XTERRA FOUNDATION : PROJECT LAUNCH
The XTERRA Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide help, support, and hope to the underprivileged and physically challenged, is proud to announce a new project-based fundraising tool that will focus its efforts on three to four specific causes through the course of the year.
The tool is a personalized athlete fundraising website, and the first project is dedicated to Team X-T.R.E.M.E., a non-profit support organization working to raise awareness and funds for wounded veterans. The organization directs its focus to wounded service members of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns through innovation, vigilance and “Xtreme” feats of physical and mental endurance.
Specifically, the XTERRA Foundation is focused on raising funds to help Team X-T.R.E.M.E. bring a wounded vet to the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship in Hawaii on December 4, 2011. Contributions above and beyond those direct expenses will go towards purchasing service dogs, prostheses equipment, and training for wounded veterans.
“Team X-T.R.E.M.E. founder Jeremy Soles, a former Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps, launched the organization by running the XTERRA Richmond 10k trail run in a gas mask back in 2009,” explained XTERRA Foundation President Tom Kiely. “That got everyone’s attention, especially fellow service members who understand how difficult it is to breath in those things let alone run a brutal six-mile obstacle course in 100-degree heat. Since then, he’s accomplished increasingly difficult tasks and honored several wounded veterans along the way. We are proud to support his vision.”
Just this past June, Soles and his team of Jim Snyder, Matt Small, Colin Bunn, and Ben Dyer set a Guinness World Record by completing the XTERRA 21K trail run while wearing gas masks (Note: the gas masks symbolize perseverance and overcoming mental and physical obstacles). The effort was in honor of Staff Sergeant Ryan Major, a 26-year-old Army veteran who lost both his legs in 2006 when an improvised explosive device was detonated in Ramadi, Iraq. Before he was wounded in combat his ambition was to become an Army Ranger and jump out of planes and through the efforts of Team X-T.R.E.M.E., Major fulfilled that lifelong dream and jumped out of an airplane with the Golden Nights, landing right on Brown’s Island just before the start of the race (see video).
“This meant so much to me. It’s truly an honor, and I appreciate what these guys did for me and are doing for all the wounded veterans,” said Major.
Team X-T.R.E.M.E. is currently searching for the honoree it will bring to Hawaii for the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship in December, and the XTERRA Foundation is inviting its friends and family in the XTERRA community to join in their efforts to raise funds for the honoree’s trip.
Click here to raise money for Team X-T.R.E.M.E.
COUNTDOWN TO NATIONALS
September is already here, which means it is XTERRA Nationals month.
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is headed to Utah for the first time in the event’s history. After three years in Bend, Oregon, the Trail Run Nationals has relocated to a new venue at Snowbasin Resort, just outside of Ogden. This year’s national championship race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Snowbasin is a world-class sports scene, having previously hosted alpine skiing events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Some of those same slopes along the majestic Wasatch Range will serve as the 21-kilometer championship course for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
Snowbasin/Ogden has long been home to the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon, and this is the first year that the triathlon and trail run events will be held in the same location on the same weekend, making it a true “Weekend for Warriors.”
The off-road triathlon championship race is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, with the trail run championship race the following day.
And it’s not just about the racing. It will be an action-packed weekend off the trails as well. Among the other events to be held in conjunction with the races are free clinics, Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thons to benefit the Challenged Athlete Foundation, free bike and running races for children, an XTERRA Kids Zone, and fun/food for the whole family at Ogden’s annual Harvest Moon Festival.
It should also be noted that the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is not just for elite-level runners. In fact, runners of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate – there is no qualification process. And if 21 kilometers in the thin air of Utah is a bit much, there will also be 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses for runners to choose from.
Online registration is now open at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/nationals.html.
REGIONAL CHAMPIONS ROLLING IN
The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will be a true gathering of champions. At least 35 XTERRA Regional Champions have already registered to participate in the Sept. 25 race at Snowbasin Resort, Ogden, Utah.
So far, the list of entries includes 2011 regional champs from Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Florida, Georgia, Philly, Pocono and Texas.
Many more are expected to join the list in the coming weeks, because several regions are still completing their respective 2011 seasons.
Here is the list of regional champions registered so far.
MAFUNE, KATO WIN XTERRA MARUNUMA 30K
After three consecutive years of runner-up finishes Takamichi Mafune finally took home top honors at the XTERRA Marunuma 30-kilometer trail run at the Kan Ko So Resort in Marunuma, Japan on Sunday.
Mafune finished what is perhaps the hardest run on the XTERRA World Tour in 3:43:54, more than three minutes ahead of runner-up Hirokazu Uesugi.
In what is a true mountain challenge, the 30K course starts at 4,700-feet, tops out at 8,400-feet and has more than 5,000-feet of total climbing. It’s basically straight up the side of Marumuma Mountain on muddy singletrack through the trees with inspiring views of the Lake below.
