XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

MUSCLE MILK NAMED OFFICIAL PROTEIN RECOVERY DRINK

CytoSport, Inc., producers of the wildly popular Muscle Milk® protein recovery drinks, has entered into a two-year agreement to be a participating sponsor and the official protein recovery drink of XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series.

As a Participating Sponsor of all 2013 XTERRA events, marketing, and media in the U.S., Muscle Milk is in a prime position to engage the XTERRA Tribe right after they finish their competition to help them recover quickly from the day’s efforts.

“We are really excited to partner with Muscle Milk,” said XTERRA CEO Tom Kiely. “Muscle Milk started its journey in the 90’s just as XTERRA did, so we can appreciate all the hard work and dedication it took for them to create some of the best sport-oriented nutritional products on the market today. This partnership is also a great benefit for our athletes, who can now look forward to being handed an ice cold Muscle Milk protein shake as they cross the finish line.”

Muscle Milk is a lactose and gluten free, protein-enhanced formula that promotes workout recovery, lean muscle growth and sustained energy. Packed with 25 grams of high-quality protein and 20 vitamins and minerals, it’s a perfect post-race recovery beverage after crossing the finish line on the trail.

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HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMACE WITH INSIDE TRACKER

Do you want to improve your endurance, speed, or flexibility? You’re not alone—in preparation for her triathlete season, Olympian Sarah Haskins spent hours training and building her endurance. Thanks to recommendations from InsideTracker, Haskins declared that she was “en route to my best season!”

Inside TrackerWith a small blood sample, InsideTracker measures key biomarkers – hormones, critical vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that affect health and athletic performance. Unlike the blood test ordered by your doctor, InsideTracker measures up to 20 biomarkers, which InsideTracker scientists refined from over 3000 biomarkers for their effect on your fitness and athletic achievement. For instance, most physicians don’t include vitamin D, vitamin B12, zinc, creatine kinase (a marker of muscle degradation), or testosterone in your annual blood test, but InsideTracker does!

No matter which markers are in your blood test, most doctors will simply tell you whether or not your results are “normal” – and that is all! Clinical data demonstrates that while an individual might be in a “normal” range for specific blood-test parameters, optimizing the parameters can significantly improve athletic performance and wellbeing, beyond what “normal” levels can achieve. The InsideTracker algorithm integrates into your blood analysis an “optimal zone,” a range specific to you that takes into account unique demographic information including age, gender, ethnicity, and activity level, as well as lifestyle and performance goals.

To help you bring the out-of-range markers into your optimal zone, InsideTracker’s sophisticated algorithm gives you customized, effective, yet simple, interventions focused on nutrition, but also including lifestyle, training modifications, and supplement recommendations as needed. Each recommendation relies on and links to a peer-reviewed scientific publication. By combining the latest scientific research with information about the unique biochemistry of your body, InsideTracker is really a “performance tracker” that provides you with the information that you need to become more informed, more fit, and a better athlete!

To learn more about how InsideTracker can help you optimize your performance, visit InsideTracker.

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - TAKE A CHANCE AT LAKE LAS VEGAS

It is always a glorious experience participating in a perfectly executed event.  Luckily, we have XTERRA as the poster child of producing dream race day experiences. XTERRA has a way of magically weaving together the best of all aspects of racing out in nature. They are prime examples of "Live More" as they carefully plan, promote, direct and aspire to create the greatest racing lifetime memories for athletes, families, and communities.

Rachel CieslewiczThe most important ingredients of a fantastic trail race for the athletes are landscape, well-marked trails, varied terrain, and fantastic support.  Integrate that with an exciting atmosphere and a community feeling of tribe, and it creates the perfect recipe for a fine day on the trails.  The high-energy hard working crew that is XTERRA always delivers experiences fully emulating these qualities.  

Fortunately, we don't have to wait for the national or world championship races later in the year to see the crew, and race in world-class events. In conjunction with their famous USA championship triathlon series, XTERRA gives us the opportunity to race multiple top quality trail run events across the nation leading up to Trail Run Nationals and Worlds!  Coming up on April 14 is the first big race of the year at Lake Las Vegas.

The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is the ultimate scene to pull us out of winter.  Temperatures average between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with full sunshine as the norm.  The 21-kilometer race is fun and fast, yet challenging with a moonscape feeling as we race through unique desert terrain.  Travel is easy, as the Las Vegas airport is less than 30 minutes away, and yes, that also translates to The Strip as a nearby sideshow.  Because the race is located outside of the city, it is the best scenario to stay at one of the beautiful hotels within the Lake Las Vegas area, such as the Aston MonteLago Village Resort.  With logistics and motivation in place, all that is needed is you!

