EXPERIENCE "THE OTHER SIDE" OF LAS VEGAS
At this time a year ago, Stephanie Weigel entered the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run on a whim, out of curiosity. It led to a trip to Hawaii, a surprise proposal, and a new appreciation for “the other side” of Las Vegas.
Weigel is proof that the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run can be a life-changing experience, and she is recommending it to other runners.
The 2013 XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run benefiting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada is scheduled for Sunday, April 14, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. It is held on the desert trails surrounding Lake Las Vegas, near the Aston MonteLago Village Resort.
“This side of Vegas is way more fun!” Weigel said. “Vegas has such a beautiful and unique desert landscape that is really best seen on the trails. It’s an incredibly beautiful thing to run through these desert trails with the lake and mountains in the background.”
Weigel, who works in Las Vegas as a certified trainer, placed second overall in the women’s division of the 21-kilometer long course at last year’s XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run. She placed first in the 30-34 age division, and was rewarded with a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, later in 2012.
Weigel took advantage of the prize and made the trip to Hawaii with her boyfriend, Michael Ibasco. Weigel placed seventh overall among the women at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, and Ibasco made a surprise marriage proposal as she crossed the finish line.
“Hawaii was absolutely the trip of a lifetime,” she said. “The beauty there is unlike anywhere. The trail race at Kualoa Ranch was one of the coolest places I have ever run. When people think Hawaii, they think beach and ocean, but the race was through jungle, trees, and greenery everywhere. I went for the opportunity to run in a "once in a lifetime" place - and it truly was! Now I have to go back!”
Every age group winner from the 21K long course at the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run will once again receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on November 24.
It is worth noting that the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. In addition to the 21K long course, there will also be a 10K and a 5K course to accommodate the various levels of runners. However, only the 21K age group winners will receive the free entry to the Hawaii race.
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The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is not the only event awarding free entries to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii.
The age group winners at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs in Pelham, Alabama, will also receive free entries to the Hawaii race. The Oak Mountain Trail Runs is scheduled for May 19, and it is also open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The Oak Mountain event will feature a 42-kilometer full-marathon course and a 21K half-marathon course, and the age group winners from both courses will receive free entries to the Hawaii race.
On June 8, the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run will be held at Richmond, Virginia, and the age group winners from the 21K course of that event will be awarded free entries to the Hawaii race.
On September 22, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will take place at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. The age group winners from the 21K course of that event will receive free entries to the Hawaii race.
Of course, the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is open to all runners, and anybody can register online.
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ARIZONA SERIES CLOSES WITH FAST FINISH
Nick Coury and Rachael Cuellar both had reason to celebrate at the XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run last weekend.
Coury capped an impressive season in the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series with his third consecutive victory, and Cuellar celebrated her 31st birthday on the day of the race (March 24) by dominating the women's division.
Coury, 25, completed the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 31 minutes, 49 seconds, which was more than four minutes ahead of the other top runners.
"The course was in great shape," said Coury, who resides in Phoenix. "The desert is extremely green at this time of the year, and the flowers are just starting to come out, creating a relief from the light browns we're so accustomed to. The temperature was just edging on warm, but a breeze kept the air cool enough for a good race."
Coury got in front after the first mile, and then gradually increased his lead over the remainder of the course. Coury is an experienced distance runner with the Aravaipa Running team in Arizona, but he said he rarely gets to run at Black Canyon. The only other time he ran on those trails was at the 2012 XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run, when he placed second overall.
"Last year was my first and only time on this section of the Black Canyon Trail, but it helped me know what to anticipate," he said. "The trail is constantly changing. Last year, the twists and turns left me unsure how to pace for what was ahead. This year I expected the roller coaster and ran accordingly."
Coury skipped the first race in the 2012-13 XTERRA Arizona Series, but entered the last three races and placed first overall at all three.
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KAYTLYNN WELSCH WINS ANOTHER RACE IN TEXAS SERIES
The 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series is fast becoming a showcase for Kaytlynn Welsch. The 12-year-old running phenom won yet another race in the series, placing first overall among all females in the XTERRA Camp Eagle Trail Run.
The event was completed on March 23 at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, Texas.
Christopher Chancey from Austin was the overall winner, completing the 21-kilometer (13.1 miles) course in 1 hour, 27 minutes, 5 seconds.
"I thought the course was great," said Chancey, 32. "Plenty of rocks, roots, ups and downs with nice scenery. Weather was great as well - low 60s for the start."
Chancey took the lead 10 minutes into the race, and then ran away from the rest of the field. He finished more than four minutes ahead of the other runners. "It was a small field, but it was also a good group of runners," said Chancey, who works as a massage therapist. "I love racing no matter how large the field."
Adrian Slusher from League City, Texas, was second in 1:31:11, and Jeffrey Rosser from Houston was third in 1:37:03.
Welsch placed fourth overall with a time of 1:39:30. It was her second overall female win in as many races in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series this year.
"The course was amazing, the scenery was beautiful, and when we went on top of the mountain on the jeep trail, the sight was breathtaking," said Welsch, who is a seventh grade student at Alvin Junior High School in Alvin, Texas.
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