XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

KEYSTONE RESORT TO HOST XTERRA WILD RUNNING FESTIVAL

Honolulu, HI (March 1, 2013) – XTERRA is hosting a trail running extravaganza like no other with seven races - from silly to serious - that all ages and skill levels can enjoy at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado on July 12-14, 2013.

XTERRA Wild

The signature event is the XTERRA Wild obstacle course run - inspired by Mother Nature - built to be tough, muddy, and fun with a series of man-made and natural hazards for runners to navigate and conquer.

While specifics about the XTERRA Wild remain under wraps (and a 40-inch base of snow) runners can anticipate an experience that melds XTERRA’s traditional laid-back vibe with a new generation of challenging adventures.

Other trail races on tap for the weekend include the…

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INTRODUCING THE ATLANTIC TRAIL RUN SERIES

The XTERRA Trail Run Series has hit the trails near the Pacific Ocean for several years. Now it will also make its way to the Atlantic.

Richmond StartThe XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series will make its debut next weekend, and the 2013 schedule will bring races to the states of Delaware and Maryland. The new Atlantic Series will feature four races (two in each state) - March 9 at Wilmington, Delaware; April 6 at Gaithersburg, Maryland; May 25 at Bear, Delaware; June 22 at Elkton, Maryland.

Each race in the Atlantic Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from any state. Online registration is available for all four races: ATLANTIC SERIES REGISTRATION.

"Delaware has a strong trail system, ranging from rocky and rooted hilly trails to smooth dirt that is frequented by both runners and mountain bikers," Atlantic Series director Kristen Thomas said. "Maryland parks are in no shortage, either, as they are all over the place and are all frequently used and raced on. There is a very wide range with the Eastern states presenting some smoother, rolling terrain, and the terrain getting more mountainous as you reach the Appalachian Trail."

Runners are excited to participate in the Atlantic Series, as it will take them on some of the most scenic - and challenging - trails in the area.

"These races are going to be a great time, that's for certain," said Steven Leibowitz, who plans to enter all four events. "Each race promises its own adventure and there are distance options for everyone."

Each event in the series will offer two course options - one long and one short - to accommodate the various levels of runners. The short course distances will be 5 kilometers; the long course distances will range from 10 kilometers to 42 kilometers.

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BELL RINGS UP FOURTH STRAIGHT 21K THRILL IN THE HILLS WIN

The XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run lived up to its name, as a capacity field of runners was treated to a thrilling event at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia, on February 23.

Close to 600 runners registered for the event, and a downpour of rain prior to the race created a challenging course. As race director Tim Schroer described it: "A mud race at no extra charge." But it was hardly enough to slow down the four winners, as they each ran to impressive victories.

Thrill in the Hills RunnersThe XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run is unique in that it features two races in one event - a 42-kilometer full-marathon course and a 21K half-marathon.

The four winners were: Matt Shechtman (42K men), Emily Anne Vall (42K women), David Bell (21K men) and Tara Gormley (21K women).

Bell has won the 21K course at the Thrill in the Hills event in each of the past four years. His winning time this year was 1 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds. He said he took the lead in the first mile of the course and stayed in front the rest of the way.

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