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Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals set for September 20th

By Devin P. Quinn
XTERRA Trail Running Intern

There’s no question about it—this year’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship promise to be the most exciting yet. On September 20th, amateurs and casual runners will have the unique opportunity to match steps with the nation’s elite as the course winds its way through the breathtaking mountain trails of the Snowbasin ski resort in Ogden, Utah. It all comes together this fall—a nationwide ensemble, an incredibly scenic course, and, of course, the inimitable atmosphere of an XTERRA racing event, all promising to make this race one of the most anticipated XTERRA events of the year.

I could feel the thrill of “Nationals” from the moment that I arrived at Snowbasin Resort for last year’s championships. The magnetic attraction and appeal of the event was easily evident in the presence of runners from every part of the country—virtually every state was represented. Regional champions had their hard-earned titles emblazoned on their race bibs, providing fodder for conversation as well as evidence of a free invitation thanks to XTERRA’s unique “Win Your Series and Race For Free” program. Having volunteered at many XTERRA races across the nation, I recognized many familiar faces—veteran racers and trail-running luminaries from every corner of America, gathered in this one place for a single epic event alongside ordinary running enthusiasts—mere mortals like you and me. It’s an irresistible formula that has drawn runners to Ogden for six straight years—and year seven promises to be more fun than ever.

Another key ingredient of the race’s undeniable allure is the backdrop—the superlative scenery of the Wasatch mountains. All three race courses—5K, 10K, and half-marathon—depart from the Snowbasin village at the foot of the mountainous terrain and wind their way upward for a challenging but hugely rewarding climb before descending back to the resort. A fantastic course awaits runners, with well-maintained trails, glorious panoramic vistas, and plenty of crisp, fresh mountain air. I speak from experience when I say that the Nationals course is easily one of the most beautiful routes that a runner could have the privilege of experiencing—if you love trail running, you won’t want to miss this course.

In fact, make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful opportunities offered at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship! Offering amateurs the unparalleled opportunity to run the same race as today’s trail running greats, and set on a world-class course of superb trails and stunning panoramas, the race is certain to draw attendees and participants from every corner of the country to Ogden this September for a truly spectacular racing event.

Joshua Merrick

Merrick, Schymik win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run

Photo Gallery / Complete Results

(Avon, CO) – Joshua Merrick and Anissa Schymik captured the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km trail run on a brisk but perfect running day in the mountains at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO with winning times of 1:16:34 and 1:38:13, respectively.

Merrick, one day removed from winning the overall amateur title at Saturday’s XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon made it a double today as he led from start to finish. Setting a blazing 6:29 pace, the Alamosa, Colorado resident, finished nearly nine minutes ahead of runner-up Alex Lieber from Boulder, Colorado.

“I just tried to go out hard to get a gap so I could relax and run my own race. Once I got away it was managing the hills, trying to get as much distance on the down where you’re relaxing as much as possible and trying to stay upright. It was wet out there.”

On racing yesterday, “It was just waking up this morning hoping my legs weren’t full of lead. Actually, I didn’t feel too bad today .. I was a little surprised.”

The 20km course featured more than 2,000-feet of vertical climbing.

Anissa Schmik

In the women’s race Schymik ran uncontested using her 26 years of trail running experience to put a gap of nearly 14 minutes between her and runner-up Leslie St.Louis from Morrison, Colorado.

“It was totally unexpected. The second lap was actually easier the first. Two laps courses actually work to your advantage for strategy and pacing.”

The Littleton, Colorado local added, “The course is gorgeous, through the aspens, through the wildflowers. The upper meadows area through the aspen is just beautiful.”

Today’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km Trail Run was the final of four races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The top runners in every age group for the 20km course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December 6 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

Final series standings can be viewed here https://results.events.com/showview.html#/public-result/33.
For more information on the XTERRA Trail Running Series visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

More than 200 runners from 21 states and Mexico took part in today’s 20K, 10K and 5K races. Bryan Perrott and Alayna Szuch won the 10K while Jake Borel and Savannah Wimon took the 5K titles.

SPECIAL THANKS

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run was presented by Paul Mitchell and XTERRA Travel, and sponsored by Beaver Creek Resort, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, XTERRA Optic Nerve, LifeProof, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, the town of Avon, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, Utah Sports Commission, Salming, XTERRA Boards, and Outrigger Resorts.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 35 countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.

Richmond Trail Runs

Fuentes, Tarquinio win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Richmond Half

Photo Gallery / XTERRA Richmond 21K Results / XTERRA Fugitive 10K Results

Photo Courtesy: Jesse Peters

(Richmond, VA) – Olympic marathon hopeful David Fuentes of Austin, Texas ran away from last year’s winner Bryce Livingston to win the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Richmond Half-Marathon on an incredibly hot morning in and around the James River Park System and Brown’s Island today.

