Smyth, Stephen win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

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September 20, 2015 (Ogden, Utah) – Patrick Smyth and Liz Stephen won the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon titles in 1:13:55 and 1:28:39, respectively, on a picture-perfect day at Snowbasin Resort this afternoon.

It’s the second XTERRA National Title in three years for Smyth, and the second straight for Stephen.

In the men’s race Smyth, who is also a two-time Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Champion, took the lead early, kept pushing, and had more than three-minutes on runner-up Travis Morrison at the finish line.

“I was feeling good this morning so I figured I’d get after it and try to run away early,” said Smyth, who kick-started his trail racing career with XTERRA two years ago here at Snowbasin Resort by winning nationals.  “The course is in beautiful shape.  Now that I’ve run a lot of trail races all over the world it’s safe for me to say that this is definitely THE best, funnest, flowiest downhill out there.  You just zone out and before you know it you’ve knocked out three miles.”

The win is sweet relief for Smyth, who had to miss joining his USA teammates at the World Mountain Running Championship this weekend in Wales.

“I just took a new job in Santa Fe in July so it was too much time to ask to get off, plus Salt Lake City is home, my family is here, I love this course, and it’s a lot easier to get back to work tomorrow from here than from Wales,” explained Smyth.

Smyth works in GIS, computer mapping, and when asked how he’d map this course he said… “This would be a fun course to map.  On the course profile I would put an asterisk on the climb right where the false summit is and say “still a lot of burn to go” because you get to the aid station up there and you think you just have to run the ridge and it’s flat and easy-peasy, but it’s not.  It’s another grind to the top before you get to the sweet, awesome downhill.”

Behind Smyth in second-place Travis Morrison, a 23-year-old from Schaumburg, Illinois who ran at North Central College was thinking the same thing.

“The course here is awesome, super flowy, climbs were sweet, downhills were awesome.  It was sick!” exclaimed Morrison, who recently moved to SLC to attend the University of Utah to start his PhD in mechanical engineering.  “It’s flowing coming down, and fun to hit the berms because you can hit the corners real hard and keep your momentum…you could fly.”

On what he thought of Smyth, Morrison said… “He just kept opening it up, he’s a machine.  I’ve heard stories about him but never seen him run.  He’s real fit.  His fitness is through the roof.  It was fun to compete against him, but hearing that the gap kept opening up was a little demoralizing, but it was still fun. The views were beautiful, you could see the whole valley, real uplifting.”

Mike Popejoy from Flagstaff finished in third three minutes later followed by Richard Chelimo and Nathan Peters.


In the women’s race Liz Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier who lives in Park City, captured the women’s championship title with time to enjoy the experience after a hard fought win last year against Kimber Maddox and two close second-place finishes in 2012 and 2011.

“A couple of years ago I was head-to-head with Lindsey Anderson the whole race and it was hard the whole time both mentally and physically,” said Stephen, who is training with the US Ski Team with sights set on South Korea in 2018.  “Today, I was smiling and really enjoying the run itself.   I absolutely love to run. Deep down I think I’m a runner at heart.  Skiing is darn fun too, but running is a one heck of a sport.”

Stephen said today was one of those magical days on the trail… “It literally couldn’t have been more perfect for running. Plus, it’s a well laid out course.  It’s really hard in so many ways but it’s up and then it lets you rest, and it’s flowy and wonderful, and gorgeous.”

In second-place, remarkably, was 11-year-old Alayna Szuch, a 6th grader at Evergreen Elementary School in Colorado.

“It was awesome to come out here, the course was really nice.  It was torture, but a lot of fun to come and race,” said Szuch, who donated the $600 she won for finishing second to charity in order to save her NCAA eligibility. “It was really pretty, and nice to run on top of the mountain here in Utah.”

Maggie Shearer finished third, followed by Rachel Cieslewicz and Elizabeth George.



Although the elite runners chase the overall crown at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the event remains an age-group race.

Twenty-eight runners representing 10 different states took home age-group titles at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

The home-state Utah runners led the way with nine champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Phoenix, AZ).  Tuck, 59, was an impressive 19th overall, and this was his unprecedented seventh Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.

Bob Evers (men 65-69) from Park City, Utah won his fifth straight XTERRA National title.  It was the third national crown for Stephen (25-29) and Tamara Tabeek, who also won the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon national championship yesterday.  Those who picked up their second national title today include Aimee Balzer from Reno, Nevada, Maggie Shearer from Newbury Park, California, and Taha Mahmood from Salt Lake City.

