Coury, Taylor Take Top Honors at McDowell Mountain

More than 320 participate in Arizona Series race on Super Sunday

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

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

Bottom line, both Coury and Taylor are fast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series

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

Puerto Rico Series Continues to Make Strides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMPLETE RESULTS

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

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

Mission Accomplished for Baldwin and Shearer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2013 Trail Run World Championship set for November 24

Mark your calendars. The 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will be held on November 24.

Kualoa TutusFor the fifth consecutive year, the event will be staged at the picturesque Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. But for the first time, it will be run in November instead of December.

As always, it will be open to runners of all ages and skill levels from around the world. Discount early-bird registration fees will be available throughout the month of February by CLICKING HERE.

More than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to gather at Kualoa Ranch to experience the unique setting that only Kualoa Ranch can offer.

The 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship made headlines in the running world when elite runners Joseph Gray from Washington and Ben Bruce from Arizona crossed the finish line simultaneously and were declared co-champions. Lucy Smith from Canada took the 2012 women’s world title.

Although the elite runners get most of the attention, it truly is an event for all. In addition to the 21-kilometer world championship course, there is a 10K course, a 5K course, an “adventure walk,” and a kids sprint.

The main draw of the event is Kualoa Ranch – a spectacular venue that is normally closed to the public. The scenic backdrop at the ranch has been used for several major TV and movie productions, including Godzilla, Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, LOST and Hawaii Five-O.

To learn more about the event, including links to hotel and flight information, please visit the event page at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html.

Please note that the event was originally scheduled for December 1, but has been moved up one week for logistical reasons.

XTERRA Trail Runs Extend Across America

The XTERRA Trail Run Series will truly stretch across the American continent in 2013.

Runs Across AmericaFive new regions have been added to the schedule this year, bringing the total number of XTERRA Trail Run regions to 16. The races will take place as far west as Southern California, and as far east as Delaware and Maryland.

The new additions are the XTERRA Atlantic Series (Delaware and Maryland), XTERRA Oregon Series, XTERRA Tennessee Series, XTERRA Utah Series and the XTERRA Washington Series. Each of the new series will consist of at least three races.

Kristen Thomas, director of the Atlantic Series, said of XTERRA Trail Runs reaching into that area of the country: “There is a very strong trail running scene in this region. There is a very wide range with the eastern states presenting some smoother, rolling terrain, and the terrain getting more mountainous as you reach the Appalachian Trail.”

On the other end of the continent, Oregon and Washington will join the fun, and both states are renowned for having strong running communities.

“Trail running in Portland is an enormously popular sport,” said Shane Kroth, director of the Oregon Series. “There are hundreds of miles of trails within a very short driving distance from the city.”

In keeping with XTERRA Trail Run rules, every new race on the schedule is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Many of the races on the XTERRA schedule feature various courses to accommodate the different skill levels of runners. The Washington Series, for example, will have a 21-kilometer course and a 10-kilometer course at each of its races.

The other XTERRA Trail Run Series that are returning from last year are: Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas.

It is worth noting that runners can enter races in different regions. A runner from North Carolina, for example, can enter races in North Carolina, South Carolina, and any other regions.

At the end of the season, all runners from all regions are eligible to enter two significant races: the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on September 22, and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on December 1.

To view the full schedule of 2013 XTERRA Trail Run events, please visitwww.xterratrailrun.com.

Schroeder, Lemon Win in The Mud at Monte Sano

Rain creates challenging conditions at XTERRA Alabama Series event

Brad Schroeder and Kylie Lemon made quite the first impression on the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.

Schroeder and Lemon ran to impressive victories at the XTERRA Monte Sano Trail Run on Saturday, January 12, at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, Alabama.  Close to 350 runners, ranging in age from 8 to 73, braved a downpour of rain to participate in the event.

Monte Sano StartSchroeder was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 35 seconds. Lemon was the top overall female, finishing in 1:26:37. It was the first time entering an XTERRA Trail Run for both runners.

“I have mostly done road races but I am slowly getting into trail races,” said Schroeder, who resides in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. “This race was a good distance on a challenging course and looked like fun.  I don’t think I realized how much more challenging the race was going to be considering how soggy the course had gotten with the constant rain the past few days.  I was very excited about how well I did and to see how many people showed up for a race in the mud and rain.”

(Monte Sano race start pictured, courtesy Brandon Mader)

Ultimately, Schroeder left the others in the mud, as he took the lead early and stayed in front the entire course.

“After the first hill and the climb through the Stone Cuts path (about a mile and a half), the only person I heard sloshing through the mud was me,” he said. “I wanted to get in a good effort for the race so I kept pushing through the mud and attempted to pick up the pace when the path allowed.  I had no clue where anyone was behind me; it was quiet most of the run.”

Although this was Schroeder’s first XTERRA Trail Run, he is no stranger to running. He is a former track and cross country runner at Ohio Northern University, and is currently a member of the Huntsville Fleet Feet Racing Team.

