XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

BRYDEN, CIESLEWICZ WIN XTERRA LAKE LAS VEGAS 21K

Jordan Bryden and Rachel CieslewiczTwenty-three-year-old Jordan Bryden from Calgary, Canada and 30-year-old Rachel Cieslewicz from Salt Lake City, Utah won the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas half-marathon trail run this past Saturday at Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nevada. For their efforts both Bryden and Cieslewicz (pictured) earned 80,000 miles from Hawaiian Airlines, good for two round-trips to the Hawaiian Islands.

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GET WACKY WITH US IN WACO

Cameron Park TrailsCameron Park in Waco, Texas has some of the craziest single track in America, and on May 22nd, we’re hosting a half-marathon plus 5/10km runs as a benefit for the Baylor University Triathlon Team.

Waco is the perfect weekend getaway with endless activities for the entire family. Just exploring the 416-acre Cameron Park, the weekend’s XTERRA headquarters, would be enough to fill your time with fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking or two scenic disc golf courses, but Waco offers so much more. From the Dr. Pepper Museum and Waco’s historic homes to Baylor University’s Bear Habitat and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, there is truly something for everyone.

Take advantage of the special $99-109 room rates at the Hilton Waco, XTERRA’s South Central Championship host hotel. For registration and more information, visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/race.cfm?race_id=1071 today!

XTERRA Waco Trail Runs
5/10/21km courses
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Cameron Park – Waco, Texas

JOIN BEAR IN FAN VS WILD

Fan vs WildXTERRA sponsor Degree Men Adventure deodorant and anti-perspirant will select four adventure-minded guys to join the Discovery Channel’s Bear Grylls in wilderness challenges that will unfold in a special web series starting August 11.

To help these guys embrace the thrill of adventure and compete to their best ability, Bear and Degree have enlisted a star roster of pro athletes who will head into the wild to help mentor and participate with the four selected fans through the challenges. One of the four competing fans will be chosen to star along with Bear in a special hour-long episode of Fan vs. Wild that will air on Discovery Channel September 22.

Check out the promo video, and enter online at www.FanvsWild.com.

TRAIL RUNNER SPOTLIGHT: BLAS ELIAS

Blas EliasHometown: Kennedy, TX (currently living in Las Vegas, NV)
Family: Wife and two kids
Occupation: Musician. He’s a drummer for the Blue Man Group, and he was also the drummer for the rock band Slaughter in the 90’s.

This past Saturday, Blas finished third overall and first in the 40-44 division of the inaugural XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 10k trail run with his time of 44:41. After the race, he finally slowed down long enough for us to catch up with him.

When did you start trail running?
I’ve been running since I was a teenager. I basically ran as a way to spend time with my dad who worked a lot. I started focusing on trail running when I was on tour with my band Slaughter. I would leave the hotel or venue we were playing and just start running. Since I didn’t have a GPS back then, I occasionally got lost and almost missed the shows.

What is your biggest motivation to run?
It makes me feel good, almost like meditation for me. I find I am the most creative when I am running, so I’ll write songs and work out problems during my workouts. I also think I owe it to my kids to stay healthy so I can be there for them as long as I can.

Any trail running advice?
Have fun and enjoy nature. It shouldn’t feel like work or something you have to do. As far as technique goes, I shorten my stride, increase my cadence, and try to keep my feet under my center of gravity so I’m not putting as much weight on each step. I find it helps me avoid injuries on uneven terrain.

What makes up your running schedule?
I don’t really have a set schedule, but I usually run four or five days a week. I love running hills, so I use that as speed and strength training. I occasionally run the Las Vegas strip before the show – it’s kind of like running an obstacle course dodging the tourists.

What is your favorite place to trail run?
I don’t have just one favorite, but I just ran some great trails at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama while I was on vacation there.

(Note: The XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs are coming up on June 12th, so don’t miss your chance to race on this amazing course. Register now! )

RACE RECAPS

BAUER, BUDDEN KEEP UP XTERRA WINNING STREAK IN LONG ISLAND

Runners flocked from all over Long Island to race in the XTERRA Bethpage Trail Run on April 10. Chris Bauer and Kristin Budden had their second consecutive series wins with their 5k times of 18:28 and 21:22 respectively.

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PLASENCIA, JOHNSEN DOMINATE AT XTERRA DOUG HARRIS RUN

Doug Harris Trail RunIt was a day of tribute and honor at the April 17th XTERRA Doug Harris Memorial Trail Run at Clemson’s Issaqueena Forest. South Carolina runners lined up at the start of the 10-kilometer race in order to pay respect to Jerry Douglas Harris III who died in a tragic accident in the fall of 2006. Crossing the finish line first, Alex Plasencia (pictured below in the black t-shirt) and Lizzy Johnsen took home the day’s top titles with their respective times of 40:47 and 57:04.

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WALICK, SPOONER WIN START OF XTERRA TEXAS SERIES

XTERRA Muleshoe StartThe brand new XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series kicked off on April 17th at Spicewood’s Muleshoe Bend Park. Dave Walick of San Antonio won the men’s 22km race in 1:29:53 while Claudia Spooner of Cedar Park won the women’s long race in 1:43:21.

Muleshoe Trail Runs also hosted a shorter 11km event. Competition was fierce, but 16-year old Dylon Johnson and Jamie Peterson, 30, both from Austin turned in the men’s and women’s winning times of 42:53 and 58:58.

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ROBINSON, JOYNT BREAK RECORDS AT XTERRA REDWOOD PEAK

Jennifer JoyntSam Robinson, 25 from Berkeley, and Jennifer Joynt (caught here by Larry Rosa Photography http://www.larryrosa.com/), 39, won the April 18th XTERRA Redwood Peak Trail Run in Oakland, CA with their course records of 1:07:22 and 1:29:30 respectively. Wayne Cottrell, 48, and Lisa Penzel, 45 of Oakland, turned in the fastest 5km times of 23:53 and 26:00.

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XTERRA VULTURE’S KNOB VICTORIES FOR HICKEY, LIEBLING

The inaugural race in the brand new XTERRA Ohio Series kicked off Saturday morning as Buckeye State runners bolted off the start line of the XTERRA Vulture’s Knob Trail Run in Wooster, OH. Patrick Hickey and Mel Liebling had no trouble tackling the technical terrain to take home the first place titles.

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KIEVNING, GREGORY CLAIM FIRST AT XTERRA CRYSTAL COVE

The XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run finally took place this past Sunday in Laguna Beach, CA. Taking first place in the 17km were Sean Kievning and Caroline Gregory while Sean Kennedy and Myra Bregman won the 5km.

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5/22 - XTERRA Waco Trail Runs - 5/10/21km - Waco, TX
6/12 - XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs - 5/10/21km - Pelham, AL
6/19 - XTERRA Richmond Trail Runs - 10/21km - Richmond, VA
9/18 - XTERRA Trail Running National Championship - 5/10/21km - Bend, OR
9/25 - XTERRA Wheeler Canyon Xduro Trail Run - 21km - Ogden, UT
12/5 - XTERRA Trail Running World Championship - 5/10/21km - Oahu, HI

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