XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

INTRODUCING THE XTERRA "LIVE MORE" MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

From our inception, XTERRA has always been about providing you with the greatest personal experience possible as you challenged yourself to reach your performance dreams.

Now, XTERRA wants to expand that experience into the rest of your life with the introduction of the XTERRA Live More membership program.

Live More CardThe program is designed for lifestyle sports enthusiasts and will feature special benefits and preferences on items XTERRA athletes already use or wish to obtain, from equipment, gear, and nutritional products to travel perks, movie tickets, and accommodations. 

Member benefits and privileges include $25 off selected XTERRA regional triathlon and trail running races, a VIP check-in area, and automatic entrance into a lottery to win a spot into the prestigious XTERRA World Championship race.Other specific examples include a 60% off offer from XTERRA Wetsuits, 25% off Rudy Project glasses and helmets, 40% off XX2i optics, 45% off XTERRA’s new stand-up paddle board, 25% off Lock Laces, 10% off LifeProof products, and more.  

Potential savings on products and services total more than $800, and new offers will be continually added.

Check out www.livemorecard.com and find out about our limited time Charter Membership offer.

XTERRA “Gets What You Do!” Now, we’re offering the opportunity to have that knowledge pay you back.

JOIN NOW AND SAVE AS A CHARTER MEMBER!

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - TURNING TRAGEDY INTO STRENGTH

By Rachel Cieslewicz

As endurance athletes, an amazing added benefit to our development of overall healthy, strong, and happy bodies is the ability to handle other life circumstances well.  We learn to train, race, and thrive in a variety of extreme situations both out in nature and in our day-to-day lives.  It is fabulous when all works out according to plan, but very often we are left to think literally on our feet as the weather goes bad or we get lost, or injured.  With the ultimate goal in mind, we journey on until success is reached, while strength is etched into our souls. All of the extra energy we may have spent through the journey makes the reward ever more meaningful.  Yes, as XTERRA athletes, we truly know what it means to "Live More."

Rachel CI write this with the recent Boston Marathon tragedy in my heart.   Our entire nation was touched or affected by the experiences of many lives forever changed or lost.   I have watched different reactions from friends who were there, as well as feelings of anger, sadness, violation, loss, and grief across the running communities and the United States nation as a whole.   On the other side it has been beautiful to see the masses come closer together to assist others to cope and heal, dedicate running to those who cannot, and channel their energy into becoming their own best expression of themselves.  This is an outstanding example demonstrating how we can all come together to create goodness and a stronger community than ever, when touched by tragedy.

We are all affected by serious life circumstances such as illness, injury, loss of loved ones, and the list goes on. It is amazing to see how the devastation can turn into positive fuel to grow and heal and become better and stronger than ever.   For myself, I am moved and inspired greatly by others choosing to rise above challenging situations.

The heartbreak at the Boston Marathon has since become an extreme example of an entire nation standing up and doing all possible to create a better tomorrow. My grief over this situation has helped me take a look at where I am today, I am recommitting to my goals and dreams. I know that my tomorrow will be the best ever. I want more than ever to lead a positive life regardless of my own personal challenges.

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XTERRA EXPANDS INTO STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

XTERRA, the nation’s premier off-road triathlon and trail running series, expands further into endurance adventure sports with its recent licensing of stand up paddleboards.

XTERRA BoardsXTERRA BOARDS is the manufacturer and distributor of stand up paddleboards designed for the ocean, lakes and rivers. Inspired by the excitement and thrill of the popular XTERRA races, XTERRA BOARDS has developed an inflatable stand up paddleboard that will lead the industry in quality in the stand up paddleboard market, the fastest growing water sport in the United States.

“As the creator and producer of the world’s most popular off-road multisport racing series, we have captured the attention of a loyal and enthusiastic global outdoors adventure demographic,” said Tom Kiely, CEO, TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA.

“We are committed to ensuring that training and leisure activities for all our athletes and their family is available in and out of the water. As such, XTERRA will soon have stand up paddleboards at all its events.”

“XTERRA BOARDS will bring the exhilaration of XTERRA style and adventure mentality into the water,” said Glynn Turquand, President of XTERRA Boards. “It’s a rare opportunity that an established brand can enter this fast-growing water sport so quickly.”

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ALABAMA FINALE SET FOR MAY 19 AT OAK MOUNTAIN

The 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series will come to a conclusion on May 19 at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs. It will be the sixth – and final – race of the season for the Alabama Series, so it will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall series standings.

Oak Mountain RunnersThe Oak Mountain Trail Runs will take place at the award-winning Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

The event will feature four courses to choose from – a 42-kilometer full-marathon, a 20K half-marathon, as well as 10K and 5K “mud runs.”

The top finishers in every age group for both the 42K and 20K courses will receive points toward the overall series standings. Every age-group champion from the final series standings will receive a free entry to represent Alabama at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Utah in September.

