KING WILL CHASE FOURTH CROWN IN UTAH
Max King will once again defend his title at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, but he will have to conquer some new territory to keep his streak going.
This year's XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. The event is moving to Utah this year after three previous years in Bend, Oregon.
More than 300 runners from across the country are expected to compete in the race, including more than 40 regional champions from the various XTERRA Trail Run Series held throughout the year.
King, 31, is the three-time defending champion of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship. Those three wins all came in his hometown of Bend. This year will be his first racing experience in Utah.
"I know nothing," he said of the new course. "I have never been in the area or raced on any terrain around there."
King, however, is not just a hometown runner. His resume is stacked with notable accomplishments from around the world. Most recently, he won the 2011 USA Mountain Running Championships in New Hampshire, and will represent the United States at the World Mountain Running Championships in Albania on Sept. 11. Earlier in the year, he won prestigious races in Colorado and New York, and also qualified for the World Cross Country Championships in Spain.
King (pictured at right) is also the three-time defending champion of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is held in Hawaii every December.
TWO WEEKS LEFT TO JOIN THE FUN
There is still time to register for the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and you don’t have to be on the level of a Max King to participate.
Runners of all ages and skill levels are eligible, even first-time XTERRA Trail Run participants. If the 21-kilometer championship course appears too daunting of a task, there will also be 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses on offer for runners.
It should be noted that only the results from 21K half-marathon course will be used to determine the national champions. However, the top age-group runners from the 10K and 5K fun runs will also be honored with XTERRA medals. Finisher medals will be given to all participants.
In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. What’s more, the city of Ogden will host a Harvest Moon Festival during that weekend, so there will be even more activities for the entire family. And Salt Lake City – the capital of Utah – is only a 45-minute drive away from Ogden.
T S RESTAURANTS IS TITLE SPONSOR FOR XTERRA KAPALUA TRAIL RUNS
Eat and run will go to a whole new level this October, thanks to a new title sponsorship from T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California.
Four T S Restaurants on the island of Maui have been named as title sponsors for the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, at Kapalua, Maui.
The four events are now known as:
Hula Grill XTERRA 5K Trail Run
Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run
Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run
Leilani’s XTERRA Run Course and Leilani’s Run Prime Awards
“We at T S Restaurants are pleased to support such a world class organization as XTERRA on our home turf in West Maui,” said Ross Anderson, Vice President of Hawaii Operations for T S Restaurants. “We feel like our beachfront restaurants are a natural fit for the XTERRA athletes and their families.”
These running events will be held in conjunction with the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon on Sunday, October 23. After 15 previous years in the Wailea/Makena area, the XTERRA World Championship is moving across the island to Kapalua in 2011, which means these four running events will feature brand new courses in lush, tropical settings.
NORTHERN OHIO CROWNS CHAMPIONS AT LEAVE NO TRACE
The XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series came to a thrilling conclusion last weekend, with close to 150 runners participating in the XTERRA Leave No Trace Trail Run.
Kyle Bowman of Hudson, Ohio, and Beth Woodward of Orrville, Ohio, took the top honors. Bowman, 27, was the first overall finisher, completing the 21-kilometer course in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 44 seconds. Woodward, 36, was an impressive fifth overall and the first female with a time of 1:48:50.
The race was completed on Saturday, September 3, at Camp Manatoc in Peninsula, Ohio.
Bowman and Woodward are no strangers to the top of the results in the Northern Ohio Series. It was the second overall victory for each of them.
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Photo courtesy Laurie Schroeder
NORTH CAROLINA CROWNS CHAMPIONS AT FISHER FARMS
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series may have come to a close for 2011 last weekend, and at least one fast runner is committed to returning in 2012.
Christopher Patino entered his first XTERRA Trail Run last weekend, and he wound up winning the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run at Davidson, N.C. More than 120 runners participated in the race, which was completed on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Patino completed the 16-kilometer course in 1 hour, 9 minutes, and finished well ahead of the other runners.
“I’ve been running single track trails for years and years, having grown up in Western North Carolina,” said Patino, 21. “To find a gem like that one all the way in Davidson was perfect.
Leigh Wallace placed fourth overall and was the first female with a time of 1:14:35. It was also her first entry in an XTERRA North Carolina race. Ashley Dorough was the second female in 1:15:26.
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ALABAMA WILL KICK OFF 2011-12 SEASON
The fall season in Alabama is not all about preparing for football. The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series will also start up its new season this fall.
The 2011-12 Alabama Series will feature four races of varying distances in some of the state’s most picturesque settings. But runners should not be fooled by the beautiful scenery, as the courses are also considered some of the most challenging in all of America.
In fact, the “Double Oak Trail” at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Ala., was listed as one of the top 25 trails in America by Runner’s World Magazine in 2011. That trail will be used for two races in the Alabama Series during the 2011-12 season.
The Alabama Series will open on Sept. 17 at Cheaha State Park in Delta, Ala. The complete schedule is below.
Runners of all ages and skill levels can participate in the Alabama Series, as race distances range from 5 kilometers to a full marathon (42 kilometers).
Early registration – which comes with a discounted price – for all races is already open at www.dirtyspokes.com and www.xterratrailrun.com.
2011-12 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series
Sept. 17 – XTERRA Cheaha Trail Run (10K) at Delta, Ala.
Oct. 22 – XTERRA Monte Sano Trail Runs (15K and 5K) at Huntsville, Ala.
Nov. 13 – XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs (21K and 10K) at Pelham, Ala.
May 19, 2012 – XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud and Trail Runs (42K, 21K, 10K and 5K) at Pelham, Ala.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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