SoCal Series is Underway for 2013-14 Season

Baldwin, Shearer continue winning streaks from last season

The 2013-14 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series opened in much the same way that the 2012-13 season closed – with Patrick Baldwin and Maggie Shearer taking top honors.

Maggie ShearerBoth elite runners continued their winning streaks at the XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run, which was completed on October 13 at Point Mugu State Park in Oxnard/Malibu, California. A capacity field of more than 500 runners participated in the event, which was the first of seven races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.

Baldwin placed first overall, completing the 18-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 26 seconds. Shearer was the first overall female, finishing in 1:21:50.

Baldwin held throughout the course, but had to shift into sprint mode for the final mile when he saw a fast-approaching competitor making ground.

“I pushed really hard at the start and got a gap that held,” said Baldwin, who is 37 and resides in Encinitas, Calif. “I monitored a racer who was close, but tried not to look back. Anytime I hit a hill, I pushed it and focused on the fact that if I hurt, so will the people behind me. But on the final 2-mile downhill, I saw somebody new absolutely bombing the hill … I had to close with a big effort, 4:44 final mile! A learning lesson to keep your guard up.”

Chris Gilbert from Tarzana, Calif., was the fast chaser, and he finished in second place at 1:09:44 – 18 seconds behind Baldwin.  John Fedoroff from Thousand Oaks, Calif., was third in 1:10:25.

For Baldwin, it was his fourth consecutive victory in the XTERRA SoCal Series. He closed the 2012-13 season by winning the final three races of the series.

“This was my first time on this course, the only So Cal course I haven’t raced,” he said. “I really love the area, even after the recent fire.  The drive through Malibu to get to the race is epic, not many better places in the world.  I haven’t done a new course in awhile, and it makes me realize how important knowing a course is. I ran the first 1.5 miles before the race and it clued me in to running hard at the start as it turned to uphill single track early.”

The recent forest fires in the area cleared out some of the vegetation, giving the course a different look from previous years.

“The course was in great condition despite the recent firest that altered the landscape,” said Shearer, who is 36 and resides in Trabuco Canyon, Calif. “Although I raced last year, it looked entirely different due to the fire destruction. The trails were more open with less brush and protection on the side of the steep winding switch backs. This was a good reminder to control my speed and footing as I was descending.”

Shearer didn’t slow down too much, as she finished more than seven minutes ahead of the other top females in the race.

“I never ran with any women,” she said. “There was a lot of single track though out the course so it was like racing against the clock for much of the race. I took 5 minutes off my time from last year.”

Like Baldwin, Shearer has now won four consecutive XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series races. She also closed the 2012-13 season with three straight victories.

“Last year was my first full year of XTERRA,” she said. “Knowing what to expect in the races plays a critical part in success.”

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The XTERRA Point Mugu also included an 11-kilometer “short course” race. Roman Kats was the first overall finisher for the 11K, and Carly Johann was the top female.

Former NBA All-Star Reggie Miller participated in the 11K and placed seventh in his age group. He resides near the race area and said he often runs on the trails as part of his training.

The next race in the SoCal Trail Run Series will be the XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot on November 28 (Thanksgiving Day). The event will feature three course options – 15K, 10K or 5K – and all courses are open to runners of all ages and abilities. Please visitwww.trailrace.com for more information.

New Winners at New Race in Alabama Series

Aguirre and Holt prevail at Henry Farms

A new race to the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series introduced a couple of new winners to the podium.

Joseph Aguirre and Lauren Holt took top honors at the inaugural XTERRA Henry Farms Trail Run, which was completed on October 19 at Jacksonville, Alabama.

Cheaha StartAguirre was the overall winner, completing the 4-mile races in 26 minutes, 21 seconds. Holt was the top female in 31:54. It was the first XTERRA Trail Run victory for both runners.

“I enjoyed the race at Henry Farms tremendously,” Aguirre said. “The race staff was thoughtful, the other competitors were friendly, and the day was perfect for a fast time.”

Indeed, Aguirre jumped in front early, and stayed in front the entire way, although he was never quite sure of his lead because of the constant switchbacks on the course. “You were blocked from the sight of your nearest competitors by the trees, so I wasn’t sure where the other leaders were in relation to me,” he said.

