To Do: X-Trifecta Winter Triathlon

Running, biking and ... snowboarding? This all-new event is for extreme-sport enthusiasts.

What are a pair of snowboarders to do when they decide they want to try a triathlon, but they’d reeeeeally rather not do the swim? They create their own race, of course.

That’s how the X-Trifecta Winter Triathlon came to be, and 2013 marks its inaugural year. The event, to be held at Bear Mountain in the Poconos, includes a five-mile bike ride on mountain trails, an out-and-back 5K trail run, and a snowboard or ski run (your choice) down the mountain’s Timberline Trail. The slopes and trails used in the race are best suited for intermediate to advanced skiers, snowboarders, runners and bikers, so you probably shouldn’t do this race if you haven’t mastered the Bunny Trail. Participants must also bring all their own equipment, including skis and snowboards (no rentals will be available). Registration includes a lift ticket, participant shirt, finisher’s medal and swag bag; the lift ticket is good all day, so you can stay after the race and ski or snowboard to your heart’s content. Register and learn more here.

$95 through February 24th, $110 after; race day is March 9th at 9 a.m.; Bear Creek Mountain Resort, 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie.

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