Bring Your Headlamp to XTERRA Rock Dallas Trail Run

For the first time ever, XTERRA Rock Dallas will be held at night. Starting at 8 pm, the 5K, 15K, and half marathon trail runs will be run under the stars at the North Shore Mountain Bike Trail near Lake Grapevine in Flower Mound, Texas.

“Night running and cycling is popular on this course, so many of the locals are accustomed to it,” said race director, Kathy Duryea. “North Shore Trail is a great place to run because it has beautiful single track with varying terrain. You will get everything from sand to technical rock gardens.”

This is the third year for the trail run which began in 2014 with a 10K and a 25K.

“The trail run was hugely popular its first year,” said Duryea, “But then we had a big flood in 2015, which necessitated canceling the race because half of the course was under water.”

Again, in 2016, rain was heavy the night before the race. Duryea was determined to hold the event and worked well into the night with her crew to rebuild the course, despite thunder, lightning, and downpours.

“I’m crossing my fingers it stays dry this year,” she said.

Lake Grapevine is located on the northern edge of Grapevine, Texas near Dallas. The lake has areas to bike, run, hike, camp, and fish. More information about the park is available at www.lake-grapevine.com.

For more information about XTERRA Rock Dallas Trail Run and to register, visit https://www.racedirectorsolutions.com

XTERRA Ilhabela Trail Run Winners Qualify for Worlds

In Brazil, the XTERRA Ilhabela Trail Run was held on May 13th, a day before the XTERRA Ilhabela Off-Road Triathlon. For the first time, the top five male and female runners qualified for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship 21K that will take place on December 3rd on Oahu.

“This is a very popular trail run,” said race director, Wanise Plischke. “The fact that the top athletes will qualify for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship race highlights the strength of our event.”

Antonio Jose Goncalves Da Silva won easily in 1:34:37 while runner up William Damiao Zeferino Paiva finished in 1:39:43. Joseilton Da Silva Santos was third in 1:39:59.

Geisla Dos Santos Moraes was the women’s champ with a time of 2:01:49, which was no surprise as she was on top of the podium last year as well. Claudete Nunes Lima with a time of 2:08:30, and Ana Carla Koetz Prade was third in 2:13:56.

The race was held on the beautiful island of Ilhabela, off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Located 207km/127mi from Sao Paulo, the island of Ilhabela can only be accessed by ferry. It is is a popular tourist destination because of its regattas, beautiful beaches, and excellent restaurants.

In addition to the Half Marathon Trail Run, a 9.3K Night Run was held at 7:30 PM on May 13th.

“The night run is always spectacular,” said Plischke. “The head lamps at the start make quite a show, and it’s beautiful to run the trails at night with other runners. The whole weekend was perfect for families and beginner athletes as well as the pros.”

Learn more at www.xterrabrasil.com.

Kimani, McGranahan win XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K

Richard Kimani from Kenya and Jennifer McGranahan from Pensacola, Florida captured the XTERRA Oak Mountain half-marathon titles on a cool, clear morning at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.

Kimani, who now lives in Birmingham, ran a 1:12:30, more than three minutes faster than runner-up Darren Brown from Weymouth, Massachusetts.

“It was a good race and very hard,” said Kimani.  “The course is nice with all the trees and the sharp corners, and roots and rocks and slopes.”

Kimani now has his sights set on the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii this December.

In the women’s race McGranahan crossed the line in 1:33:41, nearly six-minutes ahead of runner-up Tiffany Dudley from Starkville, Mississippi.

“I ran it last year and got beat pretty good but that experience gave me a sense of the race so I started conservative this time around,” said McGranahan. “Honestly, I didn’t think I was in great shape but somehow I come alive when it comes to trails and adventure.  I don’t really look at it like a race, more of an adventure to just get out there and have fun.”

More than 300 runners from 15 states took part in today’s races, which was the last even of the 2016/2017 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. We’ll have series winners posted soon after all results have been tabulated.  Each series age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Alabama at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah on September 17.

There were also XTERRA Oak Mountain 5k and 10k races today.  Caleb Baity and Brenda Sanchez won the 5k, and Marcus Barton and Jessica Riggs won the 10k.  For Baity and Barton the trail race wins conclude a very successful weekend of racing as both won their age groups at the XTERRA Oak Mountain off-road triathlon yesterday.

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SPECIAL THANKS
XTERRA Oak Mountain was presented by Paul Mitchell, and our great sponsors from Shelby County, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, Suunto, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Alabama, Oofos, and the Shelby County Reporter. Special thanks to our volunteers, the Pelham Fire Department for taking such good care of our athletes, and all the BUMP members for maintaining the trails we love to race on each May.

