GET AHEAD FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Early bird pricing ends on August 21
If you want to save some money and register early for the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, you have until August 21 to take advantage of the early bird registration fees.
This year’s race is scheduled for September 22 at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.
Runners of all ages and skill levels can enter, and there will be three courses to accommodate the various levels – the 21-kilometer course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also by 10K and 5K courses available.
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The event is open to runners from all states, and even runners who have never entered an XTERRA event are eligible to enter. For a visitor’s perspective on the course and conditions at Snowbasin Resort, read this Q&A with Virginia runner Sarah Breevoort from 2012.
Online registration will remain open until the week of the race, but prices will rise for each race distance after August 21.
For more information, please visit www.xterratrailrun.com or call 877-XTERRA-1.
Sheri Vanderlugt is the inspiration for husband and sons to run
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to runners of all ages from all states, and the Vanderlugt family is a perfect example.
This year's event is scheduled for September 22 at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden,Utah, and ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN BY CLICKING HERE.
Phil Vanderlugt and his sons, Alec and Reed, will all be entering the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals together for the first time this year, and they are taking a circuitous route. They reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but got introduced to XTERRA Trail Run events in Colorado.
"We are a family of road warriors!" Phil said. "Our kids have been making long road trips since 6 months of age. They are amazing travelers. We did drive to Colorado for every race!"
The Vanderlugts often take winter vacations to Colorado for skiing, so they are familiar with the area. The drive from Michigan to Colorado, however, is never an easy trip - even in the family's recreational vehicle. The drive takes approximately 24 hours each way, and they often did it with only a few stops so that Alec and Reed would not miss school time.
"As you know, there is no XTERRA Trail Series in Michigan," Phil explained. "The boys and I ran our first half-marathon together in Colorado two years ago in the town of Granby, and their confidence in running soared. We love Colorado!"
The drive and dedication paid off, as two members of the family earned age-group championships for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. Phil captured first place for the season in the 40-44 division, and Reed took first in the 10-14 division (Alec was a close second).
Because of that success, they decided to enter the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah. That trip will be a little too long to make in the family's RV during the school year, so they will book flights.
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A WINNER'S PERSPECTIVE IN NORTH CAROLINA
Matthew Longworth (pictured at right in blue) of Charlotte, N.C., has been the overall winner at both of the races held so far in the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. Here is a Q&A interview with the 33-year-old after his latest victory, the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run on July 27.
Q: How would you describe the course and conditions?
Longworth: It is the most strenuous and challenging course I have ever raced on. Especially this year with the heavy fog and then the wet conditions added to already being one mile in elevation. Now you would think that by 8 a.m. that it would be light outside, even in a dense forest, but the fog blocked out the light so much that at times it made foot placement between the roots and rocks a treacherous gamble. This definitely slowed the pace down trying to avoid a sprained ankle.
Q: How would you describe the race with the other leaders? At what point did you break ahead?
Longworth: At the beginning of the race I knew I didn't want to push the pace up the long incline and that I would try to encourage a more sensible pace than the usual made dash to get position before entering the single track portion of the course. It was much easier this year to be patient and remember that there was still a long ways to go. I entered the woods fourth and at one point actually asked, "Is the kid in front running the long race?" I asked because he was beginning to open up a gap to where we couldn't see him and I was trapped on the single track behind two other runners. After I could no longer tolerate the lead getting so far ahead, I knew I better pass soon. I finally had an opportunity to do so. Once I caught up with Michael, the lead runner, I realized who he was after hearing a volunteer say his name. He led nearly the whole way until we came out of the woods and onto the asphalt road, which was all downhill to the finish line. That's when I made my move, knowing we had only a little over half a mile left to go. A year ago I regretted not putting myself in a position to let my leg speed give me an opportunity to race to the finish. I knew I didn't want a repeat of last year's performance. So as soon as we hit the road I was off like the roadrunner.
TENNESSEE SERIES FINALE THIS WEEKEND
The XTERRA Bays Blaze Trail Run will take place on August 10 at Kingsport, Tennessee, and it will serve as the season finale for the XTERRA Tennessee Trail Run Series.
The Bays Blaze Trail Run will feature a 15-kilometer long course and a 5K short course. Both courses will be at Bays Mountain, and proceeds from the race will go to the Bays Mountain Park Association.
The Bays Blaze Trail Run will be the third, and final, race in the XTERRA Tennessee Trail Run Series, so it will be the last chance for runners to earn points toward the overall standings for the series.
To learn more about the race or the Tennessee Series, please visit www.fleetfeetkingsport.com.
THREE OTHER XTERRA SERIES FINALES COMING UP
The month of August is a key one for several regions on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit, as season finales are coming up.
In addition to the Tennessee finale this weekend, other regions hosting season finales this month are South Carolina, Puerto Rico and North Carolina.
- The XTERRA Table Rock Trail Run is set for August 17 at Pickens, S.C., and it will serve as the season finale for the XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. The 15K course at Table Rock State Park is considered the toughest course in the series, as it features more than 2,000 feet of climbing in the first half of the race alone. There will also be a 5K short course available. To register online or learn more about it, please visit www.marathonmajic.com.
- The XTERRA Cerro Gordo Trail Run is set for August 18 at Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico, and it will be the season finale for the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series. The event will feature a 10K and a 5K course, as well as a kids race. To register online or learn more about it, please visit www.xterrapr.com.
- The XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run is set for August 31 at Davidson, N.C., and it will serve as the season finale for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. The event will feature a 16K long course and a shorter 8K course. The trails are relatively flat, but there are numerous technical singletrack sections throughout. To register online or learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
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