XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series Finale, August 12th

Although trail running has no official season, the 2016-2017 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series is coming to a close as we prepare for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship this September in Utah.

This is an exciting time of year, as athletes fine tune their race plans, log extra miles in the generous daylight, and put it all on the line in their quest for a complimentary ticket to the XTERRA National Championship, which will be awarded to the winner of each region’s age group.

XTERRA Allatoona Creek

On August 12th, XTERRA Allatoona Creek will offer two distances: an 8.7 mile race and a 3.4 mile race. While Allatoona Park is close to Atlanta, you won’t know it once you are in the woods.That’s why race director Tim Schoer follows the creed: Ditch the City. The well-maintained and shady trails are full of gentle slopes and beautiful scenery, and the race finishes on a grassy meadow.

Matt Haley, who is currently leading the XTERRA Georgia Trail Series for the 30-34 age group is hoping for another great race at Allatoona Creek.

It’s always a tough race because of the heat and humidity,” said Haley, “But it’s a good distance for me at close to nine miles. Not too short and not too long.”

In the women’s 25-29 age group Brittany Hewell has an easy lead with 354 points. Elisa Harris is leading the 30-34 age group with 300 points and Sally Bray is crushing the 35-39 age group with 423 points.In the 50-54 age group, the race is close between Christine Guerra and Tammy Sinnette.

In the men’s 65-69 age group, Hugo Lagomasino has completed all of the races in the series and is leading his age group with 570 points. Matt Haley has 463 points for a sure win in his age group, but the race is tighter in the 35-39 age group where Allen Bray and Chris Morgan are duking it out.

Learn more about the series standings at www.XTERRAplanet.com.

Learn more and register for XTERRA Allatoona Creek www.dirtyspokes.com.

Rocky Mountain Highs – Relive the Weekend!

As we look back at a fantastic weekend in the mountains of Colorado, we are still marveling at the incredible performances, steadfast determination, and sheer love XTERRA athletes have for their sport and their tribe.

If you weren’t able to be there for the race – or if you were racing and didn’t get a chance to watch – you can relive the experience with our photos, videos, and recaps of XTERRA Beaver Creek.

Try an Ultra at XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run

On August 5th, the Steep Rock Association and the Roxbury Land Trust will open their parks for the XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run.

Four distances will be offered, including a 10k, a 25k, a 50k, and a 50-mile ultra run.

The XTERRA Steep Rock Trail Run is hosted by the New York Adventure Racing Association, which has a wide range of experience and expertise in hosting distance and ultra-distance events.

“With a suspension bridge, old railroad tunnel, 19th century iron ore mines, blast furnaces, and scenic, tranquil trails, it’s totally worth going for the 25k,” said race director, Denise Mast. “This is a great race to experience the camaraderie, beauty, and triumph of this special distance.”

Simon Edgett, who runs marathons and ultra races in the Northeast, sprained his ankle and broke a bone in his foot earlier this spring. We are pleased to report that he is back to 60 miles a week and will be running the 50k at XTERRA Steep Rock.

I like the 50k distance for these looped courses,” said Edgett. “This is the first time I will be racing Steep Rock so I drove up to the course last weekend and hiked some of the sections to get the lay of the land: it starts on a pretty level rail-trail for the first mile or so before turning off onto single track. There are portions on smooth dirt roads, but most of it seems pretty technical with a decent amount of climbing.

The 10k is entirely contained in the Steep Rock Preserve. The race starts off fast on a section of old railroad bed before funneling into a short section of single track along the river. Then you will enter spacious double track, cross a suspension bridge, head through a tunnel, and head back along the river. Towards the end, you will make a quick descent down moderately technical trail and wind your way back to the finish.”

The 25k race extends the 10k route and includes more technical trails, and the 50k is two loops of the 25k course. The 50 mile ultra run is three loops of the course.

Aid stations have moved to the entrance of the Carter/Mine Hill Preserve off Judd’s Road so runners have access to food and drink on the way in and out of the preserve.

“That’s right,” said Mast. “We are getting soft. Two aid stations for the price of one.”

For more information and to register, visit www.nyara.org.

The final race for the 2016-2017 XTERRA Northeast Trail Run Series will be XTERRA Syracuse, held August 13th.

XTERRA Castle Rock Trail Run Designed by Ultra Legend, Peter Maksimow

The XTERRA Castle Rock Trail Run, on August 6th, is the final race in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. You can choose your race distance of 5K,10K, or 20K.