Aguirre, 24, is a law student at the University of Alabama. He said he ran cross country in high school, but took some years off while in college.

The race for second place was a close one, with Gene Hood from Attalla, Alabama, finishing in 28:04 to edge Jay Crosby from Madison, Alabama, by four seconds.

Holt is also returning to competitive running this year after giving birth to her second child last year. “I love to run, and have since I was 14 years old competing in local 5K races,” said Holt, who is 32 and resides in Hokes Bluff, Alabama.

Holt said a friend explained the course to her prior to the race, so she knew it would be important to have a good start to get in a good position on the single track – “Start strong to gain a good position in the pack,” is how she put it.

Holt did just that, taking the early lead and holding it throughout. Hayley Long from Oxford, Alabama, placed second in 32:11, and Amberjean Goodman from Dothan, Alabama, was third in 33:56.

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The XTERRA Henry Farms Trail Run was the third of seven events in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run on November 10 at Birmingham, Alabama. That event will take place at the Oak Mountain State Park, and will off three courses for runners – a 21K half-marathon, a 10K and a 5K. To register for the race or learn more about it, please visitwww.dirtyspokes.com.

Honolulu Couple Takes Top Honors at Gunstock Ranch

Runners from 21 different states participate in Hawaii Series opener

Honolulu runners Nathan Carlson and Polina Babkina are used to running with each other – they are an engaged couple who enjoys training together.

They took it to a different level on October 19, when they placed first and second at the XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii.

Polina BabkinaCarlson finished first overall, completing the 21-kilometer half-marathon course in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 58 seconds. Babkina was the top female – and second place overall – in 1:37:35.

“The course was extremely challenging with numerous long hill climbs and steep uphill and downhill descents,” Carlson said. “The course required more focus to stay on course than most trail races I have done.  It had many forks in the road and terrain changes.  Definitely a mental as well as physical challenge.  Many portions of the wooded trails opened up at high points and provided great hillside views.  A few times I was chasing cattle, which was fun and adventurous.  I would definitely run that race again to try and run faster, since I am now familiar with the route.”

Carlson basically ran alone in first place, although he recalled looking back within the first mile of the course and seeing Babkina behind him.

“There were miles that I did not see anybody and wondered if I was racing the right direction, but mostly I was praying that Polina would continue to have a good race and stay on course,” he said. “Every mile there was mile markers and then colored ribbons and XTERRA ribbons that kept me on track.”

Babkina held off several of the other top male runners to capture second place. Tom Dansie from Hurricane, Utah, placed third overall (second male) in 1:38:21, and Nate Johnson from Kailua, Hawaii, was next at 1:39:56.

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Carlson and Babkina will next enter the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for November 24 at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii. They are considered the top Hawaii runners in the field.

In addition to the 21K half-marathon course, there was also a 5K short course. Pat Hayburn from Pennsylvania finished first overall for the 5K, and Brynne Adams from Waialua was the top female.

The XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run drew more than 300 runners, ranging in age from 5 to 65. It also featured runners from 21 states, making it one of the most diverse races on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit.

The XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run was also the first of three races in the inaugural XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series. The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs followed on October 26, and the XTERRA Freedom Fest Trail Run will be the series finale on July 5, 2014.

Kapalua Trail Runs Draw More than 1,000 Runners

Three Maui residents repeat victories

Familiarity was the key to success at the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs on Saturday morning.

Three of the four overall winners were repeat champions from last year: Willie Schefer (men’s 10K), Benjamin Auerbach (men’s 5K) and Dakota Grossman (women’s 5K). All three are Maui residents. The only new overall champ was Emilie Menuet from France, who was the top female in the 10K.

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Willie ScheferMore than 1,000 runners from around the world participated in the event, which featured two separate courses – the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K and the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K. Both courses started at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, then traversed up and down the West Maui Mountains, and then along D.T. Fleming Beach, before heading back to the Ritz-Carlton.

“As far as views go, you can’t beat this race,” 10K winner Schefer said. “I actually got to enjoy it more this year because I was in my own space, running on my own.”

(Willie Schefer in the lead, courtesy XTERRA Photos)

Indeed, Schefer darted ahead of the pack from the start and stayed in front the entire course. He finished with a time of 38 minutes, 22 seconds, which was more than a minute behind his record time of last year, but still three minutes ahead of the rest of the field this year.

