XTERRA GEORGIA SERIES CHAMPION: TARA MOONEY
Over the past three years, the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series has established several traditions.
Tara Mooney emerging as a series champion is one of them.
Mooney, 27, recently won her third consecutive Georgia Series championship for the women’s 25-29 age division. She clinched it in style, winning the overall women’s division at the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run on Saturday, June 4. That race was the finale of the 2010-11 season for the XTERRA Georgia Series.
“The Deep South course is one of my favorite courses,” said Mooney, who resides in Kennesaw, Ga. “The trail is gently rolling and fast. There are less switchbacks and technical sections than other races in the series, making it a good course to let loose and see what happens.”
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WILEY TAKES GEORGIA SERIES FINALE
Chris Wiley saved his best for last, as he won the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run on Saturday, June 4, at Jackson, Ga.
It was the final race of the 2010-11 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, and Wiley won it with a strong finish. He completed the 15-kilometer course at Dauset Trails in 54 minutes, 4 seconds, to win the Deep South race for the second time in his career (he also won in 2008).
“The course was fast with a few nice hills in it,” said Wiley, 42. “The temperatures were in the mid-90s, so that made it a tough day.”
Wiley estimated that he trailed the leaders by as many as 25 to 30 seconds at the halfway point of the race. He took the lead from David Bell in the final mile, while going up a long climb.
“I buried myself up this hill and by the top of this hill, I was right on him,” said Wiley, who is from Atlanta. “I gave it one more hard effort while going by him and gapped him quickly … from there, I just tried to keep it together and get the win.”
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RUNNERS FLOCKING TO RICHMOND
Around 700 runners are expected to participate in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on Saturday, June 11, at Brown’s Island, Richmond, Va.
The event will feature two courses – the XTERRA Richmond 21K and the XTERRA Fugitive 10K. The 21-kilometer course is considered the championship course, but the Fugitive 10K was recently ranked as one of the top 32 trail races in America by Runner’s World Magazine.
Runners from 22 different states are registered for the event, along with several runners from Europe.
There will be a new overall champion of the 21K, as last year’s winner, Will Christian, will not be in the field this year. Contenders include Virginia runners Brian Hayes, Matt Thomas and Matthew Thompson. Top contenders in the women’s field include Sarah Breevoort and Stacy Lane.
TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E. RUNNING IN RICHMOND
Team X-T.R.E.M.E. will once again make an inspiring run at an XTERRA event.
A team of five runners from the team will participate in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run on Saturday, June 11. All five runners will wear Avon Protection’s C50 gas masks throughout the 21-kilometer course, and an adjudicator from the Guiness World Records will be in attendance to see if the team qualifies for a record.
More important, Team X-T.R.E.M.E. is doing it to raise awareness for military members who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The team has competed in several previous XTERRA races while wearing the gas masks, including the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii last December.
At each race, Team X-T.R.E.M.E. honors a wounded military veteran. In Richmond, SSGT Ryan Major will be honored by the team.
On June 12, Team X-T.R.E.M.E. founder Jeremy Soles will compete in the XTERRA Richmond Sport off-road triathlon while wearing one of the gas masks.
Learn more at www.teamxtremerunning.org.
DIX TAKES WIN STREAK TO POCONO SERIES
It was a different XTERRA series, but the same result for Dan Dix last weekend.
Dix won the XTERRA Hickory Trail Run on Saturday, June 4, at White Haven, Pa. He is a standout runner in the XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series, and this was his first entry across the state in the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series.
Dix, 32, completed the 10-kilometer course at Hickory State Park in 43 minutes, 31 seconds. “Trail conditions were great with a mix of rocky single track, double track and a couple of rock gardens mixed in,” he said. “The highlight was in the last mile where the trail went through a tunnel of rhododendrons.”
Dix resides in Coatesville, Pa., and made the two-hour drive to White Haven on Friday night with his wife, Stephanie, and their dog, Carbon. They camped overnight at Hickory State Park, then Dix went out and led the race from start to finish.
Photo courtesy Stephanie Dix
NORTHERN OHIO SERIES RESUMES
After a successful opening run two weeks ago, the XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series will continue this weekend.
The XTERRA Hampton Hills Trail Run is scheduled for this Saturday, June 11, at Hampton Hills Metropark in Akron, Ohio. It is the second of six races in the 2011 season for the Northern Ohio Series.
Several top runners from the region are expected to race, including the winners of the first race in the series, Ryan Collins and Lee Conner.
The race will feature a 10-kilometer course, and registration will be accepted on race day.
For more information, please visit www.xterraohio.com.
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CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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