TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - A LESSON IN TRAIL KARMA
By Rachel Cieslewicz
A few weeks ago, my worst nightmare on a trail came true. I was on an uphill section of single track, enjoying a wonderful midday mountain bike ride on my favorite trail. It is a skinny little section where everyone needs to look out for each other to be safe. I looked up as I came around a bend to see a guy flying down the hill straight at me. He made no move to slow down as I tried desperately to get out of his way. He hit me head on.
Me weighing less than half his weight went down the side of the mountain. I fell 10 feet and hit a tree. Not only did he make no move to help me up, he stood at the top of the trail and yelled at me for being in his way and to learn how to ride my bike. I sobbed as I tried to untangle myself from my bike and the tree and other flora. He took off.
The damage done to my body was significant, even if not critical: an injured sacroiliac joint, bruised ribs, neck completely out, and a mixed variety of blood and bruises and missing skin. My shock was broken on my bike. I think what hurt more than the physical pain was my heart and ego. Did this guy seriously not know how hard he hit me? He obviously had no care or sense of trail etiquette. Ultimately, that fact that he seemed unconscious about the wellbeing of others was something I struggled to wrap my mind around. Fortunately I was able to get myself home.
SCOTT, ZOGRAFOS PREVAIL IN PORTLAND
XTERRA trail running made its way back to the state of Oregon last weekend, and Derek Scott and Carrie Zografos took top honors at the XTERRA Portland Trail Run.
The inaugural XTERRA Portland Trail Run was completed on August 12 at Henry Hagg Lake Park in Gaston, Oregon. It was the first time since September 2010 that an XTERRA Trail Run was staged in Oregon.
"The course was great," said Zografos. "Lots of twists and turns, and rolling. It was certainly challenging in that regard, with some choppy footing in spots, but nothing unmanageable."
Scott, who resides in Portland, was the overall winner, completing the 22-kilometer course in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 31 seconds. Chris McIsaac from McMinnville, Oregon, was second in 1:32:42. It was a two-person race at the front of the course, as Scott and McIsaac broke away from the pack early.
Zografos was an impressive third overall and the first female with a time of 1:46:50. Fourth, fifth and sixth place overall also went to females - Becka Kem (1:47:53), Laurel Manville (1:49:23) and Susie Rivard (1:50:06).
"The race with the other women was really inspiring," Zografos said. "I probably started out too quickly for the distance, but it was a fun pack of ladies to run with, so I just went with it. I can't remember where I took the lead, about six miles in, maybe."
Photo courtesy XTERRA Portland
BIESSMANN, LEONARD TAKE TOP HONORS AT SNOW VALLEY
The XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run turned into a memorable event for Max Biessmann and Kelly Leonard.
Biessmann was the overall winner of the 21-kilometer race, and Leonard was the top female. More than 120 runners participated in the race, which was completed on August 5 at the Snow Valley Ski Resort in Running Springs, Calif.
Biessmann placed fourth at this race last year, and vowed to return this year to improve his placing. He did just that, leading the race from start to finish. He completed the course with a time of 1 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds.
"This one was pretty satisfying because I was able to keep pushing myself towards the end, even though it wasn't a close race," said Biessmann, who is 27 and resides in Irvine, Calif.
Brad Smith of La Verne, Calif., placed second with a time of 1:43:25, and Jason Prince from Aliso Viejo, Calif., was third in 1:49:59.
Biessmann said his strategy was to get in front early, so as not to get stuck in a pack when the trails narrowed. The course took the runners on two loops, and Biessmann said his lead was already significant by the start of the second loop.
"It was definitely harder the second time and I struggled a bit during the last few kilometers to get back to the finish," he said. "I figured I had a good lead but didn't realize that it was that big."
Biessmann is actually a triathlon competitor who uses trail runs as a form of training.
Leonard placed 10th overall and was the runaway winner in the women's division. It was the first overall victory of her running career.
"This Snow Valley victory ranks as my best yet," said Leonard, who is 34 and resides in Newport Beach, Calif. "I have never placed first woman overall to win any other event, so needless to say, I was thrilled and happy."
COLORADO SERIES FINALE SET FOR AUGUST 26
The beautiful setting of the Snow Mountain Ranch will be the host site for the 2012 season finale for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The XTERRA Snow Mountain Trail Run on August 26 will be the fifth, and final, race of the 2012 Colorado season.
The race is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be two course options – a 20-kilometer long course and a 10K. As expected for any race in Colorado, the runners will be challenged by the thin air at high elevation points.
The overall age-group champions for the Colorado Series will be determined after this race. Up for grabs is a free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Utah on September 23 for every age-group winner from the Colorado Series.
The Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA will be assisting with the event, and numerous family-friendly activities will be available at the race site.
To register for the race or learn more about it, please visit www.marathonmajic.com.
Photo courtesy www.pikespeaksports.us
NORTH CAROLINA FINALE TWO WEEKS AWAY
Fisher Farm Trail run on September 1 is open to all runners
The XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run on September 1 will serve as the 2012 season finale for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series.
The race is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be two course options - a 10-mile long course and a 5-mile short course. The race will take place along the picturesque trails at Fisher Farm Park in Davidson, North Carolina.
More than 200 runners are expected to participate, including several who are chasing age-group championships for the North Carolina Series. The XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run is the third, and final, race in the series.
Points are awarded to the top runners in each age group after every race. At the end of the season, every age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent North Carolina at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Utah on September 23.
The course at Fisher Farm is considered a relatively flat one, with around 650 feet of elevation gain. However, runners will be treated to numerous twists and turns throughout the course.
Registration is available online CLICK HERE. It is worth noting that the entry fees will rise on August 22.
Every registered runner will receive a dri-fit event shirt and a pint glass. PowerBar will also have representatives at the race to hand out samples and give away prizes.
For more information, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
Photo courtesy www.dirtyspokes.com
XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run
When: Saturday, September 1, 8:30 a.m. start
Where: Fisher Farm Park, Davidson, N.C.
Who: Open to runners of all ages and abilities
Courses: 10 miles or 5 miles
Entry fees: $35 for 10 miles, $30 for 5 miles
(through August 21; prices rise by $5 on August 22)
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