XTERRA Champions from Across America Gathering in Bend
A RECORD 30 REGIONAL CHAMPS AT XTERRA NATIONALS
If Oregon has some of the best running trails in America, then it is appropriate that some of the best trail runners in America will gather there for the 2010 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
A record 30 XTERRA Regional Champions have registered for the XTERRA Nationals, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 at Bend, Ore.
Regional age-group champions from as far east as New York, and as far west as Southern California, will participate in the 21-kilometer championship race at Bend.
“It will be a really neat experience,” said Sean Dunlap, the men’s 30-34 champion from North Carolina. “It kind of reminds me when I was running (cross country) in college and you saw all these different schools on the starting line.”
Dunlap is a former member of the Fort Lewis College cross country team, and this will be his first trip to the XTERRA Nationals in Bend. He will be one of two regional champions from North Carolina in this year’s race.
“I think it’s an honor to represent your state at a race like this,” he said. “There’s a lot of good runners here in North Carolina, but you just don’t know what to expect when you go to a big race like this one. That’s part of the excitement.”
Ten different regions across America hosted an XTERRA Trail Run Series in 2010, and the age-group champions from each respective region received free entries to race in Bend. As a result, some of the fastest runners from those 10 regions will be in Bend.
The 10 XTERRA regions in 2010 were Alabama, Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, Long Island, North Carolina, Ohio, Philadelphia, South Carolina and Texas. Each region will be represented by at least one age-group champion in Bend.
“I am excited just to be a part of it,” said Laura Reber, the women’s 30-34 champion from Georgia. “I was looking at the list of some of the runners and their times, and wish I had trained a little more.”
The XTERRA Nationals is not just for runners from the XTERRA regions. In fact, more than 500 runners from 23 states and five different countries are expected to be on the starting line on Saturday.
Many of the fastest runners in the field are from the home state of Oregon, including the two-time defending XTERRA National Champion, Max King.
“I’m actually a little nervous to be in the same race against people I’ve only read about in the trail running magazines,” Reber said.
The influx of runners is also expected to provide a boost for the Oregon economy, especially in Bend.
“I’ve never been to Oregon, but I’ve heard so much about the trails,” Dunlap said. “This is going to be a great opportunity to run there and visit the place at the same time. I just wish I had more time to stay, but I have to get back to work (on Monday).”
For more information on the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, visit www.xterratrailrun.com.
Here’s a list of the XTERRA Trail Run Series Regional Champions who will participate at Bend:
Rachel Eidson (women 25-29)
Laura Reber (women 30-34)
Christopher Bauer (men 20-24)
David Zevely (men 20-24)
Sean Dunlap (men 30-34)
Laurie Schroeder (women 25-29)
Glenna Champion (women 20-24)
Jaxon Rickel (men 15-19)
Jaclyn Brianne (women 25-29)
Matty Weston (men 35-39)
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