XTERRA Trail Mix Newsletter

REGIONAL CHAMPS CROWNED FOR 2011-12 SEASON

Richmond StartThe “regular season” came to a close last weekend for the XTERRA Trail Run 2011-12 schedule, and now it’s time for the championships.

After a season that featured more than 60 races across the country, close to 200 runners can now claim to be an XTERRA Regional Champion. They range in age from 12 to 75, and their hometowns stretched from as far west as San Diego, California, to as far northeast as Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This year, for the first time, there was even a region in Puerto Rico.

There were 11 regions on the 2011-12 schedule – Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas. In order to be considered a “region,” at least three races needed to be completed in that area.

In addition to those 11 regions, numerous individual races were held in other states such as Hawaii, Iowa, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Next up on the schedule is the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 23. That will be followed by the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on December 2.

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 2011-12 XTERRA Regional Champions

TIPS FOR THE TRAIL- PREPARING FOR SNOWBASIN

I'm enjoying every spare moment playing out in the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains during my favorite time of year.  I'm the luckiest girl ever to consider my late summer training time as play.  The fall is now looming as the morning sun rises with brisk coolness, and the day temperatures soften.  What a perfect set up for another fabulous XTERRA National Championship weekend! Are you ready?  Some things to think about are: ensuring your travel plans are set, training is on par, and your excitement for one of the best events for 2012 is off the charts!

Rachel C SnowbasinQuick data in case you have yet to make travel plans. Salt Lake City Airport is 40 minutes away from the start line.  Rent a car and drive to Ogden. They have many great hotels, but the Ogden Marriott is a perfect idea as it is walking distance from all of the fabulous downtown parks, café's and restaurants.  From there, the race start is a quick 20-minute drive up Ogden Canyon.  Plan to stay a few days before and after if possible, as you won't want to leave our gorgeous state any time soon.

As for training, you should have already completed your final big block of quality training, and these next few weeks are about staying healthy, eating and hydrating properly, and staying mentally focused. My advice is to make the most of it. There is nothing like having firsthand experience at the actual site before a big event, so I recommend making a stop at Snowbasin before the race for those of you who are nearby, even if only to get a view of what you're getting into.  Or visit the Snowbasin Resort's website at www.snowbasin.com and learn what this incredible mountain has to offer.

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LINNEY WINS NORTH CAROLINA FINALE IN RECORD TIME

The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series came to a fast finish last weekend, with George Linney III winning the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run in record time.

Linney completed the 10-mile course in 1 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds, which was nearly four minutes faster than the previous course record.

George LinneyNearly 200 runners participated in the race, which was held on September 1 at Fisher Farm Park Trails in Davidson, North Carolina.

It was the third, and final, event of the 2011-12 season for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. Linney won two of the three races in the series, and placed second in the other.

(George Linney III pictured, courtesy Richard Burgunder /www.powerbar.com)

"The series was great, and so fun to see familiar faces at each race," said Linney, who is 37 and resides in Durham, N.C. "I had never been to Fisher Farm, but I will make my way back there. It features classic hard-pack that is typical of so many venues in the Piedmont that I love to trod upon."

The course at Fisher Farm featured two loops around a 5-mile trail. Linney took the lead early and never looked back … although he was constantly looking down. He said he saw "a huge black snake" early in the race and stayed on the lookout for more after that. Fortunately, he did not see that snake, or any others, again.

"I made sure to enjoy the second loop," he said. "Where ever I had gone right over a ravine the first time, instead I took the left path and tried to enjoy all of the trail before me. It was a really great two-loop experience.'

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