RICHMOND WEEKEND IS HERE
One of the most fun-filled events on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit will take place this weekend, with more than 400 runners participating in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on Saturday, June 8.
The event will feature both a 20-kilometer course and a 10K course. Both courses will take runners on a unique “urban adventure” that only Richmond, Virginia, can offer. The trails take runners through dense forest, river crossings, man-made and natural obstacles – all within a stone’s throw of Downtown Richmond.
“Running through and along the James River is exciting and really gives you views you would never experience if it hadn't been for trail running,” said Clark Jackson, an XTERRA Trail Run Ambassador in Virginia.
Because of the unique setting, the event allows runners and their families to take advantage of ample opportunities to enjoy the historic city of Richmond and its surroundings. “If it is a first time experience, you will enjoy the hospitality of the home crowd, and Richmond is an entertaining place to spend time in,” Jackson said.
There is also much at stake for the top runners in the 20K long course. Every age-group winner from the 20K will receive a free entry to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on November 24.
The Richmond Trail Run will also serve as the final race in the 2013 XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series, so it will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall standings of the series. The age-group champions from the final standings for the season will receive free entries to represent Virginia at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Utah on September 22.
Shechtman and McCurdy take top honors at Deep South 15K
A pair of fast finishers highlighted the finishing race of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series last weekend. Matt Shechtman and Deanna McCurdy raced to impressive victories at the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run, which was completed on June 1 at Dauset Trails in Jackson, Georgia.
Shechtman was the overall winner, completing the 15-kilometer course in 58 minutes, 26 seconds.
"The course was great," said Shechtman, who works as an attorney in Atlanta. "Well-marked and fantastic trails for running with lots of rollers for fun accelerations. It was a bit warmer than I am used to and the humidity made it more difficult than most of the winter and spring racing. It's that time of year, so the conditions were great for getting acclimated to the Southern summer climate."
Shechtman said he took the lead within the first mile of the course, and stayed in front the rest of the way. Aaron Roseberry from Atlanta placed second in 59:43, and Evan Dare from Marietta was third in 1:03:34.
"The course was pretty well covered with greenery so you couldn't see more than 30 seconds or so back and I didn't know how close Aaron was until the finish," Shechtman said.
McCurdy was an impressive fifth overall and first among all the females with a time of 1:04:56.
"The trails themselves had a mixture of rocks, roots, hills and a fun, fast, sandy flat stretch along a creek," said McCurdy, who resides in Peachtree City. "The trail along the creek around mile 5 easily gave a false sense of confidence as to the 'ease' of the course. Little did I know that soon after, a gradual 3-mile climb would make the legs question what I was making them do and I would laugh at myself later when I realized I waved hello to a deer I spotted at the top of a hill."
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BETTS COMPLETES PERFECT FIRST SEASON IN GEORGIA SERIES
She is one of 20 runners to win age division title for 2013 season
The XTERRRA Georgia Trail Run Series can be addicting for anyone at any age. Danette Betts is the latest proof.
Betts, a 49-year-old mother of three from Alpharetta, Georgia, did her first XTERRA Trail Run last September and hasn't stopped since. As a result, she is now the 2013 champion for the female 45-49 age division of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
The season ended on June 1 at the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run in Jackson, Georgia, and as she has all season, Betts finished first in her age division.
"Yes, this was my first foray into trail running," she said. "I was sidelined with some injuries in early 2012, so to get back the taste for running, I knew I needed to try something different. Trying to complete as many of the Series races as possible was a good way to stay motivated and always have something on the calendar to plan for."
Betts finished the season with a perfect score of 600 for the Georgia Series. And she wasn't just fast for her age, she was fast, period. Betts often placed in the top five overall among all females, and was the top "masters" female (ages 40 and older) at several of the races. She said the excitement of running on new courses inspired her to enjoy every race she entered.
"Looking back, I really enjoyed them all," she said. "I loved that I had to and find these 'new to me' places. There are some great state parks with amazing trails around. I would have never gone to them otherwise."
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SHIVLEY JOINS ELITE LIST OF "DOUBLE" XTERRA CHAMPIONS
13-year-old wins age group in Alabama and Georgia
It takes dedication and speed to win an age group title in any state on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit. It often requires traveling to different parts of the state to enter the races, and of course, the speed to beat all the other runners in the age group.
