Review of our 15th annual East Coast Xterra Challenge

Review of our 15th annual East Coast Xterra Challenge

Coming back from a day of wheeling, dirty, covered in mud/dust, maybe with a little trail damage, some new battle scars and sitting around a camp fire with friends, chowing down on great food & listening to the trail stories does more for the soul that any spa treatment can. The only thing better than that….. is three days of it!!!!

That is exactly what we had at the 15th Annual East Coast Xterra Challenge (ECXC) this year. As in past years, the event was held over 3 days in July at the famous Rausch Creek Off Road park, with the Twin Grove campground serving as base camp for most of the 60+ attendees.

Thursday was the official start of ECXC, but many attendees arrived a day before to settle in & get ready for wheeling. Each morning of the 3 days, attendees arrived at the Rausch Creek Off Road park to check in with our trail master & be directed to the group they’d be running with that day. Trail assignments were no easy task for the 40+ trucks that signed up. There were groups running stock trails, intermediate trails, hard trails & a multitude of variations in between. Registered drivers would then head over to see Mike/MtDewMike to officially check in with ECXC & pick up their drivers packets. The drivers packets featured an event shirt, maps, schedules, sponsor messages, event stickers & a set 25 raffle tickets for Saturday night’s dinner & grand raffle.

Following that, the formalities of registering at the park office, airing down & meeting the rest of the group commenced. Each group led by a volunteer trial leader headed out to enjoy the vast off-road trail system for the rest of the day.

Each night found attendees gathering together at the many campsites, cabins & watering holes to enjoy each other’s company, some adult beverage & to trade experiences.
Friday night was the special Nexterra Night, sponsored by Nexterra at the Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill nearby. Folks who took part in the Nexterra Night festivities were given the opportunity to win a 10lb Full Powertank system, which was won by Dan Fry.

The final night of ECXC featured the marquee dinner & grand raffle. The delicious dinner this year was catered by Gonder’s Grubb House. Later in the evening, the raffle was held, featuring over 40 items donated by event sponsors. A new feature at the raffle this year was the inclusion of a door prize, that every attendee had one chance to win. The raffle drawing was a very exciting part of the night with many winners in the crowd. Once the raffle & dinner were over, it was back to the camp fires to enjoy the rest of the night. Needless to say most went to bed dreaming of next year’s ECXC.

The officers of Nexterra & the organizing committee for ECXC would like to thank all our sponsors, organizers, trail master, trail leaders & all the attendees for making this year an extremely successful event. We look forward to sharing ECXC-2016 with you next July.

To see pictures taken by several attendees, click on this link.

Until then, tread lightly & see you on the trails!


 

 

 

North East Xterra Halloween Run 2014

North East Xterra Halloween Run 2014

 

Date for this run will be Saturday November 8, 2014

The run will be held at Gremlin Graveyard in MA. Trails range from Green to Blue. There is trailer parking, for those that need it. This is a special NIGHT RUN; you’ll need lights, garlic, crosses and anything else you need to survive the night. Many will come, a few will leave.

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Event Report – Nexterra Back-2-School 2014

Event Report – Nexterra Back-2-School 2014

A big thank you to all attendees, sponsors and organizers of the 10th annual North East Xterra Club’s Back-2-School Run, for making the weekend one of the most memorable events in our clubs history! In addition to celebrating 10 years, the Back 2 School Run this year featured a brand new location!
Our base camp this year was the Shir-Roy campground in Richmond, NH. Nexterra had a section of the campground reserved for our members which made this super convenient to hangout. Most folks arrived during the day/night on Friday to setup camp and settle down. Campfires and warm sleeping bags were a necessity, as the temps dipped into the upper 30’s that night.
The next morning was surprisingly warmer than the night, and turned progressively warmer as the day went by. After coffee & breakfast, our club president Mike Ciccolo worked out the details of checking off registered folks, and handed out swag bags, event t-shirts, raffle tickets, and Subway lunches. Ernie Leland, a member of our club’s Events Committee, then led us through the drivers meeting and safety briefing. 17 Xterras, 3 Jeeps, 1 Pathfinder and 1 Hybrid 4Runner made up a formidable convoy, and drove the short distance to the trails at LMFT.
Once there, the group split into the stock/green group, intermediate/blue group, and the hard/black groups. The trails were all very fun with the blue/black trails providing plenty of challenges, and more than a few ‘Oh Sh’ moments – even for the most modified rigs and the most experienced wheelers. Even the green trails provided plenty of excitement. Due to the nature of the obstacles, trail breakage & damage were plentiful in the blue and black groups. With team work and much joviality, all fixes were done, and we were able to enjoy the rest of the day. By 8PM, all groups had returned to the campground with no critical damages. The blue group had stayed out as long as they could, taking in some night wheeling for good measure.
Once back at the campground, we were treated to some great BBQ to satisfy our hungry selves. Kicking back, we caught up with each other on the adventures from the day over the food and some adult beverages. Soon after dinner, Mike rolled out the raffle, consisting of over 40 items, including a full set aluminum skids from Hefty Fabworks. Needless to say it was a phenomenal time! Thank you sponsors!
The party continued late into the night, kicking off with a delicious 10th anniversary cake. Sunday morning was damp….however the rain did not stop Mike and Ernie making us pancakes & eggs. Plenty of coffee & espresso provided the much needed caffeine fix after the previous nights’ festivities. We had our fill of wheeling for the weekend, refilled out mod lists, and reluctantly made our way home from what was arguably, one of the best events I’ve attended.
B2SR14 was a great success…. It’s left us with a deep longing for more, and we can’t wait for the next Nexterra event!

See the pics here !!


 

 

 

April Fools Run 2014

AprilFoolsRun2014
Come join us for our fourth annual April Fools Day Run! This will be another dual-site event – one site in MA and the second in PA.

For more information, please see this thread.