Fuentes, 28, an NCAA All-America cross country runner out of St. Edwards University, posted a winning time of 1:20:28, more than five minutes ahead of Livingston.

“It was hot, rolling, bouldering, and a lot of fun,” said Edwards, who qualified for the Olympic trials in the marathon distance to be held February in Los Angeles.  “This was just my second trail race ever. I’m just trying to have some fun right now.  It’s good to mix it up like this.”

Ellen Tarquinio from Washington D.C. won the women’s race in 1:39:03, just 23-seconds ahead of runner-up Leia Lautzenheiser, a standout from Midlothian High School (class of 2009).

“It was fantastic, an urban adventure for sure with all the scrambling, bouldering, the rivers, and the tunnels were amazing,” said Tarquinio, who was running with a group of four women before taking the lead at about the halfway point.  “I didn’t see the second-place woman until we were on the bridge and then had to pick up the pace a bit.”

Tarquinio

Tarquinio was a rower in college and turned into a trail runner thereafter.  “Love running trails.  This was my first time doing this race and it was awesome.”

Several hundred runners from across the nation took part in today’s runs.  There was also a 10K race, won by Russell Reed of Onemo, VA in 39:28 and Jennifer Place of Southhold, NY in 50:14.

The run courses – both 21K and 10K – featured numerous obstacles, both man-made and natural. Perhaps the most noticeable were the “Mayan Ruins” stair climb, and the water crossings across the James River.  The trails also took runners in and out of lush forest areas and alongside some of the historic buildings in the city of Richmond.  The contrast has earned the event its “urban adventure” description.

The top runners in every age group in today’s 21K race received a free entry into the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December 6, 2015.

Tomorrow it’s the triathletes turn in Richmond, as the 17th annual XTERRA East Championship pro race gets underway at 7:50am with the amateur race to follow at 8:45am.  Follow the pro race on twitter @xterraoffroad #xterraRVA.

Learn more about the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series at www.xterratrailrun.com.

Learn more about XTERRA in Richmond at www.xterrarichmond.com.

SC series preview

XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series Preview

By Devin P. Quinn and Summer Quinn
XTERRA Trail Running Interns

Looking for a great trail running experience this summer? Then look no further than the upcoming XTERRA South Carolina trail run series! One of XTERRA’s most brilliant and dedicated race directors, Victoria Seahorn, has organized these two stellar upcoming races in the region– the XTERRA Harbison Half Marathon & 5K on July 12th, and the XTERRA Table Rock 15K and 5K on August 15th. These races are set against the backdrop of some of the state’s best scenery, and Victoria describes the combined atmosphere of XTERRA camaraderie and sweeping natural beauty as “a true XTERRA experience– and a true South Carolina experience.” Perfectly suited to all levels of running experience, the rugged scenic trails of Harbison and Table Rock promise to challenge and reward every runner on race day.

Besides the buoyant spirit present at any XTERRA event, the biggest draw to these races will no doubt be the setting– two of the Southeast’s most vibrant and popular parks. “Harbison State Forest has well packed and well shaded trails that are perfect for a summertime half marathon,”  Victoria notes, also praising Table Rock State Park as “incredibly beautiful and scenic with waterfalls and wildlife.” These XTERRA events are the only races allowed at Table Rock, a testament to XTERRA’s great relationship of trust and partnership with its host parks. Victoria regularly visits both of these parks with her family, and her deep respect for and familiarity with the magnificent venues shines through in her expert planning, as the races wind their way through the parks’ best trails and grandest scenery.

If there’s anybody with the expertise necessary to design a truly amazing race event, it’s Victoria Seahorn. Victoria has plenty of experience as a runner herself, having blazed her way through 30 marathons and many other races. As a mainstay of the nationwide running community, she has enjoyed running in locations across the country, but admits that the parks of South Carolina are undeniably a special place for a runner. Her first race as event director (a marathon in Atlanta, Georgia) was organized as a memorial for a friend who succumbed to breast cancer– 17,000 runners participated. Victoria still remembers directing that first race as “the experience of a lifetime.” Since then, she’s accumulated an impressive résumé of popular events in multiple states, including both road races and trail races. Under her direction, the South Carolina series promises to be an event that will draw runners from across the country.

With a superb race director and breathtaking scenery, the XTERRA South Carolina Series promises to be an event you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone, whether you come to compete, take in the natural beauty, or just soak up the fantastic atmosphere of an XTERRA trail race. You’re invited– so come and race with XTERRA South Carolina this summer!

 

 

 

Rally Around Knoxville

Rally Around Knoxville

It’s a big day and a big weekend for mountain bikers and XTERRA racers in and around Knoxville, Tennessee.