XTERRA Oak Mountain Part of 50-State Odyssey

Darin Partridge started running the way many of us do. He wanted to lose weight and he wanted to inspire his son to do the same.

“My teenage son and I struggled with weight problems for years,” said Partridge. “My wife and I had a secret evil plan for me to cut calories and increase my exercise. We hoped that if I was successful at weight loss my son would join me.” 

The plan worked and in six months of running, father and son lost almost 75 pounds each.

“I was also at a point in my life where I really needed a goal,” said Partridge. “I had already done two marathons and a couple of half marathons in Utah and Wyoming. So I thought, why not run one in every state?” 

Partridge lives in Logan Utah, but the 49-year old works for a software company and spends a lot of time in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Washington, DC. “I tell people that if you are in these cities and willing to give up a weekend, you can get to any race in the country. Most of the races I did weren’t pre-planned. I just saw the opportunity and took it.

While trail races only made up twenty-five percent of Partridge’s 50 half marathons, they were his favorites, especially the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K. He chose it for his 18th race because it was a trail race that happened to be a good stop on his way to Florida.

“I’m so glad I stopped,” said Partridge. “I loved the small town feel of the race. And what made it even better was that my 20-year old daughter joined me for our first and only road trip togther. On the way to Pelham, we played music and sang along together as loudly as we could.”

He has recorded this story – as well as 49 others – in his e-book, “Running America: One Man’s Half Marathon Journey Through Every State in the Nation.” He also has a six-minute YouTube video that includes footage from each race.

“This experience completely changed my life,” said Partridge. “First, I lost 70 pounds. But even better was that there are fantastic people all over this country. Kindness and graciousness abound, no matter where you are.  I just love running. “ 

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Former Marine Runs for Veterans at XTERRA Wawayanda

Billy Richards is a beast. Specifically, he goes by the name, “The Tattooed Beast.”

“Nah, that’s just a fitness term,” said Richards, who earned the name from his powerlifting prowess, and the fact that he ruptured his tricep tendon while lifting weights in 2015. He had surgery on his arm and couldn’t move his body while recovering. Rather than rest, he started running.

“I did my first ultra marathon three weeks after surgery with my left arm in a brace and a 45-pound pack on my back.” 

In the last two years, Richards has completed 16 marathons and 25 ultra marathons. Three of those races were 100 miles long.

“Ultra marathons aren’t bad, once you have a fitness base and have finished a few marathons to get some mileage on your legs. It’s more about strategy, pacing, and nutrition,” he said.

Most recently, Richards competed in the Spartan Ultra Beast Marathon, six 50K races, the XTERRA Wawayanda 50 Mile Trail Run, and the Long Island Marathon in nine consecutive days.

And he did it all while carrying the American Flag.

“Every race I run, the flag goes with me,” said Richards. “On the roads I keep it open, and on the trails I keep it wrapped and open it when I cross the finish line.”

He carries the flag to show honor and support for military, police, first responders, and America itself.

A veteran of the US Marine Corps and the US Army, Richards did two tours in the Mediterranean Sea while with the Marines. The second tour led him to the Persian Gulf, where he served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

“I was inspired to do this recent 9-day challenge for veterans, to remind people of the struggles they go through coming back from deployments,” said Richards. “I want people to remember that they are still out there.”

“I definitely had some ups and downs during the last nine days,” admitted Richards, of his endurance challenge, which lasted from April 29th until May 7th. “The big low points were during the first day at the Spartan Ultra Beast. That was a knockout of a race which took ten and a half hours to finish because of the obstacles.”

The next day, he climbed 4000 feet in eight miles, and on the third, he dealt with chafing issues until another racer handed him a tube of Desitin.

“I’d say the highlight of my journey was finishing the XTERRA Wawayanda 50 miler,” said Richards. It was race number eight, so I was extremely fatigued to begin with, and it was a technical race. But I powered through it and came in at 12:06.”

There was only one other competitor in the Wawayanda 50 mile run. David Wise finished in 11:21:25. 

Kyle Baluyot won the 10K in 53:56 while Gabrielle Czernik won the women’s race in 1:03.

Ryan Hall won the men’s 25K in 2:23. Hall placed third in the same distance at the XTERRA Shepaug Run on April 8th. Alina Abdurahmanovic was the women’s winner in 4:05.

The 50K champ was Jason Friedman, who finished in 4:58.

