable.”

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According to today’s release:

Other XTERRA events attracting big fields from across the U.S. and internationally that were cancelled include the off-road triathlon and trail running weekends scheduled for XTERRA Beaver Creek on July 18-19 in Avon, Colorado, XTERRA Oak Mountain on August 28-29 in Pelham, Alabama, and the XTERRA USA and XTERRA Trail Run National Championship events in Utah on September 19-20. In addition, the XTERRA America, Asia-Pacific, and European Tour point scoring systems have also been cancelled.

It’s important to note that several XTERRA World Tour destinations plan on hosting events on their original or postponed dates based on the unique public health guidelines in their communities.

A full list of events and their current status is available at xterraplanet.com/xterra-and-covid-19.  

XTERRA World Tour events that proceed will qualify athletes to race at the 2021 XTERRA World Championships.  The XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon is scheduled for October 31, 2021 in Kapalua, Maui while the 2021 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship date and location are yet to be determined.

A full list of events and their current status is available at xterraplanet.com/xterra-and-covid-19.