XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

UTAH COUPLE PREVAILS AT ARIZONA FINALE

Anrea North and Jake KrongA weekend escape from the cold weather in Salt Lake City led to a victorious run in Fountain Hills, Ariz., for Jake Krong and Andrea North .

Krong and North – who are a couple – took top honors at the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run on Sunday, Feb. 6, at Fountain Hills.

Krong, 27, was the overall winner, completing the 15-mile course in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 19 seconds. North, 24, was the first female, finishing with a time of 1:43:44.

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ARIZONA SERIES COMPLETE FOR 2010-11

XTERRA Arizona SeriesThe XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run also served as the 2010-11 season finale for the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series.

The inaugural Arizona Series featured three races at three separate venues, and drew more than 300 runners at each race.

Two runners went undefeated, winning their respective age divisions at all three venues: Susie Kramer (women 45-49) and Shaun Haley (men 40-44).

Here is the list of 2010-11 Arizona Regional Champions:

WOMEN
25-29: Leslie Hansen
30-34: Dawn Stone
35-39: Laura Encinas
40-44: Erica McClurg
45-49: Susie Kramer
55-59: Kim Lorenz

MEN
15-19: David Buehler
20-24: Sean McManus
25-29: Velibor Radojevic
30-34: Boone Ebel
35-39: Russ Brandt
40-44: Shaun Haley
45-49: Cory Hove
50-54: Ed Jelmberg
55-59: Bill Sandercock
60-64: Andy Lawrence
65-69: Robin Lorenz

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - RUNNING ON THE SNOW

By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel CieslewiczSuccessful trail running is not always about who has the best heart or Lance Armstrong's lungs. Technique can be a great equalizer on the trails. There are many good runners who I have yet to challenge on the road, but I have been fortunate enough to beat some of those runners in trail races, and I credit proper form and technique for that success.

Odd as it might sound, snow days - if you are lucky enough to have snow -- are often the best days to go out and work on your form.

Although snowshoes are great and my beloved microspikes help me with fast and fun slip-free snow/ice runs, I often leave both at home and take my Newtons out for a snow run. Running without any anti-slippage devices creates a fabulous opportunity to learn critical techniques by force of nature. The most important things you can learn are: how to keep your body over your center of mass (COM); picking up the foot, rather than pushing off the ground; light quick steps; a relaxed mind and breath.  As a certified Natural Running coach, I will share the following snow running tips to help you get to the next level!

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COMING UP: GEORGIA SERIES

XTERRA Georgia SeriesThe next XTERRA Trail Run on the schedule happens to be one of the most challenging. The XTERRA Thrill in the Hills is set for Feb. 26 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Ga.

Most XTERRA trail runs offer a challenging 13.1-mile course, and the Thrill in the Hills is no exception. But if that’s not enough, there is also a full marathon (26.2 miles) course available for the really ambitious trail runners.

The race will be the fifth of six events on the 2010-11 schedule for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.

Entries for the both the half-marathon and full-marathon courses are still being accepted online at www.dirtyspokes.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.

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