XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

XTERRA TSUNAMI UPDATE

Today our thoughts and prayers are with our XTERRA family in Japan and all those affected by the tsunami spawned by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan.

While reports are still coming in on the devastation created by the tsunami, we can safely report that the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - where hundreds of our XTERRA Tribe members are competing in the XTERRA Saipan Championship - is o.k. and the race is on.

In addition, XTERRA’s staff in Hawaii are also fine, albeit without much sleep.  Mahalo for your kindness, and please join us in keeping Japan in your thoughts.

SALLY MEYERHOFF, 1983-2011

Sally MeyerhoffSally Meyerhoff did one XTERRA trail run in her life.

It was a heck of a run. And a heck of a life.

Just three months after winning the 2010 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, Meyerhoff’s life ended tragically on March 8. She was killed in a cycling accident in her hometown of Maricopa, Ariz. According to media reports, Meyerhoff collided with a pick-up truck in an intersection and died at the scene. She was 27.

Meyerhoff (pictured) ran her way into XTERRA lore on Dec. 5, 2010. In her first attempt at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, she not only won it, she set a women’s course record. She completed the grueling 12.9-mile course at Kualoa Ranch in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 58 seconds.

In a moment from the race that has already been immortalized on video, Meyerhoff tripped and fell off a ledge late in the course at Kualoa Ranch. She dropped several feet down into a patch of bushes. In typical Meyerhoff fashion, she climbed back up to the trail and continued to run, never looking back.

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TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - RUNNING OUT OF TOWN

By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel CieslewiczTravel is a part of life for many people in today's world. I travel often to participate in races and teach clinics, and I love it. I use my "business travel" as an excuse for meeting new people and enjoying new places different from my home. Whether traveling for business, family, or vacation, running in new places can be a grand adventure. The more comfortable you get with running in unfamiliar territory, the more comfortable you will be when traveling to your next XTERRA race!

As with anything, it takes a bit of planning to have the best run ever in an unfamiliar place.  If I am going to a town where my main purpose isn't the run, I have several ways of finding routes. Running is a lifestyle. It is more fun to surround myself with like-minded individuals than to try to beg a bewildered hotel worker or a non-running family for suggestions on the nearest 10-mile trail through bushes and rocks.

My favorite strategy is to call the local running store wherever I am going to visit and ask about group runs or clubs. This inevitably leads to really cool things. First, I don't have to worry about getting lost, which I am notorious for.  I get to relax and enjoy the run, guided by others who are happy to share their favorite routes. This then leads to the next cool thing -- new friends. Kindred spirits who you may get to see again on another visit, or perhaps at a future race.  An added bonus is inside tips on great yoga studios, awesome local races, and perhaps an invite for another run!

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR LAKE LAS VEGAS

XTERRA Lake Las VegasIf there is a trail run suited for visiting runners, it’s the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run on April 9.

For one, the race is held just 17 miles off the Las Vegas Strip, which means there are a wide range of hotel accommodations, and an array of entertainment options before and after the race.

The event itself will feature three distances – a 21-kilometer course, a 10-kilometer course, and a 5-kilometer course – and runners of all ages and skill levels can enter.

Hawaiian AirlinesThe male and female winners of the 21K race will receive a free roundtrip to Hawaii from Hawaiian Airlines, which can be used to enter the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in December.

For more information, or to register for the race, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/lakelasvegas.html

SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES STARTS THIS WEEK

XTERRA South Carolina SeriesThe 2011 XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series gets underway this weekend with the XTERRA Doug Harris Memorial  Trail Run on Saturday, March 12, at Clemson, S.C.

The event will feature separate 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses at Issaqueena Forest Trails.

The race has been held every year since 2007 in memory of Doug Harris, a Clemson University student and member of Detachment 770 Air Force ROTC who died in a tragic accident on Nov. 11, 2006 at the age of 18. Proceeds from this race will go to The Doug Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund at Clemson University.

It will be the first of three events in the 2011 XTERRA South Carolina Series. For more information visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

XTERRAFlex: Help for your Aching Joints

Successful endurance athletes have to know how to psychologically face and overcome pain during events.  Every triathlete contends with pain at one time or another – and many believe they have to train and compete despite the pain and stiffness.

Watch XTERRAFlex Rich CostelloSome competitors rely on methods of distraction; others try different training techniques or new gear technologies to heighten their pain threshold.  Many more just believe that their level of discomfort is “as good as it gets.”

Triathlete Rich Costello believed just that.  “I thought the pain was inevitable, and I had to live with it.  I knew that aging would affect my joints.”  He added, “I tried different joint supplements – but they weren’t that effective.  And I didn’t like taking the pills.  I gave up on them, and just worked through the pain.”

What Rich and many other endurance athletes are learning is that there is a new technology available to address joint issues. XTERRAFlex is a daily, liquid joint supplement that is easy to take and works quickly to resolve joint stiffness and discomfort.  You can watch Rich Costello’s experience with XTERRA Flex right here.

Christy Newland, VP of marketing for XTERRAFlex, puts it this way:  “We see XTERRAFlex as technology.  That’s because the active ingredient, hyaluronan, is the main ingredient in your joint fluid.  XTERRAFlex replenishes that lubrication in your joints every day you take it – a lot like changing the oil in your car!”

That lubrication in your joints deteriorates with age – and even faster with exercise.

XTERRAFlex can help – often in as little as 7 to 14 days.

Ask Rich Costello!  Or you can talk to Libby Harrow, triathlete and bike store owner:  “Day 5 on XTERRAFlex and my long run was 16 minutes faster!  Sure hope these results continue!  Is this a publicly traded company?  If so, I would like to buy stock in it!”

Buy some stock in your own performance.  And just remember:  Your joint issues don’t have to be just “as good as it gets.”  With XTERRAFlex technology, you may find that joint discomfort and stiffness are a thing of the past.

XTERRAFlex is now available online, and can be purchased online at www.xterraflex.com.  Visit the website for more information and testimonials, or call toll-free: 1-855-299-7223.

For more information concerning XTERRAFlex, contact Christy Newland, Vice President, Marketing & Product Development, XTERRAFlex at 1-855-299-7223 or via email at skye724@yahoo.com.

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