RUNNERS CAN STILL REGISTER FOR OAK MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUNS
More than 500 are already signed up for Sunday’s race
If you’re looking for a Sunday stroll in the park, why not do it with hundreds of others in one of the best parks in the country?
The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, and late entries are still being accepted.
Online registration is closed, but there are two chances remaining to register in person for the event:
- Friday, May 17 – 2 to 6 p.m. at Oak Mountain State Park
- Saturday, May 18 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Mountain State Park
The race is open to runners of all ages and skill levels from all states, and there are four different courses to choose from: a 43-kilometer “full-marathon” course; a 20K “half-marathon” course; a 10K and a 5K.
Daniel McBrayer resides in Pelham and did the 10K course last year. He will enter the event again this year, and said the 10K and 5K courses are “moderately easy” enough for all runners to enjoy. “It’s nice rolling hills and not too technical,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any specific section that merits warning.”
The real draw of the event is the venue itself. Oak Mountain State Park was ranked as one of the “25 Crown Jewels” of trail running by Runner’s World Magazine in 2011.
“Oak Mountain is a fantastic place,” McBrayer said. “There are trails there for runners (and cyclists) of all abilities. It's very well maintained and has some spectacular views. I feel lucky to live so close to it.”
There is one section at the end of both the 10K and 5K courses that requires runners to trudge through a thigh-high mud pit. Some runners charge right through it, while others try to navigate around it.
To learn more about the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - AN URBAN TRAIL RUNNING DREAM COME TRUE
By Rachel Cieslewicz
Mountain trails, river pathways, and hilly seaside bluffs are amazing places to wake up to. How incredible it is to roll out of bed and slip your feet into your favorite running shoes, as you prepare to prance along on a beautiful trail right out your door. While enjoying nature's running gifts is a fantastic way to start the day, it is not a reality for many. XTERRA recognizes this. For everyone who lives in an environment where trail systems may be few, you have a chance to shine in Richmond, Virginia.
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is set for June 8, and it is an event that is all about trail run racing, urban style. And for everyone else blessed with mountain vistas looming above your abode, the 10K or 21K at Richmond will give trail running a cool as ever, entirely new meaning.
Within the Richmond 21K race, the opportunity to "Live More," urban style, opens up an entirely new world of running fun. The James River and an incredible park and trail network exhibits the most innovative trail race course ever! It is waiting just for you.
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INTRODUCING THE XTERRA UTAH TRAIL RUN SERIES
First two races coming up on June 1 and June 8
Runners in the Beehive State can start the buzz - the inaugural XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series is about to begin.
Utah has been home to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship since 2011, but 2013 marks the first year that a complete series will be staged in Utah.
Three races are on the 2013 schedule, with the season-opener set for June 1. The XTERRA Jordanelle Trail Run will be the opening race, and it will take place at the picturesque Jordanelle State Park near Park City, Utah.
There will not be much time to rest and recover after the opener, as the second race in the series will take place on June 8 - the XTERRA Moab Trail Run at Moab, Utah.
The season finale will be the XTERRA Wolf Mountain Trail Run at Ogden, Utah, on July 13.
"The popularity of trail racing in Utah is increasing," Utah Series director Mac McCluskey said. "I see the number increasing on the trails during my own training runs and participation in local events has been increasing."
GEORGIA SERIES SEASON FINALE SET FOR JUNE 1
Deep South Trail Run will offer 15K and 5K courses, open to all runners
The always popular XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series will conclude its 2012-13 season on June 1, when hundreds of runners are expected to compete in the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run.
The Deep South Trail Run will take place on the challenging Dauset Trails at Jackson, Georgia. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. There are two courses to choose from – a 15-kilometer long course and a 5K short course.
“The course is awesome – Dauset Trails is always one of my favorite courses of the Georgia Series,” said Tara Gormley, who won the women’s division at last year’s 15K race.
The XTERRA Deep South Trail Run will be the seventh, and final, race of the season for the 2012-13 Georgia Series. The season started in September of 2012, and nearly 2,000 runners have participated in the series so far, making it one of the most popular trail run series in the southeast region of the country.
As the series finale, the Deep South Trail Run will be the last chance for runners to earn points for the age-group standings in the Georgia Series. The chase for age-group titles should make for some exciting “races within the race” at the Deep South Trail Run.
It is worth noting again that this race is open to all runners, even those who may not have previously competed in a Georgia Series race.
CLICK HER FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION and register before May 23 to save $5 per entry. For more information, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
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TURKEY TRACK TRAIL RUN NOW PART OF XTERRA COLORADO SERIES
Event will feature full-marathon and half-marathon courses
A new race is coming to the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and it will have runners gobbling for more.
The XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Run will make its debut on June 15 at the Turkey Springs Trail System in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The event will feature both a full-marathon course and a half-marathon course, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states.
The trails at Turkey Springs offer spectacular views, as well as Colorado's famous altitude. The course starts at 7,200 feet above sea level, and takes runners on rolling elevations up to 8,500 feet.
The event - and the trail system - is named such because of the abundance of wild turkeys in the area. Some can even be seen along the course.
The community of Pagosa Springs has already embraced the event, and several organizations will be providing volunteer services at the race - including an ATV club, a women's roller derby team, and high school cross country teams.
The event will serve as a benefit for GECKO (Give Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors), so every runner who enters will be contributing to the development of youth activities in the area. Some of the children in the GECKO organization helped create the prize medals for the event.
The XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Run will be the third of five races in the 2013 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The top age-group finishers in both the full-marathon and half-marathon courses will receive points toward the overall standings of the series.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the race or please visit www.joingecko.org to learn more about it.
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FLORIDA SERIES CHAMPIONS FOR 2013
The XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series concluded its 2012-13 season on April 28. The series featured three races, with an average of more than 300 runners per event.
Three runners went undefeated in their respective age divisions for the season: Jessica Wagner (female 40-44), Eric Koenig (male 20-24) and Adam Smehyl (male 30-34).
Wagner and Koenig also went undefeated overall, as they were the top overall female and male, respectively, at each race in the series.
Every age group champion from the Florida Series will receive a free entry to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, in September.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF SERIES CHAMPIONS