NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL RUNNERS FROM UTAH
Snowbasin Resort will host XTERRA Trail Run for third straight year
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is designed to attract runners from across the country to the state of Utah. As such, it also provides an opportunity for the home-state Utahns to test their trail running skills against runners from more than 30 different states.
The 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for September 22, and it will once again be staged on the picturesque trails at Snowbasin Resort, near Ogden, Utah. Last year, more than 500 runners participated in the event, and nearly half of them were from Utah.
“It's a huge advantage to live and train in the area,” said Patrick Smyth, an elite runner from Salt Lake City. “Being at altitude and having access to an amazing network of canyons and trails here in Salt Lake will afford me ample opportunity to prepare specifically for this race.”
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship moved to Snowbasin Resort in 2011 (it was previously held in Bend, Oregon), and runners from Utah have found success in the event.
Former Olympian Lindsey Anderson, who resides in North Ogden, discovered the XTERRA race last year, and proceeded to run away with the overall women’s title. She will be back in 2013 to defend her XTERRA National Championship.
“My coach told me to try this race, and it was great,” she said of her first experience at Snowbasin last year. “I would encourage anybody to do this.”
Note: Friday is last day for the guaranteed XTERRA rate of $70 plus tax at Summit Hotel in Ogden. After tomorrow, you can still make reservations on a space/rate available basis. Learn more athttp://www.xterraplanet.com/ utah/travel.html
Charlotte runners take top honors at Fisher Farm
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series concluded its 2013 season with the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run last weekend.
More than 200 runners from 12 different states participated in the event, which was completed on August 31 at Fisher Farm Park Trails in Davidson, N.C.
Matthew Longworth from Charlotte capped an undefeated season by capturing first place overall. He completed the 10-mile course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds. There were three events in the 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and Longworth was the overall winner at all three races.
Longworth ran with fellow Charlotte runner Jordan Veal for much of the course before pulling ahead late in the race. Veal finished second in 1:04:36, and Cory Sundeen was third in 1:07:21.
Longworth, 33, owns a lawn care business in Charlotte and once served as a missionary overseas.
Wendy Norvell from Charlotte was the top female runner with a time of 1:18:11. It was an impressive XTERRA debut for Norvell, as this was her first time entering an XTERRA Trail Run event. However, she is an experienced runner, and has won other trail races previously in her career.
“I love this course, especially the winding switchbacks near the end of the loop,” she said. “This was my second time running out there (the previous was also a race), but I definitely need to visit again soon. I could do without the humidity, but that’s August in the south.”
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He also won XTERRA Trail Run titles in Tennessee and South Carolina
Prior to 2013, only a handful of runners had won two age-group championships in two different XTERRA Trail Run regions in the same year. In the last month, two runners have won three age-group titles in three different regions in the same year.
Carl Epley from Marion, North Carolina, is the latest runner to join that historic list. He clinched the men’s 35-39 age group for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series last weekend at the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run in Davidson, N.C.
Epley’s North Carolina championship follows previous titles won this year at the XTERRA Tennessee Trail Run Series and the XTERRA South Carolina Trail Run Series. All told, Epley competed in nine races in those three different states, and he placed first in his age group at seven of those races.
Epley said he drove as long as three hours to get to some of the races, but it was time well-spent.
“It did take a lot of time and weekends to run all of the races in the Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina XTERRA series this year,” said Epley, 39. “All of the race directors in those states put on great events so I always knew that my travel time was going to be rewarded with an awesome XTERRA adventure.”
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THE COMPLETE LIST: XTERRA REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
The “regular season” of the XTERRA Trail Run circuit came to a close for the 2012-13 season last weekend. It was a season that featured more than 70 races across the country, with a record 16 regions hosting a series.
With the season complete, more than 220 runners can now claim to be an XTERRA Regional Champion for the 2012-13 season. They range in age from 9-year-old Jake Mackleer in the North Carolina Series, to 76-year-olds Adrian Wolford in the Texas Series and John Williams in the SoCal Series.
The 16 regions on the 2012-13 schedule were Alabama, Arizona, Atlantic, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. In order to be considered a “region,” at least three races needed to be completed in that area.
In addition to those 16 regions, numerous individual races were held in other states such as Arkansas, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon.
All of the XTERRA Regional Champions received invitations to compete at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 22. That will be followed by the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on November 24.
Both of those championship events are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and registration is available at www.xterratrailrun.com.
Here is the list of the 2012-13 XTERRA Regional Champions
MEET THE TRAIL RUN AMBASSADORS
Thousands of runners around the world can claim to be XTERRA Trail Runners, but only 17 hold the distinction of XTERRA Trail Run Ambassador.
They are the eyes and ears – and legs – of the XTERRA Trail Run circuit, serving as liaisons to their respective home-region running communities. They range in age from 15 to 65, and represent states as far east as Pennsylvania, and as far west as Hawaii.
XTERRA Trail Run Ambassadors are hand-picked for their commitment to their love of running and the XTERRA Trail Run Series. They not only embrace the "Live More" philosophy while racing, they bring the fun of the trail run culture to their local communities. The XTERRA Ambassador family works closely with race directors to help make regional and national events the best they can be. Thank you to all our 2013 XTERRA Ambassadors!
HERE THEY ARE
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.
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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.
GEORGIA, COLORADO OPENERS ALSO COMING UP
Two of the more popular series on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit will also be hitting the trails in September. The XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series and the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series are set to begin later this month, and both are open to runners of all ages and abilities, from all states.
The XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run is set for September 21 at Harbins Park Trails in Dacula, Georgia, and it will serve as the 2013-14 season opener for the XTERRA Georgia Series. The event will feature a 10-kilometer course that is considered moderate, so it is fitting for both experienced runners looking to go fast, or beginning runners looking to gain race experience.
The field is limited to 275 runners due to park limitations, so REGISTER ONLINE NOW or risk being left off the starting line.
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The Harbins Park Trail Run will be the first of seven races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
The XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races is set for September 22 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, and it will serve as the 2013-14 season opener for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series.
The Marathon of Trail Races has gained popularity in recent years because it truly offers a trail for every runner – a 42K full-marathon course, a 21K half-marathon, and a 5K. The 42K and 21K courses will take runners to an elevation nearly 6,900 feet above sea level – into the thin Colorado air.
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