TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E. ON ANOTHER INSPIRING MISSION
The inspirational story of Team X-T.R.E.M.E. started in Richmond, Virginia, in 2009, and the next amazing chapter will be added next weekend.
Members of Team X-T.R.E.M.E. will participate in both the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on June 9, and the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon on June 10. The XTERRA weekend of events will take place at Brown's Island, Richmond, Virginia.
Team X-T.R.E.M.E. is a non-profit organization with an ongoing mission to Honor, Empower and Motivate wounded service members of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. The team features active and veteran military members who participate in various races across the country to honor the sacrifice of Wounded Warriors through feats of mental and physical endurance.
Jeremy Soles, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, founded Team X-T.R.E.M.E. and competed in the 2009 XTERRA Richmond Trail Run with a gas mask secured to his face as a way to symbolize the initiative.
The 2012 XTERRA Richmond Trail Run and XTERRA East Championship triathlon are a testament to how much the Team has grown since that first race in 2009. In the trail run on June 9, six "X-Athletes" will run the 21-kilometer course with gas masks secured to their faces.
"Next weekend, I will stand under the same XTERRA starting line arch as I did in 2009, only now I am not alone," Soles said.
But the highlight of the weekend will come on Sunday, June 10, when the team will participate in the off-road triathlon as a relay team. Two "Wounded Warrior Athletes" will be a part of the relay team.
Cpl. Todd Love, a triple amputee Marine, will don the modified amphibious Avon Protection C50 Gas Mask and take on the James River for the 500-meter open water swim. Marine Sgt. Jonathan Mozingo, a below the knee amputee will then take over and ride the 17K mountain bike course wearing the Team X-T.R.E.M.E. signature gas mask.
Then for the 7K trail run, Love and Mozingo will be joined by X-Athletes to complete the triathlon. The X-Athletes will carry Love in a modified harness system so that he can be with them for the entire run.
STILL TIME TO ENTER RICHMOND TRAIL RUNS
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is fast approaching, and a fast showing there could help runners get to Hawaii in December.
This year’s XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is set for Saturday, June 9, and it will once again take place on the picturesque trails near Brown’s Island, Richmond, Virginia. The event has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most unique – and fun – trail runs in the country, and more than 600 runners participated last year.
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run actually consists of two courses – a 21-kilometer long course and a shorter course of 10 kilometers. The 21K 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.
For the first time, the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run will offer free entries to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. And it’s not just for the overall winners. Each age-group winner, male and female, for the 21K race at Richmond will earn a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 2 at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii.
The 10K course at Richmond was recently ranked as one of the top 32 trail races in America by Runner’s World Magazine. Both the 21K and 10K courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels (though only the 21K age-group winners will receive the free entry to the Hawaii race).
Registration for the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is available online through next week. To register or learn more about the event, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/richmond.html.
This year’s Richmond Trail Run will be held in conjunction with the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, at Brown’s Island. Many of the world’s top off-road triathletes will be in Richmond to compete in that event.
A TRAIL RUN TO REMEMBER
While the first finishers from the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs received much of the attention, there was quite a story at the back of the race.
Curtis Germany and Ashley Vickery were the last finishers of the race, which was completed on May 20 at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. They finished the 42-kilometer marathon course in 7 hours, 45 minutes, 32 seconds, and they can now cherish every second of it.
After they crossed the finish line together, Germany dropped to one knee and asked Vickery for her hand in marriage. They have been dating for the past four years, and this was their first marathon together.
"We were actually going to take a trip to San Francisco to run in another marathon last year and that's when I first started thinking about doing something like this," Germany said. "But she got hurt and so that fell through. When we heard about this marathon, we decided we would run it together, and that's when I knew I could (propose)."
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ALABAMA SERIES CHAMPIONS CROWNED
The XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs on May 20 was the final event of the 2011-12 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
Eighteen runners scored enough points to earn an age-group championship. All of those runners will receive a free entry to represent Alabama at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort, Ogden, Utah, in September.
Special recognition should go to Elena Linn (pictured), who won the female 25-29 age group. She went undefeated during the season, winning all four races. Making it more impressive, she was the first overall finisher (including the men) at two different races during the season.
Repeat Alabama champions from 2011 are Katherine Morgan (female 35-39) and Matt Carter (male 35-39).
HERE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
PUERTO RICO SERIES GROWING FAST
The XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series is growing faster than expected.
The XTERRA Salinas Trail Run last weekend drew nearly 350 runners, ranging in age from 14 to 71. It was just the second race in the history of the Puerto Rico Series. The Salinas Trail Run was completed on May 27 at Salinas, Puerto Rico.
"I would best describe the Salinas race as a trail runner explosion," Puerto Rico Series director Efrain Cardona said. "We had 117 runners at our first race back in January, so we were expecting a reasonable growth to 200 for this race. In the four days preceding the race, we felt the blast of trail runners and we were very excited to see so many people willing to try what the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series has to offer."
Angel Cruz took top honors, completing the 8-kilometer course in 33 minutes, 37 seconds. Carmelo Rivera was second with a time of 35:40, and Kelvin Gonzalez was third at 36:30.
Tamaris Rivera was the top female, finishing with a time of 47:07. Neysha Valdez was a close second at 47:15, and Yaritza Rosa was third at 47:32.
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GEORGIA FINALE COMING UP
The XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series will hold its 2012 season finale on June 2 with the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run at Jackson, Georgia.
As the sixth, and final, race in the series, it will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall standings in the respective age groups. Many of those age groups are still up for grabs and will be decided by the results of the Deep South Trail Run.
The Deep South Trail Run will feature two course options – a 15-kilometer long course and a 5K short course. Runners of all ages and skill levels can enter.
To learn more about the Deep South Trail Run and the XTERRA Georgia Series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
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XTERRA TRAIL RUNS ON EAST COAST AND WEST
June 2 will feature four races on the XTERRA Trail Run Series schedule. In addition to the Georgia Series finale, three others will take place.
The XTERRA Pocono Series will host the XTERRA Hickory Trail Run at White Haven, Pennsylvania. It will be the third of five races in the series, and the 11-kilometer course is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The XTERRA Colorado Series will host the inaugural XTERRA Balarat Trail Run at Jamestown, Colorado. It will be the third of five races in the series, and will feature two courses – a 21K long course and a 10K. Both courses will feature approximately 80 percent single track and, of course, the famous Colorado elevation.
The XTERRA Pacific Northwest Series will host the XTERRA Lord Hill Trail Run at Snohomish, Washington. It will be the second of three races in the series, which is in its first year on the XTERRA circuit. The event will feature two courses – a 21K long course and a 10K. The 21K course will feature more than 2,000 feet of elevation gain and will take runners along the Snohomish River.
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