ONE MORE WEEK TO REGISTER FOR TEXAS-SIZED FUN
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and the XTERRA Waco Trail Runs is no exception.
More than 200 runners of various ages and skill levels are expected to participate in the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at Cameron Park in Waco, Texas.
The highlight of the event is a challenging 21-kilometer trail run that will take runners up, down and around Cameron Park. The trail includes the notorious “Jacob’s Ladder” – a concrete set of Texas-sized stairs designed to put the burn in the runners’ quadriceps.
Several of Texas’ elite runners will be on the starting line, including defending women’s champion Claudia Spooner (who actually placed second overall at last year’s Waco Trail Run), teen sensation Dylan Johnson, and 2010 Texas Series champion Matty Weston.
But the race is not just for elite competitors. There will also be separate courses – one at 10 kilometers and another at 5 kilometers – for runners who enjoy shorter distances.
The best part of the day might be after it’s all done. All runners will be invited to stick around at Cameron Park for a free barbecue lunch – and complimentary beer courtesy of MGD 64.
There is still a week left to register for the XTERRA Waco Trail Runs at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/waco.html.
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - WACO TRAIL RUN
By Claudia Spooner
The weather in Waco is generally warm and humid this time of year - and it can get very, very windy. There are no elevation issues to worry about here in Central Texas, but runners should be prepared with extra hydration if they are not acclimated to the heat and humidity.
As for the (21-kilometer) course itself, this is a difficult trail race with a little bit for everyone - rock, roots, dirt and grass. Tons of fun!
The race starts off on the road, and quickly turns into sidewalk and trail. The start is fast, but comes to a big slow down once the runners hit the infamous "Jacob's Ladder." This is a straight up, stone staircase with very large steps, and just when you think you've reached to top, there is more to go.
Jacob's Ladder is about 144 steps, and I am not talking regular stairs. I am talking about HUGE concrete steps that are well over a foot in height, and are complete leg crushers. If you are small in stature … be afraid ... be very afraid. The steps come up to my knees at the start and I am about 5-feet-7. There is a rail to grab on to for assistance, which I do recommend if you need a little boost.
LAKE LAS VEGAS, BABY!
Odds are supposed to be tough in Las Vegas, and it appears that will be the case for runners in the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run this Saturday, April 9.
The weather forecast is calling for un-Las Vegas like conditions – rain and temperatures in the high 40s. How that affects the course and the runners remains to be seen.
The fastest runners will win quite the jackpot in the form of a round-trip ticket to Hawaii, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines. The overall male and female champions of the 21-kilometer course will each receive the trip, which they can use to enter the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, in December.
JAPANESE RUNNER MAKING A DIFFERENCE
As one of the top trail runners in Japan, Fujio Miyachi is trying to lead the way for some of his fellow countrymen in need.
Miyachi is entered in the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run on Saturday, April 9, at Henderson, Nev. One of his goals is to win the race – and he is considered a solid contender.
But his main goal is to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. Miyachi resides in Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan, which is about 150 miles from the main area of destruction, so he and his immediate family were safe. However, he said he has friends and relatives who live closer to the disaster area.
“Some of their houses were severely damaged by the earthquake, and some are completely gone (because of) the tsunami,” he said.
After the disaster hit, Miyachi was not sure if he wanted to travel to his scheduled races. But after receiving clearance from race officials that he could set aside a donation box at the Lake Las Vegas race, he started making his travel plans.
SOCAL SERIES RESUMES AT BLACK MOUNTAIN
The always-popular XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series will resume on Sunday, April 10, in northern San Diego, where more than 300 runners are expected to participate in the XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run.
The event will feature two courses – one at 15 kilometers and another at 5 kilometers. The 15k course is considered “fast,” with some technical sections, but not too many steep climbs and descents.
It will be the sixth of seven events in the 2011 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, so many runners will be vying to earn crucial points toward the final standings.
WESTON, SPOONER PREVAIL AT CAMP EAGLE
Matty Weston and Claudia Spooner both turned a comfortable run into a victory at the XTERRA Camp Eagle Trail Run on Sunday, April 3, at Rocksprings, Texas.
Weston was the overall winner, completing the 10-mile course in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 40 seconds. Spooner was fourth overall and the first female with a time of 1:38:19.
“The weather was great with overcast skies blocking out the South Texas sun and a howling wind helping with the humidity,” said Weston, 36. “The trails were spectacular! Some technical footing, lots of loose rock and non-stop up and down.”
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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