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.

Matt-Turner-Defiant-Photography

Dig Deep at the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run

By DJ Quinn

On May 30th another installment of the phenomenon gripping the Southeast arrives: the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run! For the past ten years, race director Tim Schroer and family have been putting on Dirty Spokes races across the Southeast, with races in Alabama, North Carolina, and the lion’s share in Georgia. With about thirty trail and mountain bike races to run this year, you might think Tim and Co. would be overworked and stressed. On the contrary, when asked to describe his race series, and in particular the popular (and series finale) XTERRA Deep South race Tim says, “Overall the series is a blast! We go to some of the best and most scenic venues in the state of Georgia! Each race and venue (trail system) has something unique to offer. The XTERRA Deep South 15K/5K is at Dauset Trails (about 35-40 minutes south of Atlanta). It is a mixture of single track, double track, hills, technical sections (roots and rocks) and overall, sweet Georgia Dirt!”

As mentioned above, the XTERRA Deep South race (and all the Georgia races) are incredibly popular, and are only gaining in popularity. In fact, they are often sold out. When asked why the XTERRA Deep South race is so popular Tim says, “We have a great group of people that attend our events. The runners make these races what they are; they create a fun, family type atmosphere for our events! Whether it’s front, middle, or back of the pack it always seems like everyone is out there cheering, rooting and supporting each other.”

The supportive and friendly atmosphere certainly explains the popularity of the XTERRA Deep South run, and Dirty Spokes races in general. But exactly how did all this start? According to Tim, “Dirty Spokes was established in 2005 by my wife and me. We have 4 daughters, so it’s really a family business. Our family is a bunch of outdoor enthusiasts! My father is the former men’s tennis coach at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (he helps at the races also). Growing up I always worked in his tennis camps. I teach and coach at Mill Creek High School (my full time day job). Learning organizational skills from my father growing up (working for him at his camps), as well as teaching school, the race directing and organizing just fall into place.”

When I asked Tim what he thought about the XTERRA Deep South race compared to the other Dirty Spokes races, Tim said, “It really kicks off summer time! I think the name Deep South is appropriate because it’s hot and humid each year out in the open field but cools just a touch when you hit the woods! The most important factor of course are the participants: they are the same as our other races-good people!”

With so many popular and well-loved races, Dirty Spokes can truly be said to put on some of the best XTERRA races in the country. Just go to the Deep South race and find out for yourself!

Photo Credit: Matt Turner / Defiant Photography

Donovan

Donovan, Thorpe win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run

COMPLETE RESULTSPHOTO GALLERY

JP Donovan from Incline Village, Nevada and Bree Thorpe from Las Vegas, Nevada won the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Lake Las Vegas half-marathon on a beautiful blue sky day in Henderson, Nevada.

Donovan, just a day removed from finishing 11th overall in the pro race at yesterday’s XTERRA West Championship triathlon, crushed the field with a winning time of 1:19:32, almost four minutes ahead of runner up Jorge Mejia.

“I was hurting out there, but didn’t want anybody to notice,” said Donovan, who was last year’s overall XTERRA amateur national triathlon champion.

Bree Thorpe

In the women’s race Thorpe took the tape in 1:33:02, almost 10 minutes ahead of previous winner Aimee Balzer.

“I didn’t know how I would feel today because I did a long run yesterday, but my coach is Max King and I figured he knew what he was doing,” said Thorpe.

King, of course, is the “King of XTERRA Trail Running” with four World Titles to his credit.  He’s trying to get Thorpe in a position to chase the Olympic Trials in the marathon distance.

There were also 5K and 10K races today.  James Grovom and Mercy Ray won the 10K while Andrew Dixon and Ashley Millhouse captured the 5K.  More than 400 runners from around the nation took part in today’s run, which is part of the 100-race Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series.

Every division winner in the 21K race earned a free entry into the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship to be held December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.

Learn more at www.xterratrailrun.com.

XTERRA Bluebonnet

XTERRA Bluebonnet This Weekend

This will be a busy weekend for athletes in Burnet, Texas. The fourth race in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series begins this Saturday and this Sunday is XTERRA Bluebonnet Triathlon of the South Central Region.

