MARK YOUR CALENDAR: TRAIL RUN WORLDS MOVED TO NOV. 24
The date for the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship has been changed to November 24.
The event will still be staged at the picturesque Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and it will still be open to runners of all ages and skill levels from around the world.
Discount early-bird registration fees will be available throughout the month of February by CLICKING HERE.
More than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to gather at Kualoa Ranch to experience the unique setting that only Kualoa Ranch can offer.
The 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship made headlines in the running world when elite runners Joseph Gray from Washington and Ben Bruce from Arizona crossed the finish line simultaneously and were declared co-champions. Lucy Smith from Canada took the 2012 women’s world title.
Although the elite runners get most of the attention, it truly is an event for all. In addition to the 21-kilometer world championship course, there is a 10K course, a 5K course, an “adventure walk,” and a kids sprint.
The main draw of the event is Kualoa Ranch – a spectacular venue that is normally closed to the public. The scenic backdrop at the ranch has been used for several major TV and movie productions, including Godzilla, Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, LOST and Hawaii Five-O.
To learn more about the event, including links to hotel and flight information, please visit the event page at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - RUNNING FOR THE LOVE OF IT
By Rachel Cieslewicz
The beginning of a new year is always an excellent time to set goals for your season rising up on the horizon. Of course, we have our bucket list of amazing races to enter and adventurous destinations to run. We also process goals such as running healthy, setting personal records, and improving form and efficiency. Yet, sometimes along our journey, life happens.
Tough life situations, illness or injury can cause setbacks. This in turn could diminish the spirit and destroy motivation. As part of a perfectly planned year, it is important to prepare mentally for the unknown. How do we continue traveling towards our dreams and promises, even when the going gets tough?
I have the solution! As you write your goals for the season, create training programs, and plan race strategy, remember why you are doing it. What motivates you, and makes you feel alive?
Do you run for health and fitness? Is it to balance a stressful work life? Do you love the active outdoor community, or seek the solitude of an early morning solo venture? Do you carry a purpose beyond yourself that urges you to be out there, such as running for someone who cannot, or to raise funds for a humanitarian cause?
On the inside, how does it make you feel? What words and emotions come to mind when you describe your perfect trail run? What does it mean to touch, feel, listen, smell, and even taste, in essence, to allow you to completely come alive? What is it about running trails that inspires you to fully embrace the XTERRA mantra, "Live More"?
SUPER SUNDAY FOR SOCAL AND ARIZONA SERIES
Some people consider Super Bowl Sunday a holiday of sorts – or at least a day to stay in and watch the football game. Not the runners in the XTERRA SoCal and Arizona Trail Run Series. Both of those series will host races this Sunday – the same day as Super Bowl.
The SoCal Series will host the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run in Santee, Calif., near San Diego. More than 600 runners are expected to participate … and some of them may even run in football gear in honor of the day.
In addition to the overall and age-group awards, a special “Most Spirited Football Fan” award will recognized after the race. The runner who wins that award will receive a pair of XTERRA trail shoes.
(Photo Courtesy Super Shots)
In addition, the award-winning post-race breakfast party will be serving up breakfast burritos, beer and other refreshments. What better way to warm up for the Super Bowl parties?
The Arizona Series will host the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run in Fountain Hills, Ariz., with more than 300 runners expected to participate. Runners in that race will also be treated to a post-race breakfast spread.
Both the SoCal and Arizona races will be run in the morning, allowing runners ample time to get home in time to watch the Super Bowl later in the day.
For more information on the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run, please visit www.trailrace.com. For more information on the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trial Run, please visit www.aztrailrace.com.
GEORGIA RACE NEARLY SOLD OUT
The XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run has reached its capacity of 575 entries. The event – which is considered the highlight race of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series – is set for February 23 at Winder, Georgia.
It will feature both a full-marathon (42 kilometers) and a half-marathon (21K), and both courses will count toward the overall standings of the XTERRA Georgia Series. All runners who complete the event are invited to stay for a post-race pizza party at the race site.
There is a waiting list for the event, and runners who want to get listed should send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
The Thrill in the Hills race is the fifth of six races on the 2012-13 schedule for the Georgia Series. The final race will be the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run in June. That race will likely sell out as well, so register early at www.dirtyspokes.com.
EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL FOR POCONO SERIES
The XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series is offering an early registration special for runners. Enter all five races in the series for just $100.
That’s a bargain for any running event these days, but even more so when considering that the XTERRA Pocono Series features five races at five different venues. The races will be spread through the months of May and June, with courses ranging from 5 kilometers to 21 kilometers.
The Pocono Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Series points will be tallied after each race, so runners who enter all five races will have a better shot of earning an age-group championship at the end of the season.
Runners who are unable to enter all five races in the series can pick and choose which races they want to enter. Individual entry fees for each race range from $20 to $50.
Proceeds from each race are donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which is a charitable organization focusing on foster care in the Northeast Pennsylvania area.
Runners at each race will also receive XTERRA Pocono Series items such as race shirts and coffee mugs. The Pocono Series schedule for 2013:
May 4 – XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run (5K) at Tannersville, PA
May 18 – XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run (5K) at Wilkes-Barre, PA
June 1 – XTERRA Hickory Trail Run (11K) at White Haven, PA
June 15 – XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run (21K) at Mocanaqua, PA
June 29 – XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run (13K) at Gouldsboro PA
To sign up for the early registration or learn more about the Pocono Series, please visit www.wilkesbarreracing.com.