Longworth Completes Undefeated Run in North Carolina Series

Charlotte runners take top honors at Fisher Farm

The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series concluded its 2013 season with the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run last weekend.

Fisher FarmMore than 200 runners from 12 different states participated in the event, which was completed on August 31 at Fisher Farm Park Trails in Davidson, N.C.

Matthew Longworth from Charlotte capped an undefeated season by capturing first place overall. He completed the 10-mile course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds. There were three events in the 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and Longworth was the overall winner at all three races.

Longworth ran with fellow Charlotte runner Jordan Veal for much of the course before pulling ahead late in the race. Veal finished second in 1:04:36, and Cory Sundeen was third in 1:07:21.

Longworth, 33, owns a lawn care business in Charlotte and once served as a missionary overseas.

Wendy Norvell from Charlotte was the top female runner with a time of 1:18:11. It was an impressive XTERRA debut for Norvell, as this was her first time entering an XTERRA Trail Run event. However, she is an experienced runner, and has won other trail races previously in her career.

“I love this course, especially the winding switchbacks near the end of the loop,” she said. “This was my second time running out there (the previous was also a race), but I definitely need to visit again soon. I could do without the humidity, but that’s August in the south.”

Norvell built her lead early in the course, and said she was able to enjoy the thrills of the course in the second half of the race.

“Fisher Farm provides several vantage points for a quick glance over the shoulder, so I noticed early on that I had enough distance between me and second place,” Norvell explained. “After that, I was like a kid hopping through the forest, no pressure just enjoying the ride! I even let out a ‘yippee’ as I flew down a steep hill!”

Kimberley Hefner from Rock Hill, South Carolina, placed second in 1:22:13, and Bonnie Schaefer was third in 1:27:19.

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In addition to the 10-mile long course, there was also a 5-mile short course. Chase Eckard and Kaitlyn Mullis were the overall winners of the 5-mile race.

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Epley Wins North Carolina Title to Make it Three in 2013

He also won XTERRA Trail Run titles in Tennessee and South Carolina

Carl EpleyPrior to 2013, only a handful of runners had won two age-group championships in two different XTERRA Trail Run regions in the same year. In the last month, two runners have won three age-group titles in three different regions in the same year.

Carl Epley from Marion, North Carolina, is the latest runner to join that historic list. He clinched the men’s 35-39 age group for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series last weekend at the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run in Davidson, N.C.

Epley’s North Carolina championship follows previous titles won this year at the XTERRA Tennessee Trail Run Series and the XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. All told, Epley competed in nine races in those three different states, and he placed first in his age group at seven of those races.

Epley said he drove as long as three hours to get to some of the races, but it was time well-spent.

“It did take a lot of time and weekends to run all of the races in the Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina XTERRA series this year,” said Epley, 39. “All of the race directors in those states put on great events so I always knew that my travel time was going to be rewarded with an awesome XTERRA adventure.”

With his three titles in 2013, Epley now has a record-tying six XTERRA Trail Run age-group championships in his career. He previously won titles in 2009 (Tennessee), 2011 (South Carolina) and 2012 (South Carolina).

Epley joins Tom Hutson as the only runners in XTERRA Trail Run history to win three age-group championships in three separate regions in the same year. Hutson’s titles were in Texas, Florida and South Carolina.

Also of note from the 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series:

” Kimberley Hefner from Rock Hill, South Carolina, won the women’s 35-39 title for the third consecutive year.

” Clark Jackson from Charlottesville, Virginia, won the men’s 55-59 title, giving him two championships in two different regions in the same year. Earlier this year, he won his age group in the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series.

” Two runners went undefeated in their respective age group for the North Carolina Series in 2013: Matthew Longworth (men’s 30-34) and Cory Sundeen (men’s 40-44).

Here is the complete list of 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series champions:

 

 

Age Group Name Age Hometown State
Female 25-29 Kate Benedict 26 Columbia SC
Female 35-39 Kimberley Hefner* 39 Rock Hill SC
Female 40-44 Lori Taylor 43 Charlotte NC
Female 45-49 Marcia Kissel* 46 Charlotte NC
Male 9-younger Jake Mackleer 9 Hampstead NC
Male 25-29 Tyler Turnbull 29 Charlotte NC
Male 30-34 Matthew Longworth* 33 Charlotte NC
Male 35-39 Carl Epley 39 Marion NC
Male 40-44 Cory Sundeen 43 Charlotte NC
Male 45-49 Ken Bohn* 46 Matthews NC
Male 50-54 David Coleman* 51 Mauldin SC
Male 55-59 Clark Jackson 57 Charlottesville VA
Male 65-69 Don Burkett 65 Mineral Bluff GA
* Repeat champion from 2012

