RICHMOND TRAIL RUN PREVIEW - A WILD SENSE OF URBAN ADVENTURE
By Richard Burgunder
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Runs offer a wild sense of urban adventure. Located just a 90-minute drive southwest of the nation's capital, you'll find some amazingly technical single-track trails on the historic Brown's Island, nestled along the strikingly beautiful James River.
This year's race is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, and it should once again be one of the most fun and challenging trail runs in the country.
You'll be challenged with a steep vertical climb up the Manchester staircase, also known as "The Mayan Ruins," where you might find yourself crawling on all fours. You'll later be faced with another strenuous climb up the famous tower steps and across the pedestrian bridge where you'll then encounter tight dirt trails consisting of many, rolling hills through a lush forest. Your speed will be tested on quick cinder trails down the island and your agility challenged while cautiously maneuvering your footing from boulder to boulder to get across the James River.
After a small climb and a short run across another pedestrian bridge, you'll approach a roaring crowd and festive atmosphere, encouraging an explosively fast finish into the chutes. The race starts in a wide-open field where you'll be lined up next to more than 600 of your closest friends. You'll soon be fighting them off as you jockey for position, as the course quickly funnels into narrow-single track trails along the river. Brace yourself for a very fast first half-mile and then enjoy the stunning scenery and history along a grueling, yet exhilarating XTERRA trail run adventure!
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER RICHMOND RACE
There is still time to enter the 2012 XTERRA Richmond Trail Run.
Friday registration: 3 to 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Richmond (555 E. Canal).
Saturday race-day registration: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Brown’s Island.
The event will feature a 21-kilometer long course and a 10-kilometer course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
FANTASTIC FINISH FOR GEORGIA SERIES
A new runner and a new name took top honors at the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run on Saturday, June 2.
Dustin Tetley, competing in his first XTERRA Trail Run, was the first overall finisher, completing the 15-kilometer course in 56 minutes, 10 seconds. In the women's division, XTERRA Trail Run veteran Tara Gormley, formerly Tara Mooney, placed first with a time of 1:06:41.
More than 300 runners participated in the event, which was held at Dauset Trails in Jackson, Georgia.
"The course was great - well-marked and the trails were in good shape," said Tetley, who is 24 and resides in Atlanta. "We got lucky with the weather since it was a cool morning."
Tetley, a former member of the University of Georgia's track and cross country teams, took the lead early in the course and stayed there the rest of the way.
"With so many cutbacks in the trails, it was tough to tell how far back the others were, but since I hadn't seen any others by the eighth mile I figured I had a comfortable lead," he said. "I tripped on a rock about 3.5 miles in and scraped up my knee and leg pretty bad. Fortunately no one passed me when I went down."
(Tara Gormley file photo, courtesywww.greatactionportraits.com)
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RYAN, SHOCKEY WIN AGAIN IN POCONO SERIES
The XTERRA Hickory Trail Run started with the sighting of a black bear near the registration area in the morning, and the excitement never stopped.
James Ryan of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, remained undefeated in the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series after a daring sprint to the finish line led him to the victory in the Hickory Trail Run. He completed the 10-kilometer course in 45 minutes, 45 seconds.
Jaclyn Shokey of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, also remained undefeated in the Pocono Series by winning the women's division. She finished with a time of 51:11, which set a women's course record.
The XTERRA Hickory Trail Run was completed on Saturday, June 2, at Hickory State Park in White Haven, Pennsylvania. It was the third of five races in the 2012 XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series. Ryan has been the overall winner at all three races so far, while Shokey has been the top female at all three races.
"I was running by myself pretty much the entire race, until out of nowhere, the runner-up started to catch up with me in the last mile," said Ryan, 19. "I relaxed some and let him catch up with me. I knew if I kept pushing, he would have a chance of winning the race. As soon as I seen the finish line, I took off. The finish line was on the other side of a creek, and the runner-up fell so that pretty much sealed the deal."
Grant Farrell of Lancaster placed second in 45:52 - seven seconds behind Ryan. Aaron Bova of Allentown was third in 46:23.
Shokey placed 12th overall and finished more than two minutes ahead of the other females. Over the past two years, she has been the top female at five XTERRA Pocono Series Trail Run events.
Photo courtesy Richard Burgunder/PowerBar
BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN A MONTH AWAY
The second annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is set for July 15 at the picturesque Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado.
This year’s XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Runs will be operated by TEAM Unlimited, and the race will also offer points for the 2012 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series.
The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and two courses will be offered – a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K course.
The courses at Beaver Creek/Bachelor Gulch wowed runners last year with its breathtaking views, and challenging climbs and descents. “This run had a little bit of everything - up, down, rolling singletrack through aspen forests and incredible views of the valley all around," said Marc Lonac, who won the 21K race last year.
The Beaver Creek Trail Runs will be held one day after the XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon, so many of the world’s elite triathletes will be on site, and a few may even stick around to enter the trail run.
The 21K course offers a full 13.1 off-road miles, with a mix of single and double track terrain, gaining approximately 2,400 feet of elevation throughout the distance. In the 10K race, athletes will retrace the full XTERRA off-road triathlon run course from the day before, gaining approximately 1,300 feet of elevation.
Every age group winner from the 21K race will receive a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii on December 2.
To register online for the Beaver Creek Trail Run, or to learn more about it, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/beavercreek.html.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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