XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

NATIONAL TRAILS NOW LEAD TO UTAH

If you want to be a part of history – and get a discounted price while you’re at it – now is the time to register for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.

Snowbasin RunnersFollowing the recent announcement that the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will be staged at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, for the first time, XTERRA is offering runners an early bird discount during the month of March.

From now through March 31, runners can register for the following prices: $40 for the 21-kilometer championship course, $25 for the 10K course, or $20 for the 5K course. After March, the prices will rise by $5 for each course.

There is no qualifying process, so runners of all ages and skill levels can enter.

The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for Sept. 25, and will be held in conjunction with the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon, which is set for Sept. 24.

To register please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - TRAIL RUNNING ETIQUETTE

By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel CTrail running and racing can be a great experience -- when everyone gets along.  It all starts with trail etiquette. The best way to get along is to treat other trail users and the trails itself with respect. As someone who believes in karma, I like to use trail etiquette whether just enjoying a casual run or in a race situation (even more enjoyable!).  Be good to others and they’ll be good to you.  But what does this mean? Not everyone is going to agree, but so far the following has served me well.

Many trail users love to get out there. Nature in general is wonderful for the soul.  Some trails may be designated for certain types of users only, so always follow the rules.  Other trails may allow access to all, including a variety of two-footed people, four-footed animals, mountain bikes, dirt bikes or other wheeled vehicles.  Honor this and you’re off to a fabulous start.

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GEORGIA SERIES RACE DRAWS CAPACITY CROWD

Based on her success rate, Elena Linn might want to think about entering more trail races.

XTERRA Georgia SeriesLinn, who is from Marietta, Ga., won the women’s half-marathon course of the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run for the third consecutive year on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, Ga.

“I love this race – one of my friends did it with me that first year and I’ve been coming back ever since,” said Linn, 25. “But other than this one, that’s about it.”

There are many other runners from the area who love the race, as it drew a capacity field of 500 runners. The event featured two distances – a 42-kilometer full-marathon, and a 21-kilometer half-marathon.

The course itself was a challenging 21-kilometer loop that traversed up and down the hills at Fort Yargo State Park (the full-marathon runners had to complete the loop twice).

Teale Marchette of Dahlonega, Ga., won the full-marathon race, completing the course in 3 hours, 5 minutes, 43 seconds. He ran alone in front of the pack for the entire second loop. Runner-up Christian Powell of Austin, Texas, came in at 3:19:16.

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FLORIDA SERIES RESUMES AT TAMPA

XTERRA Florida SeriesAfter a three-month break, the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series will resume on Sunday, March 6, with the XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Runs at Tampa, Fla.

The event will feature two courses at Trout Creek Wilderness Park – a 15-kilometer long course and a 5-kilometer short course. According to race director Jim Hartnett: “These are great single and double track trails that wind through the pines and along the edges of lakes, and we run you up on the berm for some fast cross country racing.”

There will also be a post-race party (featuring a live DJ), and the top 25 male and top 25 female finishers will receive an aluminum canteen.

The race will also serve as a fundraiser for Wilderness Parks, and $5 of every entry fee will be donated to the cause.

The Trout Creek Trail Runs will be the second of three events in the inaugural XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. The first event in the series, the Wild Horse Trail Run, was completed in November.

Race-day entries will be accepted until the field reaches capacity. For information, please visit www.tamparaces.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.

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