XTERRA GEORGIA SERIES CHAMPION: NOZOMI WADE
Nozomi Wade is proof that enthusiasm can go a long way in trail running.
Just three years after picking up running as a way to stay fit - in her 50s - Wade can now claim an XTERRA Regional Championship. She won the female 55-59 age division for the 2012 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series. And she did it convincing fashion, winning her age group at four of the six races in the series.
"I started running in 2009 at the age of 51," she said. "My husband and son thought I would quit in a day. But I kept on running, increasing my distance each week … It has only been three short years, but on average, I race twice a month. I have completed two marathons, four half-marathons (three of them were trail), and a bunch of 15K, 10K, and 5Ks. I love to compete and enjoy the ambience of a race."
Wade's next XTERRA race will be the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 23. "Competing in the National Championship started as a far-fetched dream, but I decided that if I were to win my age group (in Georgia), I would go to Utah and see how I would do against the best trail runners in the country."
Georgia is one of the most popular states for XTERRA Trail Run events, often drawing more than 400 runners per race. Wade said the competition and the variety of trails in Georgia helped her prepare for what's to come in Utah.
"Georgia is an extremely hilly state," she said. "The Georgia Series begins in September and ends in June, hence I get to race a variety of trails in all kinds of weather conditions … the variety in terrain, weather conditions and tough competition help me prepare for Nationals."
James and Nozomi Wade photo courtesy Wade family
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NATIONALS IS A MONTH AWAY
There is now less than one month remaining to register for the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. This year’s event is set for September 23, and it is open to runners of all ages and abilities.
The 21-kilometer course will serve as the national championship course, and all age-group winners from that race will be crowned XTERRA National Champions for 2012. In addition, each age-group winner from the 21K course will receive a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on December 2.
There will also be 10K and 5K courses, but only the 21K winners will receive the free entry to the Hawaii race. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers for all three courses (21K, 10K and 5K).
To register for the race or learn more about it, please CLICK HERE.
WELSCH SISTERS RUN INTO HISTORY AT CAMERON PARK
Kaytlynn is youngest winner of an XTERRA 21K; Heather takes third
The XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run was truly a race for the ages last weekend.
Kaytlynn Welsch of Alvin, Texas, made history by winning the female division of the 21-kilometer race at Cameron Park in Waco, Texas, on August 18. Kaytlynn, who turned 12 in June, became the youngest runner to win an XTERRA half-marathon trail run.
She placed an amazing 11th overall (meaning only 10 men beat her), and finished with a time of 1:39:31.
"She's been running for a couple of years now, so she's got some experience in these longer races - she's even done a couple of (road) marathons," said her father, Rodney. "But she's just a natural, I guess. From her first race, people were telling us how fast she is."
The course at Cameron Park is considered a challenging one, and it includes a section of steep stairs called "Jacob's Ladder." Kaytlynn kept pace the entire course, even when she had to, literally, climb up the stairs on her hands and knees.
"Those stairs were about as tall as she is," her father said. "But she's a real strong and determined runner. She doesn't give up. She just keeps going."
Apparently, it runs in the family. Heather Welsch - who is only 10 - placed third overall in the female division with a time of 1:46:06. "Kaytlynn got into running first, and once she did, her sister followed," Rodney said.
Kaytlynn Welsch photo courtesy Welsch family
PUERTO RICO COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL FIRST SEASON
Rivera Fuentes, Orta Cruz win season finale at Cabo Rojo
The inaugural season of the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series came to a fast finish this month, as Carmelo Rivera Fuentes and Ileana Orta Cruz raced to impressive victories in the XTERRA Cabo Rojo Trail Run.
The season finale was held on August 12, on the scenic - and secluded - trails of Cabo Rojo. Rivera Fuentes placed first overall, completing the 7-kilometer course in 31 minutes, 29 seconds. Jose Heredia placed second in 32:09.
Orta Cruz placed sixth overall with a time of 33:06, and dominated the women's field. She finished more than nine minutes ahead of runner-up Lidivina Vargas.
Close to 200 runners participated in the Cabo Rojo Trail Run, which was the third, and final, race of the 2012 XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series. Series director Efrain Cardona said it was the first trail run ever staged in that area of the island of Puerto Rico.
"That part of the island has amazing mountain bike trails, so we were happy to bring trail running there for the first time," he said. "Many of the folks from that part of the island ran, so we were successful in finding new runners."
This was the first year of the XTERRA Puerto Rico Trail Run Series, and the three races drew more than 700 total entries.
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COLORADO FINALE THIS WEEKEND
If you want one last chance to run in the Rockies this season, the XTERRA Snow Mountain Trail Run will serve as the season finale in Colorado this weekend.
The race is scheduled for Sunday, August 26, and it is open to runners of all ages and abilities. It will be the fifth, and final, race of the 2012 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series.
The beautiful setting of the Snow Mountain Ranch will be the host site, 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.
2012 SEASON ENDS IN NORTH CAROLINA
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series will hold its 2012 season finale on September 1, when the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run takes place at Davidson, North Carolina. It will be the final event of the 2011-12 XTERRA Trail Run Series (the “new” season will begin on September 22 in Georgia).
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. 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.
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