As an added incentive just for this race, all age-group winners from the 42K and 20K courses will receive a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Hawaii in November.

It should be noted that the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs is open to runners from all states, even those who have not previously entered a race in the Alabama Series.

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XTERRA RICHMOND TRAIL RUN SET FOR JUNE 8

Summer is fast approaching, which means it is almost time for a favorite XTERRA tradition – the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run.

Richmond RocksThis year’s Richmond Trail Run is scheduled for June 8, and it will once again take place on the picturesque trails at Brown’s Island, Richmond, Virginia. The event has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most unique – and fun – trail runs in the country, and more than 500 runners participated last year.

The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run actually consists of two courses – a 21-kilometer long course and a shorter course of 10 kilometers. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states.

The 21K trail is considered the championship course, and it will feature numerous challenges, including a grueling climb up the Manchester staircase (also known as “The Mayan Ruins”), and jumping from boulder to boulder to get across the James River.

Each age-group winner from the 21K race will receive a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Hawaii in December.

The 10K course is equally adventurous, and it was recently ranked as one of the top 32 trail races in America by Runner’s World Magazine. The course is nicknamed “The Fugitive 10K” because of its similarity to some of the chase scenes in the movie “The Fugitive,” including river crossings, rock jumpings, and a section that passes train tracks.

This year’s XTERRA Richmond Trail Run will also award points toward the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series. In fact, the Richmond Trail Run will serve as the 2013 season finale for the Virginia Series, so final overall standings for each age-division will be determined after the race.  Each age-group champion from the final season standings will receive a free invitation to represent Virginia at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah on September 22.

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YOUNG RUNNERS LEAD THE WAY AT BLUEBONNET TRAIL RUN

Woelfel, 17, and Welsch, 12, take top honors at 15K race

Youth was served at the XTERRA Bluebonnet Trail Run last weekend, as two minors scored major wins.

Kaytlynn Welsch Blue Bonnet Trail RunSeventeen-year-old Ryan Woelfel was the overall winner of the 15-kilometer race, and 12-year-old Kaytlynn Welsch was the top female. More than 100 runners participated in the event, which was completed on April 20 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.

"The conditions on race day were nothing to complain about," Woelfel said. "It was cold in the morning before the race, but when it came time to race it reached perfect running weather with little wind and clear skies."

Woelfel, who is a junior at Stony Point High in Round Rock, Texas, completed the course in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 51 seconds.  His godbrother, 14-year-old Nathan Rankin, placed second with a time of 1:05:29.

(Race photo courtesy Rodney Welsch)

"The other top leaders that I was going against at the beginning were my godfather and godbrother which played to my favor because I knew what who I was running against, but I always get nervous over the other runners at the start, because you can never tell who is gonna be able to run what," Woelfel said. "I separated myself from the other runners a little bit after the first couple miles and was able to increase the led after about mile 5."

Woelfel is a member of his school's track and cross country teams, and he has won several races in recent years. However, he described this win as his favorite so far.

"This was one of my favorite overall wins because I really enjoy running 'true' distance races and also enjoy trail running more," he said. "Putting the two together made it even more enjoyable."

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POCONO SERIES LOOKS TO CONTINUE GROWTH IN 2013

First race on May 4, four others to follow this summer

Word is spreading fast about the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series, and the word is good. In just two years, the participation numbers have nearly doubled in the series, and it should only get better in 2013.

Pocono RunnersThe XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series was created in 2011 to offer runners a chance to experience the picturesque trails in the northeast Pennsylvania region. It drew around 100 runners to the series that first year, and it increased to more than 200 last year.

This year's Pocono Series will feature five races at five different locations, spread throughout the months of May and June. The opening event in the series will be the XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run at Tannersville, Pa., on May 4.

"What I like most about the Pocono area is its stunning natural beauty and how the region is an outdoor sports mecca," said Richard Burgunder, the two-time champion of the men's 30-34 age group in the Pocono Series. "Within the endless mountain region, you'll find abundant forest, lakes, rivers, streams and wildlife. It's an amazing place for any extreme and adventure sports enthusiast."

Indeed, the five races in the Pocono Series offer runners a variety of challenging terrain, ranging from sandy lake shorelines to narrow single track trails that climb more than 2,000 feet - through rocky river beds and flowing streams.

The races in the Pocono Series range from 5 kilometers to 21 kilometers, and every event in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

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FREE 3-NIGHT STAY IN HAWAII

Congratulations to Brad W. from Clinton, Utah for winning last month's Outrigger Sweepstakes. Here's another chance to win a free 3-night stay on Maui.

Outrigger Hotels and ResortsOutrigger Hotels and Resorts has once again brought back one of our best promo offers for the XTERRA Tribe with their 3-Night Stay in Hawaii Sweepstakes running each month now until December. This month we're featuring the Kapalua Villas Maui. Enter Now!

Entries must be received by April 30, 2013 and certificate is good for stays through April 30, 2014.

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