Allegany State Park will play host for a race of epic proportions, as XTERRA ASP draws in triathlon enthusiasts from near and far on Saturday, Sept. 28.

XTERRA is a triathlon series held around the world. The XTERRA ASP will feature XTERRA Epic ASP, the second of four races in the inaugural XTERRA Epic Series.

“Epic is considered the half iron distance of off-road trail running,” said Richard Clark, vice president of Score This!!!, which is the organizer for the event.

Clark said that this being the first XTERRA event of the 2014 season, as well as one of the Epic Series, makes it a “unique” race.

The uniqueness of the XTERRA Epic might be what attracts triathletes who are willing to travel great distances just to race. Those who have already registered include athletes from Rochester, Syracuse, Connecticut and even Seattle, Clark said. Altogether about 150 athletes are expected to participate.

Two races will be held at Allegany State Park. In addition to the XTERRA Epic will be the XTERRA ASP, a shorter distance triathlon.

Both events begin and end in the Red House Area. Clark said that Allegany State Park is particularly well suited for this event. He noted that the park is attractive because of its natural beauty, allowing for people to hang out, build a campfire and observe wildlife. But it’s also a great location for off-road racing.

“We knew it was going to be a challenging course,” said Clark. “The park has everything you need.”

Triathletes wanting a challenge will find it at the XTERRA ASP. The XTERRA ASP will include a 0.6-mile swim in Red House Lake, followed by 15 miles of biking — with a 900-foot gain per loop — and 4.5 miles of running. The Epic race will be a more grueling task, with 1.2 miles of swimming, followed by 36 miles of biking and ending with a 9.5-mile run.

XTERRA ASP is a part of the XTERRA Points Series. Athletes earn points into the XTERRA American Tour depending on their final placement. For each race, points will be awarded to the top 15 finishers in each 10-year age group, with 75 points awarded to first place. Athletes will count their four best scores to qualify for nationals. In addition, athletes in the XTERRA Epic will count their two best Epic scores for a chance to qualify for the 2013 XTERRA Epic Series Championship.

XTERRA ASP is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Adult athletes who are not USAT members may obtain a one-day USAT membership for a $12 fee.

The shorter triathlon will begin at 8 a.m. with a wave start, and the Epic race will begin at 8:10 a.m. Exact wave start times will be posted on the website approximately one week prior to the event.

The transition area for the race will open at 5:45 a.m., and body marking will begin at 6 a.m. A pre-race meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. in the transition area.

The awards ceremony for the shorter triathlon will take place at 10:30 a.m., and the Epic awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Registration for the event is available online at www.score-this.com. Regular registration fees vary from $60–$175, depending on the type of race. Regular registration goes until Aug. 22, after which prices will increase.

Race packet pickup is Friday, Sept. 27 from 5–8 p.m. at a location to be determined, and on race day from 6–7:30 a.m. All athletes must pick up their packets themselves, including members of relay teams, and must present photo ID and a USAT membership card.

For out-of-town athletes in need of lodging, a special PAIN rate is offered at Holiday Valley Resort by calling (716) 699-2345.