THE RACE TO XTERRA NATIONALS IS ON
The first set of 2012 XTERRA Regional Champions have been crowned, which means it is officially time to start thinking about the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series champions for 2012 were determined last weekend, and each of those age-group champs will receive a free entry to represent Arizona at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which is scheduled for September 23 at Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, Utah.
Age-group champions from every other XTERRA Trail Run Series across America will receive free entries to the XTERRA National Championship in the months to come.
It is important to note that the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is not just for the regional champions. Runners of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the event, which will have three courses to choose from – a 21-kilometer championship course, a 10K and a 5K. Even runners who have never participated in an XTERRA Trail Run can enter.
To register for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, or learn more about it, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.
FANTASTIC FINISH FOR ARIZONA SERIES
The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series came to a fantastic finish, with a series record of 398 runners participating in the season finale on Sunday, March 25.
The XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run was the fourth – and final – race of the 2011-12 season for the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. The event drew runners from 18 different states, as well as several from Canada, and it was the first trail run ever staged at the picturesque Black Canyon Trail in Rock Springs, Arizona.
Jason Loutitt was the overall winner, completing the 21-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 51 seconds. He is a professional ultra runner from British Columbia, Canada, and he proved his worth by running away from the field.
Loutitt, 37, took the lead early in the course and never looked back. Nick Coury of Phoenix was second with a time of 1:30:38, and John Storkamp of Hastings, Minnesota, was third in 1:34:47.
In the women’s division, perseverance paid off for Jeanine Cordova from Phoenix. Cordova entered the three previous races in the XTERRA Arizona Series, finishing in the top five overall each time. This, however, was her first overall victory.
“My legs were fresh, and I felt like I was having a good day,” Cordova said. “As far as I could tell, there was only one woman ahead of me, and I passed her somewhere around mile 4. Taking the title for this inaugural event was a pleasant way to close a great series. I'm happy to have been a part of it.”
The top 15 runners in each age-group for the 21K received points toward the overall standings of the 2011-12 XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series. Each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Arizona at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September.
Here is a list of the 2012 Arizona Series Champions
Photo courtesy Tortoise & Hare Sports
FRAIRE AND FUHR WIN SOCAL RACE
Preparation was a key to success at the XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run on Sunday, March 25.
Paul Fraire of Fontana, Calif., and Heather Fuhr (pictured) of Encinitas, Calif., ran to impressive victories in the 15-kilometer course. Fraire, 29, was the overall winner, completing the course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds; Fuhr was the top female and an impressive fourth overall with a time of 1:05:37.
More than 300 runners of various ages and skill levels participated in the trail run, which was held at Black Mountain Regional Park in northern San Diego. The race was part of the 2011-12 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.
“Conditions were perfect and beautiful for running this course,” Fraire said. “Cool and sunny weather made for great visibility, which was helpful during the more technical and rocky beginnings of the course. The course itself provided many fast flats with the occasional up and down hills to test the running spirit. Overall, the course provided a fun, challenging mix of obstacles.”
Photo courtesy www.SuperSportsPhoto.com
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SERIES IS UNDERWAY
History was made last weekend when the first XTERRA Pacific Northwest Trail Run Series race was held at Lakewood, Washington.
The XTERRA Fort Steilacoom Trail Run was completed on Saturday, March 24, in near-ideal conditions at Fort Steilacoom Park.
Edward Strickler of Seattle ran away with the victory, completing the 16-killometer trail in a course-record time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 26 seconds. Strickler is an avid runner who has trained and raced on many trails in the Pacific Northwest, but he said this was his first experience at Fort Steilacoom.
“There was some single track that was narrow with some tight turns, but there was also a lot of open sections, and the hills weren’t too steep,” he said. “It wasn’t the most difficult trail, but for an early-season race, it was good because you could get your feet under you. It was actually a great way to start the season.”
It was also a great way to welcome the XTERRA Pacific Northwest Trail Run Series as the latest region to join the XTERRA Trail Run national circuit. The Pacific Northwest is one of 12 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series in 2012. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas.
Photo courtesy www.nwtrailruns.com
KELLY AND DUNN WIN FLORIDA RACE
The XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series returned to action last weekend with more than 300 runners participating in the XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run at Thonotosassa, Fla.
After a three-month winter break, the Florida Series resumed under warm skies and on a fast course at Trout Creek Wilderness Park.
Christopher Kelly of Leesburg, Fla., ran away with the overall victory, completing the 15-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 1 minute, 51 seconds.
“Loved the single track through the woods the most,” said Kelly, 29. “The course was a good mix, in and out of the woods. Grass was high some sections out near the berm, but no matter. Nice touch adding hills to climb at the start and a few times later in the run.”
Kelly said he got in front after the first mile of the course and stayed in front the rest of the way for what would become the first significant victory of his running career.
Kandis Dunn of Odessa, Fla., placed 16th overall and was the first female finisher with a time of 1:10:11. Dunn, 43, has been the top female finisher at both races in the XTERRA Florida Series so far this year.
BUSY APRIL SCHEDULE
Seven XTERRA Trail Run races are scheduled for the month of April, with the races available on the East Coast, West Coast, and in between. Registration remains open for all races:
April 7 – XTERRA Power to the Tower Trail Run 21K / 8K (Kingsport, TN)
April 14 – XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Run 24K / 12K (Colorado Springs, CO)
April 15 – XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run 21K / 10K / 5K (Las Vegas, NV)
April 21 – XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run 10K / 5K (Burnet, TX)
April 21 – XTERRA Hickory Knob Trail Run 12K (McCormick, SC)
April 29 – XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run 22K / 6K (Malibu, CA)
April 29 – XTERRA Claw Trail Run 16K / 8K (Lithia, FL)
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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