The "best new sporting event of 2008" as touted by SportsTravel Magazine arrives for Year Two in Ogden, Utah, March 7-8, 2009. Xterra returns to Snowbasin Resort for the second annual Xterra Winter World Championship. Look for both the 2008 men's and women's champions - Brian Smith of Gunnison, Colo., and Sari Anderson from Glenwood Springs, Colo. - to defend their titles in the winter multisport race that combines 10 kilometers of mountain biking on hard packed snow with 5km of snow running, 5km of snowshoeing, and 8km of ski mountaineering. Yeowza.

Expect a whole bunch of excitement. For example, last year, Smith busted through the pack in just under two hours when he skied past Josiah Middaugh of Vail, Colo., in less than 15 yards and one-second. This year's main event starts at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 8. You can register online for teams of two to four competitors ($120) and individuals ($60). The winners of the pro multi-sport race will vie for $10,000 in prize money.

Saturday's line up includes a variety of ‘fun' events for recreational athletes. A 5km and 10km snowshoe races, a 10km skate ski competition, 8km and 12km ski mountaineering (randonnée) races, and an edgy snowboard dash-for-cash with $500 going to the men's and women's winners are scheduled. Competitors can register for any two events for $40 or any three for $60. Racers receive lift tickets for the snowboarding events, and an event T-shirt, refreshments, and awards for the top three in each division for all races.

Drop by Brewski's in downtown Ogden for Xterra parties and antics. In fact, many of historic 25th Street's restaurants and bars will be hopping. The Xterra Team TV crew will show highlight videos and slideshows from the day's action on both Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as taping a television special for national broadcast later this year.