A TRAIL RUN FOR EVERYONE
Beaver Creek event is open to runners of all ages
Steve Parker knows what running in Colorado is about. He is, after all, a state record holder for the marathon in his age group.
So when Parker says that the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is a race worth entering, his words hold some merit.
"I love the course - it has beautiful terrain and the views are beautiful, and the course certainly takes advantage of that," said Parker, who is 60 and resides in Denver. "I like the fact that there is plenty of climbing and, but also plenty of easy running."
(Steve Parker pictured, courtesy www.brightroom.com)
The second annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is scheduled for July 15 at the Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado. The event features two courses - a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and online registration is available CLICK HERE.
As with any race in Colorado, this event will take runners to elevations higher than 8,000 feet above sea level. "It's definitely a mountain race, and altitude is always a factor, especially for those coming from other states," Parker said. "If you live in Colorado, it's a given, and most of us are used to it."
Parker entered the inaugural XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run in 2011 and captured first place in the 60-64 age division. He is entered again this year, and said the "big event" atmosphere of an XTERRA race is a positive draw.
"Everything at Beaver Creek is impressive, and XTERRA makes this feel like a big event," he said. "There's an actual podium for all the age-group winners as well as the overall winners, and that was cool to see."
FANTASTIC FINISH FOR POCONO SERIES
Korch, Shokey take top honors in finale at Gouldsboro
Tony Korch and Jackyn Shokey took top honors at the XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run last weekend, but many other runners shared the spotlight.
The XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run - an 8-kilometer race at Gouldsboro State Park - was completed on Saturday, June 30, and it drew dozens of runners, ranging in age from 12 to 69.
The 52-year-old Korch proved that experience can be key in a race, as he was the first overall finisher with a time of 38 minutes, 46 seconds. Making it more impressive, he finished more than a minute ahead of his closest competition.
"I was so very happy to win this race against such good young runners," said Korch, who resides in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. "They work so hard out there and never give up. The only advantage I have is experience."
The course at Gouldsboro featured a variety of challenges, including several steep climbs, a section of soft sand, and 85-degree weather.
(Race photo courtesy www.wilkesbarreracing.com)
Grant Farrell of Lancaster, Pa., placed second with a time of 39:58, and James Ryan of Wilkes Barre, Pa., was third in 40:57.
Shokey placed seventh overall and was the first female with a time of 43:57. It was a familiar finish for Shokey, as she won four of the five races in the 2012 XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series.
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ARMY SOLDIERS TO RUN XTERRA SOUTH CAROLINA RACE
15 soldiers from Fort Gordon will run half-marathon course
The XTERRA Harbison Trail Run is regarded as one of the toughest races in South Carolina, due in part to the hot temperatures and challenging hills. Army soldiers from Fort Gordon, Georgia, will put it to the test this weekend.
The XTERRA Harbison Trail Run is scheduled for Sunday, July 8, at Harbison State Forest in Columbia, S.C., and more than 300 runners are expected to participate, including 15 soldiers from Fort Gordon.
"These new recruits have only been in the Army for about six months," said Staff Sgt. Myke Adkins, who is one of the coaches and trainers of the group. "This will be the first time these 15 soldiers will have run an event like this."
The XTERRA Harbison Trail Run features a 21-kilometer (half-marathon) course that will take runners up and down several steep hills. A forecast of rain in the days leading to the race could make the trails muddy, adding yet another element of difficulty.
Not that it matters to the Army runners. "I tell them it's not about the race of competing against others, but the one they will have with themselves. That is where the battle begins," Adkins said.
TEXAS SERIES CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND
Want to burn some of those Fourth of July barbecue calories? The XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run is scheduled for Sunday, July 8, at Navasota, Texas.
The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there are two course options – a 16-kilometer long course and a 6K course.
Temperatures in the area have been in the 90s this week, but rain is predicted for the weekend. Rain or shine, the XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run offers a rare opportunity for runners to experience the picturesque trails at Magnolia Hill Ranch. The ranch is normally closed to the public and only a few races per year are held there.
All runners will also be invited to stay for the post-race awards presentation, which will include food and beverages.
The race will be the fourth of five races in the 2012 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series, so runners can earn valuable points toward the overall series standings.
To register for the race or learn more about it, please visit www.racerevolutions.com.
SNOW VALLEY TRAIL RUN IS A MONTH AWAY
Trail runners from the Southern California area in need of a summer XTERRA fix can enter the XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run on August 5.
It is the only XTERRA Trail Run held in the Southern California region during the summer months, and it will take place at the picturesque Rim Nordic Ski Center at Snow Valley Resort near Big Bear.
The event will feature two courses – a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K course. Both races are open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The 10-kilometer course will offer a really fun, rolling course on wooded trails with lots of shade and about 850 feet of climbing. The half-marathon(21K) racers will complete the course twice plus an additional 1k loop at the start.
The trails at Rim Nordic, popular for cross country skiing in the winter, are quickly becoming a favorite for trail running in the summer, too. The local mountains are the ideal place to beat the summer heat, as temperatures should be warm, but not uncomfortable.
The Snow Valley Trail Run will be held in conjunction with an XTERRA off-road triathlon on August 4, and competitors are welcome to enter either or both the triathlon and trail run.
All competitors at the event will be eligible for custom awards, raffle prizes, a free barbecue lunch, and access to a beer garden for those 21 and older.
The XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run is not part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. However, the SoCal Series will not start until mid-October, so the Snow Valley event is a great opportunity for runners to stay in racing form this summer.
To register for the race or learn more about it, please visit www.xterrasnowvalley.com.
And CLICK HERE to see an article from last year’s race by tri-magazine.net.
Photo courtesy www.xterrasnowvalley.com
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