XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter


Beaver Creek StartThere is still time to join the fun at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run in Avon, Colorado. This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday, July 15, at the beautiful Beaver Creek Resort.

In-person registration is available on Saturday, July 14, from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the race site. Race-morning registration will also be available from 7-8:30 a.m.

Runners of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate, and there will be two course options – a 21K long course, and a 10K. The courses were finalized this week by the XTERRA staff and there will be some new twists and turns that were not there in previous years.

Online registration is closed, but you can CLICK HERE to find out more about the race.

Every age-group winner from the 21K course will receive a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii on December 2. Medals and other prizes will also be awarded to the top age-group runners for both the 21K and 10K.


Consistency can count for a lot in trail running. Melissa Vazquez is proof of that.

Melissa VazquezAfter a consistent 2011-12 season in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, Vazquez ran away with the age-group championship for the female 35-39 division. As a result, she will represent SoCal at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship on September 23 at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.

"I have never run in Utah before and it is known for its picturesque scenery, but what I am looking forward to most is the overall experience with the other participants," said Vazquez, who resides in Chino Hills, California. "I'm sure there is a lot I should be concerned about but I am just going to relax, take it all in, and enjoy!"

Vazquez ran in all seven races of the 2011-12 XTERRA SoCal Series. She placed first in her age group at three of those races, and placed second in two others. It should be noted that the SoCal Series is one of the most popular trail running series in the nation, and Vazquez beat out more than 100 other ladies just in her age division throughout the duration of the season.

"Each race in the SoCal Series had something unique to offer," she said. "The best part was, while the trails were not too far from where I live, I probably would have never visited each of them if I had not signed up for the races. It was great to mix things up and experience a new run at some amazing locations."

Now, she will gain a new experience in Utah, as this will be her first time entering the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals. She is going in with modest expectations for herself.


Photo courtesy Melissa Vazquez


A downpour of rain was hardly enough to dampen the spirits of the runners in the XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run last weekend.

XTERRA Texas SeriesMore than 120 runners participated in the event, which was completed on Sunday, July 8, at the Magnolia Hill Ranch in Navasota, Texas.

James Custer traveled from Oklahoma City for the race, and finished first overall. He completed the 16-kilometer course in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 14 seconds.

"I was looking to do a trail run in July and couldn't find any in Oklahoma, so I have a buddy who lives in College Station (Texas) and I decided to stay with him and do this race," said Custer, 38. "I liked the course, although there were some sections where it got a little confusing so I ran with another guy just to make sure we were going the right way … the rain didn't bother me too much."

Chris Strait from Woodlands, Texas, placed second in 1:19:43, and Sam Labrie of Leander, Texas, was third in 1:23:14.

It was the first XTERRA Texas Trail Run race for Custer, but not his last. He said he will enter the next race, which is scheduled for August 18 at Waco.

The women's division featured a thrilling finish, as Meredith Leva from Austin won it with a final sprint. Leva, 25, finished with a time of 1:25:21, to edge Aimee Slepicka by one second.



Ciralli, Anderson take top honors in 10K race

After a victorious run at Kualoa Ranch last weekend, John Ciralli and Cindy Anderson will get another chance in December.

Ciralli was the overall winner and Anderson was the top female at the XTERRA Freedom Fest Trail Run on Saturday, July 7. The 10-kilometer race was staged at the picturesque Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii. It is the same venue for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is held every December.

As the top runners at the Freedom Fest Trail Run, Ciralli and Anderson each received a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.

"It was such a wonderful prize to receive a free entry into the race," Anderson said. "I love the Trail Run Worlds; it is a very challenging race, and living on the East coast of Oahu in Kailua, the event is so close to home."

Anderson is no stranger to success at Kualoa Ranch. She won the women's title at the 2008 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, placed second in 2009, and fourth last year.



First two events coming up in July

Ashley DoroughIt’s time again for runners in the Tar Heel State to lace up the trail-running shoes. The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series will begin its 2012 season on Saturday, July 14, with another race to follow on July 28.

All races in the series are open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Each race in the series will feature two course options to accommodate the various levels of runners – a long course for experienced distance runners, and a shorter course for sprinters and less-experienced runners.

The first race in the series will be the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run, which is scheduled for July 14 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. That race has gained popularity because of the challenging trails and unique scenery – part of the trail traverses along the whitewater rapids that are used for training by Olympic kayakers.

The other two races in the North Carolina Series are scheduled for July 28 at Beech Mountain, and September 1 at Davidson. It is worth noting that the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series is open to runners from all states.

Medals and other prizes will be awarded to the top age-group finishers at each race. The upcoming Whitewater Trail Run will award dri-fit race shirts and a commemorative pint glasses to each runner.

 At the end of the series, the top overall runners in each respective age group will receive a free entry to represent North Carolina at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.

To learn more about the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, or to register for a race in the series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.

Photo courtesy www.greatactionportraits.com


10K and 5K courses are open to all runners

XTERRA Sugar BottomThe XTERRA Sugar Bottom Trail Run is proof that an XTERRA Trail Run can take place just about anywhere.

The XTERRA Sugar Bottom Trail Run is scheduled for July 28 at Solon, Iowa. “Though we don’t have any mountains, people here still love to take to the dirt,” race director Pasha Korsakov said. “Trail running is popular in Iowa as cross-training, and hopefully there will be an even bigger XTERRA presence in the future.”

The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be two courses – a 10K and a 5K – to accommodate the various levels of runners.

Although there will not be any steep mountain climbs, there will be several challenging hills, and the course will traverse through wooded areas around the Coralville Reservoir.

“Sugar Bottom is almost entirely single track with a pretty good mix of technical flat areas and challenging climbs,” Korsakov said.

Runners will also have to face the challenge of the heat, as temperatures could rise to the 90s on race day.

Online registration is now open at www.xterrasugarbottom.com and will be available through July 27. Race-day registration will also be available.


Outrigger Hotels and ResortsCongratulations to Tuan H. of San Leandro, CA winner of last month's free stay in Hawaii at the Outrigger Aina Nalu Resort on Maui.

Here's another chance to win as our Outrigger Hawaii Sweepstakes returns for 2012. Each month through December we will be offering a free 3-night stay for you and a guest at one of Outrigger Hotels and Resort's Hawaiian properties. Sign up today for your chance to win a free 3-night stay in Hawaii at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki on Oahu.

Entries must be received by July 31, 2012 and certificate is good for stays through January 01, 2014.


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