The Bluebonnet Trail Run will commence at Reveille Peak Ranch for a 5 and 15-kilometer trail run. Runners will take part in a 5 or 15-kilometer single track race that explores the serene views of the Ranch. Runners will experience the granite-carved hills and the fields of bluebonnets while running on the track. The race begins and ends at the lake on the ranch where runners are welcome to cool off after their run.

The Texas series is still highly competitive at the moment and no one person has a significant lead in series points. With five more races in the series we might have to wait until we get some clarity on who will be the favorite to win the series for each division.

Runners in the 15-kilometer race will be eligible to earn points towards the Texas Series. Points will be awarded after each race to the top runners in each respective age group. Standings will be updated throughout the season, and at the conclusion of the series, each age-group winner will receive a free entry to run at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.

XTERRA Bluebonnet will take place on the same ranch as the trail run and will physically test even the most durable athletes. The race begins with an 800 meter two lap swim transitions into a 12.5 mile mountain bike and finishes with a 6-kilometer run.

Points will be rewarded in the triathlon to the top 15 in each age group for each gender division. The top athletes of Southcentral region can qualify for the XTERRA USA Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.

2015 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series

9/20/14 XTERRA Terra Firm Trail Run

3/21/15 XTERRA Eco Lonestar Trail Run

3/28/15 XTERRA Camp Eagle Trail Run

4/25/15 XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run

5/17/15 XTERRA Rock Dallas Trail Run

6/14/15 XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run

6/21/15 XTERRA Gator Bait Trail Run

7/12/15 XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run

8/16/15 XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run

For more information visit xterraplanet.com

View the current Trail Run Texas Point Standings here

Texas Series Trail Runs

2015 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series Preview

By DJ Quinn

The XTERRA Texas series has been garnering a lot of attention recently and for good reason: the courses are among the most beautiful on the XTERRA circuit, and their sense of community helps to attract new runners. As Kathy, the race director of roughly half the Texas series says, “The Texas series stands out because we have so many types of race courses in Texas. No two are really alike. We have everything from sandy, to rooted, to granite rock slap, to technical rolling ups and downs, and each of the races in the series presents those different challenges. Sometimes, one course contains all of those. We really have so many options.” Joel, the other half of the Dynamic Duo down in Texas (Kathy and Joel each have separate trail racing companies and each of them directs about half the XTERRA Texas series) agrees: “Each race in the Texas XTERRA series offers a different type of trails and terrain, from flat and sandy, to big hills with loose rock and ledges. It is a great slice of the  varied types of terrain that Texas has to offer.”

No race, no matter how scenic, would become as popular as the Texas series without having great runners who are also great people, and the Texas series sure attracts a happy crowd. Kathy comments, “The folks that run our races are very laid back. In fact, I often have bike racers attend our event weekend because we put on adventure races on the same weekend (which includes biking), and they always comment about how nice the trail runners are and how much they seem to enjoy life and just being out for the event. They all enjoy nature and being in the elements, and it makes for a fun group of people to spend our weekend with. And a little rain and mud never hurts a trail runner, because there are no bike parts to clean up ~ only shoes and clothes that can be washed.” Joel agrees wholeheartedly saying, “The participants are my favorite part. I see lots of the same people at every race and the sense of community that is created among the racers is great to be a part of.”

Both directors bring plenty of experience on Texas trails to the table. Joel says,“ I have been racing both road and mountain bikes in Texas since 1992. Over the years I would often volunteer to help set up, tear down, or help out during races. A few years ago I started helping out with the Texas XTERRA races. The guys that I was helping out were looking for someone to carry on with their race responsibilities and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

The growing popularity of the Texas XTERRA series is due in large part to hard work of the race directors and the sense of community they foster. The different and challenging terrain is also a draw. Combine those factors and you have one awesome race series. As Kathy puts it, “My favorite thing about the Texas series is the versatility we have at our various courses. It is never boring for us to mark a course, and I always look forward to seeing the runners faces smiling at the end of their accomplishment.”

If you like scenic and challenging courses, a vibrant running community, and great race directors, join the growing number of people who have discovered the XTERRA Texas series; you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Upcoming 2015 XTERRA Texas Trail Runs

4/25/15 – XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run

5/17/15 – XTERRA Rock Dallas Trail Run

6/14/15 – XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run

6/21/15 – XTERRA Gator Bait Trail Run

7/12/15 – XTERRA Magnolia Trail Run

8/16/15 – XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run