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Want a chance to race on the moon?

Lake Las Vegas Trail RunWell, maybe not the moon itself, but Las Vegas is about as spacey as it gets, and the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is set for April 15, 2012. The event will take place near Lake Las Vegas – about 17 miles off the famous Las Vegas Strip.

The course features unique desert terrain, and the combination of hard-packed sand, loose rocks of various sizes, and a lack of forestation has led some runners to describe it as “like running on the moon.”

“This race was really challenging, between the washed-out sandy sections, the big climbs, the rocky sections, and the competition itself,” said last year’s winner, Jeffrey Moreland, who made the cross-state trip from Reno, Nev. “I think I really benefitted from running on similar surfaces back in Reno.”

The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be three separate courses for the various levels of runners – a 21-kilometer long course, a 10K and a 5K.

The XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon will be held at Lake Las Vegas on April 14, so some of the world’s best triathletes will be in the area that weekend, and some may even stick around to participate in the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run the next day.

To register for the Lake Las Vegas Trail run, and learn more about it, please CLICK HERE


By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel CieslewiczHow many times have you heard that it takes 21 days to create a habit?  Arguments occur over how long it really takes, but I know for myself it is at least enough time to determine if something is working or not.  This year I am trying an experiment.  While I have many big glamorous goals and aspirations swirling through my head, I decided to use my end goals to find smaller goals to get myself there in a unique way.  The big picture can seem exceptionally overwhelming. Seeing that you need a lot of change to get from where you are now to where you want to go could make you quit right away. 

Wait. Don't quit, as I have a solution!  In 2012 we have approximately 16 sets of 21 days left!  Can you imagine taking 16 small things you want to change about yourself or your life to create a stronger, faster, happier athlete?  I do! I have so many things I aspire towards.  This year I will share with you the things I am working on.  Feel free to email me with your goals as well.  My big running goal for the year is to cross the finish line at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in December as a healthy, strong, grateful, happy champion.  I am prepping for that now!



More than 500 runners were treated to a Super Sunday on the trails of Southern California last weekend, as the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run was completed in picturesque conditions at San Diego, Calif.

Patrick BaldwinThe race, which is part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, took place on the morning of the Super Bowl, giving the runners ample time to refuel at parties after the run.

Patrick Baldwin of Encinitas, Calif., was the overall winner, finishing the 15-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 58 seconds. “The course was in great shape and the day had perfect conditions – you have to love San Diego in February,” he said. “I think it is my favorite of the SoCal Series courses, as it is steep and technical; really tough uphills and blistering downhills.”

Baldwin said he broke free from the rest of the field early in the course, and was alone in front by the midway point of the race.

The closer race was for the runner-up spot, as Chris Hupfield finished second in 1:10:19, and Matthew Dixon was third in 1:10:39.

Mary Colburn of Culver City, Calif., was an impressive fifth overall and an overwhelming first among the women. She finished the course in 1:13:37, and it was her second consecutive overall female victory in the XTERRA SoCal Series (she also won the XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run in January).


Photo courtesy www.SuperSportsPhoto.com


XTERRA Georgia SeriesThe XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run -- which is set for February 25 at Winder, Georgia – is officially sold out. Race director Tim Schroer said the field has reached its capacity of 500.

There will not be race-day registration, but there is a wait list for runners who are still interested in participating. To get your name on the wait list, please send an e-mail to tim@dirtyspokes.com.

To register for another race in the Georgia Series, or to learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.

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