MANY CONTENDERS CHASING AFTER KING'S CROWN
After a successful first year at the Snowbasin Resort last year, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will make its way to the picturesque site near Ogden, Utah, again in 2012.
More than 600 runners representing more than 30 states from across the country will gather on the breathtaking trails off the Snowbasin Resort to determine XTERRA's national champions of trail running for 2012.
Oregon's Max King is the four-time defending champion of the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and he will be back to defend his title again. His first three national championships came in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. Last year was his first race in the state of Utah, and he ran away with another convincing victory.
"The Snowbasin course is a great all-around course," said King, 32. "You need to have some speed but also some good technical skills, along with good climbing and descending as well. It is a beautiful course with great single track, great views, and it will really test each runner's abilities to the fullest."
King's victory at Snowbasin last year was significant, not just because it was his fourth. The day before the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, he was in Oregon winning the USA 50K Trail Championships. He got on a flight immediately after that race, and arrived in Utah late Saturday night. He managed to get a few hours of sleep before going out and dominating the XTERRA Nationals yet again.
"I had had a lot of very good training going into this race last year and my body was feeling very good," King said. "This year I'll just have to see how my body handles the 50k the day before. I was surprised last year to come out of the weekend of racing so well. I was tired and somewhat sore after the half but overall I would say that I handled it well."
It worked so well last year that he's going to try it again this year - race in the 50K event in Bend on Saturday, then in the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals 21K on Sunday.
PUERTO RICO RUNNERS TO MAKE HISTORY IN UTAH
Runners from 30 different states and at least five countries will be represented at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship this Sunday, September 23. For the first time in the event's history, that list will include runners from Puerto Rico.
Alberto Saldana, Brenda Liz Rodriguez and Pedro Rafael Pou Alicea will make the trip from Puerto Rico to Utah to compete in the 21-kilometer championship race. The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which is expected to draw more than 600 runners, will take place at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.
"I want to represent Puerto Rico and I also want to test my skills on a national level," Saldana said. "I am expecting to have fun and compete the best I can. One of my dreams is to win a national title."
(Alberto Saldana pictured, courtesy Saldana family)
Not coincidentally, 2012 marked the first year that an XTERRA Trail Run Series was staged in Puerto Rico. The inaugural series featured three races. At the conclusion of the season, every age-group winner received a free entry to compete at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship. Saldana, Rodriguez and Pou Alicea were all age-group champions in the Puerto Rico Series.
"Exciting and grateful," is how Saldana felt about the series. "A wonderful experience and adrenaline rush along the challenging and adventurous trails."
Efrain Cardona, director of the Puerto Rico Series, said: "It's huge to see our runners competing at the XTERRA National Championship. It's an honor to be part of world-class racing series. We hope to have even more runners there in future years."
STILL TIME TO REGISTER IN UTAH
For those in Utah (or nearby), two days of in-person registration will be available this week for the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, and runners of all ages and skill levels can enter.
On Friday, Sept. 21, runners can register for the race at the Ogden Amphitheater Park at the corner of 25th and Grant streets, between noon and 6 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the registration site will be set up at the Snowbasin Resort from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship race itself is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23, at Snowbasin Resort, and it is open to all runners. There will be three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners -- the 21-kilometer course will serve as the national championship course, but there will also be 10K and 5K courses available.
The event is expected to draw more than 600 runners from across the country to the picturesque trails at Snowbasin Resort.
Please note that online registration for this event is closed, so the in-person registrations will be the last opportunities for runners to enter the race.
To learn more about the event, please visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/nationals.html.
GEORGIA SERIES OPENER AT CAPACITY
The XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run scheduled for Saturday, September 22, at Dacula, Georgia, has already reached its capacity of 275 registered runners, and will not be accepting any race-day entries.
If you did not register for this race, but would still like to be a part of the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series, there will be more opportunities. The 2012-13 season schedule for the Georgia Series will feature seven races.
The next race on the Georgia schedule is the XTERRA Fall Fitness Trail Run 5K at Buford, Georgia, on October 13. All of the races in the Georgia Series are open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and from all states.
To learn more about the XTERRA Georgia Series – or to register early to assure your spot in one of the races – please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
ALABAMA, COLORADO OPENERS COMING UP
The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series and the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series will be starting their respective 2012-13 seasons in the coming weeks.
The Alabama Series opener will be the XTERRA Cheaha Trail Run on September 29 at Delta, Alabama. It will feature a 10-kilometer course, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
To register for the XTERRA Cheaha Trail Run or to learn more about it, please visit www.dirtyspokes.com.
The Colorado Series opener will be the XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races on October 6 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs. It is a unique event in that offers three courses – a full marathon, a half-marathon, and a 5K.
In short, there is a trail for all levels of runners. It is considered one of the most popular races in the XTERRA Colorado Series, and last year’s race drew more than 300 runners.
To register for the XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races or to learn more about it, please visit www.marathonmajic.com.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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