The second annual XTERRA Smith Lake Triathlon Event will be held on Sunday, May 25 at 8 a.m. at Smith Lake. The event is free and open to the public.
    “We are projecting 200 participants,” said Marilyn Flynn, manager of Smith Lake Recreation Area. “The XTERRA is a national event that consists of a point system race.”
    {mosimage}Participants represent various parts of the world, including New Zealand and California, and travel to participate in the triathlon event. The XTERRA American tour consists of more than 50 races in the United States. Amateur competitors compete in up to three events to earn points toward an XTERRA Regional Championship title. The title earns an invitation to compete for a national title at the XTERRA USA Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Top finishers in regional and national championships are invited to compete at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, Hawaii. 
    The three components of the race are the 1,000-meter swim, 18-mile mountain bike ride and a 3.2-mile trail run. It is an offroad multisport event.
    The XTERRA Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help at-risk elementary through high school students get a better start through mentoring programs and scholarships. The organization introduces students to sports and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to make the world a better place by planting seeds of hope and opportunity.                                                                                                                        Sponsors for the event include XTERRAGear.com, Rodale and Gu Energy Gel.
“We are accepting volunteers to help with the race,” said Flynn. “We invite the community to support this spectacular event.”
    Participants must register at www.active.com. The cost is $70 per person (USAP members) and $80 (non-members) and $120 for a two-person relay team. For more information call 396-5979 or visit www.fortbraggmwr.com.

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