“Winning last year gave me a lot of confidence coming in this time, and I knew what to expect along the way,” Schefer said. “I was mentally prepared for everything; I just didn’t have anybody to push me this year like I did last year.”

Schefer works as a personal trainer at Powerhouse Gym on Maui, but is planning to enroll in a medical school in Oregon next year.

Vince Sherry from Flagstaff, Arizona, placed second in 41:22, and Etienne Beurnez from France was third in 42:41.

Emilie MenuetEmilie Menuet placed 14th overall and took the women’s 10K title in her first try at the Kapalua course. Her boyfriend, Brice Daubord, is on Maui to compete in Sunday’s XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon.

(Emilie Menuet pictured, courtesy XTERRA Photos)

“I am here because Brice came to Maui to try and get in the top 10 for the triathlon,” Menuet said. “I saw they have this run and I am a runner, so I wanted to try. It was very beautiful and very hard going up the hills.”

The runner-up, Marion Lorblanchet, is also from France. She is a well-know XTERRA pro triathlete, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year. This 10K was her first race since the tumor was discovered.

“I am happy to be here today – this is a win in life for me,” Lorblanchet said. “Just one month ago, I was still in the hospital because of a brain tumor. It’s time to announce the end of my XTERRA (triathlon) career, but not for running.”

 

Record win in 5K

Auerbach was in sprint mode from the start of the 5K, and it resulted in a course-record time of 18:56.

“I had a friend, Jake Ramos, run with me this year,” Auerbach said. “We pushed it hard that first mile, and he was really pushing the pace the whole way.”

Auerbach said his knowledge of the trails at Kapalua played a key role in his victory. In addition to winning it last year, he often trains on the Kapalua trails as part of his job as a trainer.

“I partner with the Kapalua Spa as part of my business, One Fitness, so I actually get to run on these trails a lot with clients,” he said. “It helps significantly.”

Grossman, who is a high school senior at Seabury Hall, capped a victorious weekend with her repeat win in the women’s division of the 5K. On Friday, she won the Hawaii state high school cross country championship for the fourth consecutive year.

The high school championship race was held on another island (Kauai), so she had to fly back to Maui on Friday night, and then signed up for the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K on Saturday morning.

“My legs were a little dead going uphill,” she said. “But I train for stuff like this, so I knew it was going to be difficult.”

T S Restaurants awards winners

Five runners received gift certificates from T S Restaurants for their winning performances on Saturday.

Schefer won two $100 gift certificates to Duke’s Beach House – one for being the top overall finisher of the 10K, and another for being the top Maui finisher. Menuet also received a $100 gift certificate to Duke’s, as did Angela Wideman from Kihei for being the top Maui female finisher of the 10K.

Auerbach received two $100 gift certificates to Hula Grill for his 5K win (first overall and first Maui resident), and Grossman also received two $100 gift certificates to Hula Grill (first overall female and first Maui female).

XTERRA Hawaii Series

The Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K was part of the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series. The top finishers in each age group received points toward the overall standings of the series.

It was the second of three events in the series for this season. The next event in the Hawaii Series will be the XTERRA Freedom Fest 10K in July 2014. Please visitwww.freedomfesthawaii.com for more information.

The upcoming XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on November 24 is not part of the Hawaii Series, but is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from around the world. To register or learn more about it, please visit www.xterrakualoa.com.

Washington Series is Underway for 2013-14 Season

Runners from 12 states and Canada participate in Harvest Trail Run

Runners from 12 different states and Canada gathered at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, Washington, last weekend for the XTERRA Harvest Trail Run. It was the opening race of the 2013-14 season of the XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series, and more than 170 runners participated.

Harvest Half WinnerEric Garner from Kirkland, Washington, was the overall winner. He completed the 21-kilometer half-marathon course in record time of 1 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds.

“The course was really challenging, as the four major climbs didn’t allow much recovery,” Garner explained. “But it was fun and well-marked, and made really good use of the available trails. Conditions were near perfect. Some rain the night before and morning of left a few slippery spots, but conditions during the race were dry and cool and perfect for a fall race in the woods.”

Garner’s winning time was more than four minutes faster than the previous course record, and he finished nearly five minutes ahead of the other top runners in the field.