Powerful advice for XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

Q&A with PowerBar representative Richard Burgunder

Rich Burgunder Editor’s note: Richard Burgunder is one of XTERRA’s most experienced and valued trail runners. He has competed in XTERRA Trail Run events in more than a dozen different states, and has won five XTERRA Regional Championships in four different regions (New England, Ohio, Pocono, Utah). He previously lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved to Boulder, Colorado, earlier this year. He has traveled to Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, the past two years to compete in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and will do so again this year.

He is also a Field Marketing Associate for PowerBar, and will be assisting at the product booth during the XTERRA weekend at Snowbasin Resort/Ogden. The 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for September 22, and online registration is open atwww.xterrautah.com. Burgunder offers some advice for runners in the following question and answer session:

Q:  How would you describe this 21K course, and are there specific sections to be aware of?

Burgunder: The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals 21K course provides diverse terrain that ranges from long climbs up fire roads to rocky single track along the upper ridges of the mountain. Shortly after the fast start in the parking lot, runners will be immediately challenged by a long climb up the mountain. The trails at this point will consist mostly of dirt fire roads that gradually take athletes to the top of the mountain. The terrain along the initial climb isn’t too technical and most of the trails are relatively wide. As you run along the arête near the summit, you’ll experience more technical running with an abundance of rocks and narrower trails.

Once you’ve ascended the summit, stunning panoramic views allow you to take in the natural beauty that surrounds Snowbasin. You’ll be able to see for endless miles out into the valley, which will provide a breathtaking backdrop of the fall foliage and crystal clear blue skies. After running along the upper ridges for a couple of miles, you’ll descend the mountain on a long switchback ski trail that will provide an adrenaline pumping experience. It’s a long and fast descent, which enables runners to open up and coast down the mountain. After approaching the bottom of the long switchback, runners will then blaze through a gently rolling trail that is embraced with beautiful Aspens. The final push to the finish will include a small, but very steep climb up another fire road, followed by a downhill finish into Snowbasin Resort.

Q: How are you training specifically for this event?

Burgunder: The most beneficial training methods for this type of event would include focusing on mountain or hill running, cross training, and maintaining a mixture of both speed and endurance training. Consistently running up and down a mountain, or a large hill, will benefit athletes in many ways for a race such as the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship 21K. The pain and suffering of climbing a mountain or a hill will prepare you for the pain and suffering of racing. This specific type of workout also builds up your confidence, since it closely emulates the race day experience.

Training for mountain running is basically two workouts in one. The first half, going up, develops leg strength and generally trains the aerobic system at a higher intensity than a flat run of equal duration does. We automatically work a little harder, minute for minute, when we go against gravity. The second half of the workout, going down, subjects the lower extremities to repeated high impact forces, and thereby increases their capacity to withstand such forces. For the half marathoner, this translates as less chance of bonking in the late miles due to accumulated muscle damage or loss of elasticity in the legs.

For speed training, runners should focus on short bursts of extremely taxing exercise, a routine known as high-intensity interval training. This can include either track workouts or tempo runs on roads and/or trails. The goal for such workouts is to increase your VO2max, which stands for maximal oxygen uptake and refers to the amount of oxygen your body is capable of utilizing in one minute. It is a measure of your capacity for aerobic work and can be a predictor of your potential as an endurance athlete. Although there are many factors that affect your VO2max, it is a commonly accepted measure of cardio respiratory fitness.

An example of a good track workout that will help prepare you to run faster at Nationals would be to perform 12 x 400 meters at slightly under 5K race pace. The rest between each 400 should fall between 60 to 90 seconds, depending on your fitness levels.

The final training point to focus on is making sure to get in some long slow distance runs (LSD). The LSD run should be run slowly to ensure that you are developing the fat-burning metabolic pathway, and to minimize the effect of fatigue and risk of injury. It should be around 25-30 percent slower than your half-marathon pace. The optimal LSD run for your XTERRA Trail Run Nationals 21K training would be in the 15 to 18 mile range. For most runners, maximum performance will result from some combination of long slow distance and high intensity training.

