XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter


By Rachel Cieslewicz

Editor's note: Rachel Cieslewicz placed 15th overall in the women's field at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship on Sept. 25 at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. She placed fourth in the women's 30-34 age division while her body was still recovering from a serious health condition just a month earlier.

Rachel C SnowbasinAs always, XTERRA threw down big time for Trail Run Nationals.  It was an epic amazing event, and I was exceptionally lucky to race. 

During Nationals, great goals were achieved and new friendships created, all while memories of an exhilarating weekend were etched into adventurous souls.  With the race over, now what?  All of the hard work, ups and downs of preparing for the big day are in the past.  It is amazing how being driven by dreams and goals can keep us so pre-occupied.  When it is all over, is it normal to feel let down, maybe notice we are run down? 

As humans, there is always ebb and flow in life. Racing is no different.  For anyone racing Nationals, it was a huge event. Training, nutrition, travel, and the race itself took an incredible amount of energy.  It was exciting!  Post-race, it is important to realize and remember that rest and decompression are just as important as the training and other race preparation. 



The Buford High School cross country team proved that it has a high fitness level at the XTERRA Fall Fitness Trail Run last weekend.

Lane CrawfordSeveral members of the Buford team fared well in the 5-kilometer race, including Lane Crawford, who placed first among all the females in the event.

"We had an off week, so our coach told us about this race, and a bunch of us signed up for it," said Crawford, who is a freshman on the Buford girls cross country team. "I was excited. I love the competition and it's always interesting to run against all ages."

Close to 200 runners participated in the race, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Trails in Buford, Georgia. The race was the second event in the 2011-12 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, which is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

Nico Lavrijsen of Dunwoody, Georgia, was the overall winner. The 34-year-old completed the 5K course in 20 minutes even.

(Crawford pictured courtesy www.greatactionportraits.com)



The new season brought a new winner to the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series last weekend.

Sean HulburtSean Hulburt entered his first XTERRA Trail Run, and he wound up winning the XTERRA Estrella Mountain Trail Run on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Goodyear, Ariz.

Hulburt, 25, completed the 20-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 34 seconds. He and his wife, Jen, moved to Tempe, Ariz., earlier this year, and they found the XTERRA Arizona Series through the internet.

"We're both runners and we just moved to Arizona and we were looking for races and this sounded like a fun one to do," he said. "It was great -- a really fun course."

Hulburt took the lead early in the course and then maintained it the rest of the way. Keith Walters made a late charge to finish in second place with a time of 1:24:57. Bryan Dunn was third in 1:27:23.

(Hulburt photo courtesy of Memorial University's www.goseahawks.ca)

"I thought I opened up the lead after the first four miles," Hulburt said. "I looked back and couldn't see anybody for two or three minutes. But then it started to get really hot in the last couple miles and I looked back and (Walters) was coming up fast, so I picked it up again."

Dawn Stone of Flagstaff, Ariz., placed eighth overall and was the first female with a time of 1:39:33. Stone was a standout in the XTERRA Arizona Series last year, but this was the first time she finished as the top overall female.



Trail running, burgers and beer.

Texas RunnerIf that sounds enticing to you, then the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will be the place to run during the 2011-12 season.

The new season will begin this weekend, with the XTERRA Bluff Creek Trail Run set for Sunday, Oct. 9, at Warda, Texas.

Runners of all ages and skill levels from around the state can participate in the series, and varying courses will be set up at each race to accommodate the different runners.

At the Bluff Creek Trail Run this weekend, for example, there will be three courses for runners to choose from: a 24-kilometer long course, a 12-kilometer intermediate course, and a 6-kilometer short course. All three courses will be at the Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda.

According to race director Mike Carter: “Bluff Creek Ranch is a working longhorn ranch with wonderful running trails.  We will offer three distances as stated above. The 6K course will be 95 percent tight, beautiful, somewhat technical, singletrack.  The 12K will add more singletrack that takes you past the ponds, over bridges, around the pasture, up the switchbacks, and through the most technical sections of the course.   And, as you may have guessed, the 24K will do all of it twice!”

After the race, all runners are invited to stay for the awards ceremony that includes grilled burgers, beer, and other refreshments.

The 2011-12 season for the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will feature five races at five different locations.

Points will be awarded to the top runners in each age group for every race, and the season champions will earn a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championshp.

Texas is one of 12 regions that will host an XTERRA Trail Run Series during the 2011-12 season. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pocono, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

To register for a race or to learn more about the Texas Series, please visit www.racerevolutions.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.

XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series 2011-12 schedule
Oct. 9, 2011: XTERRA Bluff Creek Trail Run (Warda, Texas)
April 1, 2012: XTERRA Camp Eagle Trail Run (Rocksprings, Texas)
May 26, 2012: XTERRA Waco Trail Run (Waco, Texas)
June 17, 2012: XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run (Spicewood, Texas)
Aug. 26, 2012: XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run (Navasota, Texas)


Colorado RunnerThis weekend’s XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races could turn into a true XTERRA experience for the more than 400 runners expected to take on the courses – and the weather.

The XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., and if running at high altitude wasn’t enough, a winter storm could hit the area on race day.

The highlight of the event is a full-marathon course (26.2 miles) that will take the runners on close to 3,000 feet of total climbing in the thin Colorado air. The course will hit a peak elevation of approximately 6,800 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.

Click HERE for a preview article on the course.

The Marathon of Trail Races will be the first of at least four races during the 2011-12 season for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. Other races will follow in the spring and summer of 2012.

Colorado is one of 12 regions that will host an XTERRA Trail Run Series during the 2011-12 season. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pocono, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information on race details, or to learn more about the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, please visit www.marathonmajic.com.


Outrigger Hotels and ResortsHere's another chance to win a free stay in Hawaii. Outrigger Regency Beachwalk, located on the island of Oahu, is giving one lucky XTERRA Tribe member a free 3-night stay where you'll find yourself just steps from world-class shopping, international dining and of course the breath-taking beaches of Waikiki.

It's all part of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts XTERRA Tribe Promotion where every month through December, you have a chance to win a free stay in Hawaii at one of their Resort Condominium Properties throughout the islands of Hawaii.

Entries must be received by October 20, 2011 and certificate is good for stays through August 31, 2012. You can even use it during XTERRA Trail Run Worlds (December 4th).


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