BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN PREVIEW - A ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE
By Richard Burgunder
The XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Runs offer a breathtaking and exhilarating Rocky Mountain adventure. Located in Avon, just a two-hour drive west of Denver, known as the Mile High City, which is also the capital of Colorado and the unofficial capital of the Rocky Mountain West, you'll find some challenging single-track trails amidst strikingly beautiful ski country. Past the Beaver Creek gate lays a picturesque and cozy village where legendary world-class ski terrain meets enchanted luxury mountain resorts.
This year's race is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, and it should once again offer an abundance of thrilling adventure and fun for athletes of all abilities and backgrounds. There will be a 10K and a 5K course available and ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.
You'll have a unique opportunity to race in front of an enthusiastically large crowd and a very festive atmosphere, which XTERRA continues to provide with astonishing style and high energy. Runners will be challenged on technical single track trails with 2,400 feet of climbing in the thin Colorado air. The course also offers scenic views while taking runners along the pristine alpine wilderness surrounded by stunningly grand 14’ers. The rugged terrain and thin air will most definitely test your physically fitness and mental aptitude levels.
Daigeaun, Palmer win marathon; Prada, Starr win half-marathon
More than 240 runners from 15 different states were treated to a challenging adventure at the XTERRA Big Elk Trail Run last weekend at Elkton, Maryland.
The event was completed on June 22, and it featured both a full-marathon (26.2 miles) and a half-marathon (13.1 miles). Both courses took runners along the picturesque trails at Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area.
Michael Dageaun from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Jackie Palmer from Newark, Delaware, were the overall winners for the full marathon. Juan Prada from Newark, Delaware, and Emma Starr from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, were the overall winners for the half-marathon.
“I would describe the course as a kind of potpourri,” Dageaun said. “You had a bit of everything imaginable. One moment you’d be running some rolling rooty single track in the woods, and the next, you’d be on some flat double track through a field. There were a couple of road crossings and stream hops that really rounded out the course. Also, lots of twists and turns on the trail itself which at times made getting a good rhythm difficult.”
ATLANTIC SERIES CROWNS ITS FIRST CHAMPIONS
Cathleen and Robert Bartholomew both take home titles
The inaugural XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series was an instant success in 2013, drawing more than 1,000 runners from 15 different states to its four races.
Among those runners were Cathleen and Robert Bartholomew, a happily-married couple from Aberdeen, Maryland. Robert did all four races in the series, and Cathleen did three. By the end of the season, they both earned enough points to win their respective age divisions for the season.
Robert is the men’s 45-49 division winner; Cathleen is the women’s 55-59 division winner.
“We like the idea of a series of races, and once we did the first race in the series and saw how well organized it was, we decided to try to do the entire series,” Robert said.
The XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series featured two races in the state of Maryland, and two in the state of Delaware. The Bartholomews made drives of anywhere from 50 minutes to 90 minutes to get to the various races.
“We have done trail races before; we like them because the trail running community is very friendly,” Cathleen said. “There seems to be a camaraderie that doesn’t exist with road racing.”
WOELFEL, NEWSOM MAKE IMPRESSIVE RUNS AT CAMERON PARK
Texas Series race features hot and challenging conditions
Ryan Woelfel and Aimee Newsom ran to convincing victories at the XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run last weekend at Waco, Texas.
Woelfel was the overall winner of the 21-kilometer race, completing the course in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 11 seconds. He finished six minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Making it more impressive, Woelfel is still in high school – about to start his senior year at Stony Point High in Round Rock, Texas.
“The course at Cameron Park is my favorite of the trail runs I’ve done so far,” said Woelfel, 17. “It’s real technical and has many twists and turns.”
Woelfel took the lead almost from the start and stayed in front the entire course. Greg Rankin from Parker, Texas, placed second in 1:46:11. Rankin is Woelfel’s godfather, but Woelfel had no idea who was behind him until after the race.
“I actually ran the whole race by myself,” Woelfel said. “I didn’t realize Greg was in second until the end of the race.”
Eloy Gonzalez from Fort Worth was third in 1:47:41.
Newsom was an impressive fourth overall and the first overall female in 1:50:57. She finished more than nine minutes ahead of the other top women in the field.
POCONO SERIES FINALE THIS WEEKEND
The XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run is set for Saturday, June 29, and it will serve as the 2013 season finale for the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series.
The 8-kilometer course offers a variety of challenges, including a section of soft sand along Gouldsboro Lake, and several steep ascents and descents in the forests of Gouldsboro State Park.
Tony Korch from Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, and Jaclyn Shokey from Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, were the top overall runners at Gouldsboro last year, and both are expected to compete again this year.
It will be the fifth, and final, event of the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series, and the final age-group standings for the series will be determined after the race. All registered runners will be treated to a “barbecue on the beach” for the post-race awards near the lake.
To learn more about the event or the Pocono Series, please visit www.wilkesbarreracing.com.
FREEDOM FEST OFFERS A CHANCE TO RUN AT KUALOA
The 2013 HYPERLINK "http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html" XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will once again take place at the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii on November 24. The trails at the ranch are normally closed to the public, so opportunities to run there are rare.
One of those rare opportunities will happen on July 6, when the XTERRA Freedom Fest Trail Run will host 10K and 5K races on the trails at Kualoa Ranch. The Freedom Fest is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from all states.
More than 360 runners participated in the Freedom Fest Trail Run last year, and an even bigger field is expected this year.
The XTERRA Freedom Fest has become an annual Fourth of July weekend tradition in Hawaii, with two days of competition (races include trail runs, off-road triathlon, mountain biking and swimming). All competitors are treated to a barbecue lunch and a live concert at the ranch.
Online registration is open at www.freedomfesthawaii.com.
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