THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN
The XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is set for July 21 at the Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado, and there is still time to register.
This year’s event will offer a 10K and a 5K course, and it is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from all states. Both courses will take place on the picturesque trails surrounding the Beaver Creek Resort.
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If you have never been to the Beaver Creek area, this is your chance to experience one of the most unique trail systems in the Rockies. During the winter months, Beaver Creek is a popular ski destination. During the summer months, those ski slopes are transformed into hiking/biking trails that can take runners to elevations of 11,000 feet above sea level.
In addition to the 10K and 5K race courses, there are literally dozens of other different trails to explore at Beaver Creek, and runners who are able stay in the area before or after the race can explore those trails on foot or bike.
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The XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run will be held one day after the XTERRA Mountain Championship off-road triathlon, and some of the world’s best triathletes will be running on the same trails on July 20.
17 runners earn titles from Pocono Series
Grant Farrell was always a fast and strong runner, but he took it to a whole new level in 2013.
Farrell, who resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, won two races in the 2013 XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series, and finished as the top overall runner for the series. He also won the men's 30-34 age group for the Pocono Series, giving him two XTERRA Regional Championships in the same year. Earlier in the year, he won the men's 30-34 age group for the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series.
"I've been more aware of the point standings this year and have been developing more as a competitor," said Farrell, who is 32 and works in the sales/marketing department for Wire By Design. "I really try to leave it all out there and not hold back at all no matter the type of race or distance."
Farrell is now one of just five runners to win two XTERRA Regional Championships in the same year.
"The Atlantic and Pocono series are each a great experience in their own right," he said. "I think it helped having two series to keep track of. Having a regular schedule of important races makes it easier to make good decisions about diet, training, sleep, etc., in between. The only difficulty was the fuel expense! Sure would be nice to have that subsidized somehow."
SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES HEATS UP AT HARBISON
300 runners from 12 states battle humid and challenging conditions
The XTERRA Harbison Trail Run has become one of the most popular trail races in South Carolina, and the latest edition did not disappoint. Humid conditions on race day and torrential rain in the days leading to the race were not enough for more than 300 runners from 12 different states to complete the Harbison Trail Run on July 7 at Columbia, S.C.
"Considering how much rain the area has had recently, we were fortunate enough to stay dry but this did mean a pretty muddy course," said Leslie Thompson, who took top female honors for the half-marathon course. "We were also fortunate that it was overcast the entire race, so while it was humid, the heat wasn't as bad as it could've been in Columbia in July."
Jose Zavala from Hickory, North Carolina, placed first overall in the half-marathon course, finishing the 21 kilometers in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 7 seconds. Hunter McGahee, a cross country and track runner at Wofford College, placed second in 1:36:41, and 14-year-old Avery Dominick from Irmo, S.C., was third in 1:42:14.
"The first three or so guys pulled away within the first couple miles and really did not look back," said fifth-place finisher Carl Epley from Marion, N.C. "It had been raining a lot, but the course had drained fairly well and was in good shape. It was an overcast morning, so there was no direct sun and it did not rain during the race, but the humidity was incredible."
THREE FOR THE WEEKEND - TWO FINALES, ONE OPENER
This weekend will be an important one in three different XTERRA regions, as two will host season finales, and another will host a season opener.
The XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series and the XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series will both host season-ending races on Saturday, July 13. The XTERRA Magnolia Trail Run at Navasota, Texas, will serve as the finale for the Texas Series; the XTERRA Wolf Mountain Trail Run at Eden, Utah, will serve as the finale for the Utah Series.
Dozens of age-group champions will be determined after those races, and every age-group champ from those two regions will receive a free entry to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 22.
Also on Saturday, July 13, the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run at Charlotte, N.C., will serve as the first race of the 2014 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. Two other races will follow in the North Carolina Series – July 27 at Beech Mountain, and August 31 at Davidson. Please visit www.dirtyspokes.com for more information.
WASHINGTON FINALE SET FOR JULY 21
The XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series will host its season finale on July 21, when the XTERRA Lord Hill Trail Run takes place at Lord Hill Regional Park in Snohomish, Wash.
The Lord Hill Trail Run will feature two courses – a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels from all states. The 21K course will feature more than 2,000 feet of elevation gain. The course meanders through mossy forests, along tranquil ponds, creeks, and wetland preserves. The course itself is a combination of single-track, old logging road, maintained hiking path and a few bridges for good measure.
It will be the final chance for runners to earn points toward the age-group standings for the series. The final points will be tallied after this race, and every age group champion for the series will receive a free entry to represent Washington at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 22.
To register for the Lord Hill Trail Run or to learn more about the Washington Series, please visit www.nwtrailruns.com.
SNOW VALLEY TRAIL RUN ON JULY 28
Trail runners from the Southern California area in need of a summer XTERRA fix can enter the XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run on July 28.
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 from all states.
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 July 27, 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.