Benjamin Dillon from Pensacola, Florida, placed second in 1:15:07, and Aaron Penton of Brownsboro, Alabama, was third in 1:15:36.

Kylie Lemon and Brad SchroederPaul Lemon placed fourth overall in 1:16:11, and he is the husband of the female winner. Kylie Lemon came in 15th overall – 15 minutes behind her husband, and more than five minutes ahead of the other females.

(Kylie Lemon and Brad Schroeder pictured, courtesy Brandon Mader)

“This was my first ever trail race, so it was exciting to come away with a win,” Kylie said. “This was also my first race of 2013, so it was a good way to start off the year.  In 2012 I won several local 5Ks and a 10K … as for how this race ranks, it was definitely one of the muddiest races I’ve ever run – I won’t forget it anytime soon. ”

Although it was her first XTERRA Trail Run, Kylie was already familiar with the course. She is a graduate assistant coach with the University of Alabama-Huntsville cross country and track teams, and they often train on the trails at Monte Sano.

“The course was extremely wet and muddy, which made for a more challenging run than usual,” she said. “I run the trails at Monte Sano Park often with my team, and these were the worst conditions that I’ve ever experienced on the trails.”

Kylie is a former cross country and track runner at Bowling Green State University, and is currently a member of the Huntsville Fleet Feet Racing Team.

Lauren Smith placed second, and Erin Looney was third. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS

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The XTERRA Monte Sano Trail Run was the fifth of six races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The series finale will be the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs on May 19 at Pelham, Alabama. To learn more about the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.

About the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series

The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In the 2012-13 season, there will be six races available for runners, with the courses ranging in length from 5 kilometers to 42 kilometers. The top runners in every age group will receive points after each race that will count toward the overall series standings. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Alabama at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship. Alabama is one of 15 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series. The others are Arizona, Atlantic, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Coury, Axmann Prevail at White Tanks

Arizona Series rings in New Year with “perfect” conditions

A simple lesson learned in childhood held true for Nick Coury at the XTERRA White Tanks Trail Run last weekend: be prepared. Coury’s preparation and familiarity with the course were key factors in his overall victory on the 20-kilometer course at Waddell, Arizona.

Nick CouryClose to 350 runners participated in the race, which was completed on Sunday, January 6, at White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Coury, 25, grew up near the park and said he often hiked on those trails as a youth member of the Boy Scouts. “I’ve been hiking them since I was a kid with the Boy Scouts and have had the chance to run them several times since,” said Coury, who currently resides in Phoenix.

Coury completed the course in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 6 seconds, and described the trails at White Tanks as “spectacular.”

“A tough climb on the way out puts you high above everything with a great view,” he said. “The work the regional park did to the Mesquite trail a couple of years ago leaves the entire route challenging yet well-maintained. The conditions were absolutely perfect, with cool enough temperatures for racing all morning.”

Coury’s experience on the trails extends far beyond his childhood. He currently works as a race director for the Aravaipa Running Club in Arizona.

Nathan Rath from Chandler, Arizona, placed second with a time of 1:27:04, and Dan Kuch from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was third in 1:29:57.

Angi Axmann was the top overall female, finishing with a time of 1:41:01. She finished the race with blood dripping down her knee after she tripped over a rock late in the course.

She said the final four miles of the race were a struggle, as she had to stop several times because of the pain in her knee. Still, she finished more than eight minutes ahead of the other females.

Teri Twarkins placed second in 1:49:32, and Julie Allen was third in 1:54:11.

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The XTERRA White Tanks Trail Run was the second of four races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. The next race will be the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run on February 3. To register for a race or learn more about the series, please visitwww.aztrailrace.com.

Toker and Todd Ring in New Year with Impressive Wins

Close to 500 runners hit the trails at Boney Mountain

Less than a week into the new year, Jonathan Toker and Jennifer Todd already found reason to celebrate.

Toker and Todd were the overall winners at the XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run, which was completed on Sunday, January 6, at Newbury Park, California. Close to 500 runners braved the rainy weather to compete in the event.

Toker finished first overall, completing the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 23 seconds. Todd was the top female, finishing with a time of 1:52:08.

“Race day began with an unexpected downpour followed by clear skies and cool temperatures … perfect running weather,” Toker said.

Jonathan TokerToker resides in nearby Malibu, and often trains on the trails at Boney Mountain, and his familiarity with the course was a key to his victory. “These trails are my local training ground and a very familiar route, so I have a fairly good sense of pacing and what kind of terrain was still to come during the race,” he said. “Conditions on race day included some mud and cooler air temps and training on this kind of terrain in all types of conditions in the past certainly helped allow me to push through some of the tougher sections.”