All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 6 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

There were also 5K and 10K races today, captured by Tyler Woods from Riverdale and Sandra Daschner from Vienna, Austria (5K), and Dan Cushman from SLC and Bonita Gray from Layton (10K).

Below is a look at the champs, and for full results visit

XTERRA National Champs (Male)    
Division Name Hometown Time
9-under Dallas Stricker Hattiesburg, MS 2:20:10
10 – 14 Joseph Urbanowicz Atlanta, GA 1:57:50
15 – 19 David Duncan Shingle Springs, CA 1:52:34
20 – 24 Travis Morrison Schaumburg, IL 1:17:29
25 – 29 * Patrick Smyth Salt Lake City, UT 1:13:55
30 – 34 Mike Popejoy Flagstaff, AZ 1:21:07
35 – 39 Albert Wint Salt Lake City, UT 1:34:09
40 – 44 Robert Ellerbruch Farmington, UT 1:32:41
45 – 49 Donnie Gray Layton, UT 1:33:39
50 – 54 Taha Mahmood (2) Salt Lake City, UT 1:35:00
55 – 59 Kevin Tuck (7) Phoenix, AZ 1:36:07
60 – 64 Ron Hendricks Castle Rock, CO 1:52:50
65 – 69 Bob Evers (4) Park City, UT 2:02:35
70 – 74 James Meskimen Truckee, CA 2:24:45
75 – 79 John Williams Culver City, CA 3:44:46
XTERRA National Champs (Female)    
Division Name Hometown Time
1 – 9 Alayna Szuch Evergreen, CO 1:45:32
10 – 14 Micala Schultz Fort Collins, CO 2:38:12
20 – 24 Alyssa Schrack Salt Lake City, UT 1:55:57
25 – 29 *Liz Stephen (3) East Montpelier,VT 1:28:39
30 – 34 Aimee Balzer (2) Reno, NV 1:52:33
35 – 39 Maggie Shearer (2) Newbury Park, CA 1:46:03
40 – 44 Caroline Szuch Evergreen, CO 1:49:22
45 – 49 Vicky Hadley Westfield, IN 2:13:22
50 – 54 Rainey Weaver Tempe, AZ 2:00:02
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek (3) San Diego, CA 2:07:49
60 – 64 Anne Kilgore Salt Lake City, UT 2:10:05
65 – 69 Deborah Wagner Park City, UT 2:29:35
70 – 74 Dianne Rindt Ridgecrest, CA 2:47:28

Complete Results

Highlight videos & images from today’s race can be found at

The 2015 XTERRA Nationals weekend is presented by Paul Mitchell, the Utah Sports Commission, and XTERRA Travel. Sponsors include Outrigger Resorts, the GOAL Foundation, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, ENVE, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Snowbasin Resort, Muscle Milk, XTERRA Fitness, LifeProof, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, Greenlayer, Salming, and XTERRA Boards.


Fun Facts About Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

The 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship half-marathon race on Sunday is the culmination of a nationwide (and worldwide) series of events. It’s a special race because the best runners representing every one of our 13 regions have traveled to Utah in pursuit of the dream.

Here are 15 fun facts surrounding this year’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals:

  1. 54 of our 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Regional Champs are registered to race at Nationals.
  2. 11 of our 2014 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Champs are returning to defend their titles.
  3. Both 2014 overall Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Champions Brett Hales and Liz Stephen are back looking for repeat performances.
  4. There are 13 regional trail run series across the United States
  5. There are over 130 XTERRA trail runs around the world
  6. There are XTERRA trail runs in 21 states.
  7. The series runs September 1 – August 31, so the 2016 season has already started. Each series hosted between three and nine races in their region.
  8. You only have to run in two XTERRA trail runs in a certain region to qualify for the title of XTERRA Regional Champion, but the more races you compete the better your chances to win!
  9. You can race in as many regions as you wish, but the points stay within their certain regions.
  10. There are no age limits in the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series. We have a 9 and under category as well as an 80+ category. Kids can race at any age as long as they are with their parents.
  11. When racing in an XTERRA Trail Run, remember that only the longest distance of the day counts for series points.
  12. Each 21K age group winner in the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals will earn free entry into the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship on December 6 in Hawaii.
  13. Every time you raced with XTERRA in 2015, you helped the environment by having a free tree planted courtesy of Paul Mitchell.
  14. PowerBar and Gatorade provide nutrition for every race in the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series.
  15. We have the most amazing Trail Run Series coordinator on the planet, named Emily McIlvaine, and she is always there to help. Got a question, drop her a note at or visit

Smyth, Hales Meet in Battle of Utah’s Best

The reigning XTERRA Trail Run National Champion Brett Hales from Layton, Utah is returning to defend his half-marathon national title at Snowbasin Resort on September 20th, but will be up against fierce competition in the form of familiar foe and two-time XTERRA Trail Running World Champion Patrick Smyth of Salt Lake City.