The second annual race will be held in the beautiful Phillip S Miller Park. You can run on the freshly-cut, soft-surface trails that are a part of the town’s largest ever park project. From magnificent single and double track, you can take in the impressive views of Castle Rock, Colorado as the trail twists and winds over the flowing race course.

Signature Course by Peter Maksimow
The designer and course manager of the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series is Peter Maksimow, also known as “The Prez.”

An elite mountain, trail, and ultra runner and member of the silver medal winning US team at the 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, Maksimow is a 4-time champion of the Greenland Trail 50K. He is also the 2nd fastest finisher of a 50K run in the state of Colorado and a 7-time top ten finisher at the Pikes Peak Ascent.

“The XTERRA Castle Rock Trail Run offers participants a chance to have the time of their lives and to measure themselves against the elements of nature in an unmatched atmosphere,” said race director, Arnold Soliman.  “You don’t need to be an elite runner to participate. You just need desire and a good pair of running shoes. With a Peter Maksimow  course and Colorado dirt trails, you are sure to experience exhilarating moments every runner lives for.”

Castle Rock is located midway between Colorado Springs and Denver in the Colorado foothills. Named for the prominent, castle-shaped butte near the center of town, Castle Rock was settled in the late 1870’s based on rumors of gold hidden in its rocks.

Now, it’s a thriving small town with an abundance of outdoor activities to choose from. Located at 6200 feet in the Colorado foothills, Castle Rock has the perfect arid climate for mountain biking  and running through the abundant trails and meadows.

There is plenty to do for the entire family. The Philip S. Miller Park’s outdoor space includes a playground with 60-foot slide, a 200-step challenge staircase, a turf field, and the Headrush Towers, which are 40-foot and 80-foot towers that kids can climb up, repel down, or even free fall from.

To register for the XTERRA Castle Rock Trail Run, visit www.XTERRAColorado.com.



Brown, Paterson win XTERRA Beaver Creek 20k

Complete Results / Pictures / Highlight Video

Darren Brown and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA Beaver Creek 20-kilometer trail race in Avon, Colorado this morning with winning times of 1:15:56 and 1:25:49, respectively.

“Wow, that was brutal,” said Paterson, who won the XTERRA Beaver Creek elite triathlon title yesterday.    “That course doesn’t get any easier the second time around. But, my hubby was out there doing the 10K so I had to be out here to support him, and figured I might as well come and get a wee workout in, ya know.  Plus, it’s gorgeous here, and everyone is so friendly, I love it.”

Katarina Marks from Durango, Colorado took second for the women in 1:29:33.

As for Brown, who is the channel development manager for Oofos recovery footwear, one of the event sponsors, the thin air and steep hills turned out to be his biggest challenge.

“It was beautiful, but brutal,” said Brown, a former collegiate track star at the University of Texas who ran a sub-4 minute mile in 2008 to make him and Dad the first U.S. father / son combo to both run sub-4 miles (Barry Brown ran a 3:58.8 in 1973).

“Climbing a few thousand feet straight up makes you wheeze a bit, especially if you’re coming from sea level (Brown hails from the ocean town of Hingham, Massachusetts). It was incredible, though. I actually came up three days ago and went for a run and after two miles of climbing I said there was absolutely no way I was going to race today. I could barely breathe, I just wanted to pass out and take a nap, but over the past couple of days it has been so beautiful, and watching everybody compete here at XTERRA gets you amped up.”

Brown was the only harrier in the race to run an under 7-minute mile pace (6:54) and crossed the line more than six-minutes ahead of runner-up Dillon Shaffer from Laporte, Colorado.

“On this course, you’re either going up or going down,” explained Brown.  “I had to temper my efforts going uphill, to make sure I wasn’t going past the red line, and then really unleash on those downhills. Those downhills are hard, and to be honest, the quicker you’re moving the less impact you’re taking.”

Brown retired from professional running after the 2012 trials to coach his wife, Sarah, and has recently turned his athletic interests to triathlon.

“I got into this multisport world last year, so now I’m actually a triathlete who jumps on the trails every once in a while,” said Brown, who started working for Oofos about a year ago but had been wearing the recovery shoes for five years.

“Feeling is believing with this product.  We train really hard, and with my wife being a full-time track athlete she’s putting a lot of torque and stress on her body and her feet and Oofos have really helped us through our training these past five years. So, Oofos is something I believe in and after I started working with them I saw this hole where we weren’t really talking to the people in the XTERRA community and it is a fantastic community and they work so hard and beat themselves up on beautiful mountains like this and they need these.  It’s a necessity.  I’m a perfect example.  I mean, I love my trail running shoes but today when I crossed that line I couldn’t wait to take them off and put my Oofos on.”

