This week it’s all about the snow, with the first race in the XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series at Steamboat Springs, CO. On-site Registration for the Jan. 25th event opens at 8:00am – at the Catamount Nordic Center and Crescent Moon Snowshoes will have 25 pair of demo snowshoes available – first come, first served. The family friendly 1k, plus competitive 5k and 10k races start at 10am and the crew at Get Fit Family Racing will also be offering Fat Tire Snow Bike Races. There will be a category for those racing SNOWBIKES and one for those on Mountain Bikes, 5k and 10k races. Learn more.
Meanwhile in Puerto Rico, where it’ll be a tad bit warmer than Colorado, the XTERRA Bayamon 5km and 10km Trail Runs will take place. The Bayamon is the second of five races in the Puerto Rico Trail Series. It’s the second year PR is hosting an XTERRA Trail Series, and it has already grown in popularity. If you are looking for a new place to travel to, then the Puerto Rico Trail Series is worth exploring. You can find more information about the races at sportivagroup.com.
Guam Too! Also this Sunday the XTERRA Guamaniacs are in action with race No. 2 of 3 in the XTERRA Guam Series. This one is up at the Ch. 10 area, Nimitz Hill, a 4.5 miler featuring technical areas with lots of loose rocks. Learn More.
XTERRA EARLY BIRD SPECIALS THRU FEB. 15
From now until February 15 XTERRA is offering rock-bottom prices on registration rates for its regional championship trail run races, XTERRA Trail Run Nationals and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. Entry fees are guaranteed to be the lowest rates racers will see all season for these events.
Rates as low as $40 for 21km trail runs, $30 for 10km races, and $20 for 5km runs.
Follow the registration links below for more information:
April 12 - XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 5/10/21km Trail Runs - Lake Las Vegas, NV
May 18 - XTERRA Oak Mountain 5/10/21km Trail Runs - Pelham, AL
June 14 - XTERRA Richmond 10/21km Trail Runs - Richmond, VA
July 20 - XTERRA Beaver Creek 5/10km Trail Runs - Beaver Creek, CO
Sep 21 - XTERRA Trail Run National Championship & 5/10km Trail Runs- Ogden, UT
Oct 25 - XTERRA Kapalua 5/10km Trail Runs - Kapalua, Maui, HI
Dec 07 - XTERRA Trail Run World Championship & 5/10km Trail Runs- Oahu, HI
XTERRA AROUND THE WORLD
Angelsea, Victoria, Australia, 3.30.2014
Next stop on our trip around the world: Australia.
Why should go to Australia to run?
“It’s basically one of Victoria’s best adventure playgrounds” says race organizer Karla Bunney. “With great surf, and plenty of nature. Just 70 miles from Melbourne, you will see both nature and city life.”
At XTERRA Australia the 21km race will include sand, cliff, rocks, dirt trail and much more. This is the second year for the race, and Bunney is expecting upwards of 500 participants this year.
During the run athletes will have spectacular views of the ocean through Great Otway National Park, and will also experience the famous Surf Coast Walk.
While in Angelsea you can learn how to surf, or just relax in a great ocean town with lots to offer. On the golf course you have Kangaroos running around on the fairways, you will also be able to find some whitewater rafting, and in the winter time skiing is not far away.
Photo: Limelight Sports
XTERRA TRAINING TIPS #3
If you have been a roadrunner previously and have ventured out on the XTERRA circuit then you know that the hills are one of the major differences to a race done on the roads.
One of the best advices that I ever got, was in one of the very first races I ever did, I was just a little boy back then, not much taller than a couple of shoe boxes stacked on top of each other.
During the warmup an experienced runner saw the light in my eyes fade as I saw the hill that we had to “climb” three times. She immediately said “think of something good, and never look up.” I kept that in mind as we started the race, and two kilometers in we approached the hill. I was a little kid who didn’t dare to look at the horror movie on TV, hiding behind the pillow...I did my best at looking down on the ground 10 feet ahead of me, and the hill was over quicker than I expected. Second time around I was not as scared, I even passed a few runners. Final and third time was also quick and pain free, and from then on I have never been afraid of any hill.
SPOTLIGHT ON ROBERTO MANDJE
By Christian Friis - There are some athletes, when you read their bios you immediately get the feeling they are the embodiment of a typical XTERRA athlete.
Roberto Mandje is such an athlete. Born in Barcelona, Spain, Mandje is a world citizen having lived all over Europe and Africa before moving to the US with his mother in the 90’s. He represented Equatorial Guinea at the 2004 Olympics (1500 meters), speaks four languages - Italian, Spanish, French and English - and continues to travel all over the world to participate in races.
Mandje won the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 21K last year in his only second race at the half-marathon distance ever. When asked about the course Mandje replied, “It had been described as running on the moon and although I've never been to the moon, I'd have to say that it was an apt comparison.”