OAK MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUNS SET FOR MAY 19
The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs is truly a race for anyone. It is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and it offers a choice of four different courses - a 42-kilometer full-marathon course, a 20K, a 10K and a 5K.
This year's XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs is set for May 19, and it will once again take place on the award-winning trails at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.
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Brandon Mader, an elite runner from Huntsville, Alabama, said he always tries to enter the race at Oak Mountain because each year offers a unique challenge.
"The popularity of the trails at Oak Mountain stems from their diversity of surface, terrain, and scenery," Mader said. "With 50-plus miles of well-maintained - but not necessarily tame - trails around the lake, traversing the valley, and splitting the ridges, you nearly feel like you've run through three or four different parks in one event."
Over the past few years, Mader has competed on the 42K, 20K and 10K courses at Oak Mountain, and here are his thoughts on each: "The 10k is a great challenge for beginner or intermediate runners. You won't be alone and won't need prior trail running experience to enjoy the race. The longer events however do require some experience. The weather becomes a major factor, as any good Southerner will quickly point out to you. You'll encounter more technical terrain as you wind through longer loops of the park but still be greeted with the same frequency of on-course aide. The 20K is a great challenge for any level of runner and should really be your goal event if you've never run at Oak Mountain before; or if you like to get the global experience, jump in and hold on tight for a 42K tour of one of America's top trails on the Double Oak."
If you are looking for a good run with a good cause, the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is the place to be on April 14.
Runners of all ages and skill levels can test their trail-running skills on the unique desert trails near Lake Las Vegas, and there will be three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners – a 21-kilometer long course, a 10K and a 5K.
The event will serve as a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada, and every entry will make a difference.
Money raised will help fund cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplants, for the 1,200 patients in the Southern Nevada area.
Emily Keil of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society said additional goals for the event include raising awareness about blood cancer, and “bringing non-profit motivation to the running community, and providing a healthy lifestyle with a purpose.”
Time is running out to register online, so CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE XTERRA LAKE LAS VEGAS TRAIL RUN
To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please visit www.lls.org.
ARE YOU OUT OF ENERGY?
By Perrin Braun
Is your energy low? If you’re not performing at your peak, you might be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Low vitamin D, for example, can diminish your energy levels, reduce your lower body strength, and weaken bones and muscles.
Low energy was a problem for a U.S. Olympic track cyclist while she was training for the 2012 Olympics. Her coach, Sky Christopherson, a former Olympic cyclist himself, suggested that she have an InsideTracker blood analysis done. InsideTracker service measures up to 20 key biomarkers in the blood that affect overall wellbeing and athletic performance. The test revealed that she had a shortage of vitamin D. By following InsideTracker food, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations, she increased her vitamin D. The changes made a “measurable difference” in her performance, says Christopherson. The result: She won two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics!
If you have low vitamin D, how can you increase your levels? Few foods contain vitamin D, and these are primarily animal products such as fatty fish. Your body actually makes most of its vitamin D from sunshine, so get outside as much as possible! (But don’t overdo your sun exposure!). More than 60% of Americans have low vitamin D, and a few of us have too much vitamin D. The best way to know your level is to test your blood and supplement as needed. But it’s important not to take too much vitamin D in supplement form; InsideTracker can help you find the optimal balance for this key vitamin.
Along with vitamin D, hemoglobin and ferritin are a very important for your energy. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing oxygen-binding protein in red blood cells. Ferritin is a protein that binds to free iron in your blood. Because red blood cells live for only 21 days, your body needs a lot of iron to make enough new red blood cells. If you have low hemoglobin or ferritin, your athletic ability and decision-making are compromised because your muscles and brain receive less oxygen from your lungs.
Many people suffer from low blood iron. Women who are younger than 50 tend to have low ferritin because of blood loss during menstruation. Overall, about 10% of women who are not athletes have low ferritin, but the number increases to 30% among athletes because of the internal microbleeding that occurs when you exercise. Among male athletes, 10-12% have low ferritin, but many are not aware that they have this condition. Fortunately, low iron is also easily treatable! To increase your iron levels, you can eat iron-rich foods or take iron supplements.
