Welsch Sisters Return to Texas Series

Kaytlynn and Heather Welsch had quite the trail running journey in 2012. Precocious performances in their home state of Texas led to national and international races on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit, as well as national and international publicity through the media.

Welsch SistersThe pre-teen sensations will run again in 2013. Kaytlynn, 12, and Heather, 10, plan to be regular participants in the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series. It will start with the XTERRA Eco Lonestar Trail Run 15K on March 10.

“The plan this year was to get (Kaytlynn) into more duathlons,” said their father, Rodney. “And she is off to a good start as she was the overall female winner in a duathlon last week. But I know where her heart is, as she had to choose between the Eco Lone Star, and the Blue Northern Duathlon, and she choose to be out on the trail.”

The sisters gained national attention last summer when Kaytlynn placed first overall at an XTERRA Texas Series race, and Heather placed third. Success in other races led to a lengthy feature in the New York Times. Just this month, the family was featured on NBC’s Rock Center With Brian Williams.

Interestingly enough, Kaytlynn did not get to see the original airing of the television program because she had a school dance that same night.

“I had to leave and pick Kaytlynn up from the dance, so we both missed seeing the show,” Rodney said. “But we watched it later on the Internet.”

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Despite the media attention, the sisters are apparently not treated any differently at their respective schools. Kaytlynn is in the seventh grade, and said the boys at her school only care about football and baseball, while the girls are mostly interested in volleyball. Heather is in the fifth grade, and said that none of her school friends ever talk about running.

In any case, the Welsch sisters will maintain a similar schedule as last year, with races almost every weekend throughout the year. They plan to race in at least six of the seven races in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series, and hope to run in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in September, and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in December.

All races in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series are open to runners of all ages and skill levels. To register for a race or learn more about it, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com orwww.terrafirmaracing.com.

Professor Emeritus, Nico Lebrun

The term Professor Emeritus is bestowed upon persons of great importance to their profession after they retire.

Nico LebrunAs such, it will be a fitting moniker for reigning XTERRA European Tour Champion Nico “the Professor” Lebrun, who has announced that the 2013 season will be his last as a pro.

“This is my last season as a full-time pro,” wrote Lebrun, the 2005 XTERRA World Champion.  “For many years XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas has called me the “Professor” and next year this will be really true.  In 2014, I will still be racing and traveling as part of the XTERRA family but my goal will be different.  It will be with the focus of a Coach, and promoting my new venture ORGANICOACH.”

While Lebrun is a gifted endurance athlete – as his 14 career podium finishes at world championship races in XTERRA, Winter Triathlon, and Duathlon can attest to – perhaps his greatest asset is mental strength.

“I’ve seen him outsmart many a competitor and win races because of his mental toughness and keen awareness of not only his strengths and weaknesses, but also those of the men he’s racing against” said Nicholas.

It’s those same smarts that have led Lebrun on a life of organic food and natural medicine.

“I’ve always believed that you can be stronger, and in better shape for a longer time with zero chemicals in your food, in your medicine, and in your body,” said Lebrun.

Together with his wife Alexandra, a pharmacist who specializes in natural medicine, a team of physiotherapists and an Osteopath, Lebrun has found support for his philosophy of the all-natural way of life.  It’s a lifestyle he hopes to share with other athletes around the world.

“This year we created the “Organicoach Team” with all my friends. I know the way they train and live and can let them be the first ambassadors. As I race this season on the XTERRA European Tour, at the USA Championship, and World Championship it will be behind the name of Organicoach,” said Lebrun.

In the name is three parts – Organic, Nico, and Coach (which will be official in 2014 as he receives official coaching diploma in France).

“Together, we’ll be ready to be the best organic coach in the world for athletes,” said Lebrun.  “I’m thankful for XTERRA and the last 12 years of adventures, and believe this is just the start of greater things to come.”

Follow along on his journey at http://nico-lebrun.com/

Decade of Comfort – Zorrel Renews Partnership

Zorrel International Inc., manufacturers of state-of-the-art “performance wear for anywhere,” reached a two-year agreement with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, to be a Participating Sponsor and the Official T-Shirt of all 2013 and 2014 XTERRA Championship events, marketing, and media in the U.S.