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How to Deal With Injuries on the Trail

XTERRA Ambassador Simon Edgett has been training for ultra runs all winter. When you live in the northeast, that means training in rain, snow, and freezing temperatures from November until April.

“Success in ultras is really dependent on consistent training,” said Edgett. “I’ve been doing a lot of hill repeats and running about 45-55 miles a week, which gives me plenty of time on my feet. About half of that distance is during the week and half on the weekend.”

Still, as Edgett found out during the XTERRA Wawayanda 50K, sometimes bad things (injuries) happen to good people (trail runners).

“A week before the race, I sustained a midgrade ankle sprain while running on the Appalachian Trail,” said Edgett. “It was feeling better and I decided to go for it in the 50k at XTERRA Wawayanda anyway. Four miles in, I hit a branch that I didn’t see and later found out I broke a small bone in my left foot.”

Edgett kept going. “About 14 miles in, I stepped on a root the wrong way and re-sprained my ankle. I hobbled to the aid station at the halfway point at mile 16 and called it quits.”

According to SheriAnne Little, head coach, at PRSFit, the best thing to do right after an injury is to apply ice. “RICE is still a good guide to follow: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate. Icing for 20-minute increments is best.”

“If you feel like there is a possible fracture or rupture of a ligament or tendon, or the pain is sharp shooting and persists you should have it examined by a doctor,” said Nelson.  “If you heard a sound when you injured the area, you should also have it looked at,” advised Nelson.

As always, recovering athletes should listen to their bodies. “Let pain dictate what you are able to do,” said Nelson. “If it is too painful, continue to rest. If it’s just stiff, then gently stretch and work through a bit of discomfort to maintain mobility in the joint and continue to reduce inflammation.”

In the meantime, cross training can maintain fitness while allowing the body to heal, although that can be difficult for some diehards like Edgett.

“I’ve been trying to get into the pool and on my bike trainer but it’s hard to find motivation. I just love running. It never feels like ‘training’ or ‘working out,’ when I run,” said Edgett. “It’s just me enjoying the trails.”

 

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Nozomi Knows Oak Mountain

Nozomi Wade didn’t start running until she was 52 years old.

“I was a real frou frou girl,” admitted the 2012 XTERRA Age Group Trail Run World Champion and 2013 XTERRA Age Group Trail Run National Champion. “I was into shopping, and sleeping in, and wearing make up.”

In 2009 Nozomi wanted to improve her health. Her son had recently graduated from college, and she felt like an “empty-nester.” Her husband – also an XTERRA triathlete – encouraged her to start running.

“I ran a block the first day,” said the Lawrenceville, Georgia resident, “And the next week I ran two blocks. My husband and son told me I should enter a race just to stay motivated.”

Soon after this, she decided to enter a 5K trail run. “My husband was doing it, and I’m pretty competitive with him,” said Wade. “James always beats me but he was impressed I was second in my age group!”

Wade’s first half marathon was at the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run in Georgia in 2010. Again, Wade was second in her age group.

During the next two years, Wade ran on a lot of trails. “I became match tough,” she said. “People called me ‘The Little Engine That Could’ because I never walk. Even on the gnarly hills.”

In 2012, Wade was second in her age group at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Ogden, Utah. In December she continued on to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Kualoa Ranch, Oahu.

“We were at the awards ceremony at Worlds, and when they announced the winner of my age group, they said ‘From Lawrenceville, Georgia,’” said Wade. “I thought, ‘Who else is here from Lawrenceville?’ Then I realized it was me! It was my name being called.”

Next weekend, Wade will be traveling to Pelham, Alabama for the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run 20K. Last year she was second in her age group, and this year she is going for the win. 

“It’s my favorite race,” said Wade. “I love the rolling hills and the Alabama landscape. I love Snowbasin, but it’s so challenging with the thin air. And climbing up and down in that mud at Worlds is scary. At Oak Mountain I can really run and enjoy it. I do still have a scar from a fall I took last year, but there are also places you can just cruise.”

Wade added that she loves the XTERRA community. “Trail runners are just more laid back,” she said. “I enjoy nature and listening to the birds.  And I like how unpredictable it is. It’s just so much better than running on asphalt.”

As a first grade teacher, fitting in time to train can be challenging. She and her husband get up at 4am on weekdays. “I have my coffee first,” said Wade. “But between 4:30 and 4:45 I’m off for my run.”

The couple races twice a month at least. “There’s no off season for me,” said Wade. “Racing keeps me tough. And if I’m not racing I do a long run on my own. “

Wade admits that she didn’t expect the success she has achieved. All she wanted was more energy to keep up with her first graders.