“I got a bit impatient and took the lead a minute or so in,” he said. “I didn’t notice the gap; probably wasn’t paying attention to it.”

Garner ran the course like an expert, but it was surprisingly his first time entering a trail race of any kind, let alone an XTERRA Trail Run event. He is an experienced runner, but all of his previous races came on the roads or tracks.

Masazumi Fujioka, who is also from Kirkland, placed second in 1:36:20, and Kevin Ryan from Bellingham was third in 1:44:37.

Michaela Kohmetscher from Seattle placed 12th overall, and was the first female finisher. She finished in 2:00:52, which was around three minutes ahead of the other top women.

Kohmetscher is experienced in trail races, but this was her first victory in an XTERRA Trail Run event. She did the race with her husband, Mark, who placed 24th overall in 2:12:09.

There was an exciting race for second place in the women’s division, with Monilee Atkinson from Redmond finishing in 2:03:51 to edge Julianna Looney from Shoreline by four seconds.

In addition to the 21K long course, there was also a 10K course. Elliott Marsh was first overall and Diane Rizzardo was the top female for the 10K course. They are both from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In addition to Washington and Canada, runners from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah participated in the event.

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The XTERRA Harvest Trail Run was the first of three races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series. The next race in the series is scheduled for the spring of 2014 (specific date and location to be announced). For more information on the series, please visit www.nwtrailruns.com.

TEAM 2 END AIDS Headed to XTERRA Trail Run Worlds Again

Group raised $99,000 last year, and has already surpassed it this year

TEAM 2 END AIDS made a difference at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in 2012, and they’d like to make a bigger difference this year.

Team 2 End AidsClose to 50 runners from TEAM 2 END AIDS will make the trip from California to Hawaii to participate in the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on November 24 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.

TEAM 2 END AIDS – or T2 for short – is an endurance event training program based in Southern California that benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles. Last year, T2 brought 25 runners to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and they raised $99,000 from that race alone. They also returned to Southern California with stories and photos that spread throughout their running community.

“When we decided to mix things up a bit last year and add our first trail race with XTERRA, people really liked the idea, but I’m not sure they understood what made trail races different than other races,” said Kerry Quakenbush, the Director of Endurance Events for T2. “After the XTERRA race last year, people started sending back photos and feedback on their wonderful experience with XTERRA at Kualoa Ranch. That’s when word got around on social media sites and new people wanted to give trail running a try. The trip to Oahu for this race is awesome. You get the best of the tourist parts of the island (Waikiki, etc.) and you get the gorgeous scenery of the North Shore.”

T2 already has 45 runners signed up for the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and the fundraising effort for the race has already surpassed last year’s total. “We are already at $119,000 this year and would ideally like to hit $175,000,” Quakenbush said.

The experience from last year has also provided training incentive for this year. Members of T2 have been meeting every Saturday for training runs on the various trails in the Los Angeles area.

“The good thing about the Los Angeles area is that there are loads of trails with steep terrain that makes for perfect training for Worlds,” Quakenbush said. “We meet as a group each Saturday in one of the gorgeous LA parks where we follow a schedule that starts with 2 miles of running and eventually gets up to 12 miles. In addition to our Saturday long run, we instruct everyone to run during the week at least twice as well. Everyone in our group finished Worlds last year and we aim to see that happen again on November 24.”

The T2 runners will be among a group of 2,000 expected to run at Kualoa Ranch for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on November 24. The event will feature three courses – the 21K world championship course, a 10K and a 5K. Each course is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from anywhere in the world.

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To learn more about the organization or make a donation, please visit www.t2ea.com.

To learn more about the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, please visitwww.xterrakualoa.com.

T S Restaurants Employees Set to Run at Kapalua Again

Hula Grill out to defend title of “race within a race”

Hula Grill TeamThe Hula Grill Kaanapali restaurant is known for its fresh fish and seafood, spectacular views of the beach, and … fast runners.

The proof is in the trophy that sits atop the restaurant’s bar, declaring Hula Grill as the winner of the 2012 T S Restaurants Challenge at the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. Hula Grill beat out three other T S Restaurants on Maui (Duke’s Beach House, KImo’s, Leilani’s On The Beach) to claim the perpetual trophy.