Personally, I have been focusing on long tempo mountain runs at higher elevations. Also, I have tried to race as often as possible at higher elevations throughout the Mountain West, this past summer. Additionally, I was a pacer for one of the top finishers at the Leadville Trail 100 Run, which provided some outstanding training on grueling mountain trails at an average elevation of well over 10,000 feet.

Q: For those from out of state, how much of a factor is the altitude, and how do you prepare for it?

Burgunder: Adjusting to the altitude of 6,391 feet at the base of Snowbasin Resort can provide another hurdle for those coming from lower elevations. The top elevation is 9,350 feet, with a vertical rise of 2,950 feet. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do other than arrive a couple of days early and try to get some easy runs in to acclimate. Consuming enough electrolytes and staying well hydrated will greatly help prevent altitude sickness.

Q: Any travel tips – when is the best time to arrive, where is a good place to stay, how do you stay rested?

When traveling to XTERRA Trail Run Nationals, you should try to arrive in Snowbasin a couple of days before the race. In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Here you’ll have the opportunity to pick-up your race bags, mingle with fellow athletes from all over the nation, and also sample and purchase products from XTERRA’s wide array of event sponsors.

There’s an abundance of places to stay in the local area, ranging from luxury hotels to camping options along Pineview Reservoir.  Lakeside Resort Properties is the closest Lodging to Snowbasin and offers luxury 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums with luxury master suites, fully equipped kitchens, private hot tubs, Wi-Fi, garages/covered parking and much more. Marriott Ogden offers remarkable scenic beauty in the Ogden metro area. The Grand America Hotel is an easy 40-minute drive south from Snowbasin and The Little America Hotel is an easy 40-minute drive south from Snowbasin, and is centrally located in Salt Lake City’s business, historic, cultural and entertainment center. Maples Campground is an abandoned campground north of the Snowbasin Ski Resort. Anderson Cove is located on the South side of Pineview Reservoir, near the turnoff to Snow Basin. This Forest Service campground is right on the lake and offers both individual and group reservations. Jefferson Hunt, also a Forest Service campground, is located at the South Fork inlet to the reservoir and has 29 individual camping units. Reservations for both these campgrounds can be made by calling (800) 280-2267.

Q: Any recommendations for hydration and nutrition for this race?

Burgunder: Sports nutrition will play a vital role in your performance when it comes to more grueling nature of mountain running, especially at higher elevations.  Runners should aim for 60 to 90 grams of carb per hour while you are training/racing. Pay attention to your micronutrient intake (i.e. your vitamins and minerals) and avoid deficiencies with a varied, colorful diet.  Ask your health professional if you need a supplement if your diet is less than spectacular or if you start to feel fatigued, run down, etc. To prevent fatigue, top off your muscle glycogen fuel stores before working out by consuming a meal 2 to 4 hours before a workout, choosing  familiar high-carbohydrate foods and beverages, and by avoiding slow-to-digest fatty and high-fiber foods prior to running.

Some good snack examples include a fruit smoothie, a meal replacement drink, a PowerBar® Performance Energy bar, a PowerBar® Fruit Smoothie Energy bar, PowerBar® Energy Bites, a PowerBar® Gel, or PowerBar® Gel Blasts™ energy chews.

Make sure to start the race fully hydrated; dehydration will make your race demonstrably harder and put your health at risk. Make sure to match your hydration and fueling plan to the workout challenge. For training runs up to the half-marathon distance, your existing fuel stores should tide you over, and your focus can be on staying hydrated. Try to consume fluids at a rate that keeps pace with your sweat rate. This generally requires 13 to 26 fluid ounces (400-800 mL) every hour of exercise, preferably in smaller amounts taken every 15 minutes or so.

Along the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals course, you will find one of XTERRA’s most prominent sports nutrition sponsors, PowerBar, offering an assortment of free product samples.

Note to runners: If you have a question you would like to personally ask Richard Burgunder, he and fellow PowerBar Field Marketing Associate Mark Robertson will be the guest speakers at the XTERRA University presented by Paul Mitchell on September 21 (the day before the race) at noon at the Snowbasin Resort.

Ogawa, Kato win XTERRA Japan 50K

Sato Ogawa and Yoko Kato captured the XTERRA Japan 50K trail run titles on a beautiful blue sky day in the Nikko National Forest on Sunday.

Japan 50K WinnerThe race is arguably the hardest and most scenic on the entire XTERRA World Tour. Race headquarters is at the Kan Ko So Resort in Marunuma – a hot springs retreat that caters to fisherman during the summer and is completely snowed-in during the winter months.