ZorrelThe deal extends the relationship between XTERRA and Zorrel to 10 years, dating back to their initial agreement in 2005.

“There’s a big difference between your typical tee and what Zorrel produces using their Dri-Balance Moisture Transport Technology,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “It’s about quality, durability, and comfort.  Our athletes and staff are still wearing our Zorrel event shirts from 2005 and they’ve gotten better every year since!”

The added value of offering quality apparel to competitors that they’ll wear more often and for a longer period of time also means event sponsors get more mileage out of their logo visibility and connection with the event.

“You’d be amazed at how often and how long our athletes wear these shirts around town, on rides and runs, and at the gym. Its perpetual contact for us and our sponsors, and really the most visual touch point we have throughout the course of the year,” said Clark.

New in 2013, competitors at XTERRA’s U.S. Championship events will receive Zorrel’s Syntrel™ Z1050 Training tees – 100% microfiber polyester, 4.2 ounce, Silky Hand Feel shirts with covered stitched seams and Syntrel Extreme Moisture Transport Technology – available in both men’s and women’s cut.

“We’re excited to continue our long-standing relationship with XTERRA,” said Sean Mahoney, Vice President of Zorrel International, Inc.  “It’s been rewarding to see the XTERRA Series grow over this past decade in the same way we have by refining our cutting edge moisture transport technology.”

About Zorrel International Inc.
Zorrel is headquartered near Kansas City, MO and is a global supplier of technical and lifestyle apparel designed for events, coporate apparel, uniform and retail.  Zorrel  provides its technical and lifestyle apparel utilizing exclusive fabric technologies of Dri-Balance™, Syntrel™, tri-reg™ and Technicore™.  Because of the technical value of Zorrel’s performance tees, its tees have been selected by event directors around the world for participation giveaways, and are always a favorite of the athletes since 2005.

XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run Set for April 14

Looking for an excuse to go to Las Vegas? The 2013 XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is coming up on April 14, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels from around the world.

Lake Las Vegas RunnerThe XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run offers a contrasting scene from the bright lights normally associated with Sin City, as the race takes place on a desert course just outside the Aston MonteLago Resort.  Past participants have compared the course to “running on Mars” because of the sandy terrain, wide-open trails, and wild desert scenery.

At the same time, those inclined to partake in activities before and after the race would be a mere 17 miles away from the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Brandon Mader resides in Alabama, and made the trip to participate in last year’s XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run. He said:  “I think out-of-town runners should consider doing the same. You get to run a great race, then go immediately into vacation mode. It’s a rare combination to have a trail race followed by world-class entertainment.”

There are three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners – a 21-kilometer long course, a 10K and 5K. The 21K course is considered the championship course, and each age-group winner from that race will receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii later in the year.

Top finishers in all three distances will receive medals and other prizes, and every runner who registers before April 1 will get an event shirt.

The race is held in conjunction with the XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon, and world-class endurance athletes will be in and around the area throughout the week. In addition, an expo area will be set up at the MonteLago Resort, featuring various product booths and clinics.

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The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for November 24 on the island of Oahu, and more than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate. That event is also open to runners of all ages and skill levels. For more information, please visithttp://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html.

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Footbalance System Partners with XTERRA Championship Events

Footbalance, an innovator in custom footbed technology, has joined forces with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series.

FootbalanceAs a Participating Sponsor of all 2013 XTERRA championship events, marketing, and media in the U.S., Footbalance is in a prime position to connect with XTERRA’s active, national audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors via the XTERRA America Tour of more than 100 off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S.

“We had a great trial run with Footbalance at a few of our events last year and found that our athletes embraced and praised the technology behind the footbeds,” said Tom Kiely, CEO of XTERRA.  “We are really excited to have Footbalance as a fixture at our championship races and think they are a perfect fit for our audience.”

Footbalance is a personalized footbed, individually custom molded on the basis of a foot analysis to ensure perfect arch support.

Footbalance footbeds support feet properly to prevent over pronation, reduce the effects of excessive supination, and improve overall foot function. Regularly wearing custom footbeds helps improve overall body alignment, which can help reduce the incidence of stress injuries.