Hula Grill will be back to defend its title at the 2013 XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, which is scheduled for October 26 on the grounds surrounding the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. More than 30 employees from the restaurant have been training in recent months for the event.

“Our General Manager, Orrin Cross, is a strong supporter of health and wellness,” explained Hula Grill team captain Lisa Olmos. “He agreed to sponsor any runner from Team Hula who met with me on our weekly runs. We meet every Wednesday and run the trail (at Kapalua). All those who have been running on Wednesdays get their race fees paid by Hula Grill.”

Olmos is a triathlete who has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science, and she was more than willing to lead the Hula Grill training sessions. “I’m an avid runner and racer so when I decided to register for the XTERRA World Championships last year, Orrin asked if I would build an XTERRA running team for the restaurant,” she explained. “It was my pleasure! One of the greatest things is to share your passions with others.”

The weekly training runs and anticipation of the race have created a healthy buzz – and lifestyle – within the restaurant.

“Win or lose, we are sending a positive message out to the community and within our house,” Olmos said. “What started out as a fun competition really sparked the interest of creating a health and wellness program within the restaurant.  Giving our employees healthy employee meal options and sponsoring races is just the beginning.”

The other T S Restaurants on Maui have similar programs for their employees, and the T S Restaurants Challenge is apparently catching on. More than 120 employees from the four restaurants are registered to run in the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs on October 26. Kimo’s leads the way with more than 40 employees signed up to run.

The T S Restaurants Challenge is actually “a race within a race,” as more than 1,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate in the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. The event features two courses – a 10K and a 5K – and both are open to runners of all ages and abilities.

Register at the XTERRA Village in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 9am-2pm on Oct 23 & 24 and 9am-5pm on Oct 25.

T S Restaurants has added even more entries to the list this year by encouraging teachers from Maui schools to participate in the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs. More than 50 teachers from Princess Nahienaina Elementary, King Kamehameha III Elementary, Lahainaluna Intermediate and Lahainalua High are registered to run.

A Memorable Race at Fort Yargo

Haley, McCurdy take overall titles; proceeds benefit Sarazen family 

The XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run was a memorable experience for Matt Haley, Deanna McCurdy, and just about everyone else who participated in the event on Saturday, October 12.

Fort Yargo Women Winners More than 300 runners from five different states participated in the event, which was held at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.  Every registered runner contributed to a worthy cause, as all proceeds from the event were donated to the family of the late Geoff Sarazen.

Sarazen was a long-time friend and supporter of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and he unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. His wife, Chalise, and children Britt, Bryce and Mary Landis all participated in the 5K short course at the Fort Yargo Trail Run.

The event also featured a 13.6-kilometer long course, and Haley and McCurdy were the overall winners.

Haley was the overall winner, and he did it in convincing fashion. The Buford, Georgia, resident completed the course in 53 minutes, 6 seconds, which was nearly seven minutes faster than the other top runners.

“It really had a little bit of everything for everyone, fast sections of hiking trail and fire roads, twists and turns, up and down, everything,” Haley said. “Overall, it was a great course.”

Haley said he jumped into the lead almost immediately, and maintained his fast pace throughout. He gradually pulled away from everyone as the course progressed, but said he was never aware of the large gap he was creating.

“I felt pretty strong early on and ended up building up a good size lead, probably 50 meters or so, but I was running comfortable,” he said. “Once we hit the first mile marker, I felt like I was running well, but within myself. I tried to use the early part of the course to run in a good rhythm and stretch things out without getting in over my head.”

There have been two races so far in the 2013-14 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and the 29-year-old Haley has won both races.

“I think the biggest key for me has just been consistency,” he said. “This past year has probably been my best since college in terms of being consistent with my running. I had a solid fall and winter last year and running the XTERRA races really helped keep me motivated to get out the door every day. I think that led into a good spring and summer and now I am reaping some of the rewards of that summer training.”

Chester Topple from Athens was second in 1:00:04, Grahm Bahnson from Atlanta was third in 1:00:54, and David Jimenez from Watkinsville was third in 1:01:30.

McCurdy was an impressive fifth overall and ran away from the other top females. She finished with a time of 1:01:50, which was nearly five minutes ahead of the other top women.