Foremost, today is the last day to cast a vote to help the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club crew secure a $100,000 trail building grant from Bell.  Go here: http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt.html and select the urban wilderness gravity trail project scheduled for downtown Knoxville.

Then, this weekend the XTERRA Trail Run and Triathlon series is in full swing with runs on Saturday and the triathlon on Sunday.  The good folks and organizers Ryan and Ani from Dirty Bird Events even got some TV time on their local news to promote the races (watch the segment here).

Salming

Salming Running & XTERRA Announce Strategic Alliance Agreement

(Honolulu, HI) – XTERRA, producers of the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, has named Salming Running the Official Footwear Partner of the XTERRA America Tour and U.S. Championships.

SalmingThe strategic alliance puts the Swedish running company’s North American division 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.

Tom Kiely, XTERRA CEO stated, “It is sometimes funny how things work. Our good friend, Mark Allen, mentioned to me that he tried the Salming running shoes and they were fantastic. So, I reached out to Tor Swenson, CEO – Salming North America, invited him to consider XTERRA and we somewhat quickly agreed to work together. When I read and learned about Salming, I felt that their culture, commitment to runners, and overall character were very much aligned with XTERRA and we could not be happier with the start of a great relationship, which may eventually extend to XTERRA Europe and beyond.”

Swenson commented, “XTERRA is a great brand in trail running and off-road endurance sports and it has a great reputation. With Salming, reputation and commitment are among our highest goals, and that is why we go to great lengths in the areas of research and development, testing, design and production. We are absolutely committed to runners, triathletes and endurance sports and felt that the XTERRA platform is a great fit for our company, especially as we ramp up our activity in North America.”

About Salming

Salming is a Swedish sporting goods company established in 2008 designing, developing and marketing premium products for the Running, Handball, Floorball and Squash markets under its Salming brand. The company has its head-office in Sisjön, Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden and North American headquarters in Raleigh, NC.  In addition to producing first in class products Salming is committed to helping athletes improve and has developed and patented one of the most advance running analysis centers in the world.  Salming RunLab’s are currently located in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

http://www.salmingrunning.com // Contact: David Field, david.field@salming.com

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2015 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com, xterratrailrun.com, xterraeurope.com, and xterraasia.com.

http://www.xterraplanet.com  // Contact: Trey Garman, trey@xterraplanet.com

Muddy shoe

Making the Most of a Muddy Situation

Two iconic XTERRA Points Series races scheduled for this weekend have had to change dates due to Mother Nature’s insistence on rain.

XTERRA Lory has moved to June 13 and XTERRA Eureka Springs moved to the weekend of July 25-26.

“After a month of record rainfall, and a forecast for more of the same, we have come to the difficult decision to reschedule the Lake Leatherwood XTERRA Festival to the weekend of July 25 & 26,” explained Eureka Springs race director Kevin Reuhle.

“Safety has to be our first consideration as race directors, for our racers, volunteers and everyone associated with the event. We feel the risk of unsafe race conditions come Saturday and Sunday morning is now unacceptably high and we feel it is prudent to make the call now before you have made the financial commitment to travel here for the weekend. We have been fighting mother nature over the past few weeks in an attempt to keep the trails in racing condition but the rainfall amounts have left the ground saturated and run off has raised the water level at the creek crossings to dangerous levels. NOAA forecast calls for rain every day through the weekend with high probability of severe weather and risk of flash flooding.”

As for XTERRA Lory, the date change sets up an enticing Saturday/Sunday double for all the die-hards in Colorado. Those lucky enough to have secured a spot in the sold-out XTERRA Lory race will now have the chance to race for the Lory/Pagosa Double title at XTERRA Pagosa Springs on Sunday, June 14.

Richmond run

XTERRA’s Best Run, in Richmond

The city of Richmond and XTERRA will celebrate 17 years together with a weekend of “urban adventure” racing in and around the James River Park. The XTERRA Richmond Trail Runs are scheduled for June 13, and the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon is scheduled for June 14.

“Richmond is fortunate to host such an event,” said Ryan Middleton, who resides in nearby Glen Allen and won the 21K race a few years back. “Brown’s Island and Belle Isle are definitely popular places to be in Richmond during the summer.  The location and timing of the event are perfect.”

The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is an especially popular draw, as it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. It features a challenging 21K course, as well as a 10K course for less-experienced runners.

Clark Jackson, a 59-year-old insurance salesman in Charlottesville, Va., had his first XTERRA experience at the Richmond Trail Run in 2010. He sprained his ankle midway through the 21K course that year, but still managed to finish in seventh place in his age division. He also got hooked on XTERRA Trail Runs because of that initial experience in Richmond.

