VIRGINIA'S JACKSON STILL RUNNING STRONG AT 57
He'll defend 55-59 age group title at Richmond Trail Run on June 8.
Clark Jackson remembers his first experience at the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run. It came in 2010, and it was his first attempt at an XTERRA Trail Run race. He sprained his ankle along the course and finished in seventh place in his age division.
Needless to say, it wasn't the greatest race result for the 57-year-old insurance salesman from Charlottesville, Va. Still, Jackson credits that experience for getting him hooked on XTERRA Trail Run races.
"It's the closest XTERRA race to where I live, but it's also the first one I ever did," he said. "I'll be back to do it every year, as long as I can."
This year's XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is scheduled for June 8, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. It will be part of an XTERRA weekend in Richmond, as the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon will take place on June 9. It is the 15th consecutive year that XTERRA has held an "urban adventure" event in Richmond.
Jackson used his initial experience in 2010 to improve on his trail running skills and by 2012, he won his age group at the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run, and also won his age division in the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. He has made even greater strides in 2013, finishing second overall among all runners at two different races in the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series.
"I just try to improve each week and work on weaknesses that I noticed I had in the last race," said Jackson, who recently celebrated his 57th birthday. "I'm relatively new to trail racing so I'm still learning. I wish I had the nerves to run down the hills like those younger guys. I love the challenge of tough races so the tougher the better."
All registered runners for the 21K race of the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run are eligible to win a prize package from the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series.
The prize package includes two free entries to the XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run 21K race on June 15 at Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania, as well as an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes Barre for the night of June 14.
If you are a runner available to make the trip to Mocanaqua on June 14-15, please send an e-mail to Pocono race director Rich Pais at firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name in the drawing. The prize will be awarded via random draw on the day of the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run (June 8).
Every race in the Pocono Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. The next race in the Pocono Series is scheduled for June 1 – the XTERRA Hickory Trail Run at White Haven, Pennsylvania. To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visit www.wilkesbarreracing.com.
CAMPBELL, PALMER TAKE FAST TRAIL TO VICTORY
What started out as training runs turned into race victories for Preston Campbell and Jackie Palmer at the XTERRA Lums Pond Trail Run.
Campbell was the overall winner of the 10-kilometer trail race at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware. Palmer placed ninth overall and was the top female.
Campbell, a Navy helicopter pilot from Annapolis, Maryland, completed the course in 38 minutes, 18 seconds. It was his second consecutive overall victory in the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series (he also won the previous race at Seneca Creek, Maryland, last month).
"The race was really fantastic," he said. "I race Columbia Tri the weekend before, so the flat course at Lums Pond felt amazing and the conditions could not have been better."
Campbell's main sport is triathlons, so he has been entering the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series as a form of training.
He said he took the lead two miles into the course, and then gradually increased his lead the rest of the way. "I ran my race and enjoyed the trail," he said.
Juan Pablo Prada from Newark, Delaware, placed second in 39:17, and Doug Bishop, also from Newark, was third in 39:58.
Palmer likes to enter ultra marathon races, so the Lums Pond 10K was a warm-up of sorts for her (she did a longer race the very next day).
"I have been to Lums Pond before, but not for trail running so was not familiar with the trail itself, but knew it was flat," said Palmer, who is also from Newark. "The trails I usually train on are a little more hilly, so I think this helped my strength, even though there were not actually hills in the race."
WINNERS GO LONG WAY AT MULESHOE
Stewart and Akerhielm prevail for first time in XTERRA Texas Series
The XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series is all about discovering new adventures in new places, and Mitt Stewart and Tracie Akerhielm did just that at the latest race.
Stewart was the overall winner and Akerhielm was the top female at the XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run, which was completed on May 18 at the Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood, Texas. It was the fourth of seven races in the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series.
"It was challenging," Stewart said of the 16-kilometer course. "It was full of rocks and low branches, so you had to be very alert. No mental breaks or you'd go down."
Stewart completed the course in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 57 seconds. He lives in Sandy, Utah, but happened to be in Texas on a business trip and decided to enter the race as a way to stay in shape. His main sport is mountain biking, and he often races in the professional division.
Dylan Johnson from Dripping Springs, Texas, had the lead for most of the race, but he took a wrong turn late in the course and it dropped him to second place. Stewart said he was unaware of Johnson until the very end of the race, when they both made a sprint to the finish line.
DESSY AND IGLESIAS PREVAIL IN PUERTO RICO
Luigi Dessy and Alejandra Iglesias ran to impressive victories at the XTERRA Salinas Trail Run last weekend at Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Dessy was the overall winner, completing the 16-kilometer course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 19 seconds. He finished more than a minute ahead of the other top runners, and it was his first overall victory of this season.
Melvin Rivera placed second, followed by Efrain Soto and Alberto Saldana.
"The course was really extraordinary - very competitive and a little bit technical," Saldana said. "The terrain was varied, and there were some hills in the first few kilometers. The weather was hot, like 99 to 102 degrees, and the race was in the south part of the island, which is very dry."
Iglesias placed 10th overall and dominated the women's field. She finished with a time of 1:32:00, which was more than five minutes ahead of the other top females.
ONE SERIES WILL CONCLUDE, ANOTHER WILL START
It will be a contrasting weekend on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit, as one series will hold its season finale, while another series will hold its season opener.
The XTERRA Deep South Trail Run on June 1 will serve as the seventh, and final, race for the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series. The event will feature two courses – a 15-kilometer long course and a 5K short course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and race-day registration will be accepted.
It will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the age-group championships for the Georgia Series, and several of the age divisions are still up for grabs. Every age-group champion from the final standings will receive a free entry to represent Georgia at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Utah in September.
To learn more about the Georgia Series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
Also on June 1, the XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series will begin its 2013 season with the XTERRA Hideout Trail Run at Kamas, Utah. The event will feature three courses – a 21K, 10K and 5K. A portion of every entry will be donated to the Wasatch Trails Alliance.
It will be the first of three races in the 2013 XTERRA Utah Series. The next races in the series are scheduled for June 8 and July 13.
To register for a race in the Utah Series or to find out more about it, please visit www.utahxterra.com.
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