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STAY AT THE RAVELLA FOR LAKE LAS VEGAS TRAIL RUN

It’s not too late to make travel plans for the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run, which is scheduled for April 15.

Ravella SignatureThe race will take place near Lake Las Vegas – just 17 miles off the famous Las Vegas Strip. The race headquarters will be at the Aston MonteLago Village Resort, but all rooms at that location are now sold out for the weekend of the race.

For those looking for a place to stay near the race, the luxurious Ravella Hotel & Resort is your answer. The Ravella – which virtually overlooks the race site -- has agreed to offer an “XTERRA Rate” for the week of the race:

Desert View room with 1 king bed or two double beds -- $119 per night
Lake View room with 1 king bed -- $139 per night

All rooms booked with the XTERRA Rate will have a reduced resort fee of $15 per night, plus 13 percent tax (reservations are non-refundable).

Call 1-888-810-0440 and ask for the XTERRA Rate to book a room. To learn more about the Ravella Hotel & Resort, please visit www.ravellavegas.com.

As for the race itself, there is still plenty of room on the starting line to participate in one of the most unique races on the XTERRA Trail Run schedule.

The Lake Las Vegas Trail Run will offer course options to accommodate the various levels of runners – a 21-kilometer long course, as well as a 10K and a 5K. The run through the desert has been described by runners as “like running on the moon” because of the combination of hard-packed sand, loose rocks of various sizes, and a lack of forestation.

To register for the race or learn more about it, please CLICK HERE.

BELL RINGS UP ANOTHER WIN AT XTERRA THRILLS IN THE HILLS

David Bell continued his annual tradition of racing to a first-place medal in the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run last weekend.

David BellBell won the half-marathon (21 kilometers) division for the third consecutive year. The other overall winners were: Johan Desmet (men's 42K full marathon), Mandy Meyer (women's full marathon) and Michelle McKenzie (women's half-marathon).

A capacity field of 500 runners participated in the event, which was completed on February 25 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.

Most of the runners opted for the half-marathon course, and Bell prevailed with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 49 seconds. "I love this course and have come back three times now to race on it," said Bell, 28. "To me, it is the perfect combination of speed, distance and technical difficulty. It's so much fun each year to come here and fly through the downhills and enter into sections of very tight switchbacks mixed with all the choppy elevation dips and rises. It sometimes feels like downhill skiing."

(David Bell, pictured courtesy www.featherbrush.com)

Bell's speed and experience proved to be too much for the others, as he took the lead in the first mile and never relented. "I found that I was on my own and from there, it became a time trial and tempo which I enjoyed for the remainder of the race," he said.

Matt Haley placed second in 1:23:45 - almost a minute behind Bell. Matthew Rivers was third in 1:24:41 - almost a minute behind Haley.

The women's race of the half-marathon course was much closer, with McKenzie crossing the finish line with a time of 1:38:40, and Tara Mooney four seconds behind.

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XTERRA TRAIL RUNS COMING UP IN MARCH

XTERRA March Trail RunsThe month of March is here, which means spring is right around the corner. It also means it’s time to put the spring back in your step as several races in the XTERRA Trail Run Series are coming up.

To register for any of these races (and other races coming up in 2012), or to learn more about it, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

Also visit the XTERRA Trail Run facebook page at www.facebook.com/xterrarun

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