LAST CHANCE FOR THRILL IN THE HILLS
If you’re looking for a thrilling trail run, your time is almost up.
XTERRA Georgia’s Thrill in the Hills is nearing its entry capacity for the 21 and 42k races at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder on Feb. 22. Days before the early registration deadline of Feb. 9, there are about 35 entry spots left.
Organizers came up with the name in hopes runners have fun on the course. Race director Tim Schroer said Fort Yargo offers some of the best trails in the southeastern U.S.
“We felt like it was appropriate with the mixture of hills and our desire for everyone who participates in our races to have a great time,” Schroer said.
Schroer said Fort Yargo has flowing and unique trails that are well maintained by the Yargo Area Bike Association. A portion of race proceeds will go to the association.
Video tour of the trail
The recent winter weather in Georgia hasn’t changed any plans. The bike association has continued to maintain the trails and previous races drew good crowds. Thrill in the Hills already has an entry field of runners from 25 different states. Finishers will receive a cast-dye medal, dri-fit shirt, and a post-race spread of pizza, fruit, and recovery drinks. Unlike other XTERRA events, finishers in both the 21 and 42k races will earn points.
“Trail runners are tough,” Schroer said. “It takes more than the elements to keep them down.”
Three more races are coming up with the XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series (Colorado) and XTERRA Monster Dash (Virginia) on Feb. 22. XTERRA Crystal Cove is Feb. 23 in California.
GREENLAYER NAMED XTERRA APPAREL PARTNER FOR MERCHANDISE & EVENTS
Greenlayer, a Portland, Oregon-based apparel design and manufacturing company specializing in performance and environmentally conscious materials has reached an agreement with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, to be the Official Apparel Partner for merchandise and events.
The multi-year contract marks a pivotal step for Greenlayer to partner with XTERRA athletes who will wear Greenlayer for training, racing and recovery at more than 165 XTERRA off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S. this year.
"We strive to partner with organizations that value the growth of endurance sports and a healthy active lifestyle, and XTERRA has a history of international success in this arena,” said Greenlayer President Kim Bilancio. “Both brands are synonymous with authenticity, sport, excellence, and performance. We look forward to the XTERRA Partnership and outfitting the athletes as they prepare to race and experience XTERRA events around the world.”
Baldwin, Buehler win at Mission Gorge
Knowing his competitors could stick with him, Patrick Baldwin took off from the start.
Baldwin (pictured courtesy SuperSports)went out harder than he usually does and won his third straight men’s 15k at XTERRA Mission Gorge on Feb. 2.
His time of 1:01:58 was a few seconds shy of the course record at Mission Trails Regional Park outside of San Diego. Kosuke Amano finished second in 1:03:58 and James Walsh was third in 1:04:23.
“I won the last two times and wanted to do it again,” Baldwin said. “It doesn’t get any easier. It made me run a little faster, I had some pretty fast guys chasing.”
Baldwin said he tried not to look behind while running. He dropped about three seconds from his winning time of 1:04:13.5 in 2013. He won in 2012 in 1:07:58.1.
“I knew the two guys could run with me so I ran harder than I am used to,” Baldwin said.
In the women's race, Janine Buehler edged Sarah Mista for first place. Buehler won in 1:17:07, 33 seconds ahead of Mista. Erica Hawkes was third in 1:21:38.
Race director Brendan Lindner was pleasantly surprised by the large turnout for the race. There were 601 total finishers in the 15k and 5k races.
In the 5k, Connor Dunne (15:46) and Hannah Dow (20:11) were the top male and female finishers.
Rinninger, Kennedy win at McDowell
There was a battle to become the "new" winner at XTERRA McDowell Mountain.
Brad Rinninger held off Jacob Hernandez to win the men's 15-mile race on Feb. 2 in Arizona. Rinninger finished in 1:42:40.6, edging out Hernandez who finished in 1:43:00.1. Todd Barnes was third in 1:43:08.7.
Nick Coury, who won the last two races at McDowell, didn't compete in the 15 mile because of an injury. Instead, he ran the 7k and won it in 26:31.3. Jamie Dunn won the women's 7k in 33:04.8.
“I had a feeling I might be in decent shape from the runs I did leading up,” Coury said. “The distance wasn’t a worry, it was whether I had strength left in my leg.”
Since a calf injury in November, Coury took a month and a half off and did two-mile runs leading up to the race. The time off and light training may have helped at McDowell.
“I guess I was fresh going in, so that helped,” said Coury, who caught the lead runner about two miles into the race on a ridge.
Coury signed up for several upcoming races before his injury and is now playing it by ear. For the longer distance races, he might use them as training runs rather than running hard on them. He does plan to compete in March’s XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run, the final event of the Arizona series.
“It’s the most scenic and I look forward to that every year,” Coury said. “I should be ready for the long distance then.”
Erin Kennedy won the women's 15 miler in 1:54:14.4. Kathleen Lemeieux finished second in 1:59:00.6 and Mareen Needham was third in 2:00:56.2.
Full Results - Photo: Shannon Lindner
Kinde, Schank win in Luxembourg
Jonas Kinde took top honors at XTERRA X-Trail Des Ardennes in Luxembourg on Feb. 2. Kinde finished the 25k course in 1:39:15. Jeff Cunningham was second in 1:46:15. Karin Schank (picdtured) was the top female finisher with a time of 2:13:08 and Corine Weidler was second in 2:18:42.
The Ardennes forests are also a place of historical significance. The area was the site of three battles in World War I and World War II.
Rull Results - Photo: Roland Arendt
Bordallo, Carey win at Guam
Rodney Bordallo won XTERRA Guam’s third event at Powerline Trail on Feb. 22. Bordallo finished in 1:02:40 on the 8.6-mile course. Mieko Carey was the top female in 1:12:31.
View Photos - Full Results
ONE MORE WEEK FOR XTERRA EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
Runners have a week left to take advantage of early registration rates for XTERRA regional stops races including XTERRA Trail Run Worlds named one of America's premier trail races by Competitor Magazine. Entry fees are as low as $40 for 21km trail runs, $30 for 10km races, and $20 for 5km runs. Save money by registering by Feb. 15.
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 NORDIC INTRODUCES SWIMRUN
You’ll need a partner, wetsuit, and running shoes to island hop at the new XTERRA Swimrun.
The Nordic Series’ Swimrun is a two-person event where participants alternate between running and swimming to the next island in Norway’s Oslofjord Archipelago. The Aug. 23 event has a total of 50k of trail running and 8,000 meters of open water swimming between 20 islands.
“The race starts at Ringhaugstranda and ends at World’s End, the southernmost tip of the island of Tjørne,” said event director Steen Aagaard Walter. “Every time you get to a new island, you run over it and swim to the next island. The longest swim stage is 1,200m and the longest run stage is 8km.”
The event will offer scenic views of the archipelago both on land and in water. Walter expects the top teams to finish in six to seven hours.
“It’ll be tough, that’s for sure,” said Walter. “Rocks, forest paths and open water with waves and currents make the course very challenging. In return, it is extremely beautiful.”
Learn more at www.xterraswimrun.com.