THERE'S STILL TIME TO RUN AT RICHMOND
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is scheduled for June 8, which means there are just two weeks remaining to register for one of the most unique events on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit.
The Richmond Trail Run has drawn rave reviews from runners in past years for its challenging course that traverses past various landmarks – both man-made and natural – in and around the historic city of Richmond, Virginia.
The event will feature two courses – a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
Ryan Middleton from nearby Glen Allen, Virginia, won the 21K race last year and will be back to run it again this year. He said the 21K course is unique because it starts out on paved road, and then takes runners on a non-stop adventure that includes river crossings, boulder climbing, bridge crossings, and forest trails.
“The most memorable part of the course for me are the ‘Mayan Ruins’ stairway,” he said. “This is a brutal climb that is so steep that you are almost crawling to the top. The heart rate shoots through the roof at this point. It is definitely tough to recover from this portion.”
Middleton said the 21K course may be a bit tough for beginners, but the 10K course is doable for most runners.
The top age-group runners from the 21K course will receive free entries to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Hawaii in November.
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run will also serve as the season finale for the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series, so it will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall standings for the series.
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By Rachel Cieslewicz
Summer is finally on the horizon. Outside temperatures are on the rise while the heat is up in the XTERRA racing world. With energy building, as the race season moves forward, endurance athletes have a lot on their plates to stay on top of their game. At this time of year, proper hydration becomes one of the keys to success for all athletes. A few days ago, I was reminded of this crucial element to success while out on a run with my husband.
In my desert town, we went from pleasant 70 to 80 degree temperatures to 98 degrees in a single day. My husband Eric is new at running and has never run in the heat before. We were going out in the late afternoon for an hour run. I told him to bring water. He complied by taking my smallest handheld and filling it less than half full. Knowing what was about to happen, I took my largest handheld and filled it completely full and added in a little sea salt. Off we went into the desert heat. By 20 minutes into our run, Eric was not only out of water, but sweating profusely. Ten minutes later he was very upset and barely walk/jogging.
Fortunately, I had been sipping water all day and still had a nearly full water bottle. I was able to give Eric my water bottle and we enjoyed the rest of our run once he recovered from near disaster. Eric learned a critical lesson on this run. He is fortunate he learned in a safe way on a training run with someone who understands the dangers of high temperatures.
Regardless of how well trained an athlete is, dehydration and lack of adaptation to the heat can not only ruin a race, but also impose serious risk of health. Less than 2 percent of fluid loss from sweat and breath can lead to decreased performance while greater percentages of fluid loss create cause performance to go down fast while increasing the risk of heat related illness.
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MADER, DAILY WIN XTERRA OAK MOUNTAIN MARATHON
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Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL – Brandon Mader from Huntsville, Alabama and Ashley Daily of Tallahassee, Florida won the XTERRA Oak Mountain 43K trail run at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama in 3:01:34 and 3:53:28, respectively, whileJosiah Middaugh and Lesley Paterson took the half-marathon title’s less than 24 hours after winning yesterday’s XTERRA Southeast Championship triathlon race here at Oak Mountain.
In the men’s marathon race Mader took the lead half-mile in as soon as the course hit the trails and never looked back, posting 6:51 miles and finishing nearly 20 minutes ahead of runner-up Dink Taylor.
The win was a rejuvenating one for Mader, who separated the hamstring from his tendon in December and hadn’t started running again until late February. It was also his first-time back on a start line since running at the Boston Marathon a little over a month ago.
“The last couple of weeks of training I thought about Boston a lot, and I really made an effort to show that the tragedy shouldn’t change the way you live. I was excited to get out here, get on the line and run, take a step away from the tragedy that happened out there,” said Mader, who ran nearly as fast on the trails today as he did in Boston where he clocked a 2:53.
The 28-year-old medical physicist is a veteran at Oak Mountain, where XTERRA has hosted a dozen runs over the past few years.
ALABAMA SERIES CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED
The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series truly was for runners of all ages during the 2012-13 season. A look at the list of age-group champions for the season is proof enough.
Twenty-one runners earned age-group championships for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series, and they ranged from 13-year-old Korey Shively from Madison, Alabama, to 73-year-old Bruce Greene from Anniston, Alabama.
Shively won the male 10-14 age division; Jase Bell, also from Madison, won the male 15-19 age division. They are both students at James Clemens High School, and members of the cross country and track teams.