The course starts at 4,700-feet and climbs up and down a variety of mountain tops and valleys, including Mt. Shirane high atop the Marunuma-Kogen ski area.  Its high-point is 8,500-feet and all-told includes nearly 10,000-feet of climbing in dense forest filled with pine, oak, walnut, and aspen trees.

“It’s an insane mountain challenge, and world-class all the way,” said Australian adventure racer Jarad Kohlar.  “The amazing part is it’s almost entirely on these perfectly carved out single track trails in the mountainside.”

The winning time for Ogawa, a 36-year-old from Yamanashi who is an elite runner for Salomon, was 6:13:46, more than 45-minutes ahead of the runner-up Makoto Kurosawa.  Kato, who is 50-years-young and perpetually wins the grueling long-distance XTERRA Japan trail runs, won the women’s title in 8:45:05.

Only a quarter of the nearly 200 runners who took part in the 50K made the time cut-off, with many of those coming in more than 10 hours after the 6:30am start.  Runners who didn’t make the cut were re-routed to a 30K course.

There was also a “Light” 15K run, won by Kentaro Hashimoto (1:24:44) and Ayako Shirato (1:51:06).  Shirato is the wife of event organizer and Japan triathlon legend Taro Shirato – who also produces the Ironman Japan race in Hokkaido (this weekend).

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King, Anderson will Defend Titles at XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

Snowbasin Resort will host race on September 22

The reigning King and queen of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will be back to defend their respective crowns in 2013.

Max KingThis year’s XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for September 22 at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. More than 700 runners from around the country are expected to participate in the event.

Max King, the five-time defending men’s champion of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, will once again wear the No. 1 race bib as he seeks to extend his unprecedented string of XTERRA success.

“That course is one of my favorites for a trail run course,” King said of the 21-kilometer championship course at Snowbasin. “It’s beautiful that time of year with the changing colors and the crisp fall morning temps. The course is challenging but you can really run fast on it, which for me, plays to my strengths. I think it’s a good mix of technical trail running, good climbing, fast smooth singletracks, and sweeping downhills. It has it all.”

King will actually get some rest before this year’s race, which could make him an even more prohibitive favorite than in recent years. The last two years, King competed in a 50-kilometer race in his hometown of Bend, Oregon, the day before winning the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah.

“Each year I continue to go longer and longer so my endurance on courses like this keeps getting better,” King said. “And this year I get to come in fresh. No 50K the day before. Will it matter? I don’t know.”

King said his training routine is the same as in recent years, and he will approach the race weekend with the same mentality as last year.

“I can’t let my guard down and think that it’s going to be easy,” he said. “The minute I do that, it will be my downfall. Each race you have to approach as if it’s going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, that’s how you have successful races. So, going in I have to keep the mental strength there as if I were going to being doing the two races.”

In the women’s division, Lindsey Anderson will be back to defend her title after a victorious debut last year.

“I actually haven’t been up to run on the trails since the race last year,” said Anderson, who resides in nearby South Ogden. “I think it definitely helps to know the course, so it will be nice that it will at least be familiar from last year.  It definitely doesn’t hurt to run the course one or more times before the race and I was hoping that I’d get an opportunity to go run up there during the summer but it just hasn’t worked out so I’ll go off what I remember and be confident that even though I had never run the course last year I was still able to pull out the win.”

Anderson is actually a road and track runner, and last year’s XTERRA Trail Run National Championship was her first trail race. She was a member of the 2008 United States Olympic team for the steeplechase, and is currently an assistant coach for the track team at Weber State University in Ogden.

The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. Runners such as King and Anderson will be chasing the overall titles, but numerous age-group championships will also be at stake.

In addition to the 21K championship course, there will also be 10K and 5K races. Online registration for all three courses is open at www.xterrautah.com.

Table Rock Provides Challenging Finish for South Carolina Series

Epley wins his age-group for third straight year

The XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series featured a grueling finish to its season, as the XTERRA Table Rock Trail Run lived up to its reputation as the toughest trail run in South Carolina.

XTERRA Trail Run South Carolina Series“The Table Rock course is a very challenging mix of rocky and rooty single track trails with many water crossings,” said Carl Epley, who placed third overall. “After an initial 2-mile rolling start, there is a punishing trek to the top of the mountain of 3 miles and 2,000 feet … only to be sent then screaming back down on an even steeper decline.”