“We’re excited to join and serve the XTERRA Tribe this season with footbeds that provide better support and foot health for both their training and competition,” said Footbalance North America’s president and managing director Matt Kaplan.   “Several of us in the North American office have participated in XTERRA events, and since our personal performances there were enhanced by our footbeds, we know first-hand what a great fit this partnership is. We love these races, and we’re looking forward to a great season.”

XTERRA athletes will benefit from great rates on custom-molded Footbalance footbeds that can be crafted on-site at each XTERRA championship event in the U.S. this year, starting at the XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13-14, 2013. The molding process is done in fewer than ten minutes by trained Footbalance dealers using the Footbalance Recommendation System (FRS) software to provide a free overview of the users’ unique foot dynamics and stance.

Coury, Taylor Take Top Honors at McDowell Mountain

More than 320 participate in Arizona Series race on Super Sunday

Experience counts a great deal in a race like the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run. Or does it?

Experience played a key role in Nick Coury taking the overall victory for the race, which was completed on February 3 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. But Ashley Taylor was able to win the women’s division in her first try on the course.

Bottom line, both Coury and Taylor are fast.

Coury completed the 24-kilometer course in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 44 seconds. It was the second consecutive year that he won the event, and he topped his previous time by more than three minutes.

Nick Coury“My experience from last year was a huge help,” said Coury, who is 25 and resides in Phoenix. “I knew exactly when to push the pace and when to cruise, and saved enough of my legs to hammer the last several miles to the finish as they are the fastest.  I didn’t get caught in the initial fast pace of the race, knowing the washes would slow the early rabbits and give me a chance to catch up.”

(Nick Coury pictured, courtesy www.zazoosh.com)

Coury and fellow elite runner Jonathan Harmon broke ahead of the field after the first mile and engaged in an exciting duel for the lead for most of the course.

“I knew my main competition was Jonathan Harmon,” Coury said. “Just as we started the first climb, I hooked on to Jonathan’s back and we quickly pulled away from everyone else.  We cruised along for several miles, sometimes Jonathan pushing it and nearly dropping me. At the descent into the Dixie Mine aid station, the trail became technical and Jonathan slowed.  At that point I took the lead, putting a gap on him through the turnaround.”

Harmon placed second with a time of 1:31:57, and Trent Taylor was third in 1:35:42.

Ashley TaylorCoury works as a race director for the Aravaipa Running Club in Arizona, so he is familiar with many of the courses in the state. He is also fast becoming the runner to beat in the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. Coury has entered four races in the XTERRA Arizona Series since last year, and he has won three of them and placed second in the other.

The women’s race featured a different type of story, as Taylor took top honors while entering as an out-of-state runner. She resides in Denver, Colorado, but often spends time in Arizona during the winter months.

(Ashley Taylor pictured, courtesy www.zazoosh.com)

“Denver winters can be brutal and have unpredictable weather,” she explained. “The greater Phoenix area is always a winter vacation spot that can bring hiking and trail running that Colorado cannot offer during the snow season.”

Taylor has been entering races in Colorado since 2009, but the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run became the first overall victory of her career. “Being from the overpopulated, runner community of Colorado, I feel that merely placing in my age group is a victory up in the Rockies,” she said. “I was thrilled to take home my first victory on such a tough course.”

Taylor completed the course in 1:51:17, which was more than three minutes ahead of the other females. “A few of the girls were close for the first half, and then I began to break away at the turn around,” said Taylor, 25. “The best feeling in the world for females is trying to chase the boys, and clearly I mean in racing, not in life!”

The exciting race was actually for second place, as Gudrid Espenscheid from Big Piney, Wyoming, edged Terri Antonio from Scottsdale, Arizona, by one second.

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More than 320 runners participated in the event, which also featured a 7-kilometer short course.

The McDowell Mountain Trail Run was the third of four events on the 2012-13 schedule for the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. The final event of the season will be the XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run on March 24. That race is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

To register for a race in the Arizona Series or to learn more about it, please visitwww.aztrailrace.com.

About the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series

The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In the 2012-13 season, there will be four races available for runners, with the courses ranging in length from 7 kilometers to 24 kilometers. The top runners in every age group will receive points after each race that will count toward the overall series standings. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Arizona at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah. Arizona is one of 16 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series. The others are Alabama, Atlantic, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Puerto Rico Series Continues to Make Strides

Running in mile-high mountains is often regarded as a quality form of training for any conditions. Aaron Hogan proved that theory by winning the XTERRA Bayamon Trail Run in Puerto Rico last month.