“Pat is a fierce competitor and a great tactical runner,” said Hales, a former track and cross country stand-out at nearby Weber State University.  “He knows what his strengths and weaknesses are so he capitalizes when and where he can.”

Smyth, who won the 2013 XTERRA National Title in Utah, was equally complimentary of Hales.

“I’ll have my hands plenty full with Brett running,” said Smyth, himself a former standout cross country runner at the University of Notre Dame before turning his sights to trail running and becoming one of America’s best. “I’m psyched about returning to XTERRA Nationals! It doesn’t get much better then Snowbasin in late September for trail running, and I’m looking forward to regaining my U.S. National title and get some good momentum going into Worlds in Hawaii!”

Hales is equally excited and echoes what Smyth said about the course at Snowbasin truly being the star.

“After last year’s XTERRA National Championship I was made a trail run fan for life,” said Hales, who did his first-ever trail race at Snowbasin last year almost on a whim.

“The euphoria that followed that race was awesome and I’m looking forward to racing hard and running through the heavens once again. I must say that the Snowbasin venue is perfect for the event. The trails are well-groomed and set for speed and the two separate vertical climbs challenge even the more experienced trail guys.”

Hales and Smyth aren’t the only stars to join the line-up at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, as the reigning women’s champion Liz Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier, is also set to return.

“It was a really fun race and his is a really fun course,” said Stephen after last year’s race. “Falling leaves and spectators all around, I really love running at Snowbasin and XTERRA always does such a good job with the organization.”

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals was staged at Snowbasin Resort for the first time in 2011, and it received rave reviews from the runners.

Runners of all ages and skill levels can participate in the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, as there is no qualifying process. Last year, close to 500 trail runners from 30 different states gathered at Snowbasin Resort for the event.

There will be three different courses to accommodate the various levels of runners. A 21-kilometer half-marathon course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also be a 10K and a 5K.

Every age-group winner from the 21K course will be awarded a free entry to race at the 2015 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii.

The top five overall males and top five overall females from the 21K course will also receive prize money. Medals and other prizes will also be awarded to the top age-group runners from all three courses.

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals will be held one day after the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon to create the ultimate XTERRA racing weekend.

The two events will bring more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to Northern Utah to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

Learn more at


XTERRA Trail Running in Hong Kong

The worldwide XTERRA Trail Running family extends a warm welcome to the adventurous harriers in Hong Kong, where the first-ever XTERRA in HK will take place on Sunday, October 25 in Sai Kung.

“We are happy to announce registration is now open for XTERRA Trail Run Hong Kong!” exclaimed organizer Ken Chan of Running Elements, Ltd. “It is a 30km race, and the top 3 men and women in each age division will be awarded free entry into the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship – an off-road half-marathon held on the 6th of December, 2015 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.”

Hong Kong has long been renowned as home to one of the world’s most established adventure racing communities and the XTERRA Trail Run Series is certain to enjoy great success from the very beginning. Chan anticipates selling out the 500 available entry spots in short time. Early-bird rates are in effect for three more days.

The inaugural XTERRA Hong Kong 30K trail run is a point-to-point race starting at Pak Tam Chung PHAB BBQ site and finishing at the Boy’s and Girls Clubs Association of HK Bradbury Camp. There is also a 12km race, and more details can be found onlie at or their facebook page at

Kapalua Run

T S Restaurants Enter 5th Year of XTERRA Partnership

Honolulu, HI – For the fifth straight year T S Restaurants Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s will serve as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs in Maui and this year they’re really dressing things up.

As luck would have it the runs fall on October 31st, Halloween!, so Leilani’s is adding some hocus pocus and a costume contest for participants in the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run, Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run, and Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K.

“We’ve had an absolute blast with these runs over the last few years but are taking things to a whole new level this time around,” said Ross Anderson, Vice President of Hawaii Operations for T S Restaurants. “It’s Halloween, XTERRA is turning 20, and the vibe is going to be off-the-charts with thousands of people in costume running around our home turf in West Maui.”

The Leilani’s XTERRA Halloween Costume Contest will reward runners sporting the most creative, funniest, topical/pop culture, and Hawaiian costumes along with the best group theme and keiki costumes with goodies and $100 gift certificates to use at their restaurants (details online at

“I simply can’t wait,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “Our good friends at T S Restaurants are bound and determined to have the most outrageous Halloween-themed trail party ever staged and I get a huge smile on my face every time I think about all the ghouls and goblins we’ll see running around Kapalua.”