Close to 100 runners participated in the 15-kilometer long course, and only 13 of them were able to finish in less than two hours.

Jose Zavala was up for the challenge, completing the course in a winning time of 1 hour, 32 minutes, 47 seconds. He finished more than nine minutes ahead of the other top runners. Peter Ross was second in 1:42:11, and Epley was third in 1:43:24.

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For Epley, it capped quite a week. On August 10, he placed fifth overall at the XTERRA Bays Blaze Trail Run at Kingsport, Tennessee. That performance earned him enough points to clinch the 35-39 age group for the XTERRA Tennessee Trail Run Series.

Seven days later came his third-place showing at the Table Rock Trail Run, and that performance earned him enough points to clinch the 35-39 age group for the XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. This is the third consecutive year that he has won his age group in the South Carolina Series.

“In racing back- to-back weekends I did not put in my usual training miles,” Epley explained. “It was more important for me to focus on recovery from the Tennessee race the previous week and to keep my legs fresh for the Table Rock race.”

Making it more impressive, Epley does not live in either Tennessee or South Carolina. He resides in Marion, North Carolina, and crossed the state border several times throughout the year to compete in both the Tennessee and South Carolina Series. He also competes in the North Carolina Series, and has a shot at winning his age group for that series as well.

Record Run at Puerto Rico Series Finale

Close to 600 runners participate at Cerro Gordo

The XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series saved its best for last, as a record number of runners showed up to participate in the season finale.

Cerro Gordo WinnerThe XTERRA Cerro Gordo Trail Run drew close to 600 runners, ranging in age from 10 to 68. It was the largest field ever for a Puerto Rico Trail Run Series event.

“We had a coupon offer for the 5K as an effort to get the message spread all over the island that XTERRA Trail Runs are here to stay and rock the running community,” said Efrain Cardona, director of the Puerto Rico Series.

The event featured a 10K long course and a 5K short course. The elite runners entered the 10K race, and Heriberto Hiraldo Flecha ran away with the victory. He completed the course in 55 minutes, 15 seconds, which was nearly two minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Flecha, 42, is considered one of Puerto Rico’s top road runners and triathletes, and this was his first appearance in an XTERRA Trail Run race.

Aaron Hogan placed second in 57:01, and Erick Bernard was third in 57:29.

XTERRA Trail Run veteran Alberto Saldana placed fifth, and said of the course: “A very challenging course and one of the most difficult in the island with a lot of elevation changes. It’s like a roller coaster, so is very difficult to increase some speed. Is a very technical trail, and you need a lot of balance and coordination. The conditions were a little bit muddy, because it rained early in the morning. Other than that, everything was fine. This trail has a beautiful ocean view and extraordinary vegetation.”

Neysha Velez was the top female, finishing with a time of 1:05:57, and Sheila Soto was second in 1:08:27.

The 10K race went out first, but it was the 5K race later in the day that took the spotlight. More than 500 runners participated in the 5K, and the race for first came down to a photo finish. Fourteen-year-old Jobriel Navarro Collazo edged 32-year-old Waldemar Galarza after a sprint to the finish. Edithmarie Colon was the top female in the 5K

“This is only the tip of the iceberg for trail running in Puerto Rico,” Cardona said.

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The XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series will return for the 2013-14 season with at least four races on the schedule. The first race of the new season is scheduled for December 1, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. To learn more about the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series, please visit www.xterrapr.com.

Hutson Runs into XTERRA Trail Run History

He is the first to win three regional titles in the same year

If you need inspiration to “Live More” in an XTERRA Trail Run Series, meet Thomas Hutson.

The HutsonsThe 61-year-old from Houston, Texas, recently capped an amazing year on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit – and in his personal life. He made XTERRA Trail Run history by winning his age division in three different regions in the same year: Texas, Florida and South Carolina.

Several runners have won two regional titles in the same year, but Hutson raised the bar a notch with his extended travel to compete in three different regions.

“My wife (Lisa) and I both won our age groups in Texas in 2012, and we travel to Florida several times a year to visit friends and family,” Hutson said. “After winning Texas last year … I decided to try to win Florida and Texas in 2013.”

When it became apparent that he was going to clinch both the Florida and Texas age-group titles for 2013, he checked the XTERRA schedule and found that the South Carolina Series still had races available, so he decided to chase down that title as well. All told, he competed in 11 different races – six in Texas, three in Florida, and two in South Carolina.

