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Xterra Heads To The Amazon

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The organizers of Xterra Brazil are making history with the first running of Xterra Amazon in the planet’s largest rainforest in the city of Manaus in Northern Brazil this Saturday.

Xterra U.S. Series Pros Branden Rakita and Jenny Smith are among an all-star cast of South American pros including Brazilians Alexandre Manzan, Alexandre Ribeiro, Felipe Moletta, and Rodrigo Altafini, Ezequiel Morales from Argentina (just finished 2nd at Ironman Brazil) and Chilean legend Cristian Bustos.  Among the women elites are Maria Soleda Omar from Argentina, 2009 Brazilian Tour champ Carla Prada and adventure racing star Cris de Carvalho.

You can watch it live on the internet at Amazonsat.com.br starting at 9am on the East Coast.

The race consists of a 1.5km swim, a 30km mountain bike, and 9km trail run – all on a military base where athlete safety will be supported by the Brazilian Army.

Preview provided by Xterra.