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BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN IS FAMILY FRIENDLY RACE

Quinn family will have five on start line

The XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is a race for anyone and everyone, and the Quinn family is a good example.

This year's XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is set for July 21 at the Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado, and it will feature a 10-kilometer course and a 5K course, both open to runners of all ages and abilities.

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Quinn FamilyFive members of the Quinn family are registered to run: Don and his wife, Mollie, and three of their children - DJ (15), Summer (10) and Aidan (9). Another sibling, Devin (14), will serve as the "support crew captain," and his duties will include preparing breakfast for the family and taking photographs during the race.

Don said the family tries to train together, but they are not considered an ultra-competitive family. He said the Beaver Creek Trail Run is a perfect event for the family because it offers both a 10K and 5K. Don, Mollie and DJ plan to run in the 10K, while Summer and Aidan will enter the 5K.

"For the altitude we'll be facing, we probably don't train often enough," Don said. "But when we do, we try to keep it fun. The plan right now is for everyone to run his or her own race. This will be the first time for our youngest and the third time for our second-youngest."

The Quinns are a recognized family in many of the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails, mostly because they spend their summers there as volunteers. This summer, the entire family is volunteering at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden, Colorado. They are also part of the XTERRA Trail Run Ambassador Team.

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TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - TRAINING STRATEGIES TO RUN YOUR BEST RACE

By Rachel Cieslewicz

It is halfway through the year full of awesome 2013 racing, XTERRA style.  Ideally training, racing, and resting rhythms are a pattern of consistency creating balance, fitness, and health in your life.  As the season moves forward, your fitness may be to the point of needing shift to continue your abilities to develop and grow as a runner while finding your own ultimate running potential. 

Traditionally, running is improved with an increase in mileage.  For trail running, time spent training, rather than mileage, is a better scenario to a meet your goals and avoid injury.  Other ways to gain fitness and improve running results are to focus on quality training, the number of workouts in a week, or by cross training.  Choose to focus on your goals for the season, while evaluating and advancing your current fitness. This will guide you to “Live More” and run your best XTERRA trail races ever. 

To safely add mileage, it is important to remember that small incremental increases up to 10 percent a week is ideal for the road. Trail running can be an entirely different world. For instance, if you live on flatter ground with smooth running paths, an increase in mileage works. But if you stick mostly to trails with many technical aspects or a lot of elevation changes, increasing mileage can be too much.  A great idea is to keep track of how much time your running workouts generally take you, and increase that time by 10 percent weekly, out on the trails.  Remember, it is important to take 5-7 days of light training and rest after every 4-6 weeks in order to continue your path to ultimately becoming a stronger healthy athlete while decreasing risk of injury or burnout. 

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FARRELL, SHOKEY PREVAIL AT GOULDSBORO

Shokey caps undefeated season in Pocono Series

Jaclyn Shokey capped a remarkable season in the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series by winning the women's division of the XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run last weekend at Gouldsboro State Park, Pennsylvania.

Jaclyn ShokeyShokey went 5-for-5, winning the women's division at all five races in the series for 2013. "I think I may be in slightly better shape since three out of the five races this year I did improve my times," said Shokey, who resides in Jim Thorpe, Pa. "I've been doing some speed work and have done a lot of racing so far this year, so I think that was definitely a factor."

Grant Farrell from Lancaster, Pa., also capped an impressive season by taking top overall honors at the XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run. He completed the 8-kilometer course in 37 minutes, 11 seconds. It was his second overall victory in the series.

"I've been more aware of the points standing this year and have been developing more as a competitor," said Farrell, 32. "I really try to leave it all out there and not hold back at all no matter the type of race or distance."

Tony Korch from Nanticoke, Pa., was second overall with a time of 37:30. Korch, 53, won the race last year.

"There were four of us for the first mile or two, then Tony and I started to pull away a little," Farrell said. "I was in the lead when we pulled away and was able to stay ahead the remainder of the race.  The clincher was probably my 32 year old ankles against Tony's ... more seasoned ankles."

Shokey, 35, placed 14th overall with a time of 43:42. Carolyn Popovic from Philadelphia was second among the females with a time of 45:12.

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE AT SOUTH CAROLINA THIS WEEKEND

The Fourth of July weekend will be a fitting time for Team Red, White and Blue to make an appearance at the XTERRA Harbison Trail Run.

XTERRA South Carolina SeriesThe Harbison Trail Run is scheduled for this Sunday, July 7, at Harbison State Forest in Columbia, South Carolina.

A capacity field of 350 runners will be on the starting line, and several members of Team Red, White and Blue will be among them. Team RWB is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. The running members of the team will carry American flags with them as they run the course. Other team members will set up near the finish line to support the group.

The XTERRA Harbison Trail Run will feature two courses – a 21-kilometer half-marathon and a 5K “short” course. Both courses are open to all runners from all states. It will be the second of three races in the 2013 XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series.

To learn more about the event, please visit www.marathonmajic.com. To learn more about Team Red, White and Blue, please visit www.teamrwb.org.

NORTH CAROLINA SERIES STARTS IN A WEEK

North Carolina SeriesThere is still one week remaining to register for the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run, which is scheduled for July 13 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Whitewater Trail Run is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. It will feature two course options – a 13-kilometer long course and a 6K short course.

The Whitewater Trail Run will be the first of three races in the 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and as the saying goes, you can’t complete the series without entering the first race.

The second race will be the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run at Beech Mountain, N.C., on July 27; the season finale will be the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run at Davidson, N.C., on August 31. The course lengths range from 5 kilometers to 16 kilometers, and there will be a short course and long course at every event.

Runners must compete in at least two races in the series to be eligible for an age-group series championship at the end of the season. Every age group champion from the final standings will receive a free entry to represent North Carolina at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on September 22.

All runners will receive dri-fit event shirts at each race, and the top runners (overall and masters) will receive special medals and prizes.

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TEXAS SERIES FINALE SET FOR JULY 13

The 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series will host its season finale on July 13, when the XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run takes place at Navasota, Texas.

Texas SeriesThe Magnolia Hill Trail Run will offer two course options – a 21-kilometer long course, and a 6K short course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and abilities, from all states.

The trails at Magnolia Hill Ranch are normally closed to the public, and runners are allowed on the trails only during select events. The 21K course features several technical and winding sections, and a stretch run along a sandy shoreline fronting a lake.

All runners will receive an event shirt and an invitation to the post-race awards party, which will feature beer from NXNW Austin.

Six previous races have already been completed in the Texas Series, and this will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall standings of the series.

At the conclusion of the series, every age-group champion from the overall standings will receive a free entry to represent Texas at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on September 22.

To register for the Magnolia Hill Trail Run or to learn more about it, please visit www.racerevolutions.com.

UTAH SERIES FINALE SET FOR JULY 13

Utah StartThe XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series will also host its season finale on July 13, when the XTERRA Wolf Mountain Trail Run takes place at Eden, Utah.

The event will feature a 10-kilometer course and a 5k course, and both are open to runners of all ages and abilities, from all states.

The course will be set on the slopes of the Wolf Mountain Ski Resort, and it will feature more than 1,500 feet of climbing in the 10K. The race will start at 5,300 feet above sea level, and take runners to a peak elevation of more than 6,500 feet.

The Wolf Mountain Trail Run will be the third, and final, race of the 2013 season for the XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series. The top runners in every age group for this race will earn points toward the overall standings for the series. At the conclusion of the series, every age-group champion from the overall series standings will receive a free entry to represent Utah at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on September 22.

To register for the Wolf Mountain Trail Run or to learn more about it, please visit www.utahxterra.com

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