XTERRA LAKE LAS VEGAS TRAIL RUN SET FOR APRIL 14
Looking for an excuse to go to Las Vegas? The 2013 XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is coming up on April 14, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels from around the world.
The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run offers a contrasting scene from the bright lights normally associated with Sin City, as the race takes place on a desert course just outside the Aston MonteLago Resort. Past participants have compared the course to "running on Mars" because of the sandy terrain, wide-open trails, and wild desert scenery.
At the same time, those inclined to partake in activities before and after the race would be a mere 17 miles away from the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Brandon Mader resides in Alabama, and made the trip to participate in last year's XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run. He said: "I think out-of-town runners should consider doing the same. You get to run a great race, then go immediately into vacation mode. It's a rare combination to have a trail race followed by world-class entertainment."
There are three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners - a 21-kilometer long course, a 10K and 5K. The 21K course is considered the championship course, and each age-group winner from that race will receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii later in the year.
Top finishers in all three distances will receive medals and other prizes, and every runner who registers before April 1 will get an event shirt.
The race is held in conjunction with the XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon, and world-class endurance athletes will be in and around the area throughout the week. In addition, an expo area will be set up at the MonteLago Resort, featuring various product booths and clinics.
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FOOTBALANCE SYSTEM PARTNERS WITH XTERRA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
Footbalance, an innovator in custom footbed technology, has joined forces with XTERRA, the nation's premier off-road triathlon and trail running series.
As a Participating Sponsor of all 2013 XTERRA championship events, marketing, and media in the U.S., Footbalance is in a prime position to connect with XTERRA's active, national audience of adventure seekers, weekend warriors and competitors via the XTERRA America Tour of more than 100 off-road triathlons and trail runs held across the U.S.
"We had a great trial run with Footbalance at a few of our events last year and found that our athletes embraced and praised the technology behind the footbeds," said Tom Kiely, CEO of XTERRA. "We are really excited to have Footbalance as a fixture at our championship races and think they are a perfect fit for our audience."
Footbalance is a personalized footbed, individually custom molded on the basis of a foot analysis to ensure perfect arch support.
DECADE OF COMFORT - ZORREL RENEWS PARTNERSHIP
Zorrel International Inc., manufacturers of state-of-the-art “performance wear for anywhere,” reached a two-year agreement with XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, to be a Participating Sponsor and the Official T-Shirt of all 2013 and 2014 XTERRA Championship events, marketing, and media in the U.S.
The deal extends the relationship between XTERRA and Zorrel to 10 years, dating back to their initial agreement in 2005.
“There’s a big difference between your typical tee and what Zorrel produces using their Dri-Balance Moisture Transport Technology,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “It’s about quality, durability, and comfort. Our athletes and staff are still wearing our Zorrel event shirts from 2005 and they’ve gotten better every year since!”
The added value of offering quality apparel to competitors that they’ll wear more often and for a longer period of time also means event sponsors get more mileage out of their logo visibility and connection with the event.
COURY, TAYLOR TAKE TOP HONORS AT MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN
Experience counts a great deal in a race like the XTERRA McDowell Mountain Trail Run. Or does it?
Experience played a key role in Nick Coury taking the overall victory for the race, which was completed on February 3 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. But Ashley Taylor was able to win the women's division in her first try on the course.
Bottom line, both Coury and Taylor are fast.
Coury completed the 24-kilometer course in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 44 seconds. It was the second consecutive year that he won the event, and he topped his previous time by more than three minutes.
"My experience from last year was a huge help," said Coury, who is 25 and resides in Phoenix. "I knew exactly when to push the pace and when to cruise, and saved enough of my legs to hammer the last several miles to the finish as they are the fastest. I didn't get caught in the initial fast pace of the race, knowing the washes would slow the early rabbits and give me a chance to catch up."
(Nick Coury pictured, courtesy www.zazoosh.com)
Coury and fellow elite runner Jonathan Harmon broke ahead of the field after the first mile and engaged in an exciting duel for the lead for most of the course.
"I knew my main competition was Jonathan Harmon," Coury said. "Just as we started the first climb, I hooked on to Jonathan's back and we quickly pulled away from everyone else. We cruised along for several miles, sometimes Jonathan pushing it and nearly dropping me. At the descent into the Dixie Mine aid station, the trail became technical and Jonathan slowed. At that point I took the lead, putting a gap on him through the turnaround."
THRILL IN THE HILLS WILL FEATURE CAPACITY FIELD ON FEBRUARY 23
A capacity field of close to 600 runners will participate in the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run on February 23 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.
The event is regarded as the most popular race on the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and it sold out several weeks ago.
The trails at Fort Yargo Park are considered some of the most challenging – and picturesque – in the state. Tara Gormley, a former winner of the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills race, described it as “good trail fun.”
“I love that the terrain is made up of a little bit of everything – rolling hills, climbs, single track, double track, roots and rocks,” she said. “The course is beautiful and can be a little faster than other more technical trails.”
The event is also unique in that it offers two separate courses – a 42-kilometer full-marathon course and a 21K half-marathon course. Elite trail runners from around the state are expected to be in both the 42K and 21K courses.
Temperatures are expected to be nice and cool, and as long as the rain stays away, it should be a fair course.
“To me, weather is not much of a factor, unless of course a big thunderstorm rolls through like a couple years ago leaving the trails more like muddy little rivers to run through,” Gormley said. “That year was crazy, but so fun.”
The Thrill in the Hills will be the sixth of seven races on the 2012-13 season schedule for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
The final event will be the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run on June 1 at Jackson, Georgia. That event is also expected to sell out, so register early at www.dirtyspokes.com to assure a spot.
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