Imagine what it takes to do it in two different states.
Korey Shively became the latest XTERRA trail runner to join that elite short list when he won the male 10-14 age division for the 2013 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series last weekend. It came a month after he won the male 10-14 age division for the 2013 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
Korey, 13, is in the eighth grade at Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama, and he is already a member of the varsity cross country and track teams at James Clemens High School, so his success in the Alabama Series is understandable.
He happened to be visiting his grandparents in Atlanta in February at the same time when an XTERRA Georgia Series race was taking place in nearby Winder.
"The timing was right, and he did well enough in that race that we looked at the next one and figured we might as well come back and try another one," said his father, Sean.
Sean made the four-hour drive to take Korey to the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run at Jackson, Georgia, on June 1. Korey won his age group at that race, and it earned him enough points to win the age division for the season.
INAUGURAL XTERRA UTAH SERIES IS UNDERWAY
The opening event for the inaugural XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series witnessed spectacular performances by 80 athletes representing six states - Utah, California, Washington, Colorado, Maryland and Wyoming.
The event was called the XTERRA Hideout Trail Run and it featured three different courses (5K, 10K and 21K) and provided runners with a very challenging course that consisted of singe track trails, grueling climbs and descents along the stunningly beautiful Jordanelle State Park Reservoir in Hideout, Utah.
Overall 21K winner Nate Blouin from Salt Lake City ran with the lead pack for the start, and he then slowly started to distance himself from his closest rivals, following the half-marathon turnaround. Blouin has been consistently training with daily mountain runs that include 2,000-foot vertical ascents. He was very well prepared for the grueling terrain and climbs that the Jordanelle course challenged him with.
"That hurt," he said. Despite his aggressive training routine, the picturesque Jordanelle State Park, which offers rolling terrain and scenic views - all at elevations above 6,000 feet, exceeded his expectations.
In the 10K, former XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon National Age Group Champion, Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah, ran away from the field with a remarkable performance to win the women's race and finish fourth overall with a time of 45:25. She took off with a blazing start and paced with the leaders of all three events up until the 5k turnaround. Emma was fourth (second American) in the final 2010 XTERRA USA Pro Series.
Tyrone Luke, a 10 year old running sensation from Hyrum, Utah, finished second place in the 5K with a time of 28.16.4 in a competitive adult field. Tyrone endured a very challenging course and turned many heads with his incredible performance.
FARRELL CHASES DOWN A VICTORY IN POCONO SERIES
Shokey takes women's division again at Hickory Trail Run
Grant Farrell won the 11-kilometer XTERRA Hickory Trail Run on June 1, but the victory represented a much longer chase for the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, runner.
Farrell completed the course at Hickory Run State Park in 45 minutes, 10 seconds. It was his first overall victory in an XTERRA Trail Run race, following numerous top five finishes in both the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series and XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series over the past two years.
"An overall win in this series is what I've been chasing since last season so it felt great," said Farrell, 32. "I've had some good races and some not so good races, but the thing that keeps me coming back and hopeful for a podium finish is the number of unknowns involved in the sport. Between the terrain, temperature, competition, trail markings, even the wildlife, a lot of things that are outside of our control dictate the race, so a first place overall finish is pretty special."
Farrell described the course at Hickory Park as "the most challenging of the series, in my opinion," although race-day conditions were ideal.
COLORADO SERIES RESUMES ON JUNE 15
There is still one week remaining to register for the inaugural XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Run at Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
The event is scheduled for June 15, and ONLINE REGISTRATION will close on June 12. It will feature a 42K full-marathon course, as well as a 21K half-marathon. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The Turkey Track Trail Run is a new addition to the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and will serve as the third of four races in the series for 2013.
The finale of the Colorado Series will be the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run on July 21. To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com.
TEXAS TWO-RACE COMING UP
The XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will have races on back-to-back weekends in the month of June. The inaugural XTERRA Gator Bait Trail Run is set for June 16 at Huntsville, Texas. That will be followed the next weekend by the XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run on June 22 at Waco, Texas.
The Gator Bait Trail run will feature two courses – a 15K long course and a 5K short course. The Cameron Park Trail Run will also feature two courses – a 21K half-marathon and a 5K short course. Both events are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states.
The events will be the fifth and sixth races of the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series. To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visit www.terrafirmaracing.com or www.racerevolutions.com.