“It’s all very surprising,” admitted Wade. “But I’m a perfect example of don’t ever think you can’t do something because you really can. It’s just been a very unexpected turn of events. This is awesome!”

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Epperson, Lunardi Win XTERRA Lums Pond

The first two races in the XTERRA Atlantic Series have been incredibly competitive and the third – XTERRA Lums Pond – did not disappoint.

The top three runners in the 12K finished within a minute of each other. Charlie Epperson won the 12K in 42:39 in a close race with Iain Banks, who was the runner up in 43:07. Taylor Shoulders was in close pursuit, crossing the line in 43:13.

“XTERRA Lums Pond was a flat and fast course today,” said Banks. “Adventure Geeks Racing is doing such a great job with this series, both with the events and with the courses. There’s been great competition at every race in the series.”

XTERRA Ambassador Laura Lunardi was the women’s champ, coming in at 49:48 and averaging less than 7:00 miles. Aysha Lynn Perez was the runner up in 51:06, and Michelle Ankenbrand was third in 56:59.

(Laura Lunardi and Dave LaMay)

“It was great to see so many series veterans show up today despite all of the other big race options close by this weekend,” said race director, Jefferson Nicholson. “It was a nice, flat course, but we did find one hill close to the finish, because that’s how we roll.”

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Photographs courtesy of Jefferson Nicholson

 

 

Smoking Performances at a Cool XTERRA Claw Run

In Florida, over 400 runners showed up for the notoriously challenging XTERRA Claw Run.

“Simply put, The XTERRA Claw Run was fantastic,” said XTERRA Ambassador Jay Lund. “The course was well marked, the terrain was diverse, and there was a stacked field of runners from all over the US as well as from France, Canada, Great Britain, Puerto Rico, and Canada.”

“The weather was great,” said race director, Jim Hartnett. “It is usually pretty darn hot by now, but a cool front came through and we had some fast times. This is a very challenging course where runners aren’t even on a trail at times, but that didn’t stop David Ramos. He smoked the course.”

“As always,  Jim Hartnett upheld the races standards, dishing out a fair share of cuts, falls, trips, and breathless obstacles,” said XTERRA Ambassador, Jimmy Patterson.

David Ramos crossed the line in 1:17:11 in the 10K race, almost four minutes in front of Eric Koenig, who ran 1:21:00. Mark Proch was third in 1:21:09.

Sarah Myers was the women’s champ and 23rd overall with a time of 1:36:47. Kandis Dunn was second in 1:38:36 and Colleen McLaughlin was third in 1:40:04.

XTERRA Ambassador Jay Lund was 15th in 1:32:22. Below are his thoughts on the race:

This year the Claw utilized a lot more off-trail mileage than last year as runners were constantly routed off the main trails and into dense waist and chest high vegetation and elephant grass. In certain areas, clearing overhead vines and branches was necessary before moving forward; all the while making sure to keep a keen eye out for course markers and flags. Though the course was marked extremely well, runners were constantly kept busy navigating through the scrub and debris.

The race started out on a service trail before quickly funneling into single track. Within the first mile runners were routed through a small creek and up a 10-foot dirt berm that did a fantastic job of separating everyone into smaller groups. Miles 2-8 were a combination of “bushwhacking” through dense brush, and scrambling up/down steep berms that tested not only leg strength but mental perseverance as well.

One thing that Alafia River State Park is wildly known for are its miles of mountain bike trails. And the Claw made great use of a one-mile section. After a river crossing that required runners to wade through 15-20 yards of chest-high water, we were emptied out onto a section of trail that slowly transitioned into the MTB trails. These single-track trails are notoriously technical challenging even the best runners and bikers to work through switchbacks, rolling berms, tree roots, blind corners, and low hanging tree branches while trying to maintain some sort of respectable pace. It is along these particular trails that participants can get a true sense of what a Florida swamp is if they take a second to look at what is around them.

“It’s a great race that leaves you with a tremendous great sense of accomplishment no matter what your time is,” said Patterson. “After the race, everyone compares who has the “gnarliest” battle scar.”

The XTERRA Claw Run was the series finale in the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. The Regional Age Group Champs will receive their awards and will be gearing up for the XTERRA National Trail Run Championship in Ogden, Utah.

Next up in XTERRA Trail Runs are the XTERRA Oak Mountain 5/10/20K and the XTERRA Malibu Creek 6/12/22K runs.

View XTERRA Claw Run Results