XTERRA INTRODUCES NEW COLORADO TRAIL RUN SERIES
Ask and you shall receive. After all of the emails and calls wondering when the XTERRA Trail Run Series was coming to Colorado, we are proud to announce the inaugural XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races. Taking place on October 3rd at Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the event will feature a marathon, half-marathon and 5km trail runs. This is the first time XTERRA has offered a marathon distance event, and with landscape that inspired the song “America the Beautiful”, you won’t want to miss it.
This event is the first of at least three races in the 2010 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, so stay tuned for future events. Register today.
FLEET FEET TRAIL RUNNING 101 – GET READY FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS
Fleet Feet Sports in Bend, Oregon is hosting Trail Running 101 to prepare area runners for the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals scheduled for September 13. The program meets Sunday mornings at 8am at a new trail each week and runs until September 6th. Running coaches and visiting experts will help participants achieve goals and teach technique and trail safety. The cost is $69 for either the 10km or 21km program. Trail Running 101 does not include the race entry fee or the national forest pass that is needed for parking at trailheads, but every participant will receive a free technical running tee ($30 value) and water bottle. For more information or registration, call the store at 541-389-1601.
CALLING ALL DOGS
The XTERRA K9 Challenge presented by John Paul Pet is a made-for-fun event for dogs and their owners, and it’s not limited to highly trained or specialized dogs. It’s a timed race with owner-dog teams competing against the clock on a combined sprint and obstacle course. It’s just $20 to enter and includes a t-shirt, dog tag, and samples of the new John Paul Pet products.
The XTERRA K9 Challenge will be at the following events, so register today!
XTERRA Trail Running National Championship – September 13 – Bend, Oregon
XTERRA USA Championship – September 25 – Ogden, Utah
RUNNER SPOTLIGHT - ARACELLY CLOUSE
Hometown: Cameron Park, CA
Date of Birth: January 1, 1973
Occupation: Personal Trainer, Assistant Cross Country Coach, Mom
XTERRA Experience: I raced in the XTERRA off-road triathlon series from 2003-2006 and made it to the pro level in 2006. This year, I completed and won all three of the events in the 2009 XTERRA NorCal Trail Run Series.
Running Motivation: Running has always been a huge part of my life. As a child, I recall running to and from elementary school because walking was too slow. I just run because I love it and it makes me feel alive. That is motivation enough.
XTERRA Trail Runs: Are challenging, exciting, and an awesome way to get some “me time.” Trail running clears my mind and recharges my soul.
What’s next on your schedule? I am running in the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship in Bend, Oregon on September 13. I am also running in the California International Marathon in December hoping to break the 3 hour mark for the first time.
Thanks Aracelly. See you at XTERRA Trail Run Nationals!
Photo: James Pratt Photography
WILEY, ORTLUND WIN XTERRA SILVER COMET TRAIL RUN
The inaugural XTERRA Silver Comet 10km Trail Run was held on June 28 in Hiram, Georgia’s Homer Leggett Park. Several hundred runners crossed the finish line on the unusually hot and humid day, but it was Holly Ortlund and Chris Wiley (pictured below) who took the titles for the women’s and men’s races in 42:54 and 35:39 respectively.
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Photo: Matt Turner – Defiant Photography
WEATHER FINALLY COOPERATES AS CUTRIGHT, HAMLIN WIN XTERRA VIRGINIA TRAIL RUN
After being postponed from its original May date due to week-long storms destroying the trails, the XTERRA Cinco in Mayo Trail Run went off on June 28th without a hitch. According to race director Mark Junkermann, “We had a beautiful day at Camp Hilbert.” The event was even better for Daniel Cutright who finished in 34:41 and Laura Hamlin crossing the line in 40:28 as they took home their first place prizes for the 5-mile trail run.
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BURRUSS, ANDERSON STEAL VICTORY AT XTERRA SUGARBUSH XDURO
After nearly 30 days of rain and chilly weather leading up to the July 11th XTERRA Sugarbush Xduro in Warren, VT, the event was an all out mud-fest. Needless to say, Mother Nature provided some interesting, slow, fun, and fantastic race conditions. Almost two full hours of epic Green Mountain trail running lapsed between the start and finish of the journey 23-year-old Craftsbury Common, VT resident Ollie Burruss had over the half-marathon distance Xduro. He edged out 35-year-old Patrick Hamel of Jericho by just 10 seconds with his winning time of 1:59:31. In the women's race Robyn Anderson (22, Stowe, VT) finished 12 minutes ahead of Sabra Davison (24, Jericho) in 2:11:33.
LaBIANCO, BANKS FINISH FIRST AT XTERRA PHILLY FINALE
Perfect weather and the beautiful Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, PA set the stage for the fifth and final event in the 2009 XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series on July 19. Hundreds of runners came out to test their skills on the tough, hilly, technical course circling the resort at Bear Creek’s first ever trail run. The men’s XTERRA Bear Creek 21km Xduro was won by Stephan LaBianco, 24, of York, PA in a time of 1:25:42 while the women’s title went to Corrine Banks, 29 of Ocean City, NJ in just 1:42:47. In the 10km distance, XTERRA Philly Series standout Dan Dix, of Coatesville won for the men in 46:00. The women’s 10km race came down to a finish line sprint between Gail Diamond and Bonnie Stoeckl with Diamond winning by just one second in 1:00:55.
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