XTERRA ARIZONA SERIES CHAMPION: SHAUN HALEY
Imagine running a 20-kilometer trail race in the desert with no water. And taking a tumble in the middle of that race.
Shaun Haley did that in his first XTERRA Trail Run … and loved it.
Now he can’t get enough. Haley went undefeated in his age group (men, 40-44) to win a 2011 XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series regional championship.
He will next test his skills in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25.
“I would have to say I’m looking forward to the competition and the beautiful trails,” said Haley, 42. “I hope to meet some new masters trail racers that can give me a run for my money and I can chat with at the end. I also hope to teach a few of the youngster how the old men can still kick ass.”
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POCONO SERIES FINALE THIS WEEKEND
The inaugural XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series will stage its final race of the season on Saturday, July 9.
The XTERRA Mocanaqua/Earth Conservancy Trail Run at Mocanaqua, Pa., will be the fifth of five races in the series. It will also be the longest race in the series, taking the runners on a 21-kilometer trail through the Mocanaqua Loop Trail System.
Because it is the final race in the series, it will also determine the final overall standings in the various age groups. Each age-group champion from the final standings will receive a free invitation to represent the Pocono region at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25.
“I think that the XTERRA Pocono Series has been absolutely amazing so far,” said Richard Burgunder, who has already clinched the men’s 30-34 age division. “The courses have been exhilarating and very challenging. The surrounding area is beautiful.”
Of particular interest is the women’s 30-34 age division. Nadalie Solomon and Jaclyn Shokey have been the top two overall female runners in the Pocono Series this season, and they both happen to be in the same age division.
They have alternated wins in the series, with Solomon taking first overall at the first and third races, and Shokey placing first overall in the second and fourth races.
More information can be found at http://www.wilkesbarreracing.com/PoconoXterraSeries/mocanaqua.php
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NORTH CAROLINA OPENER THIS WEEKEND
Several XTERRA Trail Run Series across the nation have already concluded, and others are in the stretch run of the season.
But the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series will get underway with its first race of the season on Saturday, July 9. More than 300 runners are expected to participate in the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run at Charlotte, N.C.
The event will take place at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and runners will be treated to some of the most scenic and challenging trails in the area. The course will traverse along the Catawba River, before taking runners into the deep forest trails. It will also include a pass alongside the famous “Whitewater Channels,” where rafters and kayakers will likely be enjoying the summer conditions.
The event will actually feature two courses – one at 13 kilometers, and one at 6 kilometers – so that runners of all ages and skill levels can participate.
The XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run will be the first of three races in the 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. The other races in the series will follow on July 24 and Sept. 4. Runners can enter any or all of the races in the series.
For more information on the North Carolina Series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.
NORTHERN OHIO SERIES RESUMES
The XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series will stage its fourth race of the season on Saturday, July 9, at the Mohican State Park Campgrounds in Loudonville, Ohio.
The XTERRA Mohican Trail Run will offer one of the most challenging courses in the series, as the 19-kilometer trail will take runners on more than 1,400 feet of elevation gain.
The XTERRA Northern Ohio Series will feature seven total races, so the overall standings in the various age groups are still wide open.
Race-day registration will be available, and it is open to runners of all ages. To learn more about this race or the Ohio Series, please visit www.xterraohio.com.
A NEW RACE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA
The XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series will unveil a new race on Sunday, July 10. The XTERRA Harbison Trail Run at Columbia, S.C., will feature 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 races in the 2011 XTERRA South Carolina Series.
Several elite runners from the area are expected to enter, including Bryson Smith, who won the opening race in the series back in March.
“I just love trail running in general,” said Smith, who will make a 90-minute drive to get to the race at Columbia. “It seems to provide more diverse and challenging courses than road running ... looking forward to it!”
More information can be found at http://www.marathonmajic.com/XterraTrailRunCol-Harbison.html
OUTRIGGER HAWAII SWEEPSTAKES JUNE WINNER
Congratulations to Wade W. of Colorado. Winner of a complimentary 3-night stay at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort located on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Look for another chance to win a 3-night stay in Hawaii courtesy of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts each month in our XTERRA newsletters and right here on Facebook.
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