XTERRA TRAIL RUNS EXTEND ACROSS AMERICA
The XTERRA Trail Run Series will truly stretch across the American continent in 2013.
Five new regions have been added to the schedule this year, bringing the total number of XTERRA Trail Run regions to 16. The races will take place as far west as Southern California, and as far east as Delaware and Maryland.
The new additions are the XTERRA Atlantic Series (Delaware and Maryland), XTERRA Oregon Series, XTERRA Tennessee Series, XTERRA Utah Series and the XTERRA Washington Series. Each of the new series will consist of at least three races.
Kristen Thomas, director of the Atlantic Series, said of XTERRA Trail Runs reaching into that area of the country: "There is a very strong trail running scene in this region. There is a very wide range with the eastern states presenting some smoother, rolling terrain, and the terrain getting more mountainous as you reach the Appalachian Trail."
On the other end of the continent, Oregon and Washington will join the fun, and both states are renowned for having strong running communities.
MAX KING HONORED BY TRAIL RUNNER
Max King, the five-time defending XTERRA Trail Run National Champion, was a unanimous choice as the 2012 male Trail Runner of the Year by Trail Runner Magazine. The award was announced earlier this month by the magazine.
King, who resides in Bend, Oregon, won several major races in 2012, including the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in September at Ogden, Utah.
The day before that race, he won the USATF 50K Trail Championship in his hometown of Bend. He boarded a flight shortly after winning that race and made it to Utah in time for the XTERRA race. The next weekend, he was in Virginia, where he won a 100K ultra race.
Perhaps the only race King did not win in 2012 was the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii, but he had a good excuse. He did not enter the race because he stayed in Oregon for the birth of his second child in December.
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NEW XTERRA RACE MAKES PRESTIGIOUS LIST
The XTERRA Gunstock Trail Run will make its debut as an XTERRA event in October, but it is already drawing attention.
The Gunstock Trail Run is listed in the February issue of Runner’s World magazine as one of the “27 Best Half Marathons.”
“It was a great surprise to discover we had made the list of the world’s top half marathons posted by Runner’s World,” race director Natalie Christensen said. “It is an honor we plan to work hard to keep.”
The Gunstock Trail Run takes place on a private ranch in Laie, Hawaii. It was an independent race in 2012, but will become an XTERRA event in 2013. This year’s race is scheduled for October 19, and online registration is available.
To learn more about the event, please visit http://www.gunstockhalfmarathon.blogspot.com/
SCHROEDER, LEMON WIN IN THE MUD AT MONTE SANO
Brad Schroeder and Kylie Lemon made quite the first impression on the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
Schroeder and Lemon ran to impressive victories at the XTERRA Monte Sano Trail Run on Saturday, January 12, at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, Alabama. Close to 350 runners, ranging in age from 8 to 73, braved a downpour of rain to participate in the event.
Schroeder was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 35 seconds. Lemon was the top overall female, finishing in 1:26:37. It was the first time entering an XTERRA Trail Run for both runners.
"I have mostly done road races but I am slowly getting into trail races," said Schroeder, who resides in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. "This race was a good distance on a challenging course and looked like fun. I don't think I realized how much more challenging the race was going to be considering how soggy the course had gotten with the constant rain the past few days. I was very excited about how well I did and to see how many people showed up for a race in the mud and rain."
Ultimately, Schroeder left the others in the mud, as he took the lead early and stayed in front the entire course.
"After the first hill and the climb through the Stone Cuts path (about a mile and a half), the only person I heard sloshing through the mud was me," he said. "I wanted to get in a good effort for the race so I kept pushing through the mud and attempted to pick up the pace when the path allowed. I had no clue where anyone was behind me; it was quiet most of the run."
(Kylie Lemon and Brad Schroeder pictured, courtesy Brandon Mader)
PUERTO RICO SERIES RESUMES THIS WEEKEND
The XTERRA Bayamon Trail Run will take place this Sunday, January 27, as part of the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series.
The Bayamon Trail Run made history last year, becoming the first XTERRA Trail Run event ever held in Puerto Rico. This year, it is bigger and better. Last year’s Bayamon Trail Run featured a 5-kilometer course; this year, there will be a 10K course in addition to the 5K course.
It will be the second of four races on the 2012-13 schedule for the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series.
To learn more about the event or the Puerto Rico Series, please visit www.xterrapr.com.
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