XTERRA ALABAMA TRAIL RUN SERIES CHAMPION: KATHERINE MORGAN
Katherine Morgan might still be new to Alabama, but she’s already got two XTERRA championship certificates from her new home state to show for it.
When Morgan moved to Birmingham, Ala., two years ago, she figured a good way to get to know her new surroundings would be through running. She hasn’t stopped since.
As a result, Morgan emerged as the champion of her age group in the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series both in 2010 and 2011. She clinched the 2011 title last month at the season finale in Pelham, Ala.
Trail runners from across the country will compete in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship on Sept. 25 at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25. It is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there is no qualification process. To learn more about the XTERRA Nationals, or to register for the race, please visit the XTERRA Nationals site.
Photo courtesy www.brightroom.com
BURGUNDER BREAKS THROUGH WITH GOULDSBORO WIN
Richard Burgunder can now add “race winner” to his long list of XTERRA accolades.
Burgunder won his first XTERRA trail run last weekend, finishing first overall at the XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run at Gouldsboro, Pa., on June 18. He entered many previous XTERRA trail runs across the country over the past three years, and had several top-five finishes to show for it. But until last weekend, he had never won an XTERRA Trail Run.
“After several close and competitive races over the last couple of years, this was my very first XTERRA victory,” said Burgunder, who is 32 and resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. “I had a good feeling about this race, despite missing two XTERRA events over the last two weeks due to a lingering hamstring injury. The rest must have paid off!”
Burgunder completed the 10-kilometer course at Gouldsboro State Park in 38 minutes, 53 seconds. Burgunder is also recognized as XTERRA’s first “Trail Run Ambassador” and has helped promote XTERRA events in his home region for the past several years.
Race photo courtesy www.wilkesbarreracing.com
MADISON AND SPOONER TAKE TOP HONORS AT MULESHOE
A rookie and a veteran took the top honors at the XTERRA Muleshoe Trail Run, which was completed on Sunday, June 19, at Spicewood, Texas.
Michael Madison of Austin, Texas, was the overall winner, completing the 16-kilometer course at Muleshoe Bend Park in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 16 seconds. Madison, 26, normally competes in road races, and this was his first try at a trail race.
“I wanted to mix it up a little bit this summer and try my hand at an off-road race,” he said. “I wanted to set the pace early and see what competition I was going to have. Within the first half mile, I had put a fairly comfortable distance on two guys behind me, but wanted to keep pushing while the terrain was still solid. The way the course set up allowed me to open my stride early which was nice.”
In the women's division, veteran XTERRA runner Claudia Spooner added yet another victory to her trail run resume. She completed the course in 1:25:37, which was good for 11th overall. Spooner, 41, has been the top female finisher at six of the last seven races in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series.
TOP RUNNERS BEAT ODDS AT WOLF'S HOLLOW
The XTERRA Wolf’s Hollow Trail Run was all about beating the odds last weekend.
Mike Hazeltine pulled off an upset victory in the men’s division, and 51-year-old Diane Grim refused to act her age in winning the women’s division. They took top honors at the event, which was completed on June 19 at Wolf’s Hollow County Park in Atglen, Pa.
Hazeltine completed the rugged 10-kilometer course in 34 minutes, 18 seconds, and led practically from start to finish. He took the lead on the first uphill climb, and never looked back.
In the women’s division, Grim (pictured) ran away from the field, finishing with a time of 46:29. The runner-up female, Bonnie Stoeckl, finished in 51:33.
Race photo courtesy Derek Schultz
NORTHERN OHIO SERIES RESUME AT CHAPIN FOREST
The third race of the 2011 XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series is scheduled for this Sunday, June 26. The XTERRA Chapin Forest Trail Run will feature a fast 8-kilometer course at the Chapin Forest Reservation in Kirtland, Ohio.
Several elite runners are expected to participate, including the defending women’s champion Lee Conner. She has already won the first two races in the Northern Ohio Series so far this year.
The race is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and registration will be accepted on race morning. For information, please visit www.xterraohio.com.
SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES LOOKING FOR RUNNERS
The XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series will resume its 2011 season on July 10 with the XTERRA Harbison Trail Run at Columbia, S.C.
Runners of all ages and skill levels can participate, and there will be two separate courses – a long course of 21 kilometers, and a short course of 5 kilometers.
It will be the first XTERRA Trail Run ever staged at Harbison State Forest, and race director Victoria Seahorn says the course will offer a combination of “true XTERRA and South Carolina experiences.” To be sure, the final aid station on the course will offer runners a southern treat – ice cold sweet tea.
The Harbison Trail Run will be the second of three events in the 2011 South Carolina Series. The third event, the XTERRA Table Rock Trail Run, is scheduled for August 20 at Pickens, S.C.
To register for a race in the South Carolina Series, or to learn more about it, please visit www.marathonmajic.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.
NORTH CAROLINA, TOO
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series will open its 2011 season with a new event -- the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run -- on July 9.
The inaugural race will take place along the picturesque trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. The event will feature two separate courses, one at 13 kilometers, and another at 6 kilometers, so runners of all ages and skill levels can participate.
The courses are sure to pass along various lake and river sections, but will runners have to make any whitewater crossings? Hmmm … race director Tim Schroer is not saying, so you’ll just have to sign up and find out.
The North Carolina Series will feature three races in 2011, with subsequent events on July 24 at Beech Mountain, and September 4 at Fisher Farm.
To register for a race in the North Carolina Series, or to find out more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.
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