MEET THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN AMBASSADORS
XTERRA Trail Run Ambassadors are hand-picked for their commitment to their love of running and the XTERRA Trail Run Series. They not only embrace the "live more" philosophy while racing, they bring the fun of the trail run culture to their local communities. The XTERRA Ambassador family works closely with race directors to help make regional and national events the best they can be. Thank you to all our 2012 XTERRA Ambassadors!
Questions about how to become an XTERRA Ambassador? Contact email@example.com.
Here is a look at the current XTERRA Trail Run Amabassadors:
Richard is the dean of XTERRA Trail Run Ambassadors, and perhaps the most well-traveled XTERRA Trail Run competitor of all-time. He has competed in XTERRA Trail Run events in Hawaii, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Japan. And he doesn’t just run in these races, he runs fast. Richard is a four-time XTERRA Regional Champion, with titles in New England (2009), Northern Ohio (2011) and Pocono (2011 and 2012). He placed fourth in his age group at the 2009 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii. Here is a little more about Richard …
Region: Northeast (Pocono Series)
Age group: Male 30-34
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of Extremus, LLC, a premier full-service global sports marketing and management company.
What accomplishment are you most proud of: Winning four consecutive XTERRA Trail Running Regional Championships and being one of only two runners in XTERRA Trail Run history to win titles in two different states in the same year.
What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had with XTERRA: Climbing Mt. Fuji (12,388ft), the day after finishing in the top 25% overall at the extremely grueling XTERRA Japan Championship Trail Run 30km, held in Oku-Nikko Marunuma, within the mountains of the ancient province of Gunma "Samurai Country", that consisted of several steep climbs up to almost 9,000ft, via single track trails!
What’s the best thing about racing: Traveling to interesting and exotic places, the adventure, adrenaline rushes, meeting new people, hanging out with friends, the competition, seeing new things, and post-race partying!
TRAIL RUN WORLDS A MONTH AWAY
December in Hawaii. It really doesn’t get much better than that, but add the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to that mix and now it’s a must-do.
The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is exactly one month away, and it will once again take place at the incomparable Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu. The December 2 event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels from anywhere in the world.
It will feature three courses – 21 kilometers, 10K and 5K. There is also an “adventure walk” for those who want to take their time and enjoy the natural beauty of the Ranch.
The 21K course will serve as the world championship course, and a $10,000 prize purse will be at stake for the elite runners (the top seven men and top seven women can earn money). Age-group runners will compete for medals and the chance to earn a title of 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Champion.
But the biggest lure of the event is the destination. Kualoa Ranch offers some of the most dynamic natural backdrops on Earth. Major movies such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates and Tears of the Sun, and television series such as LOST and Hawaii Five-O have used Kualoa Ranch as a filming location.
What’s more, Kualoa Ranch is a privately-owned working cattle ranch so its trails are normally closed to the public. Thus, even local Hawaii runners will get a rare opportunity to run at the Ranch for this event.
As three-time XTERRA Trail Run age-group world champ Lee Saltonstall said: “It's difficult to stay focused on the trail because you just want to stop and gaze upon the surrounding ethereal mountains and valleys. Of all the trail races I have done, Kualoa Ranch is, by far, my favorite course to run. Challenging, for sure, but the setting embraces you with its bucolic beauty.”
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SCHEFER FROM MAUI, SCHLEIFER FROM GERMANY WIN KAPALUA 10K
More than 900 from around the world run at XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs
Kapalua, Maui, HI - Willie Schefer made a great first impression at the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, while Christine Schleifer made a successful return.
Schefer, who moved to Maui from New York just this month, placed first overall in the Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K. The picturesque course started at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua hotel and took the runners up into the West Maui mountains before heading down to D.T. Fleming Beach, and then back to the Ritz-Carlton.
More than 900 runners from around the world participated in the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, which consisted of the Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K, and the Kimo's Keiki K.
(Willie Schefer pictured, courtesy XTERRA Photos)
"Seeing the views and looking at the water, that was awesome," Schefer said. "Definitely takes away from the pain of the race."
Hot and humid weather - not to mention more than 1,000 feet of uphills - made for challenging conditions. "It was hot out there, not too much wind," Schefer said.
Schefer is a former track and cross country runner at the University of Miami. He moved to Kihei, Maui, earlier this month. The Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K was the first trail run of his racing career, and he finished the course in 37 minutes, 4 seconds.
Schleifer placed sixth overall and was the first female with a time of 41:46. The last time she entered the 10K race was two years ago, when the event was held in Makena, Maui. She also won that race in 2010.