Superheroes and supernaturals alike will be treated to picturesque and challenging courses that will take them from the safety of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and into a spooky forest, up a torturous climb, along a trick-or-treat of a trail to a beastly beach run and finally a frightful finish line.

“We are going to have a lot of fun with this run,” explained race director Dave Nicholas. “And even though our PR guys are getting carried away with the prose it’s still a legit run for real runners to go fast. Costumes are optional, although I think we’d all love to see an alien win it all this year.”

In addition to the trail runs a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon will be held at the site of the race where one-and-all are welcome to get their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.

The Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run is for boys and girls ages 10 and younger. It is free, although parents must be present to sign a waiver form at the site of the race. Race distances will vary from 100 yards to 1 kilometer, depending on the age of the child. Parents are welcome to stay on the course as well.

More than 2,000 runners from around the world are anticipated to take on the spooky scrambles this year, and to drive home the partnership with its employees T S Restaurants created a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge.” Each of the four restaurants will field a team of five runners and the team with the fastest cumulative time in the 5K will take home the coveted T S Trophy.

Last year Kimo’s captured the perpetual trophy, which is proudly displayed at the restaurant all year round. Hula Grill won in 2012 & 2013 and Duke’s Beach House won the inaugural challenge in 2011.

All four T S Restaurants also sponsor local teachers with complimentary entries into the run.

“It’s been a blast to see the teachers, along with a great representation from their respective student bodies, join in the runs,” said Anderson. “This year we hope to see twice as many students and teachers get in the spirit.”

Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s are four of Maui’s finest restaurants, and all are located within a short driving distance of Kapalua.

“The unique feeling and setting of West Maui is exhibited at each of these four restaurants, and it is in keeping with what the XTERRA athletes and their families have come to expect when they get to the island of Maui,” XTERRA President Clark said. “Dining at any, or all, of these restaurants can only enhance the experience for our athletes, whether it be eating a pre-race meal or celebrating with a post-race meal.”

Find more information, last year’s results, picture galleries, and links to registration online at:

About T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Sandy’s, Duke’s Huntington Beach and Duke’s Malibu in California.  For more information about T S Restaurants visit

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

XTERRA Travel Adds the Best of Beaver Creek

Connecting active travelers with active destinations, XTERRA Travel reaches the rarefied air of Beaver Creek, Colorado with the addition of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

Located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, this true ski-in/ski-out resort continues to set the standard for luxury destinations.  All 190 – newly renovated guest rooms, are tastefully appointed with down comforters, marble bath amenities and signature products.

Experience 8100, a live action bar and grill specializing in local, natural and organic dishes featuring Colorado’s best microbrews, wines and spirits. Relax in the Water Sanctuary or one of 23 deluxe treatment rooms at Allegria Spa. Pamper yourself with gourmet s’mores served each day and signature ski valet service just steps from the gondola.

Whatever the season, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa offers an array of activities from snowshoeing and dogsledding to hiking and white water rafting during the summer months.

Now until December 10, 2015 enjoy a special XTERRA Travel introductory offer. Book two nights, and the third night is free with offer code:  SALEX3.

*Based on availability, this offer is valid from August 1 – Dec 10, 2015 Free night is removed from guest folio at time of check out.  Tax and resort fee apply to all 3 nights.

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About XTERRA Travel

XTERRA Travel is a collection of travel partners and destinations connecting active travel with active people. From idyllic Indian Ocean island paradises to the snow-capped peaks of Utah’s Wasatch Range. XTERRA Travel will take you to your next #livemore moment. Learn more at


XTERRA’s Unsung Heroes

By Aidan, Summer, and DJ Quinn

Who are the unsung heroes of the XTERRA Trail Run Series? The volunteers are! Volunteers are invaluable, and give runners the encouragement they need to make it to the finish line, giving them emotional and physical support. Whether they’re giving you the fuel you need, cheering you on the entire way, or helping you push through that last mile, volunteers are there with every step. They make every XTERRA race happen, and keep them going strong.

Volunteers’ work often starts before race day, when they diligently mark the race courses, stuff race packets or even check the timing chips. Volunteers arrive early on the day of the race. Once there, they set up the race venue and registration to help arriving racers, while other volunteers head out to setup aid stations. Volunteers at the aid stations give much-needed fuel, support, and encouragement to tired racers, giving them the strength they need to finish the race. Volunteers put a lot of effort into cheering racers on, and when racers cross the finish line, they are there to give out well-deserved awards and nourishment. After all the runners have gotten their awards and gone home, volunteers are still hard at work cleaning up the race venue.

