BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN COMING UP ON JULY 21
All runners are welcome to participate in 10K and 5K races
If you’re eager for a summer run at one of the most picturesque settings in the Rockies, the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run will be the place to be on July 21. This year’s XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run will feature a 10-kilometer course and a 5-kilometer course, and both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states.
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The Beaver Creek Trail Run will be staged on the mountain trails surrounding the Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado. As would be expected for a trail run in Colorado, the course takes runners along 2,400 feet of climbing in the thin air of the Rocky Mountains. The trails are considered a perfect blend of scenic and challenging, and it has drawn rave reviews from past runners.
“I loved this race, the up-and-down and the Aspens, and the atmosphere, really a fun time and a great show,” said last year’s 10K female winner, Andi Malboeuf from Edwards, Colorado.
This year’s Beaver Creek Trail Run will also serve as the fourth – and final – race of the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The top age-group runners for the 10K race will receive points toward the overall standings of the Series.
Every age-group champion from the final standings for the series will receive a free entry to represent Colorado at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on September 22.
Dowdy and Weiler take Fugitive 10K
XTERRA Richmond 21K Results / XTERRA Fugitive 10K Results
(Richmond, VA) - Blaine O’Reilly (24, Williamsburg) and Emily Ward (31, Richmond) captured the XTERRA Richmond 20K, while Jason Dowdy (37, Richmond) and Laura Weiler (31, Richmond) won the XTERRA Fugitive 10K trail runs in cool, rainy conditions around James River Park this morning.
The courses for both races were changed to protect the trail system – eliminating the Forest Hill Park and “Dry Way” sections that have been pummeled with rain over the past two days - and replacing them with alternate routes on service and gravel roads.
O’Reilly, who ran for the Army Black Knights' track and cross country teams from 2007-2011 before graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2011, led from start-to-finish and crossed the line in 1:11:37 (5:43 mile pace), more than four-minutes ahead of runner-up and last year’s 20K winner Ryan Middleton of Hanover.
“It was fun, my first XTERRA,” said O’Reilly, the two-mile record holder at Gloucester High School. “My brother wanted me to come over and run and glad I did. I’ll have to come back next year so I can get on those trails everyone raves about.”
In the women’s race Ward, a track and cross country star at the University of Richmond ten years ago, was equally as dominant despite getting a side-stitch that had her walking for the first time ever in a race. Her winning time of 1:26:44 was good for eighth overall, and nearly seven minutes ahead of runner-up Jaclyn Shokey.
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DIDAWICK AND JACKSON EARN VIRGINIA SERIES TITLES
Richmond was the season finale for 2013
In addition to being a fast runner, Josh Didawick is also a fast learner. Prior to this year, Didawick had never competed in a trail run. He is now the 30-34 age group champion for the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series.
The 2013 XTERRA Virginia Series came to a close last weekend with more than 350 runners participating in the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run.
"I did triathlons and road races before this year, but I was looking for something different to do and decided to try and do a trail run," Didawick said.
His first trail run experience came in April of this year at the XTERRA Hungry Mother 10K Trail Run at Marion, Virginia. He placed fourth overall and first in his age group, and it provided enough of an incentive for him to sign up for the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run 20K.
"I liked that first one at Hungry Mother so much, I signed up for Richmond," said Didawick, who is 31 and resides in Staunton, Virginia. "I'm glad I did because Richmond was awesome. The whole event was just phenomenal."
Didawick placed third in his age group at the Richmond 20K race, and it gave him enough points to win his age division for the season for the XTERRA Virginia Trail Run Series.
"I try to do a little bit of everything to stay in shape," he said. "But I definitely want to do more trail runs. I really enjoyed doing the two XTERRA races this year."
RUNNERS TREATED TO CHALLENGING 5K AT MOAB
Sometimes, a 5-kilometer trail run can go a long way. Such was the case at the XTERRA Moab Trail Run last weekend at Moab, Utah.