Aaron HoganHogan grew up running in Colorado, but is now a graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico. He discovered the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series last year, and plans to compete in all the races this year.

“I love running over here,” he said. “I did one of the XTERRA races last year and really had a great time, so I signed up for all of them this year.”

His 2013 race schedule got off to a great start with the runaway victory in the Bayamon Trail Run, which was completed on January 27 at Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Trail running is still a growing sport in Puerto Rico, but more than 200 runners participated at Bayamon.

“There are a lot of fast runners in Puerto Rico, but I don’t think they’ve taken to the trails yet,” Hogan said. “I really hope this thing keeps growing because there are some nice trails.”

(Aaron Hogan pictured, courtesy www.xterrapr.com and Sports Photo Moments)

Hogan, 24, completed the 10-kilometer course in 53 minutes, 37 seconds – which was more than three minutes ahead of the other top runners in the field.

“The course was pretty nice,” he said. “It started to get hot just as the race was about to start, but we mostly ran in the woods, so it was under a canopy of trees. The course had some nice switchbacks and it would meander through the forest and then pop out to these nice views.”

Jose Medina-Cardona placed second in 56:38, and Roberto Furtado Fiel was third in 57:10.

Aslin Canals from San Juan, Puerto Rico, placed 14th overall and was the first female with a time of 1:07:22. She dominated the women’s field, finishing nearly 12 minutes ahead of the other top females.

COMPLETE RESULTS

The XTERRA Bayamon Trail Run was the second of four races on the 2012-13 season schedule for the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Fajardo Trail Run on May 18. That event will feature three courses – 5K, 10K and 21K. It will be the first time that a 21K course will be available in the Puerto Rico Series.

To register for a race in the Puerto Rico Series or to learn more about it, please visitwww.xterrapr.com.

Mission Accomplished for Baldwin and Shearer

Patrick Baldwin and Maggie Shearer can now consider the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run a mission accomplished. They took top honors at the 15-kilometer race held on Sunday, February 3, at San Diego, Calif.

Patrick BaldwinBaldwin, who is a landscape architect from Encinitas, Calif., was the first overall finisher. He completed the course in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 13 seconds, which was more than five minutes faster than the other top runners.

“The trails were in good condition, a little slippery on the downhills from the rain the night before, but good running conditions,” said Baldwin, 36. “I think the first hill is the toughest of all the climbs on the XTERRA SoCal Series – it’s a wall!”

It was the second straight year that Baldwin won the race, and he said his experience from last year played a key role in his victory this year.

“I knew after climbing the steep initial climb that I’d have a long recover descent, followed by some beautiful rolling single track,” he said. “So I pushed hard early so I could relax a bit later … knowing the course of any race is a key.”

The Mission Gorge race is renowned for a steep climb known as “1,000 Steps” because it resembles a straight-up staircase. Baldwin had already built a significant lead by the time he reached the steep section, but said he still ran as hard as he could – and stumbled a few times – because he was not sure how far ahead he was.

“It’s such a steep, rocky climb that it’s easy to lose site of the steps, especially when working hard in a race,” he said. “The legs and arms were a little bloody at the finish.”

As he approached the finish line, Baldwin saw his family in the crowd and grabbed his infant daughter so that they could cross the winner’s tape together.

Robert Verhees from San Diego was second with a time of 1:09:41, and Phillip Slama from Phoenix, Arizona, was third in 1:10:13.

Shearer placed 12th overall and was the first overall female. She finished with a time of 1:15:45, and improved on her placing from last year, when she took second place at this race.

“I find the Mission Gorge race to be the most technical course of the XTERRA SoCal Series,” said Shearer, 35.  “This year the trails were wet and had some large pools of water.  The rocks were a little slick and that made some of the climbing and descending a bit more challenging.”

Shearer, who works as a pharmaceutical representative in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., said she was with a pack of runners that went off-course for a few minutes before finding their way back.

“I was the lead female for most of the race until a few of us made a wrong turn and got a little off track,” said Shearer. “Although I raced last year it was a slightly different run this year.  Last year the course had slight variations due to trail closures and it was about a mile longer.”

