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XTERRA LAKE LAS VEGAS TRAIL RUN IS A MONTH AWAY

Las Vegas does not discriminate. Anyone and everyone have a shot at winning. The same holds true for the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run, which is now a month away.

Ben BruceThe XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is scheduled for April 15, and it will take place on a course just off the Aston MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas -- about 17 miles off the famous Las Vegas Strip.

"It's Las Vegas. Who doesn't need that on their schedule," said elite runner Brandon Mader, who will make the trip from Alabama to race in the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run. "I'm looking forward to the trip. It's somewhere I've never been, and any chance I have to visit the mountains out west is automatically a desirable trip."

Mader is not alone in his desire to travel to Las Vegas for the race. Last year, runners from 18 different states were on the starting line for the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run. This year, runners from as far east as Connecticut, and as far west as Hawaii have already registered.

The influx of flights to Las Vegas, the abundance of hotel rooms, and the obvious draw of the bright lights of the Strip are all factors that make the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run a relatively easy choice for runners looking for a reason to travel for a race.

There is also the uniqueness of the course. The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is held on a desert course just off the Aston MonteLago Village Resort. The combination of hard-packed sand, loose rocks of various sizes, and a lack of forestation has led some runners to describe it as "like running on the moon."

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LAKE LAS VEGAS EVENT

XTERRA Lake Las VegasIn addition to all runners, the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is also welcoming all volunteers. Anybody willing to help at the races during the weekend of April 14 and 15 should send an e-mail to Dayton@xterraplanet.com.

The XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon is scheduled for April 14, with the Lake Las Vegas Trail Run to follow on April 15. The XTERRA staff is looking for volunteer help for both days. All volunteers will receive an XTERRA T-shirt and lunch for the day.

POCONO SERIES REACHING FOR THE SKY IN 2012

After a successful first season, the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series is reaching for new heights in 2012. They're giving away airline tickets to prove it.

Rich BurgunderThe 2012 XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series will run from May 5 to June 30, and it will feature five races in the picturesque region of northeast Pennsylvania. And as if running along those trails were not rewarding enough, the Pocono Series is offering four flights to Utah as prizes during the 2012 season.

The first two trips will be awarded at the XTERRA Earth Conservancy Half-Marathon Trail Run on June 16 at Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania. The male and female winner of the 21-kilometer half-marathon race will each receive a round-trip ticket to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.

The other two trips will be awarded via a random draw at the end of the XTERRA Pocono Series season. There's just one requirement - only runners that finish all five races in the series are eligible to win those trips.

Richard Burgunder (pictured) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said runners who enter all five races in the series will be treated to fun and challenging races … along with the chance to win the free trips.

"What I like most about the Pocono area is its stunning natural beauty and how the region is an outdoor sports mecca," said Burgunder, who won the men's 30-34 age group in the Pocono Series last year. "Within the endless mountain region, you'll find abundant forest, lakes, rivers, streams and wildlife. It's an amazing place for any extreme and adventure sports enthusiast."

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Photo courtesy www.wilkesbarreracing.com

STILL TIME TO ENTER MARCH RACES

Group Run KapaluaFour XTERRA Trail Run races are scheduled for next weekend, and all four still have room for more entries:

March 24 – XTERRA Steilacoom Trail Run 16k / 8k (Lakewood, Washington)
March 25 – XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run 21k / 9k (Rock Springs, Arizona)
March 25 – XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run 15k / 5k (San Diego, California)
March 25 – XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run 15k / 5k (Tampa, Florida)

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