“I ran most of the race with another guy which was a great way to force me to press the pace faster than my legs wanted to go that day,” McCurdy said. “He finally passed me at the water station at mile 6 and although I kept him in site until we crossed the finish line, I couldn’t reel him back in.”

McCurdy, 39, is coming off a sixth-place overall finish at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship last month at Ogden, Utah., and she is currently training to enter a road marathon in Georgia next month.

“My legs are definitely feeling the high mileage of pavement pounding right now and I can tell my brain is tired of the structure of marathon training,” said McCurdy, who resides in Peachtree City. “Racing XTERRA Fort Yargo was a perfect excuse to tackle a tempo run on the trails and waken the legs and the mind.”

McCurdy has now entered two XTERRA Georgia Trail Run races in her career, and won them both. Her previous win came at the end of the 2012-13 season.

“Because the XTERRA Trail Series season follows a September to September calendar year, I raced for the first time as a ‘Master’ this past Saturday, even though my “big” birthday is not for months to come,” she explained.  “Over the first couple of miles of the race, I kept dwelling on that thought, partially in disbelief, that I could really be turning 40 soon.  By the final miles, however, my attitude shifted and I began to realize how awesome racing XTERRA as a Master really is. I am out here dodging trees, rocks and roots as I fly through the woods like a kid – a little bit of effort, but a whole lot of fun.  Who says there is no such thing as the fountain of youth?  They clearly don’t know what “Living More” is all about!”

McCurdy is the founder and head coach of Team Miles for Smiles, a charity running team that raises funding for research through the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (F.A.S.T.). One of her daughters was diagnosed in 2009 with Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

The 5K course winners were both high school students. Jackson Pearce, 16, was the overall winner; Madeline Pearce, 17, was the top female.

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The XTERRA Fort Yargo Trail Run was the second of seven races on the 2013-14 schedule for the Georgia Series. The next races in the series will be the XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run at Roswell, Georgia, on November 2, and then the XTERRA Little Mulberry Park Trail Run at Dacula, Georgia, on November 16.

To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visitwww.dirtyspokes.com.

XTERRA Harvest Trail Run

Washington Series is Underway for 2013-14 Season

Runners from 12 states and Canada participate in Harvest Trail Run

Runners from 12 different states and Canada gathered at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, Washington, last weekend for the XTERRA Harvest Trail Run. It was the opening race of the 2013-14 season of the XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series, and more than 170 runners participated.

Eric Garner from Kirkland, Washington, was the overall winner. He completed the 21-kilometer half-marathon course in record time of 1 hour, 30 minutes, 52 seconds.

“The course was really challenging, as the four major climbs didn’t allow much recovery,” Garner explained. “But it was fun and well-marked, and made really good use of the available trails. Conditions were near perfect. Some rain the night before and morning of left a few slippery spots, but conditions during the race were dry and cool and perfect for a fall race in the woods.”

Garner’s winning time was more than four minutes faster than the previous course record, and he finished nearly five minutes ahead of the other top runners in the field.

“I got a bit impatient and took the lead a minute or so in,” he said. “I didn’t notice the gap; probably wasn’t paying attention to it.”

Garner ran the course like an expert, but it was surprisingly his first time entering a trail race of any kind, let alone an XTERRA Trail Run event. He is an experienced runner, but all of his previous races came on the roads or tracks.

Masazumi Fujioka, who is also from Kirkland, placed second in 1:36:20, and Kevin Ryan from Bellingham was third in 1:44:37.

Michaela Kohmetscher from Seattle placed 12th overall, and was the first female finisher. She finished in 2:00:52, which was around three minutes ahead of the other top women.

Kohmetscher is experienced in trail races, but this was her first victory in an XTERRA Trail Run event. She did the race with her husband, Mark, who placed 24th overall in 2:12:09.

There was an exciting race for second place in the women’s division, with Monilee Atkinson from Redmond finishing in 2:03:51 to edge Julianna Looney from Shoreline by four seconds.

In addition to the 21K long course, there was also a 10K course. Elliott Marsh was first overall and Diane Rizzardo was the top female for the 10K course. They are both from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In addition to Washington and Canada, runners from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah participated in the event.

The XTERRA Harvest Trail Run was the first of three races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series. The next race in the series is scheduled for the spring of 2014 (specific date and location to be announced). For more information on the series, please visit www.nwtrailruns.com.