His wife accompanied him to the various races, although she did not always compete due to injury.

“We love running trail runs in the different states and venues,” Hutson said. “They all offer different challenges.  Florida races are surprisingly tough technically, and this last South Carolina race was the most technical race we have run so far, but the Texas Series is the best run and offers the most variety of all the series we have done so far.”

As amazing as his record run to three titles was, that was only part of his story, and perhaps not even the best part.

In January of 2012 – just 19 months ago – Hutson was diagnosed with bladder cancer. It required surgery and several months of recovery. He and his wife started participating in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series as a way to get back in shape.

“Lisa signed us both up for the first race of the XTERRA Texas Series as a way to get me off the couch and out of a minor bit of post-surgery depression,” he said. “It worked.”

It also served as his incentive to chase the races in Florida and South Carolina for this year.

“The older I get, the harder it is to find new challenges and opportunities to compete against runners my own age, and the XTERRA Series is one of the few that does that,” said Hutson, who is a retired human resources leader.

He said his most memorable race of the year was the Florida Series finale, when he got lost off the course two separate times, and had to rally to overtake the other runners in the 60-64 age group and clinch the series title.

Adding to the busy 2013 schedule of races, the Hutsons moved from Houston, Texas, to Freeland, Michigan, last month. “The logistics got complicated, but we managed to get it done,” he said. Because of the move to Michigan, Hutson said he is unsure what his running schedule will be like in 2014. The only thing for sure is that he wants to fulfill the XTERRA motto and “Live More.”

“We live in Michigan now, so will have to travel a long distance to participate in any series next year,” he said. “But we love trail running so will definitely pick an XTERRA Series that we haven’t run before.”

Hutson was one of 11 runners to earn enough points to win an age division for the XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. Here is the list of South Carolina champions for 2013:

 

Age Group Name Age Hometown State

 

 

 

 

 

Female 25-29 Shannon Lewis 28 Simpsonville SC
Female 35-39 Denise Knight 36 Chapin SC
Female 40-44 Lynn Simmons 44 Simpsonville SC
Female 50-54 Lea Hall 51 Greenville SC

 

 

 

 

 

Male 25-29 Aaron Benne 27 Summerville SC
Male 30-34 Jose Zavala 30 Hickory NC
Male 35-39 Carl Epley* 39 Marion NC
Male 50-54 Dave Hale 52 Columbia SC
Male 55-59 Geary Mcalister 56 Rock Hill SC
Male 60-64 Thomas Hutson 61 Houston TX
Male 65-69 Donald Burkett 65 Mineral Bluff GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Repeat champion from 2012

Mitchell Returns to XTERRA with Win at Hagg Lake

The last time Greg Mitchell entered an XTERRA Trail Run event, the year was 2010, and he placed second to the legendary Max King at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.

Greg MitchellThree years later, Mitchell proved that he is still an elite runner with a convincing victory at the XTERRA Hagg Lake Trail Run last weekend at Gaston, Oregon. He completed the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 29 seconds – which was more than six minutes faster than the other top runners.

“I¹ve run around Hagg Lake quite a few times over the years, but I¹d never raced it until Sunday,” said Mitchell, who resides in McMinnville, Oregon. “Turns out, it¹s a lot tougher on race day then I remember it being on any training run! On the best of days it¹s pretty technical with lots of tight turns, exposed roots, steep climbs and quick descents. It was pretty rutty too from the mountain bikes and the lack of rain over the past couple of months made it pretty unforgiving. I was almost as happy that I didn¹t fall as I was with the win!”

Mitchell said he took the lead in the first mile and kept pushing the pace, never realizing how far ahead he was until the finish. Fellow elite runner Derek Scott from Portland placed second in 1:32:52.

“I didn¹t realize it was Derek Scott behind me or I probably would have been more disconcerted than I already was,” Mitchell said. “By the time I got to the finish I knew I had a sizeable lead, but was surprised it ended up being a 6 minute gap.”

Mitchell, who will turn 40 this year, said his running focus has been on road marathons, as he is hoping for a good showing at the U.S. Masters Championship Marathon in October.

Beth Walsh from Cardiff, California, was an impressive fourth place overall and the first overall female with a time of 1:43:29. Marianne Falk from Portland was second in 1:44:38.

In addition to the 21K course, there was also a 10K race. Michael Cook (48:02) and Linnea Alvord (52:46) were the top male and female finishers for the 10K. Both are from Portland and both are in the 40-44 age group.

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