In other racing action today Ben Pryhoda (Louisville, CO) and Nicole Goetzl (Denver, CO) took home the 10K titles in 41:52 and 50:58, respectively, while Ryan McMullen (Colorado Springs, CO) and Rylie McMullen (Colorado Springs, CO) won the 5K crowns in 22:25 and 28:28.

Today’s XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K was the third of four races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and the top runners in every age group for the 20K course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2017 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. 

The XTERRA Colorado Series finale is August 6 in Castle Rock, CO with 5/12 and 24K options.

Current standings, schedule, and information can be viewed at

New Trail Run at XTERRA Ionia

This year, XTERRA Ionia is adding two trail runs to its 4th annual off-road triathlon and duathlon. The duathlon and triathlon will be held on July 22nd and the trail runs will be held on July 23rd.

XTERRA Ionia Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon

The triathlon features a half-mile swim, a 12.5 mile bike leg, and a 3.4 mile run.

“The swim starts on a large beach so athletes won’t feel crowded,” said race director, John Ploeg. “The transition is also roomy, and the first half mile of the bike course is on a wide path to allow everyone to settle in. Then it’s five beautiful miles of pure single track.”

Newly constructed rail trail brings the course distance up to 12.5 miles and provides two distinct riding surfaces. The 3.4 mile run circles Sessions Lake on wooded single track with plenty of hills and foot bridges.

The duathlon – also held on July 22nd – begins with a two-mile, out-and-back course, which features single track trail. Then, athletes complete the same bike and run course as the triathletes do.

XTERRA Ionia Trail Run

New this year, you can choose between a 3.4 or 6.8 mile run. The longer run includes two loops of the same 3.4 mile course featured in the triathlon.

“Whether you just want to run, or you want to cap your XTERRA off with another go of our amazing trails, we are excited to be offering two XTERRA Trail Runs this year.”

The Ionia State Recreation Area is northwest of Lansing and northeast of Grand Rapids. Ionia is known for the Ionia Free Fair, held this year from July 13-22nd. If you arrive a few days early to XTERRA Ionia, you can experience one of the traditional summer fairs the Great Lake Region is famous for.

To learn more and register for XTERRA Ionia and the XTERRA Ionia Trail Run, visit www.XTERRAionia.com.

Don’t Mess With Texas Trail Runs

The XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series has only two races left in the 2017 season: XTERRA Magnolia Hill in Navasota, on July 16th and XTERRA Cameron Park in Waco on August 13th.

Because each age group winner is awarded 100 points, it’s not too late to boost your series standings. Maybe you can even nab the free entry into the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship – an off-road half-marathon to be held in Snowbasin, Ogden, Utah, in September. The complimentary entry is awarded to each  male and female age-group champion in the series.

Currently, the women’s 25-29 age group is tied four ways, while Emma Kosciak is the clear leader in the 30-34 age group. Kristen Murr is leading the 35-39 age group, but the 40-44 age group is another tight race.

In the men’s standings, it’s anyone’s call across most age groups. Steven Stoot has made a name for himself in the 25-29 age group, and Kelly Hatcher is the guy to beat if you are between the ages of 45 and 49.

XTERRA Magnolia Hill Ranch

Located in the piney woods in Navasota, Magnolia Hill Ranch is a private ranch with the trail system only available to experience by those who participate in the event. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see this fantastic property with an incredible lake with sparkling blue water and trails winding through the pines.

Runners can choose between the 6K, 11.5K, and 21K races. Only the 21K results will count towards the series standings.

To register for XTERRA Magnolia Hill Ranch, visit www.racerevolutions.com.

XTERRA Cameron Park

Cameron Park is the ultimate destination when it comes to outdoor adventure in the Heart of Texas. The course will take your breath away as you go up and down, climb after climb, in and out of cedar breaks and into dark bamboo forests. The trails can be screaming fast on Vortex or they can have you gasping for air as you slowly climb Highlander and Erect. Rocks, roots, limestone ledges, tight twisty turns, short power climbs, narrow bridges, fast descents, this course has got it all.

Runners can choose between the 6K, 10.5K and 21K races. Only the 21K results will count towards the series standings.

To register for XTERRA Cameron Park, visit www.racerevolutions.com.

XTERRA Panther Creek – July 29 & 30

XTERRA Panther Creek Off-Road Triathlon and Trail Runs on July 29th and 30th will test athletes over the rugged hills and magnificent terrain of East Tennessee while uncovering the beauty of Panther Creek State Park.