"The course was surprisingly challenging for a 5K," is how runner-up Richard Burgunder described it. "The diverse terrain included an interesting mixture of single track trails, sand, water crossings, suspension bridges, steep climbs, and a fully exposed half-mile trek across the dam at Ken's Lake. Overall it was a beautiful course and provided some spectacular scenery. The waterfall was simply amazing."
Robert Van Reenen from Salt Lake City was the overall winner, completing the course in 26 minutes, 53 seconds. Burgunder, who drove six hours from his hometown of Boulder, Colorado, to get to the race, finished second in 27:28.
Burgunder said he led for the first mile, then Van Reenen took the lead on one of the longer climbs. "We ran neck-to-neck through most of the race, rotating the lead a couple of times," he said. "It wasn't until the final half mile where Van Reenen pulled away."
Katja Gist from Denver placed fifth overall and was the top female with a time of 29:12. Amy Hammermeister from Gunnison, Colorado, was the second female at 30:36.
RIGDON, HALLAGAN TAKE TOP HONORS AT EUREKA SPRINGS
Runners from five different states participate
The XTERRA Eureka Springs Trail Run was completed at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, on June 8, and a pair of out-of-state runners took top honors.
Tony Rigdon III from Columbia, Missouri, was the overall winner, and Amy Hallagan from Loveland, Colorado, was the first female.
Rigdon, 40, completed the 12-kilometer course in 1 hour, 45 seconds, and finished more than two minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Seventeen-year-old Jake McClung - a hometown runner from Eureka Springs - placed second in 1:03:15.
Hallagan, 40, placed eighth overall with a time of 1:07:25, and dominated the women's field. Stephanie Pendegraft from Mountain Home, Arkansas, placed second in 1:23:55.
In addition to the 12K long course, there was also a 6K short course. Eric Wilbur was the overall winner of the 6K course, and 61-year-old Patsy Miller was the first female.
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Runners from five different states - Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma - participated in the event. The Eureka Springs Trail Run is not affiliated with any specific XTERRA region, as Arkansas does not have a full series.
ATLANTIC SERIES FINALE SET FOR JUNE 22
Big Elk Trail Run will offer full-marathon and half-marathon courses
The Big Elk Trail Run in Elkington, Maryland, will serve as the big finish for the inaugural XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series.
More than 250 runners from at least five different states are expected to participate in the Big Elk Trail Run, which is scheduled for June 22 on the sprawling grounds of Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The event will feature two courses – a full-marathon (26.2 miles) and a half-marathon (13.1 miles). Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
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The trails at Fair Hill offer diverse terrain, including single track, bridge crossings, creek crossings and open fields. The area is popular for running, mountain biking and horseback riding.
The Big Elk Trail Run will be the fourth – and final – race in the 2013 XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series, so it will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall standings. Previous races in the series were held in both Delaware and Maryland. In addition to those two states, runners from Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been entering the races in the series.
“The response to the XTERRA Atlantic Series has been great,” said Atlantic Series director Kristen Thomas. “Everyone seems to be having fun and we’ve had a lot of repeat runners.”
Every race in the Atlantic Series has offered unique prizes for the runners, and the finale will be no different. All runners in the Big Elk Trail Run will receive a hydration pack, and the top finishers in each age group will win commemorative pint glasses. “There’s a chance it could be pretty hot, so we want to make sure no one has an excuse not to be hydrated,” Thomas said.
To learn more about the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series, please visit www.adventuregeekproductions.com.
SIZZLING SUMMER DISCOUNT FOR ARIZONA SERIES
Save $50 by registering before July 15
The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series will begin its 2013-14 season in October, but runners who sign up for all four races in the series can save $50 by registering online before July 15.
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The Arizona Series will feature four races in four different locations for the 2013-14 season. The races are scheduled for October 6 (Estrella Mountain), January 5, 2014 (White Tanks), February 2, 2014 (McDowell Mountain), and March 23, 2014 (Black Canyon). Each event will offer two courses – a long course and a short course.
The Arizona Series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. To learn more about it, please visit www.aztrailrace.com.
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