The 2012-13 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series featured six races, spread over eight months. The series concluded last weekend with nearly 600 runners participating in the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.
Nineteen of the 21 age-group champions for 2013 are from the state of Alabama. One is from Mississippi, and one is from Georgia.
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BALDWIN, SHEARER CLOSE SOCAL SERIES ON WIN STREAKS
The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series came to a close last weekend for the 2012-13 season, and at least two runners are wishing it could go on longer.
Patrick Baldwin and Maggie Shearer continued their impressive late-season runs in the SoCal Series by taking top overall honors at the XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run. The event was completed on May 18 at Malibu Creek State Park, and more than 700 runners participated.
Baldwin took top overall honors, completing the 22-kilometer course in 1 hour, 39 minutes, 1 second. Baldwin won four of the seven races in the series, including the last three.
(Patrick Baldwin pictured, courtesywww.supersportsphotography.com)
"Most of all, I credit consistent training through the years, six days a week," he said. "I've gotten to the point, as many of us do, that it is far harder to take a day off than to get a training session in! I've also been running and racing for quite a few years now; experience is key. I guess it also helps I live in a very hilly area, there are no easy runs!"
Baldwin works as a landscape architect in Encinitas, Calif. He said the Malibu Creek Trail Run was probably the toughest race of the seven in the series.
"The course contains the longest climb and descent, and it's the longest race in the SoCal series so your legs definitely remember this one," he said. "I am still hobbling around two days after the race!"
A year ago at this same race, Baldwin got passed for the lead midway through the course and finished in second place. He relied on that experience this time and maintained his pace throughout to finish with a relatively comfortable victory. "I knew this year to keep the focus, not necessarily go harder, but stay on a consistent pace," he said.
HODGES AND PACHECO BREAK THROUGH IN SOCAL SERIES
The 40-somethings are two of 25 age-group champions for 2013
Diana Pacheco has been entering races in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series since 2006, and she finally won an age-group championship this year. Adam Hodges moved to Southern California from Colorado less than a year ago, and he won an age-group championship in his first season with the XTERRA SoCal Series.
Both runners happen to be in the 40 to 44 age group, and are just two examples of what it takes to win a title in the ever-growing XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.
The 2012-13 season for the SoCal Series came to a close last weekend with the XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run. There were nearly 4,000 entries spread over seven races during the 2012-13 season.
Not surprisingly, both Hodges and Pacheco entered all seven races in the series.
"Consistency is key in a series like this that spans over seven months," Hodges said. "Consistent attention to recovery between races allowed me to put in consistent training, which in turn led to fairly consistent race results."
Indeed, Hodges finished either first or second in his age group in every race during the season. It helped that he came to Southern California from the high altitude of Boulder, Colorado, where he trained as an elite-level triathlete.
(Adam Hodges pictured, courtesy www.SuperSportsPhoto.com)
"The series has been a great way to explore many of the great trails in the area," he said. "I was worried about leaving behind the trails of Colorado, but the trails of SoCal are beautiful and challenging in their own ways … like those amazing ocean views!"
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KORCH RELIES ON EXPERIENCE TO TOP FIELD AT SEVEN TUBS
Shokey finishes first in women's division
Experience can count for a lot in an XTERRA trail race. Just ask Tony Korch. The 53-year-old beat several younger runners to take top overall honors at the XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run last weekend at Wilkes-Barre, Pennyslvania.
"Experience always helps, and I will always pre-run the course when ever possible," said Korch, who works as a chemical applicator for a lawn care company in Nanticoke.
Korch completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds, which shattered the previous course record by more than a minute.
"The course is very technical, but conditions were ideal," Korch said. "Dry trail with air temperature of around 60 degrees. I was about seventh going up the first climb, and moved into first about halfway through. I take nothing for granted in a trail race and the competition was good."
(Tony Korch in blue shirt is in second place during this hill climb early in the race; photo courtesywww.wilkesbarreracing.com)
The 5K course at Seven Tubs is the shortest of the five races in the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series, but it is also regarded as one of the toughest. The course includes sections that pass near cascading waterfalls, and contains a mix of steep climbs, rolling and rocky single track trails, creek crossings and off-canter bedrock.
Korch's success came as no surprise to the other runners in the Pocono Series. He has been a top 10 finisher at nearly every race he has entered, and won a different race in the series last year.
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