HAWAII TRAIL RUN SERIES SET TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER
The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship has been staged in Hawaii for the past five years, and now there will be a full series of races in the Aloha State leading up to it.
The inaugural XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series will begin in October 2013, and it will feature three events at three different locations. Each venue will offer visually spectacular and physically challenging trails unique to Hawaii.
The three events in the XTERRA Hawaii Trail Run Series:
- XTERRA Gunstock Ranch Trail Run, October 19 at Gunstock Ranch in Laie, Oahu. This event will feature two courses - a 21-kilometer half-marathon and a 5K short course. Gunstock Ranch is a privately-owned working ranch, so this is a rare opportunity for runners to experience the trails of a remote location near the North Shore of Oahu.
- XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, October 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui. This event will feature three courses - the Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K, and the Kimo's Keiki XTERRA K. The 10K course will be the same trails used a day later by the world's greatest off-road triathletes in the XTERRA World Championship.
- XTERRA Freedom Fest, July 5, 2014, at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu. This event will feature a 10K and a 5K, and serves as an excellent preview of the trails that will also be used for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship later in the year. Kualoa Ranch is a privately-owned working cattle ranch, and the trails are open to runners for only a few select events per year.
Four restaurants named as title sponsors for XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs
Four T S Restaurants on the island of Maui have renewed as title sponsors for the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at Kapalua, Maui.
The four events are known as the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run, Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run, Kimo's XTERRA Keiki Run, plus the Leilani's XTERRA Run Course / Leilani's Run Prime Awards.
"We at T S Restaurants are pleased to support such a world class organization as XTERRA on our home turf in West Maui," said Ross Anderson, Vice President of Hawaii Operations for T S Restaurants. "We feel like our beachfront restaurants are a natural fit for the XTERRA athletes and their families."
These running events will be held in conjunction with the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon on Sunday, October 27. The XTERRA World Championship is the pinnacle event of more than 100 off-road triathlons held in 20 countries. Last year's field represented 30 countries and 42 states, and the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs offer a chance for everyone to experience the same course as this stellar international field.
"We are thrilled to have T S Restaurants back as the title sponsor for our XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs," XTERRA President Janet Clark said. "This partnership allows runners from all over the world to compete on a world championship course in a new and unique setting. It is truly a great opportunity for both Maui residents and visitors to the island."
LONGWORTH, HEFNER PREVAIL AT BEECH MOUNTAIN
Cloud cover and rain add to challenging conditions
Matthew Longworth and Kimberley Hefner emerged from the clouds to take top honors at the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run last weekend.
Nearly 150 runners from eight different states participated in the event, which was held at the Emerald Outback Trail System at Beech Mountain on July 27. Low-lying clouds and a downpour of rain created extra-challenging conditions for the runners.
"The course was awesome!" said Hefner, who took top overall female honors for the second consecutive year. "It was extremely challenging, lots of challenging hills with an equal amount of screaming down hills, which I love. Very technical with plenty of switchbacks. During the race we had a torrential downpour which made the course very muddy and slick."
Longworth, who resides in Charlotte, N.C., was the first overall finisher. He completed the 15-kilometer course in 1 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds. His strategy was a wise one - follow Beech Mountain local Michael Holland for most the course, then break ahead at the end.
Holland is 17 and a junior at Watauga High School, and he runs the trails at Beech Mountain almost every day. He even helped create the trail system that was used for the race.
Holland said of the race at the front with Longworth: "When I asked him if he wanted to pass me at about mile 6, he said 'You keep on leading. You know the course, so I'm content here!' "
Holland eventually finished second in 1:06:21, and Wesley Pectol from Greenville, Tennessee, was third in 1:11:40.
Hefner placed 22nd overall and ran away from the competition in the women's field. She said her experience from last year's victory played a key role this year.
HOLLAND A TRUE TRAIL BLAZER
Watauga High junior helped create the race course at Beech Mountain
Michael Holland earned a second-place medal at the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run last weekend, but he was triumphant in other ways. The looks on the faces of the other runners as they crossed the finish line were proof enough.
Holland may only be 16, but he is ambitious - and fast - beyond his years. He is about to enter his junior year at Watauga High School in Boone, N.C., and he is a member of the school's cross country and track teams. That explains his running prowess, as he placed second overall on the 15-kilometer course of the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run.
Close to 150 runners from eight different states participated in the race, which was completed on July 27 at the Emerald Outback Trail System at Beech Mountain. The only runner to beat him, Matthew Longworth, is an elite distance runner from Charlotte.
Holland's knowledge of the course certainly helped. He runs on the trails at Beech Mountain nearly every day during the summer months, and not just because he lives one mile away.
Holland and two of his friends actually created the 10 miles of Emerald Outback trails. They started carving out the courses around five years ago, and had it completed in about a year. They still tinker with the trails and maintain it so that events can be held there.
"The past four to five years of trail work have honestly been life changing for me, and have opened my eyes to see how lucky we are to be trail runners!" Holland said. "Working with nature and volunteering to help the community are two of my favorite things to do, and one of the best parts of trail work is you get to play on the result of your hard work!"
RECORD RUNS AT SNOW VALLEY TRAIL RUN
Bachman, Davis set new course records for 21K
Philip Bachman pushed his luck, and the pace, and it resulted in an overall victory at the XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run last weekend. Close to 200 runners from six different states participated in the event, which was completed at the picturesque Snow Valley Resort in Running Springs, Calif.
"The weather made it a very nice day to run," Bachman said. "It was in the mid 60's and sunny at the start of the race. The clear skies made for some fun sight lines as we ducked in and out of the trees and created shadows on the course."
Bachman was the first overall finisher for the 21-kilometer course, completing the half-marathon trail in a course record time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, 47 seconds. Surprisingly, it was the first trail race of his running career.
"This was my first trail race of any kind," said Bachman, who is 31 and resides in Glendora, Calif. "I got turned onto this by Simon Cooper of The Invictus Running Academy. I had originally signed up for the 10K; I didn't want to push my luck having never run in the mountains. We came up for the official course preview event the prior weekend, which was mentally important to me to have the chance to adapt to the altitude and the hills. After previewing the course, I worked with the race directors and decided to move my registration up to the 21K."
WASHINGTON SERIES OFFERED SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN 2013
Pletcher, Ostrovsky prevail in finale at Lord Hill
The 2013 XTERRA Washington Trail Run Series featured a little bit of everything, except rain.
"Everyone knows it rains a lot up here in the Northwest but we actually had fantastic weather for all three of the races," said Christine Estrada, who competed in all three events in the series. "This last race was nice and cool; great conditions."
The Washington Series concluded on July 21 with close to 100 runners participating in the XTERRA Lord Hill Trail Run at Arlington, Washington.
Martin Pletcher from Sammamish, Wash., and Andrea Ostrovsky from Seattle took top honors for the 21-kilometer course. Pletcher, 21, finished first overall with a time of 1 hour, 37 minutes, 16 seconds. Patrick Wallace, who is 55 and resides in Danville, California, placed second in 1:39:52. Christopher Barry, 23, took third in 1:39:57.
Ostrovsky was the first female, and her time was 2:02:03. Mallory Brooks placed second in 2:05:28.