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Richmond JumpThere is still one week left to register for one of the most unique trail runs in the country.

The nationally-recognized XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at Brown’s Island, Richmond, Va., and more than 600 runners have already signed up. Runners of all ages and skill levels are can participate, and registration is still open at xterratrailrun.com.
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run actually consists of two races – the Richmond 21K and the Fugitive 10K. The 21-kilometer 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.

But it is the Fugitive 10K that will draw most of the runners, and that course was recently ranked as one of the top 32 trail races in America by Runner’s World Magazine. The course got its name 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.

To register for the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run, or to learn more about it, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/richmond.html.


The WinyardsCaty Winyard isn’t going to outrun any elite runners anytime soon, but that’s not her goal. What she’d really like to do through her running is help researchers outrun Mitochondrial Disease.

Her next step toward that goal will come next week, when she runs in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on June 11 at Brown’s Island, Richmond, Va.

One of Winyard’s brothers is battling the disease, and a sister has been unofficially diagnosed with it. “Mito” is a complex disease that causes breakdowns in cells in various parts of the body.

Winyard notes that her brother has already had two brain surgeries in the past year, and usually spends at least one week per month in a hospital for various treatments.

“The effect it has had on my family both financially and emotionally is enormous!” Winyard said. “My family lives in Fredericksburg, Va. My brother and mom have been traveling to different doctors in Ohio for a week at a time almost every month for the past year. This kind of traveling has been very difficult on them as well as my other five siblings who still live at home.”

In an effort to raise funds and awareness, Winyard started a project called “Outrunning Mito.” Her plan is to run in one race per month for a full year. She is seeking donations at each race, and it will go to the Mitochondria Disease Action Committee, Inc.

Her first race was last month, and she has raised more than $400 so far.

More than 600 runners are expected to participate in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on June 11. Most of the elite runners will enter the 21-kilometer long course. Winyard is opting for the 10-kilometer course (the event will feature two courses, and runners can choose to race on either).

She admits that she usually finishes “in the middle” of the field for races, but that may work out best for her project. Winyard will wear a special race jersey with “Mito Action” on the front and a list of her races on the back.

For more information on her cause, or to make a donation, please visit www.crowdrise.com/OutrunningMito

Photo courtesy Caty Winyard


By Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel CieslewiczRunning day after day can take a toll on the mind and the body.  Periodically, the joy of taking a day to swim, water run, go for a bike ride, or anything that is different can provide the best relief. The burnout factor is dimmed, weaker muscles may be developed and balanced, and the body in general gets a chance to rest from repetitive motion. As running is a high impact sport, doing something without impact is a great opportunity for the body to have a break from pounding while still achieving cardiovascular benefits. Not long ago, I was invited to live this fully due to injury.

Last year, I had a huge reminder that while I love to trail run, sometimes cross training can be the perfect lifesaver.  I started out the year having a great time. But being me, I started running more and more and didn't listen to the signs of overtraining. Despite my body's call for rest, I raced a really hard mountain race as my hips screamed for me to stop. The result was a debilitating injury of seized muscles, dysfunction and pain.  It took quite a while to heal.  In the meantime I had other races I was obligated to race. In order to keep my heart, lungs, and muscles in shape, cross training became my best friend. 

There are many activities a runner can do to cross train.  My activities of choice were swimming, biking and yoga. The swimming and biking were fabulous, as they come naturally for me due to my background in cycling and triathlon.  The ability to ride my bike was the best, as I was could hill train, keep my legs in shape, and think about what it would be like to run my trails as I biked them.  Swimming was great as a non-impact full body workout, reminding me to use my core, and having an excuse to cool off on hot summer days. And yoga is the perfect blend of stretch, strength, balance and breath.  All three activities calmed my mind, as I was still able to train hard and enjoy my endorphin fix!



Setting an early pace was a key component to victory in the XTERRA Vulture’s Knob Trail Run last weekend.

Ryan Collins and Lee Conner both used that strategy on the way to winning their respective divisions. Collins was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 39 seconds; Conner was the first female, finishing with a time of 1:24:38.

More than 100 runners participated in the unique race, which followed a technical mountain bike trail that was made even more challenging by muddy conditions. The race was completed on Saturday, May 28, at Vulture’s Knob Park in Wooster, Ohio, and it was the opening race of the 2011 season for the XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series.









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