XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter


The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run season started on Jan. 9 with races in Arizona and Southern California. It will pick up again on Feb. 6 with races in … Arizona and Southern California.

Brennan Lindner“Pure coincidence,” said Shannon Lindner, race director of the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series.

What’s not coincidence is that both the XTERRA Arizona and SoCal Trail Run Series are experiencing success through solid leadership.

Brennan Lindner has been the race director for the SoCal Series for several years now, and his younger sister, Shannon, started the Arizona Series in October 2010.

“I’ve always been the little sister trying to follow my big brother,” Shannon said. “Brennan was my biggest influence in getting into race production.  He's had years of experience I could draw from, and I've competed quite a bit in events from tons of different production companies.  I've seen what I'd want and don't want at an event as an athlete, and that's what I try to provide to the athletes here in Arizona.”

If there is an XTERRA series to copy, it is SoCal. Under the guidance of Brennan Lindner, the XTERRA SoCal Series is the most popular series on the entire XTERRA Trail Run circuit. The SoCal races often draw more than 500 trail runners.

Brennan and Shannon are experienced triathletes, so they had an idea of what competitors wanted in an event.



Elite runner and triathlete Rachel Cieslewicz of Salt Lake City, Utah, introduced the inaugural XTERRA “Tips for the Trail” feature last week with an entry on running in cold weather.

Here is part two of her tips for running in the cold.

Winter trails

Rachel CieslewiczIf you have a favorite trail for summer, it may be available in the winter. But … the going will be slower. Think of it as a crazy strength/core workout with face plants included. Go for time and not for distance. Also consider avalanche danger. For hydration, wear a small pack on the back or waist under the outer jacket to keep from freezing, filled with water or energy drink and a couple of emergency bars or Gu. For a big excursion, plan accordingly as you would for any big run.  Know where you are going as snow covered trails look different than they do with rocks and snakes. 

What to wear on the feet?  If the snow is fresh or deep or the air is over 30 degrees, the going will be slow, which means it is time to bring out the running snowshoes. If you want to become strong without a lot of gym work, this is absolutely for you. It is training specific. You will feel your hamstrings, glutes, quads, calfs, abs and many muscles you never knew or forgot you had. Save the speed work for spring! 

Spikes are good for hard-packed older snow/ice on trails. They are also fantastic for fresh snow on the roads, before they are plowed. It’s the most fun ever when the rest of the world is trying to dig out their cars after a big snow and you dance by, happily running down the middle of the road on your way to the best trail running shape ever!



XTERRA Trail Run World ChampionshipTrail runners of all ages and skill levels can still take advantage of an early discount price for the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii.

From now through Jan. 31, XTERRA is offering the following bargains: $30 for the 21-kilometer championship course, $20 for the 10-kilometer course, and $15 for the 5-kilometer course.

The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for Dec. 4, and it will once again take place at the picturesque Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. More than 1,200 runners from around the world participated in the 2010 event at Kualoa Ranch.

The trails at Kualoa Ranch are normally closed to the public, so the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship offers a rare opportunity to run on the pristine course. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels (there is no qualifying process).

To register for the early discount, visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html

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