A TRULY NATIONAL FIELD AT XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS
The 2010 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Bend, Oregon, featured the most diverse field in the four-year history of the event.
This year's XTERRA Nationals was completed on Saturday, Sept. 18, with a field of more than 400 runners, including 234 competing in the elite 21-kilometer championship race.
Max King of Bend and Lauren Fleshman of Eugene defended their respective overall titles. King took the men's title for the third consecutive year, and Fleshman won the women's championship for the second straight year.
While the elite runners took most of the spotlight, there were 24 age-group runners who can also be called national champions. And they came from various backgrounds.
NOW ON TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
An even more diverse field of runners is expected at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Hawaii, on Dec. 5. More than 1,000 runners from around the world will take the opportunity to race on the picturesque trails of Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.
Max King is the two-time defending XTERRA World Champion, but he is still trying to sort his December race schedule to attend the Kualoa Ranch event. Lauren Fleshman has never competed at the XTERRA Worlds, and she is also trying to sort out scheduling conflicts so she can race in Hawaii.
As the overall champions at the XTERRA Nationals, King and Fleshman each received $1,000 and roundtrip airfares to Hawaii courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.
There is no qualification process for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, so runners of all ages and skill levels can enter. In addition to the 21-kilometer championship course, there will also be separated 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races.
For entry information, visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/championship.html.
ALABAMA SERIES STARTS THE NEW SEASON
One day after the XTERRA Nationals, the 2010-11 XTERRA Trail Run season started in Alabama. The XTERRA Cheaha State Park Trail Run was completed on Sept. 19 at Delta, Ala.
It was the first of more than 60 XTERRA Trail Run races that will be staged across America during the 2010-11 season.
Brandon Mader of Huntsville, Ala., was the first overall finisher at the Cheaha State Park race. Mader completed the 10-kilometer course in 38 minutes, 27 seconds, which was almost four minutes ahead of his closest competition.
Amanda Blake Coile of Birmingham, Ala., was the first female finisher. It was the second consecutive year that she took top female honors at the Cheaha State Park race.
For more on the race, visit http://www.xterraplanet.com/news/dsp_content.cfm?id=2879.
ARIZONA SERIES SET TO DEBUT ON OCT. 3
Arizona runners looking to become trail blazers will finally get their chance on Oct. 3.
And you don’t necessarily have to be fast. Every runner entered in the inaugural XTERRA Estrella Mountain Trail Run on Oct. 3 will be making history, as the event will be the first XTERRA trail run ever staged in the state of Arizona.
The XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series will feature three races on the 2010-11 schedule, including the Estrella Mountain Trail Run on Oct. 3.
“I’ve been getting great feedback from local runners, club organizers and other race directors,” Arizona series director Shannon Lindner said. “It’s been really encouraging.”
Between 250 and 300 runners are expected to participate in the first race at Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear, Arizona. Lindner describes the 20-kilometer trail as a “solid intermediate course” that includes “some pretty rocky sections, but not too extreme as far as elevation changes.”
The course is actually popular with mountain bikers, so it will also serve as a rare chance for trail runners to have the venue to themselves. In addition to the 20-kilometer course, there will also be a separate 8-kilometer course for less experienced runners.
Arizona is one of 10 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series during the 2010-11 season. The others are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Long Island, Ohio, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Southern California and Texas.
At the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, the top age-group runners from each region will receive free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
The next two Arizona races will be held in January and February. Lindner noted that the Arizona races are being staged during the fall/winter months to avoid the extreme heat during the spring/summer months.
For more information on the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series, visit www.xterratrailrun.com or www.aztrailrace.com.
FAST START FOR GEORGIA SERIES
The XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series will start with back-to-back weekends of races.
The 2010-11 season will begin for Georgia runners with the XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run at Dacula, Ga., on Sept. 25. That race has already reached its capacity of 200 runners, so entries are closed.
The second race in the series is the XTERRA Fall Fitness Trail Run at Buford, Ga., on Oct. 2. Entries for that race are still being accepted.
The 2010-11 Georgia Series will feature six races. For more information, visit www.xterratrailrun.com or www.dirtyspokes.com.
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