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The charming and historic town of Golegã is often known as Portugal’s Capital of the Horse. Golegã is situated between the rivers Tagus and Almonda in Portugal’s Ribatejo Province. This region is one of country’s most fertile areas, dedicated to growing vegetables and corn and rearing livestock, largely cattle. It is also the home to many of the oldest and most prestigious breeders of Lusitanos horses. Here you can taste the famous Portuguese cuisine, known for its wealth of seafood, spices and olive oil. Portuguese cuisine relies heavily on the Atlantic Ocean and the produce grown throughout the country.
After your race, an amazing pasta party with amazing food, is waiting for you. The swim swim is quite unique taking place in a dam and the bike and run course has a little bit of everything including flat sections, bridges, single tracks in Eucalyptus and Cork forests and lots of climbing and downhills to satisfy everyone.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, May 7th 2021
14:00 - 19:30 Accreditation and Registration of Athletes
SATURDAY, May 8th 2021
XTERRA Kids and XTERRA Sprint
10:00 - 13:30 - Accreditation and Registration of Athletes
12:10 - 13:45 - TransitionPark - XTERRA Kids and XTERRA Sprint
14:00 - Start XTERRA Kids
16:30 - Start XTERRA Sprint
18:00 - Awards ceremony at the finish line
19:00 - XTERRA Portugal Briefing - Equuspolis Auditorium
20:00 - Pasta Party
Registered athletes who wish to participate in the Pasta Party must express it by email to [email protected] by May 2. Free for athletes, 15 € for non-athletes.
SUNDAY, May 9th 2021
08:00 to 09:30 - Accreditation and Registration of Athletes
08:00 to 09:35 - Body Marking
08:00 to 09:45 - Transition Park XTERRA Portugal
10:00 - Start XTERRA Portugal
14:25 - CUT OFF BIKE - Time limit for finishing the MTB course
17:00 - XTERRA Awards Party - Awards - Elites and Age Groups - Maui Slots
After the arrival of the last athlete from the bike leg of the race, athletes will be able to collect their gear from the Transition Park, displaying their number at the entrance.
The time limit for the respective collection will be 15 minutes after the last athlete has finished the race
Swim Course: The XTERRA Portugal swim is takes place in Lagoa da Alverca, a lagoon that surrounds the village of Golegã for 1500 meters.
The start is in the water (single wave). Athletes will swim a 750 meter, exit the water and run approximately 30 meters and then dive back into the water from the bridge to cover the second 750 meter swim. This allows a greater connection with the spectators and provides access to spectacular image opportunities.
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Mountain Bike Course: The XTERRA Portugal mountain bike course has a preponderant role at approximately 35 km. The bike course begins with about 5km connecting the village of Golegã with the heath hills, a road outside the village next to the agricultural plantations of the region.
At km 5, after passing the Almonda river, begins a frenzy of demanding climbs and technical descents that will test the best athletes in the world. This part of the route is composed of more than 10 km of single track, where loose stones rule, making progress very difficult. This is in contrast to the rapid descents where the adrenaline takes over for the athletes and enjoyment for the public!
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Trail Run Course: The XTERRA Portugal run course has the peculiarity of being totally flat and largely spent among agricultural crops including fields of corn, wheat, sunflower, tomato or vineyards. Nevertheless it becomes the same amazing experience and is quite pleasant and entertaining with natural obstacles like tree trunk passes and zones where the progression is aided by ropes. There's also a tunnel that crosses the national road and pleasant passages between the Tagus River and the Alverca Lagoon!
Q: How can I check if I'm registered for the race?
A: If you cannot find your registration confirmation, please email to [email protected] and we will be happy to check for you.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement for the XTERRA Portugal Off-Road Triatlhon Sprint & Full Distance race?
A: The minimum age limit is 15.
Q: Am I able to transfer my registration to another runner if I am not able to attend the event?
A: Unfortunately, no. We do not allow transfers. The only exception is if the runner can produce official military orders indicating a deployment or move out of the area.
Q: Can I roll my registration to next year's race?
A: Sorry, we are not able to roll registrations from year to year.
Q: Can I switch my t-shirt size?
A: If you want to switch your shirt size before the event, please email to [email protected] with the change. On event weekend, you will be able to pick up the size you indicated on your registration form. If your shirt does not fit when picking up your packet, you may trade after the event if there are any shirts left over.
Q: I can no longer come to the event. Can you mail me my shirt?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to mail the shirts or packets if you are unable to attend the event. However, you can have a friend pick up your goodies if you know someone that can make it to packet pickup.
Q: Can I pick up a friend’s packet?
A: Yes with proper documentation including proof of USAT or other license.
Q: Can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to give any refunds at any time.
Q: Are there finisher medals?
A: Yes, everyone who finishes the race in the time limit will get the finisher medal.
Q: I missed the awards ceremony. Can you mail me my medal or can I pick it up?
A: All winners must be present to receive their award. We do not keep unaccepted medals and are unable to mail them.
Q: Can I use a walking stick on the course?
A: Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, we ask that people do not carry walking sticks on our courses.
Q: Can I run with my dog or jogging stroller?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to allow dogs or jogging strollers on any of our trail run courses, for the safety of all participants.
Q: Is there a timeline?
A: Yes, please refer to our Event Schedule for a timeline.
Q: I have a ton of questions about the XTERRA Portugal race. Who can I talk to?
A: Please email to [email protected] We will be happy to help you with anything else you may need.
Portugal is one of the world’s friendliest, easiest and safest countries. Adding to Portugal’s appeal are its gracious people, attractive beaches, brilliant sunshine and rich culture.
When visiting Golegã, be sure to make the most of the opportunity to take a walk through the romantic garden around the former studio of Carlos Relvas, a famous 19th-century photographer, or visit the Martins Correia Museum, devoted to the work of a contemporary sculptor. These two men were both born in Golegã and have each contributed in some small way to its current recognition.
It is very easy travel to Golegã for XTERRA Portugal.
Golegã is only120 km from Lisbon. For arrivals coming from Lisbon International Airport, take the subway to the Oriente station (10 min), and then the train to the Entroncamento (1 hour). The XTERRA crew will transfer you from Entroncamento do Golegã (10 min) for free!
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