(Jonathan Toker pictured, courtesywww.JonathanStewartPhotos.com)

Toker moved into the lead midway into the course, and then slowly increased the gap in the latter stages of the race. Shawn Waco of Santa Monica placed second in 1:38:33, and Eric Lahaie from Hong Kong was third in 1:39:44.

“I moved into first at about mile 7, part way up the climb,” Toker explained. “After that it was just about holding my effort at a controlled but significant level that I felt I could hold for the rest of the distance. The course has a lot of narrow singletrack and poor sight lines and so I really didn’t know how much of a lead I had, but by the time I reached mile 12, I was confident I would take the win. I really had no idea of my lead until second crossed the finish line a little while later.”

Toker is familiar with success at Boney Mountain. He also won this race in 2008, placed second in both 2006 and 2010, and third in 2009 and 2012.

Toker is the founder of a company called SaltStick, which is an electrolyte product used by athletes in various sports. He said he took two SaltStick Caps Plus during the race, and it helped push him to the win.

Todd placed 13th overall and surprised herself by taking top honors in the women’s field. Only three years ago, she was told by doctors to give up her athletic career because of a severe knee injury. She underwent surgery on the knee and it required nearly two years of recovery and rehabilitation.

Todd returned to endurance sports a year ago, mostly in triathlons. She lives in Newbury Park – “literally down the street” from the event – and wanted to test her running skills on a familiar course.

“The joy of being able to compete again is what brought me to this race,” she said. “In fact, the Boney race was my first running race over 10 miles since the surgery.  It has been a long process, and I never thought I would be able to do a race like Boney ever again.  I am truly grateful.”

Todd works as a third-grade school teacher in Calabasas, California, and said her plans for 2013 include several XTERRA events – both triathlon and trail runs.

Anissa Faulkner of Ojai, California, placed second in 1:54:15, and Tara Kulikov from San Luis Obispo, California, was third in 1:57:31.

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The XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run was the fourth of seven races in the 2012-13 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run on February 3. Please visit www.trailrace.com to register or learn more about the series.

About the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series

The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In the 2012-13 season, there will be seven races available for runners, with the courses ranging in length from 5 kilometers to 22 kilometers. The top runners in every age group will receive points after each race that will count toward the overall series standings. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Southern California at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah. SoCal is one of 15 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Atlantic, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

Serwan and Vaughn Run Away to Wins at Coldwater Mountain

The final race of the 2012 calendar year was a merry one for runners in the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.

The XTERRA Coldwater Mountain Trail Run featured a capacity field of more than 200 runners, and the final podium featured a pair of first-time winners – Chris Serwan and Kristina Vaughn. It was completed on December 15 at Anniston, Alabama.

Serwan was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds. Vaughn placed eighth overall and was the first female in 1:14:09.

“This was my first time to win a race overall,” said Serwan, who is 23 and resides in Auburn, Alabama. “I’ve won my age group and placed in the top five overall in previous races, but this one definitely tops my list as far as best finishes.”

Serwan said he surged into the lead within the first two miles of the race, and stayed in front the rest of the way. “I didn’t know what kind of lead I had, and was worrying the whole time about how close the others were behind me,” he said. “I was a little surprised about the lead I had when I finished.”

The runner-up was a surprise himself. Korey Shively, a 12-year-old middle school student at James Clemens School in Madison, Alabama, placed an impressive second overall with a time of 1:10:45.

Dillon Hidalgo from Somerville, Alabama, was third in 1:11:01, and 49-year-old Matthew Holdbrooks from Trussville, Alabama, was fourth in 1:11:23.

In the women’s race, Vaughn entered the race with her friend, Alison Hulsey, and they ran together for the first three miles of the course. Vaughn then surged ahead, not realizing that she was the first female.

“The Coldwater Mountain race was actually my first win in a trail race,” said Vaughn, 22. “I just began competing in trail races this fall after finishing my collegiate track and cross country career this past May.”

Vaughn is a former steeplechase champion and cross country runner at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is now training with the Alabama Outdoors running team, and is aiming to run in her first marathon in 2013.

Her friend, Hulsey, placed second among the women with a time of 1:17:09, and Rebecca Pedrick from Alpharetta, Georgia, was third in 1:21:17.

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It was the first time that an XTERRA Trail Run was staged at Coldwater Mountain, and the runners seemed to like the new venue. “The trail was rolling, with one long gradual climb, but there wasn’t anything too steep,” Vaughn said. “Even though it was a bit of dreary, rainy day, the scenery was beautiful, with several incredible lookouts. I would highly recommend this trail!”
The XTERRA Coldwater Mountain Trail Run was the fourth of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Monte Sano Trail Run at Huntsville, Alabama, on January 12.

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

About the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series
The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In the 2012-13 season, there will be six races available for runners, with the courses ranging in length from 5 kilometers to 42 kilometers. The top runners in every age group will receive points after each race that will count toward the overall series standings. At the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Alabama at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship. Alabama is one of 15 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series. The others are Arizona, Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.