Despite the detour, Shearer was able to hold on to first place, and hold off Hannah Rae Finchamp – the teen sensation of XTERRA off-road triathlons. Finchamp placed second with a time of 1:16:36. She is the 2012 women’s amateur world champion of XTERRA triathlons.

COMPLETE RESULTS

The race featured a capacity field of close to 600 runners, including more than 200 who competed on a 5K short course.

It also happened to be run on Super Bowl Sunday, and the race finished early enough for runners to make it back home in time to watch the football game.

“I’m happy to say that I did make it to the game after the race,” Shearer said. “Our neighbors always through a great Super Bowl party, and it is a short walk over – which is good after a tough race.”

The XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run was the fifth of seven races on the 2012-13 season schedule for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run on April 14 at Rancho Penasquito, Calif. To register for a race in the series or learn more about it, please visit www.trailrace.com.

Photo courtesy www.SuperSportsPhoto.com

The Wonderful World of XTERRA

While only a handful of actual races dot the XTERRA schedule over the winter months the “Live More” lifestyle is a year-round phenomenon. As proof, here is just a taste of XTERRA news and notes from races and racers around the world.

Italy Heart Shaped LakeScanno, Italy: Nico Lebrun, the current and four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion, is designing a new XTERRA course in the beautiful mountain regions of Abruzzo.  The inaugural XTERRA Abruzzo triathlon is set for July 20 with the swim start, finish and transitions areas based at Lago di Scanno – aka “XTERRA’s Heart”

“You can see that the Lake has the shape of a heart, the heart of XTERRA immersed within a spectacular fauna of Abruzzo; an eldorado for lovers of outdoor sports, especially mountain biking, trail running and hiking.” See more at www.facebook.com/XTERRA.SCANNO

For some truly blessed XTERRA racing enthusiasts exists the possibility of racing across Europe with XTERRA Switzerland (Valle de Joux) on June 29, XTERRA France (Gerardmer) on July 7, ITU Cross Tri Worlds in Den Hague (July 14), then Abruzzo on July 20.

Atlanta, Georgia: Ken Ono, one of America’s greatest mathematicians, says running and mountain biking in the woods allows him to think deeply and eliminate distractions.

Ken Ono“I especially love running in the woods,” said Ono, in this eScienceCommons article. “When I’m alone with my thoughts, just me and the sounds of birds and a stream, it gives me clarity and focus. On those rare occasions that you hit upon an idea to prove a theorem that you’ve been struggling with, it’s a rush, like a runner’s high.”

The Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University is also an avid XTERRA racer who ranked 10th out of 82 in the 40-44 Southeast Division last year.

“Theoretical math and endurance exercise go together like paper and pencil, each activity makes me better at the other,” said Ono.

Liloan, Cebu: The first proto type of the finishers medal for the XTERRA Philippines Championship (March 2) is shared with staff at XTERRA headquarters.

“In our effort to always come up with something unique and memorable every race, this medal is made out of Liloan Oyster Shells,” explained Princess Galura, the General Manager of Sunrise Events. “We try to get what is unique from the host city/province. This year both medals and trophies will be made from Oyster Shells from Liloan and designed by a young Cebuano designer.  It is also a way of giving back to the community that hosts us.”

Queensland, Australia: From his home in Petrie, a suburb north of Brisbane, Jeffrey Smith, aka “Coach Jeff” recorded his 287th podcast, which was also his 12th edition of the XTERRA Podcast.  In this episode Coach Jeff catches up with 2012 XTERRA Warrior Award winners Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack as they train in Australia in preparation for another year of racing on the XTERRA World Tour.

“When we sat down to make our plans for 2013 we started with the XTERRA Triple Crown that includes the Philippines, Saipan, and Guam,” said Allen, who won all three races last year. “The organizers at these events are passionate and put the athlete first.  It makes for an electric atmosphere and keeps us coming back year-after-year.”

Mpumalanga Province:  Four-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz shares stories of training and pool-building from the beauty of his family farm in South Africa in this video posted by Specialized.  Watch now.

Vachery Estate, Cranleigh:  Mark Davis of Brave Events surveys the 2013 XTERRA England course only to find it’s frozen over.  Trust that by September 8 Vachery Pond, a spring-fed paradise in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty yet only minutes from London, will be ready for the Tribe. It’s the last of eight majors on the XTERRA European Tour this season, and will also include MTB endurance racing, swim races, free kids races, camping and a festival experience with music and great food.