He has since competed in numerous XTERRA Trail Run events across the country, and improved enough to win his age division in Richmond a few times.

“Well I haven’t run an XTERRA race that wasn’t challenging, but this one I find very difficult with all of the small climbs,” he said. “I mean they really have a bunch of them. The tight bridge walk I found especially challenging on the second lap, and you are totally exhausted.”

The run courses – both 21K and 10K – feature numerous obstacles, both man-made and natural. Perhaps the most noticeable are the “Mayan Ruins” stair climb, and the water crossings of the James River.

“The most memorable part of the course for me is the Mayan Ruins,” Middleton said. “This is a brutal climb that is so steep that you are almost crawling to the top. The heart rate shoots through the roof at this point.”

The trails also take runners in and out of lush forest areas, but also alongside some of the historic buildings in the city of Richmond. The contrast has earned the event its “urban adventure” description.

The top runners in every age group for the 21K race will receive a free entry to the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December.

Following the trail run on Saturday, some of the world’s best endurance athletes will take to those same trails for the XTERRA East Championship.

“Richmond is such a unique venue, it’s hard not to love it!” exclaimed XTERRA pro triathlete Suzie Snyder. “Difficult course, raucous spectators, oppressively hot and humid…finishing in one piece is an accomplishment in its own right!”

To register to run in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Runs or learn more about the XTERRA East Championship, visit www.xterrarichmond.com.

Edmondson

Edmondson, Dawson Capture XTERRA Oak Mountain 20km Trail Run Titles

Complete Results / Photo Gallery

(Pelham, Alabama) – Chris Edmondson and Ashley Dawson captured the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K trail run titles on a perfect day for running at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.

Nearly 300 runners from 15 states took part in today’s trail runs, the last of five events in the 2014-2015 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.

With today’s win Edmondson, who lives about an hour away in Southside, was able to capture the 30-34 division series crown with 390 points.  It’s the third time this season he’s won his division.

“The series has been a lot of fun, and I loved today’s run,” said Edmondson, who won his division last year but not the overall.  “It’s my second time running here, and I like the double loop because you know what to expect the second time around.  I was chasing Korey (Shively) for the first couple miles, that kid is really good.”

Shively, an Alabama Series legend in the 15-19 division, finished second overall three minutes back and Clint Channell was third.

Dawson

In the women’s race Dawson decided second wasn’t going to be good enough and dug deep for the win.

“I was overheating at about mile eight and stopped to pour water on my head and that’s when (Elizabeth Morse, the eventual runner-up) passed me,” said Dawson.  “At first I told myself that’s okay, second isn’t bad, and then all of a sudden at mile 10 I thought I’d go for it.”

Dawson came in with a winning time of 1:52:53, more than a minute in front of Morse.

“The trails here are awesome.  It’s just my second year of running trails.  Last year’s race here was my first and I’ve been running them ever since.”

Morse ended up having to sprint to the finish as Anna Whitmire tried to catch her coming at the finish line but came up one second short.

There were four runners who had perfect 400-point scores in the Alabama Series this year – meaning they won their division at four of the five races in the Series.  They were Christi Daprano Evans (50-54), Hayley Long (45-49 division), Ryan King (20-24 division), and Dauna Coulter (60-64 division).

Here is a complete list of XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions, who all earned a free entry into the XTERRA National Championship to be held September 20 in Ogden, Utah.  In addition, all the 20K winners from today’s race earned a free entry into the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon on December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

https://results.events.com/showview.html#/public-result/40

 

Women Name Hometown
20-24 Julie Gyurgyik Shaker Heights, OH
25-29 Danielle Chasse Anniston, AL
35-39 Elizabeth Helland Huntsville, AL
40-44 Kristie Stewart Birmingham, AL
45-49 Hayley Long Oxford, AL
50-54 Christi Daprano Evans Fayetteville, GA
55-59 Ruth Vanzandt Arab, AL
60-64 Dauna Coulter Huntsville, AL
Male Name Hometown
15-19 Korey Shively Madison, AL
20-24 Ryan King Madison, AL
25-29 Jared Carlson Birmingham, AL
30-34 Chris Edmondson Southside, AL
35-39 Nathan Graves Cullman, KY
40-44 Gene Hood Gadsden, AL
45-49 David Long Oxford, AL
50-54 Larry Dickerson Somerville, AL
55-59 Glenn Ingram Rainbow City, AL
60-64 Barry Ege Haceville, AL
65-69 Craig Kelly Huntsville, AL

The 2015 XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs were sponsored by Paul Mitchell, XTERRA Resorts and Shelby County Tourism. Also Outrigger Resorts, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, LifeProof, Optic Nerve, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, the Shelby County Reporter, and the Utah Sports Commission.