CHAVEZ, VIEREGG WIN XTERRA BEAVER CREEK 10KM
Jordan Chavez from Grapevine, Texas and Cheri Vieregg from Boulder won the XTERRA Beaver Creek 10K, while Cameron Moore from Edwards and Bethanie Merrick from Alamosa won the 5K at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado this morning.
Chavez, who just finished his freshman year the University of Richmond (VA) and is a member of the Junior U.S. Mountain Running Team, took an early lead on Olympian Roberto Mandje and never lost it taking the tape in 36:23 – a 5:52 per mile pace.
“It was a great race. That first climb was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be with the switchbacks it was pretty tough, and then the second half was good the rolling hills were tough but I liked it a lot,” said Chavez, who finished 17th (top American) at the Junior World Mountain Running Championships in Italy last year.
“I’ve always liked mountain running because it’s a good platform for cross country season. I used to live in Glenwood Springs, and come here every summer, and just love running up the mountain.”
Roberto Mandje, who placed 2nd, represented Equatorial Guinea in the 1,500-meter race at the 2004 Olympics, and he is training in Colorado to qualify for the 2016 Games, possibly in the marathon event. Mandje was on Chavez’ shoulder for the first K before the first big climb, and he’s happy with his performance in his first race back from injury.
“Feels great to get the rust off a little,” said Mandje. “Chavez is a great runner, and I would’ve liked to give him a better chase but I’m just happy to be back into it, and now I can start building for XTERRA Nationals in Utah this September.”
Mandje has already won two XTERRA Trail Run events this year (Lake Las Vegas and Cheyenne Mountain), and also placed a close second at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run 21K in May.
In the women’s race Vieregg, like Chavez, took the lead early and never relinquished it but the women’s race was much tighter with Anna Kharlamova coming in just 19 seconds back in 2nd place.
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Roberto Mandje is not only an outstanding runner, he’s also quite the writer. After taking second place at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run 10K last weekend, he wrote a descriptive – and informative – piece on his race experience.
His blog can be found online at www.robertomandje.com/blog. He has written about previous XTERRA experiences, so check his archives if you haven’t read them before.
And stay tuned for more, as Mandje intends to enter the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah this September, and possibly the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in Hawaii in November.
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TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - THE IMPORTANCE OF A MINI BREAK
By Rachel Cieslewicz
Many components create a successful XTERRA race season. Consistent workouts, nutrition, equipment, and race logistics are typically on the mind. This time of year is a great time to also look at burnout. For most athletes, a training/racing cycle is anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks. At the end of the cycle, a break is crucial in order to rejuvenate the mind and heal the body. In the endurance world, the importance of taking rest, and sometimes a complete break from our sport is the last thing we want to look at. In reality, it can save your season.
AKERHIELM COMES UP BIG IN TEXAS
She is one of 19 runners to win age division titles for 2013
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That includes the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series, which featured seven races in seven different locations across the state during the 2012-13 season.
Tracie Akerhielm was up for that challenge, and as a result, she ran away with top female honors for the season, which ended earlier this month.
Akerhielm, who is 30 and resides in Denton, Texas, was the only runner to compete in all seven races in the series for the season. And she didn't just compete, she competed well. Akerhielm placed first overall at three of the races, and second overall at four of the races.
"Well, I turned 30 this year and just wanted to do something special," she said. "It had been many years since I had done any competitive running and I had never competed in any trail races, and thought it sounded like an adventure. I really enjoyed experiencing the different trails and parks in Texas and making new trail racing buddies."
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NORTH CAROLINA SERIES RESUMES THIS WEEKEND
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series had a great opening race on July 13, and now it’s time for the encore. The XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run is scheduled for July 27 at Beech Mountain, N.C., and runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states, are welcome to enter.
The Beech Mountain Trail Run will serve as the second of three races in the 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, so there is still time for runners to move into contention for a series title by entering the Beech Mountain event.
The Beech Mountain Trail Run will feature a 15-kilometer long course and a 5K short course. The trails at Beech Mountain have been described as “amazing” by past winners because it takes runners up and down the slopes that are normally used for skiing during the winter months. “The course was amazing," said George Linney III, who won the 15K race last year. "It was great to climb the ski area and twist through really dense forest.”
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GRAY, ARRITOLA WIN MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Former XTERRA Trail Run World Champions Joseph Gray and Morgan Arritola won the USA Mountain Running National Championships last weekend at North Conway, New Hampshire.
Gray took top honors in the men’s division, completing the 12-kilometer course in 56 minutes, 23 seconds. He was declared the co-winner of the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship after a photo finish with Ben Bruce.
XTERRA Trail Run legend Max King placed third at the Mountain Championships, 22 seconds behind Gray. King is a five-time XTERRA National Champ and four-time XTERRA World Champ.
In the women’s division, Arritola took top honors by completing the 8K course in 42:31. She is the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National and World Champ.
Two other female runners familiar to XTERRA Trail Runs placed second and fourth: Stevie Kremer (former winner at XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Run) took second, and Megan Kimmel (fourth place at 2012 XTERRA Trail Run Nationals) took fourth.
Gray and King will be two of the six male runners on the U.S. Mountain Running Team that will compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland on September 8
Arritola, Kremer and Kimmel will be on the four-woman U.S. Mountain Running Team that will also compete in Poland.
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