XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONAL CHAMPION: ANDY LEE
Andy Lee quietly had one of the most impressive weekends in endurance sports last week at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. He has one XTERRA championship medal and another second-place medal to show for it.
Lee, who is a firefighter near Austin, Texas, won the men's 40-44 age division at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship on September 23, and he did it in impressive fashion. He placed 16th overall and finished more than five minutes ahead of the other runners in his age group.
But that's not the most impressive part.
Lee's trail run victory came less than 24 hours after he finished eighth overall among amateur competitors at the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon. He placed second in the men's 40-44 age division of the triathlon, just 28 seconds behind the winner.
"I decided a couple of months ago that I would do both races," he said. "I love spending time in the mountains, and it worked with my work schedule to stay for another day so I thought I would give it a try."
Lee finished the triathlon with a time of 2:52:21, including a run time of 44:16 (second best among all amateurs). Chris Scott from Illinois finished first in the men's 40-44 division, and he happens to be the 2012 ENVE Performer of the Year - an award that goes to the top amateur on the XTERRA USA circuit.
"I know Chris has been winning everything, so I am okay with second and will try to be faster next year," Lee said.
KAPALUA TRAIL RUN COMING UP
As Andy Lee noted above, the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship and XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon will take place in separate months. However, there will still be an epic trail run held on Maui this month in conjunction with the XTERRA World Championship triathlon.
The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run is set for October 27 – one day before the world championship triathlon. It will feature two courses – the Duke’s Beach House 10K and the Hula Grill 5K. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The Duke’s Beach House 10K is especially appealing, as it will follow the same course that the world’s top pros will be running on for the XTERRA World Championship the next day.
The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Run is considered one of the most unique events in the country because the course will take runners from the grounds of the distinguished Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, up the trails of the West Maui Mountains, and then back down to the sands of the beach.
There will also be the Kimo’s Keiki K, which is a free event for children age 10 and younger. The distances for the Keiki K will range from 100 yards to 1 kilometer, depending on the age of the children.
Online registration is available at www.xterramaui.com.
FAMILIAR NAMES TAKE TOP SPOTS AT ALABAMA OPENER
The new season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series got off to a fast start last weekend thanks to some familiar names at the front.
More than 130 runners ranging in age from 12 to 72 participated in the XTERRA Cheaha Trail Run, which took place on Saturday, September 29, at Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama.
David Wall from Madison, Alabama, was the overall winner, completing the 10-kilometer course in 38 minutes, 52 seconds. Wall, 26 and a former member of the Auburn University track and cross country teams, has won several XTERRA Trail Run events in Alabama in recent years.
“I don’t think I would have asked for anything different. The course was great!” Wall said. “It was a challenging course with a range of conditions. There were lots of spider webs on the trail and a lot of people were stung by yellow jackets.”
Tara Gormley from Marietta, Georgia, placed fifth overall with a time of 44:52, and was the first female finisher. Gormley, 28, has been the top-ranked female runner in the XTERRA Georgia Series for the past four years, but this was her first attempt at an XTERRA Alabama race.
"It was great to see some new faces and competitors in Alabama," she said. "I love the trail race atmosphere -- no matter where you go the people are awesome! I would like to work a couple more Alabama races into my schedule now if possible."
(Tara Gormley pictured, courtesy www.dirtyspokes.com)
MAX KING CONTINUES AMAZING RUN
When it comes to amazing feats of endurance, Oregon’s Max King is … the king.
He added to his astounding list of accomplishments again last weekend with a victory at the Ultra Race of Champions 100K in Wintergreen, Virginia. King completed the course in 7 hours, 57 minutes, 2 seconds – which was 15 minutes ahead of runner-up Sage Canaday.
It was the first 100K race of King’s already illustrious career. What makes it even more impressive is it came just one week after he won another “Double Championship.”
On September 22, King won the USATF 50K Trail Championship in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. Immediately after that race, he got on a flight to Salt Lake City so that he could compete in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship 21K race at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. He also won that race – his fifth consecutive XTERRA National Championship, and the second consecutive year that he won national championship races on back-to-back days in different states.
After the XTERRA race in Utah, he returned home in Oregon for a few days before heading across the continent for the Ultra Race in Virginia.
COLORADO SERIES OPENS THIS WEEKEND
The starting gun for the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series will go off this weekend.
The XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., and runners of all ages and skill levels can participate.
The highlight of the event is a full-marathon course (26.2 miles) that will take the runners on approximately 3,000 feet of total climbing in the thin Colorado air. The course will hit a peak elevation of around 6,900 feet.
If that sounds a bit extreme, there will also be a half-marathon course (13.1 miles) on offer. Both the half-marathon and full-marathon courses will offer challenging uphill and downhill sections, with amazing views along the way.
For the less-experienced runners, a 5-kilometer course will also be offered.
Age-group awards will be presented for all three courses.
Online registration will be open through Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time). Click HERE for registration information. Race-day registration will also be available at the race site starting at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.
The Marathon of Trail Races will be the first of five races during the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. Other races will follow in the spring and summer of 2013.
ARIZONA SERIES STARTS THIS WEEKEND
The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series will begin its third season this weekend, with more than 300 runners expected to hit the trails at Estrella Mountain Park in Goodyear, Ariz.
The XTERRA Estrella Mountain Trail Run is set for Sunday, October 7, and it will be the first of four events in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series.
Every event in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. This weekend's event will feature two courses - a 20-kilometer course for experienced runners, and an 8-kilometer course for less-experienced runners and sprinters.
The Arizona Series has seen significant growth during its first two years. Last season, there was an average of more than 300 runners per event, and runners from 18 different states (other than Arizona) participated.
"I'm so happy to see that the sport is catching on and others are gaining a similar appreciation for the sport as I have," said Jeanine Cordova, who won her age division (30-34) at every race in the series last season. "There are so many beautiful places to explore out here within minutes of driving."
After this weekend's race, other events will follow in January, February and March of 2013. Each event in the series will offer a long course and a short course to accommodate the various levels of runners.
To register for a race or learn more about the series, please visit www.aztrailrace.com.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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