RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AN XTERRA TRAIL RUN
If you’re looking for a trail run in 2013, check out the expanded selection of the XTERRA Trail Run Series. The 2013 schedule features more than 70 races across America, with race distances ranging from 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers.
Twenty different states will host at least one XTERRA Trail Run event in 2013, including new races in Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, Tennessee and Utah.
Every race on the schedule is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Most events have two or three course options to accommodate the various levels of runners.
What’s more, there will be a record 16 XTERRA Trail Run Series on the 2013 schedule. The following regions will all have at least three races (thus making it a series): Alabama, Arizona, Atlantic (Delaware/Maryland), Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Runners who win age-group titles in any of those regions will receive a free entry to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.
The crowning event for the year is the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 1 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii.
The 2013 schedule started on January 6 with races in Southern California (XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run) and Arizona (XTERRA White Tanks Trail Run). Events will continue virtually every weekend throughout the year.
To find a race near you, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.
TOKER AND TODD RING IN NEW YEAR WITH IMPRESSIVE YEARS
Less than a week into the new year, Jonathan Toker and Jennifer Todd already found reason to celebrate.
Toker and Todd were the overall winners at the XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run, which was completed on Sunday, January 6, at Newbury Park, California. Close to 500 runners braved the rainy weather to compete in the event.
Toker finished first overall, completing the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 23 seconds. Todd was the top female, finishing with a time of 1:52:08.
"Race day began with an unexpected downpour followed by clear skies and cool temperatures … perfect running weather," Toker said.
Toker resides in nearby Malibu, and often trains on the trails at Boney Mountain, and his familiarity with the course was a key to his victory. "These trails are my local training ground and a very familiar route, so I have a fairly good sense of pacing and what kind of terrain was still to come during the race," he said. "Conditions on race day included some mud and cooler air temps and training on this kind of terrain in all types of conditions in the past certainly helped allow me to push through some of the tougher sections."
(Jonathan Toker pictured, courtesy www.JonathanStewartPhotos.com)
Toker moved into the lead midway into the course, and then slowly increased the gap in the latter stages of the race. Shawn Waco of Santa Monica placed second in 1:38:33, and Eric Lahaie from Hong Kong was third in 1:39:44.
"I moved into first at about mile 7, part way up the climb," Toker explained. "After that it was just about holding my effort at a controlled but significant level that I felt I could hold for the rest of the distance. The course has a lot of narrow singletrack and poor sight lines and so I really didn't know how much of a lead I had, but by the time I reached mile 12, I was confident I would take the win. I really had no idea of my lead until second crossed the finish line a little while later."
COURY, AXMANN PREVAIL AT WHITE TANKS
A simple lesson learned in childhood held true for Nick Coury at the XTERRA White Tanks Trail Run last weekend: be prepared. Coury's preparation and familiarity with the course were key factors in his overall victory on the 20-kilometer course at Waddell, Arizona.
Close to 350 runners participated in the race, which was completed on Sunday, January 6, at White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
Coury, 25, grew up near the park and said he often hiked on those trails as a youth member of the Boy Scouts. "I've been hiking them since I was a kid with the Boy Scouts and have had the chance to run them several times since," said Coury, who currently resides in Phoenix.
Coury completed the course in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 6 seconds, and described the trails at White Tanks as "spectacular."
"A tough climb on the way out puts you high above everything with a great view," he said. "The work the regional park did to the Mesquite trail a couple of years ago leaves the entire route challenging yet well-maintained. The conditions were absolutely perfect, with cool enough temperatures for racing all morning."
SERWAN AND VAUGHN RUN AWAY AT COLDWATER MOUNTAIN
The final race of the 2012 calendar year was a merry one for runners in the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
The XTERRA Coldwater Mountain Trail Run featured a capacity field of more than 200 runners, and the final podium featured a pair of first-time winners - Chris Serwan and Kristina Vaughn. It was completed on December 15 at Anniston, Alabama.
Serwan was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds. Vaughn placed eighth overall and was the first female in 1:14:09.
"This was my first time to win a race overall," said Serwan, who is 23 and resides in Auburn, Alabama. "I've won my age group and placed in the top five overall in previous races, but this one definitely tops my list as far as best finishes."
Serwan said he surged into the lead within the first two miles of the race, and stayed in front the rest of the way. "I didn't know what kind of lead I had, and was worrying the whole time about how close the others were behind me," he said. "I was a little surprised about the lead I had when I finished."
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