KING, ANDERSON WILL DEFEND TITLES AT XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS
Snowbasin Resort will host race on September 22
The reigning King and queen of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will be back to defend their respective crowns in 2013.
This year's XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for September 22 at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. More than 700 runners from around the country are expected to participate in the event.
Max King, the five-time defending men's champion of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, will once again wear the No. 1 race bib as he seeks to extend his unprecedented string of XTERRA success.
"That course is one of my favorites for a trail run course," King said of the 21-kilometer championship course at Snowbasin. "It's beautiful that time of year with the changing colors and the crisp fall morning temps. The course is challenging but you can really run fast on it, which for me, plays to my strengths. I think it's a good mix of technical trail running, good climbing, fast smooth singletracks, and sweeping downhills. It has it all."
King will actually get some rest before this year's race, which could make him an even more prohibitive favorite than in recent years. The last two years, King competed in a 50-kilometer race in his hometown of Bend, Oregon, the day before winning the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah.
"Each year I continue to go longer and longer so my endurance on courses like this keeps getting better," King said. "And this year I get to come in fresh. No 50K the day before. Will it matter? I don't know."
King said his training routine is the same as in recent years, and he will approach the race weekend with the same mentality as last year.
Sato Ogawa and Yoko Kato captured the XTERRA Japan 50K trail run titles on a beautiful blue sky day in the Nikko National Forest on Sunday.
The race is arguably the hardest and most scenic on the entire XTERRA World Tour. Race headquarters is at the Kan Ko So Resort in Marunuma – a hot springs retreat that caters to fisherman during the summer and is completely snowed-in during the winter months.
The course starts at 4,700-feet and climbs up and down a variety of mountain tops and valleys, including Mt. Shirane high atop the Marunuma-Kogen ski area. Its high-point is 8,500-feet and all-told includes nearly 10,000-feet of climbing in dense forest filled with pine, oak, walnut, and aspen trees.
“It’s an insane mountain challenge, and world-class all the way,” said Australian adventure racer Jarad Kohlar. “The amazing part is it’s almost entirely on these perfectly carved out single track trails in the mountainside.”
The winning time for Ogawa, a 36-year-old from Yamanashi who is an elite runner for Salomon, was 6:13:46, more than 45-minutes ahead of the runner-up Makoto Kurosawa. Kato, who is 50-years-young and perpetually wins the grueling long-distance XTERRA Japan trail runs, won the women’s title in 8:45:05.
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POWERFUL ADVICE FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS
Q&A with PowerBar representative Richard Burgunder
Editor's note: Richard Burgunder is one of XTERRA's most experienced and valued trail runners. He has competed in XTERRA Trail Run events in more than a dozen different states, and has won five XTERRA Regional Championships in four different regions (New England, Ohio, Pocono, Utah). He previously lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved to Boulder, Colorado, earlier this year. He has traveled to Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, the past two years to compete in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and will do so again this year.
He is also a Field Marketing Associate for PowerBar, and will be assisting at the product booth during the XTERRA weekend at Snowbasin Resort/Ogden. The 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for September 22, and online registration is open atwww.xterrautah.com. Burgunder offers some advice for runners in the following question and answer session:
Q: How would you describe this 21K course, and are there specific sections to be aware of?
Burgunder: The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals 21K course provides diverse terrain that ranges from long climbs up fire roads to rocky single track along the upper ridges of the mountain. Shortly after the fast start in the parking lot, runners will be immediately challenged by a long climb up the mountain. The trails at this point will consist mostly of dirt fire roads that gradually take athletes to the top of the mountain. The terrain along the initial climb isn't too technical and most of the trails are relatively wide. As you run along the arête near the summit, you'll experience more technical running with an abundance of rocks and narrower trails.
Once you've ascended the summit, stunning panoramic views allow you to take in the natural beauty that surrounds Snowbasin. You'll be able to see for endless miles out into the valley, which will provide a breathtaking backdrop of the fall foliage and crystal clear blue skies. After running along the upper ridges for a couple of miles, you'll descend the mountain on a long switchback ski trail that will provide an adrenaline pumping experience. It's a long and fast descent, which enables runners to open up and coast down the mountain. After approaching the bottom of the long switchback, runners will then blaze through a gently rolling trail that is embraced with beautiful Aspens. The final push to the finish will include a small, but very steep climb up another fire road, followed by a downhill finish into Snowbasin Resort.
NORTH CAROLINA SERIES FINALE THIS WEEKEND
The XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run is set for this Saturday, August 31, at Davidson, North Carolina, and it will serve as the 2013 season finale for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series.
The event will feature two courses – a 16K long course and a 6K short course, and more than 200 runners are expected to participate. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states.
Runners in the 16K race can earn points toward the overall standings for the series, and the age-group champions for the season will be determined after this race. To learn more about the race or the series, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
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ALABAMA SERIES OPENER SET FOR SEPTEMBER 14
August marks the end of the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Trail Run Circuit, but September marks the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
The first event on the calendar is the XTERRA Red Mountain Trail Run on September 14 at Red Mountain Park Trails in Birmingham, Alabama.
Fewer than 100 openings remain for runners to enter the race (there is a limit due to parking restrictions at the site), so register now at www.dirtyspokes.com.
The event will feature two courses – a 15K long course and a 7K short course. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. All registered runners will receive a dri-fit race shirt, an Alabama Series pint glass, and post-race snacks and drinks.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF LAST YEAR’S RACE
It will be the first of seven races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The Alabama Series has a fast and furious start, with two races in September, one in October, and one in November. To view the complete schedule, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
ISLAND AIR & XTERRA ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE
Honolulu, HI - Island Air and the XTERRA World Championships in Hawaii are proud to announce their new alliance by which Island Air becomes the Official Hawaii interisland air carrier.
Island Air will be a featured partner of the XTERRA World Championship [off-road triathlon] at the Kapalua Resort, Maui in October and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa, Oahu in December. These events attract approximately 10,000 registrants, participants, friends, family and spectators who come from Hawaii, 40 other states and more than 30 countries.
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