KAYTLYNN WELSCH WINS ANOTHER TEXAS RACE
12-year-old Kaytlynn Welsch tops the women's field
After an amazing year of running in 2012, Kaytlynn Welsch is off to another great start in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series in 2013.
Welsch, who garnered national attention for her precocious running success last year, was the top overall female at the XTERRA Eco Lonestar Trail Run last weekend. Welsch, 12, was the youngest runner in the field, and she placed third overall - topped only by two elite men.
"The course was muddy," she said. "I like the mud, but my shoe came off in the mud on the second lap. The weather was cold and the wind was strong on some of the more open parts of the course."
(Kaytlynn Welsch pictured, courtesy Welsch family)
Jason Razo of Arlington, Texas, was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 58 seconds. Greg Rankin from Parker, Texas, was second overall in 1:04:30. Razo is 28 and Rankin is 46.
Welsch, who is in the seventh grade at Alvin Junior High School in Alvin, Texas, chased the two leaders the entire course. She finished in 1:06:19, which was well ahead of the next female - 30-year-old Tracie Akerhielm of Denton, Texas, finished in 1:08:49.
Photo courtesy Welsch Family
As the saying goes, you never forget your first, and the XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run was indeed memorable for Michael Daigeaun and Jackie Palmer.
The Brandywine Creek Trail Run was the very first event for the new XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series, and Daigeaun and Palmer were the overall winners.
More than 120 runners from seven different states participated in the inaugural race at Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. It was the first of four races in the 2013 XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series.
Daigeaun came over from Philadelphia to participate in the race, and he ran away from the competition. He completed the 12-kilometer course in 48 minutes, 32 seconds, which was more than two minutes faster than the other top runners.
"For the most part, I got out front pretty early in the race," he said. "Once we hit some flat double-track after the downhill at the start, I moved to the front and slowly pulled away."
Daigeaun, who is an experienced road racer, described the course as "a nice mix of varied terrain."
"You had nice run-able single-track with enough technical sections and hills to keep you on your toes," he added. "When you got to the last two-and-a-half miles, you were on rolling wide open fields. If you had speed and gas left in the tank, this is where you could really open it up."
Mike Monagle from Wilmington placed second in 50:44, and Derek Schultz from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, was third in 51:14.
Daigeaun and Schultz were two of the more than 50 runners who came over from Pennyslvania to participate in the race. They were both runners in the former XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series, which went on hiatus in 2011.
"I was surprised to see so many fast guys and returning XTERRA runners, as I only heard about this race two days prior from Don Morrison (former director of the XTERRA Philly Series)," Schultz said. "Seeing other Philly runners like Dan Dix there made it feel more like the family reunions they used to be."
Photo courtesy www.adventuregeekproductions.com
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - CREATING YOUR SONG
By Rachel Cieslewicz
If trail running were a song, how would it sing? The easy answer is simply to run to someone else's tune, or turn the brain off and escape from the rest of life by foot. While such simplicity can act as a huge stress relief in the short term, it won't lead to ultimate trail health and longevity over the long run. How can we build a life, fully integrated and enhanced by trail running, while living with true music as our guide?
For anyone who has studied music, or simply loves to listen to great tunes, you will notice that in quality music there are many different beats. When placed together, the beats become patterns, leading to the overall rhythm, and thus, a strong foundation for the song. The song is enriched by melody amongst varying layers of sound and speed. On top of this are numerous aspects of the composer's artistic or technical intellect, intertwined to make it their own perfect expression. I call this, infusing soul. This all integrates into verses, refrain, and chorus. And finally at the end is the coda, or finish. There has to be a climax, right?
For most of us, our day-to-day lives cannot be only about running. Life includes family and other relationships, spiritual practices, work, and of course, trail running. To make it easier to balance, why not turn it into a song? I'll help with the title. It's called "Live More!" From there it is quite easy. Think of each major part of your life that is important to you. The pattern these create is the main beat, or base. Of course you can't leave it here.
SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES TO START SEASON ON MARCH 23
The XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series continues to expand, and the upcoming XTERRA Hickory Knob Trail Run is proof.
The XTERRA Hickory Knob Trail Run is set for March 23 at the picturesque Hickory Knob State Park in McCormick, S.C., and close to 200 runners are expected to participate.
In 2012, the Hickory Knob Trail Run featured two courses – a 12-kilometer trail and a 5K. This year, the event is expanding to include five courses. The 12K and 5K courses are back, but runners who like to go longer are in for a treat this year as the event now includes a 23K, a 42K and a 50K.
Carl Epley from Marion, North Carolina, participated in the 12K last year, and will cross the state line once again – this time to run in the 23K.
“The trails at Hickory Knob are well maintained and mostly single track,” Epley said. “There are few steep hills but the area is rolling with a lot of short ups and downs. The weather will be great in early April with mild and cool temps in the morning with relatively low humidity.”
The Hickory Knob Trail Run will be the first of three events in the 2013 XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. The next races are scheduled for July and August.
The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and online registration is open at CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Photo courtesy www.strictlyrunning.com
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