On the road, there are few sights and obstacles?only an endless sea of monotonous pavement. XTERRA Trail Runs elevate running to a new level, introducing rugged off-road terrain to its repertoire of challenging courses. Runners jump over streams, trudge through dirt, and achieve a newfound sense of joy for competitive running. Organized by geographic regions, XTERRA trail runs pepper the globe, sprouting up anywhere from urban environments to remote jungles, thus allowing contestants to enjoy natural scenery or catch glimpses of metropolitan jaguars strutting in their stylish fur coats.
XTERRA also tests the mettle of extreme athletes with a lineup of global triathlons, triathlon training programs, and support for an entire community of athletes brought together by their passion for endurance sports.
In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.
The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.