XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

RUN FAST IN VEGAS, WIN A TRIP TO HAWAII

A fast run in the desert on April 9 could lead to a free trip to paradise in December.

The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run scheduled for April 9 will award a round-trip flight to Hawaii to the fastest male and female runners in the 21-kilometer course.

The race will be staged on a desert trail off Lake Las Vegas near Henderson, Nev., and the fastest runners are expected to complete the course in around one hour, 20 minutes.

Hawaiian AirlinesThe first-place prize will come in the form of frequent flier miles courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines, and the winners will be encouraged to use the miles to travel to Hawaii for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in December.

However, the event is not just for elite runners. In addition to the 21-kilometer long course, there are also separate 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses available, so runners of all ages and skill levels are welcome to enter.

Entry fees are $25 for the 5k, $30 for the 10k, and $40 for the 21k. Discounts are available for students and military personnel.

To register to run on any of the three courses, or to find out more about the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/lakelasvegas.html.

TEXAS TWO-STEP IN APRIL

XTERRA Texas SeriesAfter a five-month break, the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will resume with two races in a two-week span in April.

On April 3, Texas runners will get back into it with the Pure Austin XTERRA Camp Eagle Trail Run at Rocksprings, Texas. The event will feature two courses – a 16-kilometer long course and a 6-kilometer shorter course.

That will serve as a warm-up of sorts for the XTERRA Waco Trail Run on April 16 at Waco, Texas. The event will feature three courses – a 20-kilometer long course, along with shorter 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses.

The 20k course is one of the most challenging on the entire Texas Series, as it features several twists and turns, and a grueling climb up a set of concrete stairs called “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Both events are open to runners of all ages and skill levels. To register for the races, or for more information, please visit www.racerevolutions.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES UNDERWAY

XTERRA South Carolina SeriesBryson Smith took advantage of home-course knowledge to win the XTERRA Doug Harris Memorial Trail Run on Saturday, March 12, at Clemson, S.C.

Smith, who is a senior at Clemson University, won the 10-kilometer trail run at Issaqueena Forest with a time of 43 minutes, 20 seconds.

Carl Epley of Rockwood, Tenn., placed second with a time of 45:48, and Eric Segale of Atlanta was third in 46:09.

Considering the distance of the course, it was an impressive margin of victory for the 22-year-old Smith.

“I’ve spent a good bit of time trail running and mountain biking on the course, and knew that the last mile would be all uphill,” he said. “Thus, I tried to establish an early advantage and led pretty much from start to finish.”

Smith is on schedule to graduate from Clemson this May, and plans to attend law school in the fall. He is a member of the Clemson Running Club.

Katie Hester of Atlanta won the female division and placed 11th overall with a time of 55:51.

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 was also the first of three events in the 2011 XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. The next event in the series is the XTERRA Harbison Trail Run at Columbia, S.C., on July 10. For more information visit www.xterratrailrun.com.

For complete results from the Doug Harris Memorial Trail Run, please visit www.dougharrisrun.org or www.xterratrailrun.com.

WINNING DEBUT FOR PREVATT IN FLORIDA SERIES

XTERRA Florida SeriesJosh Prevatt and Liza Hash ran away from the competition at the XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run on March 6 at Thonotosassa, Fla.

Prevatt, who is from Brandon, Fla., was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 11 seconds. Hash, who is from Inglis, Fla., was the first female, finishing with a time of 1:13:35. Both runners led their respective divisions practically from start to finish.

Prevatt said he surged to the lead just a half-mile into the race and had a 30-second gap on the competition shortly after. From there, he ran by himself to the finish line.

“From about mile 3 to the finish, we all kept about the same gap between us, as near as I could tell,” said Prevatt, 26.

Bill Wenner of Orlando placed second with a time of 1:01:13. At 46 years old, he also won the award for top masters runner.

It was an impressive XTERRA Trail Run debut for Prevatt. He found out about the Trout Creek Trail Run after winning another race in Florida and then meeting XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series director Jim Hartnett. “This will not be my last XTERRA race,” Prevatt said.

Hash, 34, led the women’s division from the start, and then ran wary the entire course.

“I was in the lead from the start, that way I would know when I lost the lead, which usually happens in the last mile,” she said. “So I was excited this time to keep it the whole way.”

Jen Schwallie of Tampa was the second female with a time of 1:14:23.

Nearly 300 runners participated in the event, which also featured a 5-kilometer short course. Runners of all skill levels participated, and they ranged in age from 9 to 70.

It was the second of three races in the 2010-11 XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. The final race in the series will be the XTERRA Claw Adventure Run on May 1.

For more information (including complete results from the Trout Creek Trail Run), please visit www.tamparaces.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - GETTING LOST

By Rachel Cieslewicz

If I am pro at anything, it is getting lost. I have been lost driving, running, skiing, hiking, cycling, and swimming. Multiple times. To this day, it is a known fact I need my own personal tracking device.  Luckily, the dozens of “lost stories” all eventually ended well and make for some funny stories now that they are over.  However, no lost situation is fun in the moment and not every “lost” story ends well.

Throughout my running adventures, I have learned many lessons about how to not get lost in the first place, and what to do if it happens.

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