XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter


Four restaurants named as title sponsors for XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs

Kapalua TutuFour T S Restaurants on the island of Maui have renewed their title sponsorships for the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at Kapalua, Maui.

The four events will once again be known as:

Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run
Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run
Kimo's XTERRA Keiki Run
Leilani's XTERRA Run Course and 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 28. The Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run and the Duke's Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run will offer runners an opportunity to race on the same trails that the world's best triathletes will use the following day.

"We are thrilled to have T S Restaurants back as the title sponsors 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. It is truly a great opportunity for both Maui residents and visitors to the island."

This is the second year these trail runs will be staged in Kapalua, and the runners will be treated to picturesque and challenging courses that will take them from the beach, up to the mountains, and then back to the beach. 



Sarah Breevoort resides in Virginia, and will enter the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship for the first time in 2012. This year's championship race is scheduled for September 23 at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.

Sarah BreevoortLike many other newcomers to the race, Breevoort has numerous concerns. Fortunately for her, she was able to make a summer trip to Utah in June, and got a chance to practice on the trails at Snowbasin that will be used for the national championship race.

Last week, Breevoort shared her initial thoughts on the course. CLICK HERE to read the story.

In part II of her interview with XTERRA Trail Mix, Breevoort offers some tips for other newcomers.

Q: How did the altitude of Utah affect you, if at all?

Sarah: I believe the altitude had a little bit of an effect on me, especially on the Needles Peak section that climbs up to 7,300 feet.  Here in Virginia, many of our trails are closer to 4000 feet, so that is a significant difference.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about the altitude. However, I'm hoping that by having good fitness coming into the race and practicing a lot of hill climbs and descents here in Virginia that the altitude won't impact me as much.

It takes more than two weeks to acclimate to altitude, so unless you have generous vacation time (and I don't) you won't have the opportunity to get acclimated before the race.  The best thing to do is to adequately train for the specific demands of this course (long climbs and descents, rocky and technical single track, short and steep fire roads) and to have a solid base of fitness.  Another thing is to not arrive in Utah too soon before the race.  Several days of running at altitude before the race will only lead to fatigue and negatively impact your race performance.  If you want to have your best race the best thing you can do is to show up just two days before -- fit, well rested, and hydrated.  You can always experience Utah by extending your trip after the race, not before.



George Linney III and Kimberley Hefner proved that you can have fun while winning an XTERRA Trail Run. Linney was the overall winner and Hefner was the top female at the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run on Saturday, July 28, at Beech Mountain, N.C.

George Linney"The course was amazing," said Linney, 37. "It was great to climb the ski area and twist through really dense forest. I've snow-shoed on some of the Beech Mountain ski area, but I have never been on the single track. I will be back to Beech Mountain to run those trails again."

Linney, who resides in Durham, N.C., completed the 15-kilometer long course in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 6 seconds. He took the lead about halfway into the race and then held off the other contenders down the stretch. Michael Holland, a 15-year-old high school cross country runner, placed second with a time of 1:11:13. Matt Longworth was third in 1:11:53.

(George Linney III pictured, courtesy Richard Burgunder /www.powerbar.com)

"I did not see Michael Holland until I was about a quarter-mile from the finish line and I checked over my shoulder and there he was, about 75 meters back," Linney said. "I picked it up and made sure it wasn't too close at the line. You never want to get in a sprint with a kid. They usually beat the old guy."



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Ross Kilgore and Wendy Jacobsen turned their first experience at the XTERRA Sugar Bottom Trail Run into a victorious one.

XTERRA Sugar BottomKilgore was the overall winner of the 10-kilometer race on Saturday, July 28, and Jacobsen was the first female. The event was staged on a picturesque sunny day at the Sugar Bottom Campground in Solon, Iowa.

"Almost no section was completely flat, almost no section was completely straight, and it really kept me on my toes," said Kilgore, 27. "The conditions were perfect. It wasn't too hot yet, and the trail was dry."

Kilgore completed the course in 45 minutes, 38 seconds. He ran most of the course with his friend, Ross Salinas, then broke away for the win in the last half-mile.

"We stuck together for the vast majority of the race, still pushing the pace about as hard as we could," Kilgore said. "When he announced that we had about a half-mile left, I decided to kick it in and really try to make it my win. He wasn't able to catch me, so I'm happy with my legitimate win."

Salinas placed second with a time of 45:53, and Mederic Hall was third in 50:02.

Kilgore said it was his first race on the Sugar Bottom trails, and his unfamiliarity with the course almost caused a few spills. "I kept almost crashing into trees and off the trails on the turns," he said. "I'm happy that I won, but mostly I just had a ton of fun flying through those trails as fast as I could."



Puerto Rico FinaleThe inaugural XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series will hold its season finale on August 12. The XTERRA Cabo Rojo Trail Run will take place at Cabo Rojo on the island of Puerto Rico, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.

The event will feature a 7-kilometer course, as well as a short race course for children ages 12 and younger.

It will be the third of three races in the 2012 XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series, so the overall age-group winners for the series will be determined after this race.

Every age-group winner from the overall series will receive a free invitation to represent Puerto Rico at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 23.

To register for the race or learn more about the series, please visit www.xterrapr.com.

And watch this VIDEO HIGHLIGHT from the previous XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run.


XTERRA PortlandOregon has long been known as one of the best states for avid runners, and the XTERRA Trail Run Series will once again have a presence in the Beaver State.

The XTERRA Portland Trail Run is scheduled for August 12 at Forest Grove, Oregon. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be two courses to accommodate the various levels. The 22-kilometer long course is for experienced runners, as it will follow an epic loop around Hagg Lake’s Trail. There will also be a 10K course for less-experienced runners.

It is the only XTERRA Trail Run in the state of Oregon on the 2012 calendar, and it is open to runners from other states and countries as well.

Online registration will be available through August 8, so sign up now at www.xterrapdx.com.

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