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LAKE LAS VEGAS WINNERS GET FREE ENTRY INTO WORLDS

Lake Las VegasA strong run and a little bit of luck can go a long way in Las Vegas. On April 14, it could help runners in the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run get to Hawaii.

Every age-group winner in the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run 21-kilometer race will earn a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, in November.

The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run will take place on a desert course just outside the Aston MonteLago Resort, which is 17 miles off the famous Las Vegas Strip. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

There are three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners – the 21K championship course, as well as a 10K and 5K. Only the 21K course age-group winners will receive the free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.

Registration for all three distances of the event is open at www.xterralakelasvegas.com.
The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for November 24 on the island of Oahu, and more than 2,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate.

That event is also open to runners of all ages and skill levels. For more information, please visit the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship page.

INTRODUCING XTERRA VIRGINIA SERIES

Something old and something new are on the 2013 schedule for the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series, which is quite fitting because all races in the series are open to all runners, old and new.

Richmond StartAfter a three-year hiatus, the Virginia Series will return to the XTERRA Trail Run circuit in 2013, this time with three races on tap. Virginia Series director Mike Cothran said the return of a series was much needed because "trail running is growing in popularity" in the Old Dominion State.

The first two events in the series are both set for April - the XTERRA Hungry Mother Trail Run in Marion, Va., on April 6, then the XTERRA Fairy Stone Trail Run in Stuart, Va., on April 27.

"Spring is just getting started and the forest is once again alive with foliage," Cothran said of the trail conditions. "April is a great month to get out to a park and run the trails."

All events in the Virginia Series will offer two course options to accommodate the various levels of runners. The Hungry Mother Trail Run will offer a 10K trail and an 8K trail; the Fairy Stone Trail Run will offer a 13K trail and an 8K trail.

"The trails at Hungry Mother and at Fairy Stone are definitely great for beginners, and also offer enough elevation for even the savvy trail runner," Cothran said.

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THE FAMILY THAT RUNS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER

The best stories from a trail run don't always happen at the front of the pack. At the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run on February 23, four runners crossed the finish line simultaneously - more than three hours after the winners had already finished.

Pieroni FamilyWhen the four runners crossed the line, there was no debate about who finished ahead of whom. In fact, they finished hand-in-hand.

The four runners represented three generations of the Pieroni family: Dan Pieroni, his daughters Amy Pieroni and Christina Crawford, and his granddaughter Madelyne Pieroni. They ran the 42-kilometer full-marathon course together, and completed it in 6 hours, 30 minutes, 17 seconds.

"It was a great bonding experience," Dan said. "We go slow and steady, and this year, the finish was never in doubt."

The family group included the oldest runner in the field (Dan at 72) and the youngest runner in the field (Madelyne at 14).

(Dan and Madelyne pictured, courtesy Pieroni family)

"It felt great to be able to run the marathon with my family," Madelyne said. "Being able to complete the course together was such a rewarding experience. The support we show for each other is what keeps me going, and I'm thankful to have such a loving family."

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FLORIDA SERIES TO RESUME ON MARCH 24

After a four-month winter break, the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series will come out of hibernation on March 24 for the XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run.

Jimmy PattersonThe Trout Creek Trail Run is expected draw more than 400 runners to Trout Creek Wilderness Park in Tampa, Fla. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and online registration is available at www.tamparaces.com. There are two course options – a 15K trail and a 5K trail – to accommodate the various levels of runners.

“Trout Creek is a wilderness park located on the Hillsborough River,” said Jimmy Patterson, a two-time age-group champion in the Florida Series.  “Overall, it's a pretty flat course with single track through the woods, but you do need to watch out for some uneven terrain and exposed roots.  The woods are beautiful and full of hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods and oak scrub.  It becomes a double track on the dry prairie when you transition up and run the open berm.  The varying terrain in the park is one of the reasons why I like it so much and the reason why I train in this park on a regular basis.”

The XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run is the second of three events in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. The first event was completed in November 2012. The series then went on a four-month break to avoid the cold and unpredictable weather of the winter.

“The weather for Trout Creek at the end of March usually puts us at about average,” Patterson said. “The day should start around 60 (degrees) and climb steadily to the upper 70s once the sun really comes up by the end of the day. For Floridians, that makes for great running conditions!”

The XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series is also known for its post-race breakfast parties, and runners will once again be treated to food and entertainment at the Trout Creek race.

Following the Trout Creek race, the Florida Series finale will be the XTERRA Claw Trail Run at Lithia, Fla. To learn more about the Florida Series, please visit www.tamparaces.com.

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