Nestled around Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park is a rural playground for mountain bikers and trail runners alike. The park has wonderful single track – both wide and tight – mowed paths, and a few old roads. Located northeast of Knoxville and just north of the Great Smoky Mountains, Panther Creek has a rich history dating back to the 1700’s.

XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon & 4.2 Mile Trail Race – July 29th

XTERRA Panther Creek 4.2 Mile Course
Most of the run course resembles that of a cross country course. The most technical part of the run occurs near the halfway point after a wooden bridge crossing, but then gives way to open fields and rolling hills. A great course for beginner trail runners.

XTERRA Panther Creek Half Marathon
The half marathon course starts off on the same trails as the shorter trail race but then migrates to the more technical and scenic parts of the park. A good portion of the half marathon course runs along the shoreline of Cherokee Lake before tackling the lesser known areas of Panther Creek State Park when rolling hills give way to steady climbs.

To register for the XTERRA Panther Creek Trail Runs, visit www.dirtybirdevents.com

XTERRA Panther Creek Off-Road Triathlon – July 30th

The 800 meter swim will be held in the namesake Panther Creek. Swimmers will navigate a two lap, clockwise course before exiting for transition. The paved boat ramp will provide athletes with a safe and quick exit from the water.

The 13-mile bike course starts from the paved parking lot at the Panther Creek Boat Ramp and immediately heads to the single track trails of Panther Creek State Park. The single track trails vary in difficulty as they make their way around the park. Riders will cross the entrance road twice on each lap, providing spectators the chance to cheer on athletes. There are plenty of opportunities for faster riders to pull ahead, as some of the main trails are wide enough to fit side by side with another cyclist. The bike course has its challenges, but it is a very good course for first time participants.

The 4.2 mile run course (the same course as the trail run) shares the bike course for the first stretch before breaking off and exploring the other side of the park.

To register for the XTERRA Panther Creek Off-Road Triathlon, visit www.dirtybirdevents.com



Why Coach Sydney Ayers Loves XTERRA Beaver Creek

XTERRA Ambassador Sydney Ayers is a full-time PR consultant, a full-time mom, and the head cross country coach at Littleton High School in Littleton, Colorado.

She is also a dedicated runner and will be toeing the starting line at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run on July 16th. We recently caught up with Sydney to talk about balance, running, and how to bring out the best in kids.

Q. How did you get into coaching?
A. Like all great love stories, my journey into coaching isn’t what you would imagine. What happened was, I was injured, and didn’t like the doctors I was seeing because they didn’t seem focused on getting me back into running competitively. I called a friend of mine who was on my high school cross country team and now was a doctor in the area. He fixed me right up and got me running again.

A few months later, this same friend said, “A local high school is looking for an assistant coach.”

I said, “Let me think about it.” I’d never done anything like that before and the prospect was exciting and scary.

I called my old high school coach and started telling him my doubts. Before I got too far, he looked at me like I had three heads and said, “Why wouldn’t you coach?”

I ended up working as the assistant coach for that school for six years before I moved to Littleton.

Q. What do you like best about coaching?
A.Well, now I’m the head coach at Littleton High School, which I never would have believed. And I’m all in. I want to build lifelong runners – that’s what I care about. I want the kids to connect with each other and support each other. That’s what I see now and I love it: the upperclassmen are supporting the lowerclassmen, and the JV team is supporting the varsity team. The kids are understanding that their “try hard” might be different than someone else’s “try hard.” Where we are now – we either do it together or not at all. We are all one team.

Q. What are the high school kids you coach like?
A. I have a great group of kids. They are hysterical. I am on the bus with them, going to meets, and I just laugh at what they say. When one of the kids has a breakthrough, or learns how to race, or meets a goal, it makes my day. To be part of that is so rewarding for me.

Q. How do you balance work, coaching and your own training? 
A.  My training program is based on coaches running with the kids. So I get a workout in with them. However, I don’t pick out their running routes based on what I need. Their workouts are based on what they need.

Q. Tell us about your own running. 
A. I just enjoy it so much. It feeds my soul. My favorite races are the ones where you just run, and it isn’t about the tee-shirt and there aren’t 70,000 sponsors. I just like to run with my tribe. It’s the best thing.

I’m so excited for XTERRA Beaver Creek this weekend because the trails are amazing and the people are even better.

Q. What are your running goals? 
A. Hmm. Last year, I struggled and I was injured. I put all my eggs in one basket and wanted to do well at the Nashville Half Marathon. The day of the race was 80 degrees and 80 percent humidity and it was only April. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best race.

On the positive side, at mile two, there was a kid I had coached in high school who was now going to college in Nashville. He ended up running with me for the next nine miles.

That’s what it’s all about.