KUALOA RANCH SET TO HOST XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLDS AGAIN
A diverse and talented field of trail runners from around the world will participate in the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on Sunday, December 2.
More than 2,000 runners from 15 countries and 37 states are entered, but once again, the site of the race will be the star of the show. The majestic Kualoa Ranch will serve as the host site for the fifth consecutive year, and the runners will be treated to trails that are breathtaking in more ways than one.
"The course is totally unique," said Canada's Lucy Smith, who placed second overall among the elite women in 2011. "I have run many World Championships in cross country, and while some were unbelievably hard, the XTERRA World Championship course is the most remote and the 'wildest' and craziest run course I have ever done."
Part of the lure is the mystery. The trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public, and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is one of only a handful of events that has been granted a permit to stage a race there.
Most of the time, the beautiful natural backdrop of Kualoa Ranch is reserved for filming of movies, television shows, or commercials. Among the credits are blockbuster movies such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, and hit television series such as LOST and Hawaii Five-O.
It has also become the perfect setting to determine the XTERRA Trail Run World Champions.
XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLDS TITLES UP FOR GRABS IN 2012
Anybody want a world championship? The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is up for grabs this year.
This year's event is scheduled for December 2 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, and in the unpredictable sport of trail running, this much is certain - there will be new champions.
Oregon's Max King is the only runner to win the men's title at XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. The event was created in 2008, and he has won it every year. King's reign will come to an end this year, as he will stay in Oregon with his wife for the expected birth of their second child in early December. In his absence, the list of contenders is impressive.
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TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - PRE-RACE TOP TEN
Race week is finally here for the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship! I am thrilled to be back in Hawaii for another epic island experience. In addition to the race itself, I am looking forward to my "must do" activities each time I visit this special place.
In order to ensure your Hawaiian racing adventure is the ultimate experience, I've created a top 10 list for 2012 Worlds:
- Pre-race hydration. Drinking fluids for race day starts now. Each day drink at least half an ounce of water per body pound each day. Add electrolytes of your favorite sort daily to ensure you are primed for your race. Race day fluid intake should be about topping off reserves, rather than making up for lost time.
- Food. Eat whole food all week. Complex carbohydrates lean proteins, and quality fats are key to strong fast legs and perfectly tuned athletic bodies. I believe that the best time for your "pre-race meal" is lunch the day before. My suggestion is to visit a fun restaurant while you are at packet pick-up in Waikiki. That way, you know you have nutrition reserves topped off for Sunday.
- XTERRA University. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, at packet pick-up, hang out for a bit to ask questions and learn more about the race course and race day. Trust me, the knowledge will make your race day that much better!
- Feet. If you are not used to hot humid environments, your feet may need a bit of different love. I come from a very dry climate. I find my XTERRA World's races go better when I put a bit of shea butter on my feet to act as a way to reduce friction when my feet swell a bit more in the heat than I am used to while running. Blister prevention whatever your way of it is imperative!
- Sleep. Do all possible each day to get to bed at an earlier hour. This will help with time zone adjustments as well as feeling fresh when it matters.
HALEY WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE GEORGIA SERIES RACE
A new race was unveiled in the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series this month, but a familiar face prevailed.
Matt Haley was the overall winner of the XTERRA Little Mulberry Trail Run, which was completed on November 17 at Little Mulberry Park in Dacula, Georgia. Haley completed the 10-kilometer course in 36 minutes, 3 seconds. It was his third consecutive overall win in the XTERRA Georgia Series.
"It was a great course and a great day to race," said Haley, who resides in Buford, Georgia. "The temperature was a little cool, but once you started moving around it warmed up. The course was a lot of fun. The first part of it was on hard packed surfaces that allowed for a quick pace early in the race. The majority of the race took part on the equestrian trail, which had two pretty long, tough climbs. The trail was nice and wide though, which really helped me keep a good rhythm."
He finished more than a minute ahead of runner-up Jason Veclotch of Tyrone, Georgia. Veclotch finished with a time of 37:19, and Matthew Rivers of Duluth was third in 37:57.
"There was a really solid field at this race, and to be honest I was really surprised with how I ran," Haley said. "I just had one of those days where I felt good and the course played to my strengths."
Jessica Ridley of Phenix City, Alabama, placed sixth overall and was the first female with a time of 42:09. It was her first XTERRA Trail Run victory.
CLARK, DAVANZO TAKE TOP HONORS AT TOPANGA TURKEY TROT
Jon Clark and Nita Davanzo were especially thankful this past Thanksgiving Day. They were the overall winners of the XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot Trail Run, which was completed last Thursday at Topanga Canyon near Calabasas, California.
Clark placed first overall, completing the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds. Davanzo was the first female, finishing with a time of 1:18:05.
A capacity field of more than 700 runners participated in the event, which has become an annual Thanksgiving morning tradition for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.
"The whole festive environment is a special way to begin the day, and it has become part of my Thanksgiving tradition as much as the Macy's Parade, Detroit Lions football, and sharing good laughs and full bellies with family friends," Clark said. "Definitely another blessing to be thankful for as I continue striving to be worthy."
Clark has been a standout in the XTERRA SoCal Series for several years, and is a past winner of the Topanga Turkey Trot. His familiarity with the course played a role in his most recent victory.
"Knowing the course from previous years, I fully planned on attacking the initial climb from the gun and that's just what I was able to do," he said. "I comfortably led the race from start to finish and although I gave an honest push on this day, I basically just cruised into the finish."
Ryan Ung placed second with a time of 1:03:38, and was the only runner to get close to Clark. Dominic Grossman placed third in 1:06:10.
In the women's division, Davanzo also scored an impressive win - made even more impressive because it was her first time entering the Topanga Thanksgiving event.
(Nita Davanzo pictured, courtesy Justin Davanzo /www.justindavanzophotography.com)
"The conditions were beautiful - a crisp, clear day, not too hot, not too cold," she said. "The trail was in pretty good condition. There were a few spots on the single track that were crumbling off into the hillside, which I am sure only got worse as more feet passed over. The camaraderie between the runners was stellar; it felt like a team of us in single file as we raced down the single track."
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