“The old course was a long uphill section and then a long downhill,” she said. “I think that suits me a bit better than this course here. Here, it’s a lot of curves and up and down and up and down. You can’t relax. I think this one is tougher.”
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MAUI RUNNERS DOMINATE HULA GRILL 5K
Ben Auerbach from nearby Kaanapali and teen running sensation Dakota Grossman took the spotlight earlier on Saturday during the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K.
Auerbach was the overall winner, completing the course in 19:40. He recently moved to Maui to start a career as a personal trainer/fitness instructor at One Fitness.
Auerbach took the lead from the start and slowly pulled away from the rest of the field. Jake Jacobs, a sophomore at King Kekaulike High School, placed second with a time of 20:42.
In the female division, Dakota Grossman capped an amazing 24 hour stretch that brought her two significant victories on two different islands. She finished fourth overall at the Hula Grill 5K and was the top female with a time of 21:43.
The previous day, Grossman was on the Big Island, capturing her third consecutive Hawaii High School Athletic Association state cross country championship. She is a junior at Seabury Hall on Maui.
It was also Grossman’s third Hula Grill 5K win. She also won it in 2007 (when she was 11) and 2008. CLICK HERE to see complete results.
HOFF DECLARED WINNER AFTER INTERESTING FINISH AT SOCAL RACE
What happens when the first runner to cross a finish line is declared second, the second runner to cross the finish line is declared the winner? Blame it on technology.
That scenario actually happened at the XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run three weeks ago in the SoCal Series.
Cole Hoff edged Jeffrey Dinkin at the finish line after a furious sprint down the stretch of the 11K race. However, because Dinkin was farther back in the pack at the start of the race, he had a faster “chip time” and was thus listed as the winner when the results were printed.
After much discussion, Hoff was eventually declared the rightful winner of the 11K by race officials. Hoff is a freshman at Agoura High School and a member of its track team. The Point Mugu race was his first trail run race, so his father said it is a race he will remember for many reasons.
GEORGIA SERIES IS SOLD OUT
If you enjoy running the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series – and apparently a lot of runners do – make sure you register early.
The XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run, which is scheduled for this Saturday, November 3, is already at capacity.
A sold-out field of 400 runners will gather at the Big Creek Trails in Roswell, Georgia, for the event. There will be two courses, a 10-mile long course and an 5.5-mile short course.
It will be the third of seven events for the 2012-13 season of the XTERRA Georgia Series. Two of the first three races have sold out. The lesson? Sign up now for the future races.
Up next on the Georgia schedule is the XTERRA Little Mulberry Trail Run on November 17, and then the XTERRA Victoria Bryant Trail Run on December 1.
To register for a race in the Georgia Series or to learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
FLORIDA SERIES OPENING RACE STILL HAS OPENINGS
The XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series will open its 2012-13 season this Sunday, November 4, with the XTERRA Wildhorse Trail Run at Sydney-Dover Park in Tampa, Florida.
Race-day registration will be available, and it will be open to runners of all ages and skill levels. To accommodate the various levels of runners, there will be four course options: 13.1 miles, 10 miles, 6.2 miles, and 4 miles.
The XTERRA Wildhorse Trail Run will be the first of three in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Florida Series. The next two races in the series are scheduled for March and April of 2013, so this will be last chance to run in an XTERRA race in Florida until then.
Every registered runner for the races will be treated to a post-race pancake breakfast. All of the finishers for the 13.1-mile long course will receive a commemorative XTERRA campfire mug. The top finishers for the other three courses will also receive a mug.
To learn more about the race, please visit www.tamparaces.com.
COMING UP IN ALABAMA SERIES - OAK MOUNTAIN, PART 1
The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series has an event coming up in November, and it’s a good one. The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run is scheduled for November 11 at the award-winning Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.
It is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be three courses for runners to choose from -- a 21-kilometer half-marathon, a 10K or a 5K.
The trails at Oak Mountain were recognized by Runner’s World Magazine as one of the top 25 trails in America in 2011. “I would say the course is a very well-rounded course with a little bit of everything," said David Wall, a previous winner at Oak Mountain. "Lots of hills, some flat and fast fire roads, fast single track, lots of turns and rocks.”
The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run will be the third of six events on the 2012-13 schedule for the Alabama Series.
It is also the first of two events on the schedule that will be staged at Oak Mountain. Another XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs will serve as the season finale in May 2013, so this month’s race is a good opportunity for runners to prepare for that as well.
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