MIDDLETON AND MONTAGUE BREAKTHROUGH AT RICHMOND
Ryan Middleton, 25, of Glen Allen, Virginia, and Yardley Montague, 22, from Charlottesville, Virginia, both turned third-place finishes in 2011 into victories last weekend at the XTERRA Richmond Trail Run at Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia.
Middleton (pictured right) took the lead early in the men's 21-kilometer race, then surged during the climbs at the eight-mile mark to pull away -- outlasting runner-up Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat by more than a minute in 1:25:21.
"Love the climbs, love to suffer and had to make the other guys hurt so I could pull away," said Middleton, who is working towards his masters degree. "I really enjoy Richmond and what it has to offer. You think it's flat here, but it's not."
Montague was overjoyed when she crossed the finish line, saying: "It feels awesome. I'm so excited. I took the lead on the bridge early, and then felt like I was being chased the whole time in my head. I really, really wanted to get first. I love this course; third time I've done this, and it's my favorite race of the year. It's the only trail race I do, I just love it."
Her winning time was 1:42:44, just 38-seconds ahead of second-place finisher Abigail Stiles from Norfolk, Virginia.
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ANOTHER COOL RACE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST SERIES
Snohomish, Wash. - The XTERRA Pacific Northwest Trail Run Series is fast gaining a reputation as a cool series for runners in more ways than one. The latest race in the series lived up to that reputation.
The XTERRA Lord Hill Trail Run was completed on June 2 at Lord Hill Regional Park, with runners ranging in age from 17 to 68 participating.
Keith Laverty of Bellevue, Wash., was the overall winner, completing the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 27 seconds. He dominated the field, finishing about a mile ahead of the other runners.
"The course at Lord Hill provided for plenty of hill running, up and down," said Laverty, a former cross country and track runner at the University of Oregon. "Let's just say my legs took a long time to recover."
Lora Bartel of British Columbia, Canada, placed ninth overall and was the first female. She set a women's course record with a time of 2:01:21. Kay Rowlings of Seattle was second in 2:07:22, and Tara Winslow of Vashon was third in 2:10:56.
(Lora Bartel pictured, courtesy Louise Lakier Photography)
BIG RACE THIS WEEKEND IN POCONO SERIES
The XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series will host its longest race of the season this weekend. The XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, at Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania, and several elite runners from the area are expected to race.
The Earth Conservancy Trail Run will feature a 21-kilometer half-marathon course that will take place along cliffs, mountains and mine land overlooking the Susquehanna River near the scenic town of Mocanaqua. The course will utilize well marked portions of single track trails, dirt roads and fire roads. Portions of the course will pass through barren stretches of unclaimed mine land while other portions will make you feel lost in the wilderness.
The winners will be justly rewarded. The first overall male and female finisher will win free airfare to Utah to represent Pocono at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
James Ryan of Wilkes-Barre and Jaclyn Shokey of Jim Thorpe have been the top runners in the XTERRA Pocono Series so far in 2012, but both will be challenged at Mocanaqua. Entries from as far south as Georgia and North Carolina have registered for the race, and elite runners from Pennsylvania have expressed interest in competing.
To learn more about the event and the XTERRA Pocono Series, please visit www.wilkesbarreracing.com.
Photo courtesy www.wilkesbarreracing.com
TEXAS SERIES RESUMES THIS WEEKEND
After a two-month break, the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will resume this weekend with the XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run at Spicewood, Texas. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 17, and it will feature two courses – a 16-kilometer long course, and a shorter 6K course.
According to the race directors: “This is a fast course with some technical areas, including a couple of off-camber vertical stair steps along the trail. The trail is challenging for all levels of runners. Cool off in the refreshing waters of Lake Travis following the event.”
In addition to the challenging course, the runners will also have to deal with the Texas temperatures, which are expected to be in the 90s on race day.
Race-day registration will be available. For more information, please visit www.racerevolutions.com.
The Muleshoe Trail Run will be the first of two races in less than a month in the Texas Series. The XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run is scheduled for July 8 at Navasota, Texas.
XTERRA CHAMPION FEATURED IN TRAIL RUNNER MAGAZINE
Morgan Arritola, the 2011 XTERRA women’s National and World Trail Run Champion, is the feature subject of a profile story currently on www.trailrunnermag.com.
The article focuses on Arritola’s training plans as both an elite trail runner and cross-country skier. She won the Vail Pass Half Marathon earlier this month, and will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Mountain Running Team next month.
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WIN A FREE 3-NIGHT STAY IN HAWAII
Congratulations to Libby H. of Fort Collins, CO winner of last month's free stay in Hawaii at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort on Kauai.
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