THERE'S STILL TIME TO RUN AT BEAVER CREEK
The inaugural XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run is set for this Sunday, July 17, at the picturesque Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colo., and race-day entries will be accepted.
The event will feature two challenging courses – one at 21 kilometers and another at 10 kilometers. In fitting Colorado fashion, the courses will test the runners’ skills in high altitude, as the course will reach heights of more than 8,800 feet in elevation.
The 21K half-marathon course will be especially challenging, as it will take runners through approximately 2,400 feet of elevation gain in the already-thin air of the Rockies.
Results from the 21K race will count toward the 2011 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, so runners can earn valuable points toward a regional championship.
Race-day registration will be available at the race site, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The races are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. It is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
For more information, please visit www.xterrabeavercreek.com.
And speaking of running in altitude, XTERRA expert Rachel Cieslewicz offers some advice below in her latest addition of Tips for the Trail.
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL: RUNNING IN HIGH ALTITUDE
By Rachel Cieslewicz
My favorite time of year is the height of summer. What do I love about the glorious sunshine and long hot days? It means the snow is melting quickly off the high mountain peaks making way for epic mountain trail racing. For the past few years, I have had ample opportunity to enjoy racing the high mountains all through the West. While nothing quite compares to gazing down and out for miles from towering mountain peaks, there are important things to know about altitude so you can make sure to enjoy the experience.
GRUELING FINISH FOR XTERRA POCONO SERIES
The inaugural XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series came to a grueling conclusion last weekend (Saturday, July 9), as runners battled the heat and a rugged course in the XTERRA Pocono Half Marathon.
The 21-kilometer course at the Mocanaqua Loop Trail System featured a variety of terrain surfaces and challenging hill climbs. In the end, a couple of surprise winners emerged.
Jim Downey, competing in his first XTERRA Trail Run, finished first overall. He completed the course in 1 hour, 41 minutes, 10 seconds.
Masters standout Tony Korch placed second with a time of 1:43:01. Korch, 51, went undefeated in his age group during the XTERRA Pocono Series 2011 season.
But much of the post-race buzz centered on the women's race. Jess Dymun of Elizabethtown, Pa., won her first XTERRA race of the season, completing the course in 2:08:25. Jen Stec-Gagliardi was second 2:10:14.
Pre-race favorites Nadalie Solomon and Jaclyn Shokey finished well behind, but with legitimate reason. Both runners got lost along the course and lost valuable time.
Solomon placed fourth among the women with a time of 2:21:30. Shokey was next at 2:23:08. Solomon and Shokey had combined to win the previous four XTERRA Pocono Series races, with two victories each.
NORTH CAROLINA SERIES OFF TO A RAPID START
The opening race of the 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series took place at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, where the famous whitewater rapids were running.
But it was the rapid running of Ben Hovis and Ashley Dorough that took the spotlight at the inaugural XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run on Saturday, July 9.
Hovis was the runaway overall winner, completing the 13-kilometer course in 53 minutes, 58 seconds. He finished nearly five minutes ahead of the runner-up, Justin Tucker.
"The race went well for me," said Hovis, 33. "The first 300 meters or so was along the Whitewater Center rapids and then it ducked into the woods. I could hear a couple people with me for the first 600 meters or so, but once we hit the first uphill, I no longer had anyone to run with. It became me versus the course, which I enjoy."
Hovis (pictured at right) is from Charlotte and often trains at the Whitewater Center, so his familiarity helped him maintain a fast pace from start to finish. "I know the trails fairly well, as I've run out there numerous times," he said. "I had run a race out there about a month ago, but it wasn't along the same trails."
Dorough was an impressive seventh overall and the first female with a time of 1:03:30.
XTERRA Bling, by TerryBerry
Mike Byam – an XTERRA World Championship survivor – is also a managing partner for Terryberry and in that role he produced a killer collection of jewelry for the XTERRA Tribe.
“Our goal was to develop jewelry that embodies XTERRA. With the help of three-time XTERRA World Champion Julie Dibens, we think we’ve created a line that has done just that.”
As someone who is passionate about XTERRA, Byam had a personal desire for cool-looking jewelry to commemorate milestones in his tri journey. That led him to the creation of pieces like the XTERRA logo rings that can incorporate a finish time.
XTERRA jewelry pieces are handcrafted by jewelry artisans using the finest quality materials to offer athletes a truly special personal memento that reflects their passion, and is backed by a company full of tri nerds (Check out Team Terryberry’s Hood-to-Coast contingent).
“I don’t always wear jewelry but when I do, I wear XTERRA jewelry,” says Julie Dibens on the XTERRA Jewelry website. Take a look at all their offerings at xterrajewelry.com.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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