XTERRA NATIONALS: BURGUNDER BRINGS TWO REGIONAL TITLES TO UTAH
If there’s an XTERRA Trail Run close by, Richard Burgunder will try to enter it. In his case, “close by” can be a relative term.
Burgunder, 31, made history in 2011 by winning XTERRA Regional Championships in two different regions. He won his age group in both the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series and the XTERRA Northern Ohio Trail Run Series. He is the first runner in XTERRA Trail Run history two win titles in two different states in the same year.
To do so, Burgunder had to carefully plan his schedule so that he could attend races in both the Pocono and Northern Ohio regions.
“Being able to successfully pull off winning two regional championships in one season took many sacrifices,” he said. “Believe me, this wasn’t easy to swing. I gave up many weekends and had to drastically alter my schedule on numerous occasions in order to train and compete.”
His next goal is to win an XTERRA national championship. He will take a shot at it on Sept. 25, when he will be one of more than 300 runners from around the country competing in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.
KING IS ALREADY A 2011 WORLD CHAMPION
Max King will enter the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship as the runner to beat. His performance last weekend proved it.
King won the World Mountain Running Championships at Tirana, Albania, on Sept. 11, becoming just the second American runner to win the event in its 27-year history. The only other American to win it was Jay Johnson in 1989.
“It was a good course for me having both the hard technical uphill and the fast and somewhat technical downhill,” King said in an article on the US Mountain Running Team’s website. “I had no idea I was in the lead until I crossed the finish line. The Ugandan runner was 30 seconds ahead of me at the top of the third climb and I passed him with about 800 meters to go. I didn’t think that he was the one I was trying to catch, I thought it was a lapped runner.”
King completed the 12.7-mile course in 52 minutes, 6 seconds, and was the only runner from Team USA to finish in the top 10.
King, 31, is also the three-time defending champion of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and he will travel to Utah to try and make it four in a row.
GU SPOTLIGHT: HAROLD VANCE
If you still need inspiration to enter the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, meet Harold Vance.
Vance will celebrate his 80th birthday in October, and he is a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He’s also an avid trail runner.
Vance, who resides in Del Mar, Calif., will be running on the 21-kilometer national championship course at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on Sept. 25. As of now, he is the oldest runner registered in the field.
“My son invited me to do a 10K race with him in 1987 and I’ve been running pretty steady ever since,” Vance said. “Once I started doing the trail runs, I really enjoyed it. You really have to put a lot of training and effort into it. Us trail runners, we think we’re tougher than everybody else.”
He won his age group in the 2011 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, and earned a free entry to the XTERRA Nationals.
Vance is a retired civil engineer, so he has the time to train regularly on the mountain trails in his hometown. “We have some good hills over near where I live, so I’m out there a lot.”
Vance and his wife have seven children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His family is aware of his passion for trail running, and he keeps them updated through e-mails.
“I’ll send them pictures, and whenever I get the updates from you guys (at XTERRA), I’ll send it to them,” he said. “They know what I’m up to.”
This year will be Vance’s first time entering the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and he plans to make the most of it. He and his wife are planning to drive from Southern California to Ogden, Utah. It is a trip that will take them several days, and they plan to make several stops along the way.
“We’ll stop in Barstow (California) and Las Vegas and a couple of other places before we get there,” Vance said. “This is a big deal for us.”
ONE MORE WEEK TO JOIN THE FUN
There is still time to join the field of runners at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
Online registration is still open and runners of all ages and skill levels are eligible. The 21-kilometer course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also be separate 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses available for less-experienced runners.
The trail run races are being held in conjunction with the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon, so it will be a full weekend of XTERRA action at the Snowbasin Resort.
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.
XTERRA GEORGIA SERIES STARTS NEXT WEEK
The 2011-12 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series is scheduled to start on Sept. 24, and it is once again expected to draw hundreds of runners from various states.
Last season, nearly 2,000 runners from 20 different states participated in the XTERRA Georgia Series, making it one of the most popular trail-running series in the southeastern United States.
The 2011-12 Georgia schedule will feature six races in six different locations. The races are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, with distances ranging from 5 kilometers to 42 kilometers.
T-shirts, medals and prizes will be awarded at each race, and points from each race will be tallied for all age groups. At the end of the season, the top age-group runners will earn free invitations to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah.
To register for races in the XTERRA Georgia Series, or to learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com or www.xterratrailrun.com. Early registration – which comes with a discount – is available for all races in the series.
2011-12 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series
Sept. 24 – XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run (10K) at Dacula, Ga.
Oct. 1 – XTERRA Fall Fitness Trail Run (5K) at Buford, Ga.
Nov. 5 – XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run (15K/8K) at Roswell, Ga.
Dec. 3 – XTERRA Victoria Bryant Trail Run (10K/5K) at Royston, Ga.
Feb. 25 – XTERRA Thrill in the Hills Trail Run (42K/21K) at Winder, Ga.
June 2 – XTERRA Deep South Trail Run (15K) at Jackson, Ga.
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