PUERTO RICO HOSTS ITS FIRST XTERRA TRAIL RUN
XTERRA Trail Runs reached new territory last week when the first XTERRA Bayamon Trail Run was staged in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, January 29.
It was the first event of the new XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series, and the first trail run race ever produced on the island.
"A bunch of newbies," is how race director Efrain Cardona Cabrera described the field of more than 100 runners. "Since trail running is new around here, most were people that have never seen or known the trails and just jumped in the event for an adrenaline rush and to experience some challenging and adventurous racing."
(Race photo courtesy www.xterrapr.com)
The runners got just that as two days of rain prior to the race created slippery and muddy conditions along the 5-kilometer course. The race was held at a site normally reserved for mountain biking, so most of the runners had never practiced on the course prior to the race.
David Rosa Fonseca, a member of Puerto Rico's national duathlon team, was the overall winner. He completed the 5K course in 22 minutes, 30 seconds, and finished well ahead of the rest of the field.
A UNIQUE VIEW FROM THE SOCAL TRAILS
For those who have never raced on a long course in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, but have always wondered what it might be like, meet Steve Mackel.
Mackel is a running/triathlon coach in South Pasadena, California, who started entering XTERRA SoCal Trail Run races in 2011. In two recent races – the XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot last November, and the XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run last month – Mackel ran the long course while holding a video camera.
“I’m not trying to win the race,” said Mackel, 49. “I coach some of the runners who do these races, so I just thought it would be a good idea to take a camera with me and see what’s out there. You can look at a course profile or a map and get an idea of what the course is like, but until you see it and do it for yourself, you don’t really know.”
The end result is a video clip that is both informative and entertaining. In addition to the unique views of the courses, Mackel also chats with runners along the way.
He always films the start of the race, and waits until every runner in the field has started before he begins his own journey. In essence, he starts in last place and works his way to the middle of the pack by the finish.
“The best stories are always at the back of the race,” he said. “That’s where you find the runners who might be doing it for the first time, or need a little help. The fast guys, it’s a race for them and they don’t want to be bothered.”
What’s more, Mackel said he posts his videos for public viewing in hopes that it will educate and draw more runners to the events.
“Some people get intimidated by trails,” he said. “But if you take a look at the videos, you can see how beautiful some of the courses are, and what it’s like way out there where nobody can see you.”
Here are the links to Mackel’s two videos from the XTERRA SoCal Series:
The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series will host a race this weekend – the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run on Sunday, February 5. Unfortunately, Mackel will not be able to run (and film) this race due to a scheduling conflict. He said he hopes to enter another SoCal Series race later this year.
To learn more about the SoCal Series, please visit www.trailrace.com.
NOT TOO LATE TO RUN IN ARIZONA
The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series will host a race this weekend, and there is still time to enter. The XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run is scheduled for Sunday, February 5, at Fountain Hills, Ariz.
The event will feature two courses – a 24-kilometer long course and a 7-kilometer short course. The races are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., so there will be ample time to run, partake in the free breakfast for runners, and still make it home in time for the Super Bowl.
Pre-race registration will be available on Saturday, February 4, at the Sole Sports store in Scottsdale, from 2-5 p.m. Race-day registration will also be available, starting at 6:30 a.m.
To learn more about the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series, please visit www.aztrailrace.com.
Photo courtesy www.aztrailrace.com
GEORGIA RACE FILLING FAST
The XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, at Winder, Georgia, and the field is filling fast. According to race director Tim Schroer, more than 470 runners have already registered for the race, and the field will be capped at 500.
The event will feature both a half-marathon (21 kilometers) and full-marathon (42 kilometers) course at Fort Yargo State Park.
It will also be the fifth of six races on the 2011-12 schedule for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, so runners can earn valuable points toward the age-group standings in the series. It should be noted that both the 42K and 21K races will offer points toward the age-group standings for the Georgia Series.
For more information, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
Also, the XTERRA Georgia Series recently started a Twitter account under the handle @dirtyspokes1. To follow, please sign up at https://twitter.com/#!/DirtySpokes1
JOIN THE WORLD IN 'BAMA
Over the past few years the XTERRA Oak Mountain 5 and 10K Mud Runs and more serious half-and-full marathon trail runs have enjoyed bigger fields, and praise from Runner’s World Magazine as being one of the best runs on the best trails in America – and now they are welcoming to the World.
XTERRA joined forces with the International Triathlon Union to host the Cross Tri World Championships on the same sweet trails at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama on Saturday, May 19. Some of the best triathletes in the world will join America’s best in a battle of off-road triathlon supremacy the day before Sunday’s trail runs and we want you to be part of the party. It’s a spectator friendly show with multiple laps, bbq and beer in the biggest, most beautiful park in Alabama.
Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun. Cheer on the Americans Saturday, run on Sunday…join the world!
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