Powless SiblingsRoseville, California: Hometown of 19-year-old cycling phenom Shayna Powless, who just received her pro mountain bike license from USA Cycling.  Shayna did her first XTERRA in Jacksonville, FL when she was 11 and became the youngest racer to ever complete the XTERRA USA Championship when she was 13 back in 2007.  She’s now a freshman at UCLA and a member of the U.S. Olympic Development team that will travel to world cups this year in China, Czech, Italy, France, Argentina, and elsewhere.  Her brother Neilson, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, became the youngest racer ever to win the XTERRA World Championship amateur division in October.

Angelsea, Victoria:  Producers of the inaugural XTERRA Great Ocean Road triathlon to be held April 7 in Australia (a week before XTERRA New Zealand on April 13) booked the local YMCA camp which sleeps 160 to utilize as the central hub for the event.  The camp is just five minutes from the race start.

“We booked the entire camp, so it will just be XTERRA participants and their family and friends staying there which should create a real XTERRA community feel,” said Karla Bunney of Limelight Sports. “Plus we’ll host the race briefing there and you should see the spread they put on as their ‘carbo loading’ night the night before – it’s amazing!”

Jim LovellHonolulu, Hawaii: Jim Lovell of JTLTiming signs a contract to time all of XTERRA’s 2013 U.S. Championship races. He’ll also time the XTERRA Philippines, Saipan, and Guam races, and 100 others over the course of the year.  He’s timed every XTERRA World Championship race since the inaugural event in 1996.  We asked him what season was the most memorable and what was his favorite XTERRA finish line moment of all-time…

“I remember being amazed at Michael Tobin’s incredible season of 1999.  He won nine out of 10 races during the season, and the one he didn’t win he didn’t race,” said Lovell.  “As for a finish, that might be last year’s photo-finish at the XTERRA West Championship in Vegas where Lesley Paterson and Renata Bucher went stride-for-stride all the way through the tape.  That was amazing.”

Tapalpa, Jalisco: The old-style mountain “magic” town in central-western Mexico is celebrating their confirmation to host the XTERRA Mexico Championship for the third straight year on August 3, 2013. The course itself mixes a cold-water swim in a private lake nearly 7,000-feet above sea-level, with a mountain bike that heads from the lake through serene forests and into the bustling little town, and a grueling “super steep” two-loop run that passes through town where spectators are packed four-deep yelling “andale! Arriba!”

For 2010 XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham, going to XTERRA Mexico is an annual tradition. “This event is the best fun, and it’s easy to get to it.  If you want to go to an international race, this is easier logistically than a lot of the U.S. events. The organizers are great and treat racers like royalty, the course is well marked, and it’s very professional.  Plus, its good mountain biking and the venue is beautiful – both the lake and the town.  You get to experience the culture, and see the excitement in town.  It’s definitely one of my favorite XTERRA’s anywhere,” said Vanlandingham.  “Not to mention the fiesta they host after the race is the best post-party ever.”

Welsch Sisters30 Rock, New York: Producers for “Rock Center with Brian Williams” put the final touches on a segment about the Welsch sisters, which centers around footage obtained at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch (Kaaawa, HI).  The piece will be broadcast next Friday, February 8, at 10pm EST.  Kaytlynn (12) and Heather (10) finished first and second, respectively, at both the XTERRA USA and World Trail Run half-marathons.  They were featured in the Sunday, November 4 edition of the New York Times in a piece titled “Too Fast, Too Soon?

Ogden, Utah: ENVE Composites, producers of the finest carbon road, mountain and triathlon wheels and components, signed two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson this week. ENVE Marketing Manager Jake Pantone commented, “Aside from being one of the world’s best in her sport, Lesley is a great personality that represents the values that ENVE is founded upon.  Her work as a coach and mentor to other athletes is as valuable to a brand like ENVE as her multiple world championships.  She is a very exciting addition to our family of athletes.”

The ENVE family of athletes also includes XTERRA athletes Nicolas Lebrun, Josiah Middaugh, Cody Waite and Adam Wirth.  ENVE designs and manufactures 100% of their rims in America.