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Winter Vinecki may be the most ambitious person you could ever meet. She also happens to be an extraordinary endurance athlete who will be making her XTERRA debut this weekend.

Winter VineckiWinter is only 14, but is already an established name in the sports of triathlon, distance running, and aerial skiing. In keeping with her enterprising year-round schedule, her XTERRA debut will cover two days of competition. Winter will compete in both the XTERRA West Championship off-road triathlon on Saturday, April 13, and the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run 21-kilometer race on Sunday, April 14.

"The one great thing about being young is our remarkable ability to recover quickly," Winter said. "I've done numerous triathlons back-to-back, such as youth draft legal or spring tri one day and Olympic distance triathlon the next. I've also combined triathlons and running events on the same weekend. I run five days a week for my marathon training and will use the XTERRA Trail Run as training for my next marathon on the Inca Trail in June. I will see how I feel on Sunday and determine at that time how hard I will push the pace on the 21K. This is my very first race with XTERRA so it will be a learning weekend for me."


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The 2013 XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series got off to an adventurous start last weekend. An issue with some of the directional signs along the course created an interesting finish at the XTERRA Hungry Mother Trail Run.

Mark WallaceThe event was completed on Saturday, April 6, at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. It was the first of three races in the 2013 XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series.

A pair of runners from North Carolina took top honors. Mark Wallace from Reidsville, N.C., was the surprised overall winner, and Amber Reece-Young from Skyland, N.C., was the determined female winner. Wallace completed the 12-kilometer course in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 27 seconds.

"I was surprised to hear that I had finished first," he said. "There had been some confusion early in the race with some signage issues, so I had no idea how many runners were ahead of us."

Wallace ran behind Clark Jackson for most of the course, then took the lead for good with a late surge. "I had just enough kick left to pull ahead of him for the first time on the final flat stretch leading up to the finish line," Wallace said.

Reece-Young placed third overall and was the top female with a time of 1:18:06.


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The XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series continued to impress, as the second race in the series once again received rave reviews from runners.

Seneca CreekThe XTERRA Seneca Creek Trail Run drew close to 200 runners from eight different states to Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Preston Campbell from Annapolis, Maryland, was the overall winner, completing the 10-kilometer course in 38 minutes flat. He is a Navy helicopter pilot who entered the event as part of his training as a triathlete.

"I pulled away from the leaders on the first hill and continued to widen the gap on every hill from there on," he said. "I had no idea I was that far ahead, but I sure am grateful for all of the hill training I did in the off season."

Campbell's wife, Leonie, also entered the race, and she placed second overall in the women's field. She is also a triathlete - a member of the Marine Corps triathlon team.

"Leonie and I had a great time at the race," Preston said. "We really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at the race and the unique awards."

Lauren Rhatigan from Ship Bottom, New Jersey, was the top overall female, finishing with a time of 47:32. Leonie Campbell was a close second at 47:45.


Photo courtesy Emily McIlvaine/XTERRA


The popularity of an XTERRA Trail Run Series is not limited to the United States. The XTERRA Wellington Trail Run Series has become a running success in New Zealand, and a new season is about to begin.

New Zealand RunnersThe XTERRA Mad Makara Trail Run is set for April 21, and it will be the first of four races in the 2013 XTERRA Wellington Trail Run Series.

"We are expecting 400 runners and walkers at each of the events in the series," said Evelyn Williamson, one of the directors of the series. "This has grown from our first year, five years ago, when we had around 150 at each event."

In an effort to cater to the various levels of runners, each race in the series offers at least three course options. The short courses usually ranges from 5 to 7 kilometers, the medium courses range from 10 to 13 kilometers, and the long courses usually cover 16 to 22 kilometers.

The real draw of the series is the natural landscape of Wellington. The four races in the series are held at four different locations, and each event offers unique challenges.


Photo courtesy Emily McIlvaine/XTERRA


XTERRA SoCal SeriesThe always popular XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series will resume this weekend after taking the month of March off. The XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run will feature close to 500 runners at Black Mountain Regional Park in Rancho Penasquito, California.

There will be two courses – a 16-kilometer long course and a 6K short course. The top age-group finishers in the 16K race will receive points toward the overall standings of the SoCal Series.

It will be the sixth of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The series finale will be the XTERRA Malibu Creek Challenge on May 18.


XTERRA Texas SeriesThe XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will continue on April 20 with the XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.  It will be the third of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the Texas Series.

Twelve-year-old Kaytlynn Welsch from Alvin, Texas, has been the top female finisher at the first two races in the Texas Series, and she is expected to enter the Bluebonnet Trail Run. The event will feature two courses – a 15K long course and a 5K short course.

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