DAVID JACKSON IS A RUNNIN' REBEL
The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is scheduled for April 15 at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, and runners of all ages and skill levels can participate. There may not be a million dollar jackpot at stake, but it could still change your life for the better.
Just ask David Jackson.
A year ago, Jackson was unhappy and unhealthy. Forty-one running races, hundreds of miles, and 68 pounds later, he is a transformed man.
"I was eating fast food at least three times per day, and consuming alcohol almost daily," Jackson said. "I was just four pounds away from weighing in at 300 pounds. In order to make meaningful change, I knew that I had to dramatically change my nutrition and most importantly, start running."
It all started with the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run in April of 2011. That event became the starting point for Jackson's amazing journey to a healthy lifestyle.
(Pictured at top right is David Jackson in April of 2011, and at left is Jackson in February 2012)
Jackson is a Las Vegas resident who works as the Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services at UNLV. He started jogging in January of 2011, and said he couldn't even complete one lap around a standard track back then. But two months later, he was able to complete six-mile practice runs. That prompted him to look for a race in the area, and he found the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run online.
"I felt like I needed something to validate all of my training," he said. "Of course, back then I didn't know what came along with a trail run. It was my first race. I wanted it to be challenging, I wanted it to be in an amazing setting, and the XTERRA Trail Run offered all of that."
Photos are Courtesy David Jackson
PRE-EASTER RUN IN TENNESSEE
The inaugural XTERRA Power to the Tower Trail Run is scheduled for this weekend -- Saturday, April 7 – at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, Tennessee.
The event will feature two course options, a 21-kilometer long course for experienced runners, and an 8K course for sprinters and less experienced runners. It will also be the first XTERRA Trail Run of the year in Tennessee (another race is scheduled for May 19).
“There are some big races in Tennessee, so we know there are runners out there,” race director Phil Horner said. “We’re really excited to bring an XTERRA race to this area, and we feel like it will be a perfect fit for the growing community of trail runners.”
The Power to the Tower Trail Run is named as such because the runners will have to ascend a course that will take them to a fire tower at the top of Bays Mountain Park. The runners in the 21K course will face more than 1,000 feet of total climbing to get to the fire tower.
All runners will be rewarded after the race with a post-race party that Horner describes as “beer, barbecue and banjos.”
“Our goal is to make this an enjoyable experience from start to finish,” he added.
Race-day registration will be available at Bays Mountain Park, starting around 7 a.m. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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ENTER TO WIN TODAY
If you’ve ever snapped some photos while trail running, or know someone who has, here is a chance to get published.
TrailRunner Magazine is hosting a photo contest, and the best shots will be published in an upcoming issue. Here are the rules:
- E-mail 72 dpi jpegs
- No more than six
- Edit down to the best shot – don’t send similar shots of the same shoot.
- The photo must include a trail runner. Sorry, no scenic shots.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send us images more than once.
Deadline: Don’t wait. Send today!
For more information, please visit www.trailrunnermag.com.
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