At 48-years-young Yoko Kato won the women’s race in 4:50:04, five minutes faster than Mayumi Ito. While the average time was about six hours, several runners took more than eight hours to complete the grueling course.
More than 160 runners took part in the adventurous 30K and the “lite” 10K (that only featured 1,500-feet of climbing).
See a short video clip of the race here.
30K Results | 10K Results
MADISON, PLAIR WIN TEXAS SERIES FINALE
Two wrong turns led to the right decision at the XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run last weekend.
Michael Madison of Austin, Texas, was declared the overall winner after it was discovered that he was inadvertently sent in the wrong direction at two different sections of the course – both times while he was far ahead of the rest of the field.
“I was misdirected twice; once around mile 4.5 and once around what would have been mile 6 for me,” Madison said. “I tried to make the best of it, finished the race, and hoped that (race director) Mike Carter would be understanding of the situation. In all, I ran at least 1.5 miles more than everyone else, maybe closer to two.”
Time adjustments were made by Carter and his staff, and Madison was credited with a winning time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 6 seconds, over the 16-kilometer course at Magnolia Hill Park in Navasota, Texas.
“The course was very enjoyable,” said Madison, 26. “We're in the midst of a terrible state-wide drought that has brought over 75 days of 100-plus degree weather to the central Texas area. Fortunately, the Magnolia course featured tall pine trees that provided great shade and good racing conditions. The last 6 kilometers were very technical with numerous twists and turns, and then a finish around a sandy shore which was comparable to running on a beach.”
Jennifer Plair of Caldwell, Texas, placed fifth overall and was the top female with a time of 1:15:51. Dianne Garban was the second female with a time of 1:27:16.
SCHROEDER, CALDWELL WIN FOR FIRST TIME IN OHIO SERIES
Instead of running from the back of the pack, Laurie Schroeder tried to stay in front this time.
As a result, Schroeder earned the first XTERRA Trail Run victory of her career. She won the women’s division of the XTERRA Oak Hill Trail Run on Saturday, August 27. Schroeder, who is 28 and resides in Galion, Ohio, completed the 8-kilometer course in 37 minutes, 40 seconds.
Wade Caldwell was the overall winner with a time of 30:46. The race was held at the Oak Hill Trailhead of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
It was the sixth of seven races in the 2011 XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series.
“This was the most exciting win for me,” said Schroeder (pictured at right). “I’ve been working very hard to win one of these races.”
Photo courtesy Laurie Schroeder
XTERRA RUNNER FARE WELL AT USATF RACE
Several runners with XTERRA Trail Run experience had successful showings at the USA 10km Trail Championship last weekend. The event was held on Saturday, August 27, at Laurel, North Carolina.
In the women’s field, XTERRA Georgia Series champion Tara Mooney placed seventh overall, and XTERRA Philly Series champion Diane Grim placed 12th. Grim, who is 52, was the only runner in the 50-older age group to place among the top 30 (let alone the top 12).
In the men’s field, Chris Wiley placed ninth and David Bell was 11th. They often race in the XTERRA Georgia Series. XTERRA Alabama Series champion Brandon Mader placed 15th.
Grim and Mader are registered to race at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Ogden, Utah.
NORTH CAROLINA SERIES FINALE THIS WEEKEND
The 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series will hold its season finale on Sunday, Sept. 4.
The XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run will take place as scheduled at the Fisher Farm Park in Davidson, N.C. Hurricane Irene did not cause significant damage to the area, so the courses will remain unchanged.
The event will feature two courses – a “long course” of 10 miles and a “short course” of 5 miles. Both courses are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and registration is open online at www.dirtyspokes.com.
There will also be in-person registration available on the morning of the race at the race site. All participants will get a dri-fit race shirt and an XTERRA North Carolina pint glass.
Fisher Farm Park boasts some of the most challenging and picturesque trails in the state, and more than 200 runners are expected to participate.
It will be the third – and final – race of the 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, so the overall champions from each age-group will be determined after this race. Each age-group champion will receive a free invitation to represent North Carolina at the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25.
Photo courtesy www.dirtyspokes.com
STILL TIME TO WIN A FREE STAY IN WAIKIKI
There's still time to win a free stay in Hawaii. Outrigger Luana Waikiki, located on the island of Oahu, is giving one lucky XTERRA Tribe member a free 3-night stay where you'll find yourself just steps from world-class shopping, international dining and of course the breath-taking beaches of Waikiki.
It's all part of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts XTERRA Tribe Promotion where every month through December, you have a chance to win a free stay in Hawaii at one of their Resort Condominium Properties throughout the islands of Hawaii.
Entries must be received by September 06, 2011 and certificate is good for stays through July 31, 2012. You can even use it during XTERRA Trail Run Worlds (December 4th).
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