It would be near impossible for XTERRA to exist without its volunteers. From setting up early in the morning, to cleaning up after the race, the volunteers do it all. XTERRA appreciates their volunteers, and provides them with as much support as possible since they are truly the unsung heroes of XTERRA.

A great example of a hardworking and passionate XTERRA volunteer is our brother Devin. Most days Devin loves to sleep in as long as possible. Race days are completely different with him shooting out of bed before anyone else and always leading the charge out the door. As experienced XTERRA racer and volunteer (and our father) Don Quinn puts it, “It’s true, he likes to sleep. Sometimes it feels like we’re living with a grizzly bear: sleep, eat, sleep, eat. But on race morning he’s a completely different person. He rockets out of bed and is ready to roll before the rest of us are done shaking off the cobwebs.”

When we get to the race venue, Devin is eager and ready to get to work, no matter the hour of the morning. Once the race director assigns jobs, Devin sets to work with gusto, doing whatever is asked of him and often leading the assigned group. Sometimes Devin volunteers for ten or more hours in a row, out in the blazing sun, but he never quits or complains; he is always energetic and hardworking, whether he’s sweeping a course in 90 degree temperatures, or encouraging racers as they near the finish line, he gives it 100%. Devin is always looking for ways to improve upon existing methods, and his quick thinking combined with his strong work ethic makes him an ideal volunteer. As XTERRA racer and volunteer (and our mother) Mollie Quinn says of son Devin, “We are so proud of how hard he works, and all the support and encouragement he provides for the racers.”

Devin is a great volunteer, but he is just one example of the many hardworking people across the country who wake up at 3 A.M and volunteer for hours just for the joy of helping others.

XTERRA needs volunteers from all walks of life, all ages and all levels of experience to come and be a part of the team. If you have a few hours to spare for an upcoming XTERRA event, please email with the race you are interested in helping and we will get you connected.

Devin, and all the other XTERRA volunteers are what make XTERRA great. So today we salute Devin and all the other volunteers that make it possible to run the races we love. Thank you!


XTERRA Trail Run Worlds Dec. 6

The crown jewel of the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series is the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008.

This year, the race is scheduled for December 06, 2015 and more than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to gather at Kualoa Ranch on the northeastern side of the island of Oahu.

A 21-kilometer half-marathon course is considered the world championship course, and it takes runners through some of the most diverse – and scenic – terrain on the planet.

It is worth noting that there is no qualifying process to enter the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. It is an event open to runners of all ages, with skill levels that can range from elite to beginner. In order to accommodate the various levels, there will be various courses – the 21K championship course, a 10K, a 5K, and an “adventure walk.”

The trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public, so it offers a rare opportunity for runners to experience the unique setting.

The 4,000-acre working cattle ranch reaches from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea, and the terrain varies from dense rainforest to broad open valleys, with close-up views of beautiful white sand beaches and awesome verdant cliff faces. The epic nature of Kualoa Ranch has served as a scenic backdrop for numerous television shows and Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Tears of the Sun50 First Dates, and LOST.

The fastest runners on the 21K course will be competing for a $10,000 total prize purse (top seven overall men and top seven overall women receive money). Everyone who conquers the half-marathon championship course will earn a finisher’s medal, and the top three runners for every age group in the 21K, 10K and 5K will receive medals and other prizes.

The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is the culminating event of the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series, which is a collection of more than 70 adventurous, off-road trail runs of various distances around the world.

Snowbird Trail Run

XTERRA Snowbird Runs August 29

In another gorgeous part of the Wasatch Range just south of Salt Lake City, Utah lies Snowbird Ski Resort, home to a great new trail race on August 29th that is perfectly suited to prepare runners for XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

“There is new single track to Hidden Peak at the top of Snowbird Tram,” explained organizer Mitt Stewart, who also produces the Wasatch Trail Run Series.  “Its seven miles with 3,000-feet of elevation gain on one of the best and most beautiful trails in the Wasatch Range and perfect for running in that the pitch is never too steep.”

After finishing, participants ride the Snowbird Tram back down to the base where Oktoberfest festivities along with Awards ceremony will occur.

There are also 10K and 5K trail race options that weave thru aspen and spruce tree forests providing beautiful views of Little Cottonwood Canyon as well as views of the Salt Lake Valley. The 10K loop has about 1,000-feet worth of elevation gain and the 5K loop about 600-feet.

Learn more at