The best way to learn about your vitamin D, ferritin, and hemoglobin levels is to sign up for InsideTracker. Save 20% when you purchase with the code: XTERRASAVE20. You’ll learn about your biomarker levels and will receive nutrition, supplementation, and exercise recommendations that will help you become a more energized athlete!
VIRGINIA SERIES DEBUTS THIS WEEKEND
The new XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series will make its 2013 debut this weekend with the XTERRA Hungry Mother Trail Run on Saturday, April 6, at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. It will be the first of three races on the 2013 schedule for the Virginia Series.
Clark Jackson from Charlottesville, Virginia, has often traveled across state lines in recent years to enter XTERRA Trail Run events, so he is thrilled to see a series return to his home state.
“I do plan to compete for all three races in the Virginia Series,” he said. “It will be about three hours less travel each way to have the races right here in Virginia.”
The second race in the series will be the XTERRA Fairy Stone Trail Run on April 27 at Stuart, Virginia. The season finale will be the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on June 8.
All races in the Virginia Series are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states.
To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visit www.gorunevents.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.
MORE XTERRA RACES THIS SATURDAY
Saturday, April 6, will be a busy day on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit, as four different regional races will take place. In addition to the XTERRA Hungry Mother Trail Run in Virginia, there will be:
- The XTERRA Power to the Tower Trail Run at Kingsport, Tennessee. This will be a unique event in that it will offer an “ultra” course of 50 kilometers. There will also be 21K and 8K courses to accommodate the various levels of runners. The event is named Power to the Tower because the highlight of the course is a steep climb to a fire tower atop a hill at Bays Mountain Park. For more information, please visit www.fleetfeetkingsport.com.
- The XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Run at Colorado Springs, Colorado. This has become a popular race in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and more than 250 runners are expected to participate this weekend. There will be three courses – 24K, 12K and 5K. Race director Victoria Seahorn said conditions are “looking perfect” for this weekend, with cool temperatures expected in the 50s. For more information, please visit www.marathonmajic.com.
- The XTERRA Seneca Creek Trail Run at Gaithersburg, Maryland. This event is part of the new XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series, which held its first race last month. The race will feature two courses – a 10K and a 5K – and it will take place at Seneca State Park, where The Blair Witch Project movie was filmed. The XTERRA Atlantic Series received some attention this week with a lengthy article in The Baltimore Sun newspaper. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE For more information on the event, please visit www.adventuregeekproductions.com.
KOENIG AND WAGNER WIN AGAIN IN FLORIDA SERIES
Even after a four-month break between races, the latest race in the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series had a familiar finish last weekend.
Eric Koenig and Jessica Wagner were the overall winners of the XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run at Thonotassa, Florida, on Sunday, March 24. They were also the winners of the previous race back in November.
Koenig, 23, completed the 15-kilometer course in 59 minutes, 51 seconds, and he was the only runner to beat the one hour mark.
“I took the lead a couple hundred meters into the singletrack, before or at about the half-mile mark from the start,” he said. “I kept up the pace, trying to hit low six-minute miles throughout the race and wasn't keeping track of how far ahead I was.”
Koenig is originally from Colorado, but now resides in Lutz, Florida, as a graduate student at the University of South Florida. He said he has been training for the races by running in the Trout Creek Wilderness area, and that got him used to the varied terrain, humidity, and windy conditions that occurred on race day.
Pedro Meraz from Wesley Chapel, Florida, was second in 1:01:57, and Hector Guzman from Bradenton, Florida, was third in 1:02:21.
Jessica Wagner finished with a time of 1:13:26, and she was the first overall female.
CIESLEWICZ MAKES HEADLINES, BUT NOT FOR RUNNING
Those who follow the XTERRA Trail Mix newsletters know all about Rachel Cieslewicz. She’s the expert runner who offers advice in her monthly “Tips for the Trail” column.
Last week, Cieslewicz and her fiancé, Eric Martin, made headlines in Utah after catching an intruder at their home in St. George.
Click on the links below to read about the incredible ordeal:
STORY 1 | STORY 2