XTERRA FLORIDA TRAIL RUN SERIES CHAMPION: LIZA HASH
As her running peers found out in the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series, Liza Hash likes to get things done early.
Her basic strategy during each race of the 2011 XTERRA Florida Series was to start fast and try not to look back. It worked wonders, as Hash emerged as the top overall female runner in the inaugural XTERRA Florida Series.
She went undefeated in the women’s 35-39 age division, and was also the top overall female at two of the three races in the series.
“I have always liked trail runs, but I did learn that I do much better if I start out in the front,” said Hash, who is 35 and resides in Inglis, Fla. “If you are in the middle or further back at the start of a race, it is often hard to get around some of the other runners and that can slow you down a lot.”
In keeping with her theme, Hash has already registered to race in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at the Snowbasin Resort, Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25. It will be her first attempt at a national age group title.
Photo courtesy www.tamparaces.com
LONAC, DOUGLAS WIN INAUGURAL BEAVER CREEK TRAIL RUN
Coloradoans Marc Lonac, 26, of Fort Collins and McKenna Douglas, 36, of Edwards won the inaugural XTERRA Beaver Creek 21km trail race last Sunday, July 17, at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado.
Lonac is no stranger to XTERRA, having won the XTERRA Wheeler Canyon half-marathon at Snowbasin Resort last September and a 10km XTERRA Snowshoe race a year earlier.
The former UC Davis cross-country standout is part of “Team Horsecow” – a collection of fast Aggie alumni that win races from 5k’s to marathons to XTERRA triathlons across the country.
Lonac edged the reigning 25-29 XTERRA National Champion John Klish from Eagle, Colorado by just over one-minute with a winning time of 1:32:37.
“I really like these XTERRA races because they’re held in great places and on great courses and today was no different. This run had a little bit of everything – up, down, rolling singletrack through aspen forests and incredible views of the valley all around,” said Lonac.
Douglas, who lives just down the road and is a regular on the local trail running scene, finished fourth overall in 1:45:10 and said she was thrilled that XTERRA offered a trail run alongside the Mountain Championship triathlon this year.
“This is so fun, such a great weekend. My husband raced in the tri yesterday as part of the team and I watched the kids, and today was my day to have some fun. This was a phenomenal race, I just love it here. The trails are gorgeous and coming back along the village-to-village trail I felt like I was just soaring,” said Douglas.
ST. MARIE, WOODWARD WIN NORTHERN OHIO RACE
Just before leaving the state for college, Jack St. Marie accomplished one more impressive feat in Ohio last week.
St. Marie won the XTERRA Mohican Trail Run on July 9, completing the 19-kilometer course in 1 hour, 20 minutes, 59 seconds. He led the race from start to finish, and described the course at Mohican State Park Campgrounds as "challenging." Making it even more impressive, it was his first XTERRA Trail Run.
"This was my first trail race so I don't really have anything to compare it to," St. Marie said. "Obviously, the hills at the beginning were tough and I found the 2 mile section in the woods after we left the camp grounds rather difficult. By that point, I was tired and started making mistakes on how I was running the trail. I tripped and fell a couple times."
St. Marie is a 2011 graduate of Westlake High, where he competed in track, cross country and swimming. A few days after winning the XTERRA Mohican Trail Run, he left for college at the University of Virginia, where he will attempt to join the cross country team.
He said he entered the Mohican Trail Run as a way to "get back into things," after taking the previous month off from competition.
"This was my first race in over a month," he said. "What I like about the XTERRA trail races is the athleticism needed in running in the woods. I really had to think about when to go hard and when to recover and play it safe. I like the thinking aspect of it."
St. Marie finished well ahead of the rest of the field, but the overall runner-up created just as much buzz.
Thirteen-year-old T.J. Hooks placed second with a time of 1:22:32, edging 42-year-old Steven Fenster (1:22:33) at the finish line. Hooks is from West Virginia, and made the trip to Ohio to compete in his first XTERRA race.
Photo courtesy Far Sandusky
HERD, SOLTAU WIN SOUTH CAROLINA RACE
Ali Herd has come a long way from the University of Hawaii, in more ways than one.
Herd won her first XTERRA Trail Run - all the way in South Carolina - last week. She has been a student at the University of Hawaii since 2008, but left the islands this summer to prepare for a study abroad program.
Herd, 22, placed fourth overall and was the runaway winner in the women's division of the inaugural XTERRA Harbison Trail Run at Columbia, S.C., on July 10. Herd completed the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 22 seconds.
"This was my first XTERRA Trail Run," said Herd (pictured). "The race was challenging, beautiful and fun to enjoy the joy of pushing the body limits in the forest."
The course proved to be both challenging and tricky. Herd said there were stages of the race where she was running alone and "had no idea of the women around me."
As it turned out, there were no other women around her. Herd finished 15 minutes ahead of the next female. Kyra Woodyard finished in second with a time of 2:11:18, and Jessica Pate was third in 2:16:11.
Photo courtesy www.strictlyrunning.com
NORTH CAROLINA SERIES HEADS TO BEECH MOUNTAIN
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series is headed for the Beech this weekend – as in Beech Mountain.
The XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run is set for this Sunday, July 24, and it will offer a 10-kilometer course for runners of all ages and skill levels.
The trail will take runners up, down and around the picturesque setting at Beech Mountain – which is a popular skiing site during the winter months. Runners will have to navigate along elevations in excess of 5,000 feet along the course.
Online registration will be open through Friday HERE. Race-day registration will also be available from 7-8 a.m.
The Beech Mountain Trail Run will be the second of three races in the 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and runners who fare well can earn valuable points toward an age group series championship.
North Carolina is one of 12 regions that are hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series in 2011. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pocono, South Carolina and Texas.
To register for races in the North Carolina Series, or to learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com or www.xterratrailrun.com.
PHILLY FINALE THIS WEEKEND
The 2011 XTERRA Philly Trail Run Series will come to a sizzling finish on Sunday, July 24.
The XTERRA Hibernia Park Burn Trail Run at Coatesville, Pa., will be the fifth – and final – race in the 2011 Philly Series. Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s this weekend, so runners will have to battle the heat in addition to a challenging course.
“Super hot in the 90s, but the humidity is crazy hot,” said Diane Grim, who is undefeated in the women’s 50-54 age group so far this season. “We do a stream crossing twice. It's like waist-deep, and over 20 feet wide, so a ‘controlled dip’ is definitely in my plan.”
The event will actually feature two courses – 21 kilometers and 10 kilometers – and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
The men’s race should be wide open, as one of the favorites, Dan Dix (pictured), will not be able to compete due to an injury. Dix was the overall winner at three of the four previous races in the Philly Series.
Online entries will be accepted through Saturday at www.mid-atlanticevents.com. Race-day registration will also be available at the race site.
Photo courtesy Stephanie Dix
MORE RACES COMING UP
Three XTERRA Trail Run races that are not affiliated with a regional series are also coming up for runners:
July 30 – XTERRA Sugar Bottom Trail Run at North Liberty, Iowa. This event will feature both a 10K and 5K course. Online registration and more information is available at www.xterrasugarbottom.com.
Aug. 6 – XTERRA STOAKED Trail Run at Hanover, N.H. This event will feature a 14K course. Online registration and more information is available at www.stoakedtri.com.
Aug. 6 – XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run at Running Springs, Calif. This event will feature both a 21K and 10K course. Although it is held in the Southern California region, this race is not part of the SoCal Series, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Online registration and more information is available at www.xterrasnowvalley.com.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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