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Because dirt is more fun!


  • DINO's Triathlons are the same format as a sprint to mid-distance triathlon; except the course is all unpaved: including surfaces such as dirt single-track, fire roads, and gravel. The scenery is fantastic, the challenge is refreshing, and the atmosphere is fun! You'll need to use a mountain bike and helmet, but otherwise, you won't need any special equipment to do the race.


  • The XTERRA USA Championship is held Aug 25th - 27th, 2023 @ Beaver Creek, Avon, CO


  • 2024 Information: June 22nd (South Bend), Aug 3rd (Terre Haute)

  • 2024 Dates: June 22nd (South Bend), Aug 3rd (Terre Haute)

  • On-site registration is available Friday evening and Saturday morning. The fee is $10 more than pre-registration pricing.

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  • General Information

  • DINO LLC offers the longest-running XTERRA off-road triathlon in Indiana and one of the longest held in the nation. Our locations are near South Bend and Versailles. Both locations are time-tested venues with great mountain biking trails.

  • In June, try out XTERRA at Potato Creek State Park. Potato Creek State Park offers a beginner-friendly course. This sixth-year venue is convenient to our Chicago and Michigan area athletes, near South Bend Indiana. Participants give the course good reviews for fast and flowy action - come check it out!

  • August 3rd Gravel Triathlon. Indiana's first and only gravel triathlon! Mixing up the growing love of Gravel biking with sprint distance triathlons! Check the page for full details.

  • Each race also offers a canoe / kayak division to challenge the non-swimmer or adventure racer, as well as a duathlon option.  The DINO Triathlon courses are well-marked, but a bit more interesting than the standard road triathlon! 


  • Xterra: 0.5 mi swim / 16 mi mountain bike / 7 km trail run

  • Gravel Tri: 500meter swim or 1km paddle / 12m Gravel Bike / 5k trail run

  • Canoe / Kayak: Double the swim course, same mountain bike and run

    •  Distances approximate and subject to change.

    •  Points for the XTERRA America Tour Series are given for the TRIATHLON only.


  • age 10-12; 13-15; 16-17; 18-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74;

75-79; 80-84; 85-89


  • All Male, All Female, Mixed, Masters (all team members over 40)

  • Teams are a relay format, not simultaneous participation.

  • Exchanges may only occur between race segments.



The swim start will be divided into "competitor" and "survivor" waves. Please check one choice on the entry form. Both waves will be combined for awards and XTERRA points (the two minute wave delay is subtracted from Survivor Wave times).

  • Participants expecting to finish in the top 50% of the field should check "Competitor" wave.

  • Participants expecting to finish in the lower 50% of the field should check "Survivor" wave. 
    Note: All relay teams will be assigned to the "Survivor" wave.


  • You may bring your own boat or rent a boat from DINO.

  • All boats must be 18' or less in length. Life vests are required.

  • All boats must be solo powered except relay teams, which may send any number of team members in the boat.

  • The race will begin with a short mass-start run to the boats. The canoe / kayak portion of the race is two times the swim distance.

  • The field is limited to 50 total canoes or kayaks.

  • The rental boat is a 9'5" sit-in plastic kayak (make/model: Mainstream Streak).

  • Paddle and lifejacket are included in rental. Limit of 12 rentals per event - register early!


  • DINO will follow USAT rules on wetsuits. Wetsuits are not allowed unless the water temperature is 78 degrees F or lower. No other types of floatation devices are allowed.

  • Athletes are expected to follow conduct guidelines as established by USA Triathlon.

  • Athlete assumes all liability for any injury, illness, or property damage as a result of the event. All athletes must sign a liability waiver at the event. All athletes under age 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Contact DINO if a waiver is needed prior to the event sign-in.

  • No refunds. Transfer of entry may be made when accompanied by a $10 fee.

  • In the event of dangerous weather or course conditions, DINO will make every effort to delay, postpone, or modify the event. However, if cancellation is necessary, no refunds will be given.


  • Plaques or trophies to overall winners, medals to top finishers in age categories. In addition - merchandise, and/or gift certificates provided by XTERRA sponsors will be randomly awarded.


  • DINO XTERRA South Bend
    DINO XTERRA South Bend
    Sat, Jun 22
    Potato Creek State Park
    Jun 22, 2024, 7:00 AM – 4:45 PM
    Potato Creek State Park, Potato Creek State Park, Liberty Township, IN 46554, USA
    XTERRA DINO South Bend is the closest XTERRA Triathlon to Chicago, and a great choice for first-timers. It's flowy, fast, and fun for the experienced off-roader as well.
  • Gravel Triathlon Terre Haute
    Gravel Triathlon Terre Haute
    Sat, Aug 03
    Griffin Bike Park
    Aug 03, 2024, 7:00 AM
    Griffin Bike Park, 10700 Bono Rd, Terre Haute, IN 47802, USA
    Indiana's only GRAVEL TRI!

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