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XTERRA RETURNS TO KAPALUA FOR "AMAZING" TRAIL RUN

A lot of trail races promise a course with a little bit of everything. The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs actually delivers it.

Nick WalkerImagine a roller-coaster of a course that includes: a start alongside one of the most luxurious hotels in the world (The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua), dusty pineapple plantation fields, an evergreen forest, a "golf ball graveyard" alongside an abandoned golf course, a section of rocky dry creek bed, and a beach run on pristine white sand overlooking the sparkling blue ocean.

Runners of all ages and skill levels will get another chance to experience it for themselves on Saturday, October 27.

"The course is amazing," said Nick Walker, an elite runner from Victoria, B.C., Canada. "It is a challenging, but very rewarding course. With big climbs to amazing views, and fast and fun single track descents, the course satisfies all your racing needs."

Walker should know. He won the race last year, completing the 10-kilometer course in 40 minutes, 42 seconds.

(Nick Walker pictured, courtesy XTERRA Photos)

The XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs actually consists of two courses - the Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K and the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

According to Walker, the courses are moderate enough for beginners, yet challenging enough for elites. The only problem for the elite runners might be not having enough time to enjoy the variety of views.

"Some of my favorite sections of the course are the steep climb through the pineapple plantation with thousands and thousands of golf balls on the hillside," Walker said. "Next would have to be the narrow single track trail down the ridge to the rocky creek bed just before you punish us with a couple hundred meters of soft sand before we climb to finish at the amazing Ritz-Carlton."

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Online registration for the event is open at www.xterramaui.com. There is also a free kids run for boys and girls age 10 and younger, called the Kimo’s Keiki K.

NEW SEASON FOR ARIZONA SERIES IS UNDERWAY

Jonathan Harmon certainly made the most of his first XTERRA Trail Run experience. He took a wrong turn and wound up off course, fell down twice, finished with bruises and cuts on both legs … and won the race.

Harmon was the overall winner of the XTERRA Estrella Mountain Trail Run last weekend at Goodyear, Arizona. He completed the 20-kilometer course in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 18 seconds, including those several minutes he lost when he ran off course.

Jonathan Harmon and J.R. Grabinger at right"At the top of the hill, I asked some spectators if I was heading in the right direction and they said I wasn't, so I hurried back down and tried to catch as many people as I could," said Harmon, who is 27 and resides in Phoenix. "It took me up until the last mile to catch the first place runner. It was a challenge trying to catch everyone."

(Jonathan Harmon in middle, with J.R. Grabinger at right. Photo courtesy www.aztrailrace.com)

Harmon is a cross country coach at Central Arizona College, and said he entered this race out of curiosity about the venue. "I loved the course," he said. "It was a decent challenge in some areas, while leaving some flat ground to pick up speed. Weather was beautiful."

He walked away with an appreciation not only for the course, but for the staff and volunteers of the event - especially those who helped him get back on course and tended to his injuries after the race.

J.R. Grabinger from Phoenix placed second with a time of 1:26:43, and Brian Tinder from Flagstaff was third in 1:27:47.

Angela Axmann from Phoenix finished in 1:42:02 and ran to a convincing victory in the women's division. Like Harmon, she can be considered a rookie at XTERRA Trail Runs. Her only previous experience came in a 7-kilometer trail run a year ago.

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XTERRA COLORADO SERIES IS UNDERWAY FOR 2012-13 SEASON

Thomson, Meredith win marathon; Ackison, Baugh win half-marathon

The new season for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series started last weekend with a familiar face taking top honors.

J. Marshall ThomsonJ. Marshall Thomson won the marathon course of the XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races on Saturday, October 6, at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, Colo. He completed the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 5 minutes, 12 seconds.

He actually took more time (nearly four hours) to drive from his home in Crested Butte, Colo., to get to the race site. What's more, Thomson worked a late shift the night before the race and got about four hours of sleep before starting his long drive.

"It's worth it," said Thomson, 33. "It's what I love to do."

Thomson has now won three XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series races in 2012. He also placed second overall at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship last month in Utah.

(J. Marshall Thomson pictured, courtesy www.pikespeaksports.us)

He dominated this latest race, finishing  more than 18 minutes ahead of the next runner. "The course was awesome. If I lived around here, I'd probably run it every day."

Lars Kjerengtroen placed second in 3:23:58, and Seth Jenny was third in 3:36:38.

Shannon Meredith from Colorado Springs placed sixth overall and was the first overall female. She said her goal was to complete the course in less than four hours and she accomplished that, finishing in 3:56:53.

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XTERRA SOCAL SERIES SET TO START NEW SEASON ON OCT. 14

Point Mugu Trail Run will be first of seven races on 2012-13 schedule

It's time for runners in Southern California to lace up the trail shoes and head for the hills. The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series is about to begin its new season.

SoCal Trail RunnersThe XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run is set for Sunday, October 14, and it will serve as the opening event of the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.

The series will consist of seven races this season, and it will take runners on various mountain trails throughout the Southern California region. The XTERRA SoCal Series drew an average of 550 runners per event last season, making it the most popular region on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit.

Every race in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, with age-groups ranging from 9-younger to 80-older. Each event features two course options - a long course for experienced runners and a shorter course for beginners and sprinters - to accommodate the various levels.

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XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run
When: Sunday, October 14, 8 a.m. start
Where: Point Mugu State Park, Oxnard/Malibu, California
Who: Open to runners of all ages and skill levels
Courses: 18 kilometers or 11 kilometers
Entry fees: $65 for 18K; $50 for 11K (prices rise $5 for race-day registration)
Online registration/information: www.trailrace.com

XTERRA TRAIL RUNS RETURN TO WASHINGTON FOR 2012-13 SEASON

Harvest Half Trail Run this weekend is first of four events

Runners in Washington can double their fun in the 2012-13 season of the XTERRA Pacific Northwest Trail Run Series.

The series made its debut on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit last season with two races, and it will double to four races this season.

Pacific NW RunnersThe XTERRA Harvest Half Trail Run this weekend at Kirkland, Washington, will serve as the first event on the 2012-13 schedule. The race will take place at St. Edward State Park, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. There will be two courses for runners to choose from - a 21-kilometer long course, and a 10-kilometer course.

Other races will follow in 2013: February, June and September. Each race will take runners along picturesque and challenging mountain trails in the state of Washington. It is worth noting that runners from all states are welcome to enter the XTERRA Pacific Northwest Series.

"I think XTERRA coming to the Pacific Northwest is a match made in heaven for any trail runner," said Keith Laverty, an elite runner from Bellevue, Wash. "What a great opportunity to not only run on amazing wilderness trails but also still compete at a high level. Building up and earning points throughout the year via a race series is a cool concept."

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GEORGIA SERIES CONTINUES WITH FALL FITNESS RACE

XTERRA Georgia SeriesThe XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series will continue its busy Fall schedule with a race called, appropriately enough, the XTERRA Fall Fitness Trail Run.

The 5-kilometer race is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Trails in Buford, Georgia. The course is considered moderate, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

More than 200 runners are expected to participate, and there is still room for more. Race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the race site ($35 entry fee).

The Fall Fitness race is the second of seven events in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series. The first event in the series was completed three weeks ago. There will also be races coming up on November 3 and 17.

To register for a race or to learn more about the series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.

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