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XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONAL CHAMPION: TAMARA TABEEK

It was quite the weekend for Tamara Tabeek at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.

On Saturday, she placed second in her age group at the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon. The very next day, she went out and won her age group for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.

Tamara Tabeek"I always say I don't have enough sense and don't know any better," said Tabeek, who resides in San Diego, California. "For me, the back-to-back physical efforts are a good training workout, especially the running. Sometimes it's tough to get in a good long-distance run, so in this case, with XTERRA having a trail race the very next day, I said why not take advantage of it?"

Never mind that Tabeek is 52. Or that she was the only female from the triathlon field to even attempt the trail run the next day.

"Age is just a number," she said. "I think a lot of folks, as we start to get older we probably think too much about the number and what society says we should be doing at that age. Some people take a laid-back sedentary approach after they reach a certain age. I say phooey on that. I say live each day like it's your last."

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XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS: MEN'S RECAP

Max King from Oregon continued his amazing streak of XTERRA Trail Run Championships with another amazing weekend.

Max KingKing, 32, won the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, September 23, at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship 21K has been staged five times, and King has won each one in convincing fashion.

“It means a lot,” he said. “I love coming back. This is actually one of the best courses for a trail run I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful course and XTERRA keeps putting on a great race. It’s a phenomenal event.”

King’s latest victory is all the remarkable when considering his weekend itinerary. During a 24-hour period, he completed 71 kilometers of trail running in two different states, traveled more than 1,000 flight miles, and won two national events.

On Saturday, he won the USATF 50K Trail Championship in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. He got on a flight shortly after that race and arrived in Ogden after midnight on Sunday morning.

“I didn’t get much sleep,” he said. “It was tough for me to get here. But I got a couple of hours of sleep and got here ready to race.”

Perhaps familiarity with such a hectic schedule helped -- he also won those same two races on back-to-back days last year.

“It felt just like last year,” he said. “This morning on my warn-up it was tough, but once I got going and got my legs under me, it was alright.”

King took the lead for good midway through the 21K course. He finished with a time of 1:22:12, which was 1 minute, 36 seconds faster than the runner-up, J. Marshall Thomson.

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XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS: WOMEN'S RECAP

Lindsey Anderson was the hometown hero in the women’s division. She placed 14th overall and was the top female with a time of 1:33:23.

Lindsey AndersonAnderson was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympics team for the steeplechase, and this was her first trail run.

“I’ve practiced on trails before, but this is my first race,” she said. “My coach told me to try this race and it was great.”

Anderson, 27, resides in Ogden and is regarded as one of the top distance runners in the history of the track program at Weber State University, which is located in Ogden. She is currently an assistant coach at Weber State.

A lead group of women ran together for the first half of the race, then Anderson and Kerri Lyons took the lead up the climb to Sardine Peak. Anderson eventually broke away for the win and finished more than a minute ahead of Lyons (1:34:27).

“It was just a lot of fun,” said Anderson, who took most of the last year off from training due to the birth of her daughter. “I would encourage anybody to do this.”

Lyons is from Salt Lake City, and interestingly enough, this was her first trail run race as well. She registered for this race only an hour before it started. “It was kind of an impulsive decision,” she said.

“I’ve actually been cycling a lot, but I started running a bit more and my friends all said I’d like the trails,” said Lyons, 23. “I loved it. I had a little trouble on the downhills, but it was a great race.”

Amber Moran from North Carolina took third in 1:38:53, followed by Megan Kimmel of Colorado in 1:40:09.

The rest of the top 10 were (in order): Jamie Pilkington from West Haven, Utah, Michele Suszek from Colorado, Nicole Hunt from Deer Lodge, Montana, Malaika Homo from Ogden, Utah, Alyssa Larsen from Jackson, Wyoming, and Rachel Cieslewicz from Salt Lake City, Utah.

The top five men and top five women received cash prizes, including $1,000 each to champions King and Anderson.

XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS: AGE GROUP RECAP

Max King keeps winning XTERRA National Championships, and so does Don Hildebrand.

Lindsey AndersonHildebrand won his fifth consecutive age-group title, this time taking first place in the 80-older division. At 80, Hildebrand was the oldest runner in the field. “I’ll keep coming back as long as I’m healthy enough,” he said. “It was easy this year. I was the only one (in the 80-older division).”

The Welsch sisters – Kaytlynn and Heather – from Alvin, Texas, were the youngest runners in the event. Kaytlynn, 12, finished 30th overall among the women and won the female 10-14 age division with a time of 2:08:29. Heather, 10, was the youngest runner in the entire field and finished with a time of 2:38:28. “It was fun, but it was really hard,” Kaytlynn said.

Other runners who won age-group championships for the second or more time were Kevin Tuck from Utah (4 titles), Amy Galbraith from California (3), Bob Evers from Utah (2), and Hans Unger from California (2).

“It’s a beautiful course, and what I really like is you bring all these runners from different parts of the country here to Utah for this race,” said Evers, who resides in Park City. “It’s great competition.”

All the other age-group winners were first time XTERRA National Champions. Each age-group champion received a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 2 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

A total of 27 age-group XTERRA National Champions were crowned in 2012. The home-state Utah runners accounted for an event-high eight titles, but California was right behind with seven. Other states with runners winning championships were: Oregon and Texas with two each, and Alabama, Idaho, Colorado, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wyoming and Montana.

Here is the list:

Male

Division

Name

Hometown

Time

10-14

Jase Bell

Madison, AL

2:07:12

15-19

Nicolas Watson

Riverton, UT

1:33:34

20-24

Michael Case

Idaho Falls, ID

1:37:14

25-29

Nick Mosey

Yorba Linda, CA

1:24:41

30-34

(5) Max King

Bend, OR

1:22:12

35-39

David Clinger

Sandy, UT

1:30:04

40-44

Andy Lee

Austin, TX

1:33:55

45-49

Daniel Vargo

Salt Lake City, UT

1:45:49

50-54

Clark Fox

Denver, CO

1:42:03

55-59

(4) Kevin Tuck

Salt Lake City, UT

1:36:20

60-64

Bob Evers

Park City, UT

1:49:50

65-69

Bryce Larkin

Eden, UT

2:20:56

70-74

(2) Hans Unger

Sylmar, CA

2:26:30

75-79

Adrian Wolford

Mustang, OK

2:58:27

80+

(5) Don Hildebrand

Sisters, OR

3:16:09

Female

Division

Name

Hometown

Time

10-14

Kaytlynn Welsch

Alvin, TX

2:08:29

15-19

Betsy Hochman

Lansdale, PA

2:31:47

20-24

Kerri Lyons

Salt Lake City, UT

1:34:27

25-29

Lindsey Anderson

Ogden, UT

1:33:23

30-34

Amber Moran

Asheville, NC

1:38:53

35-39

Alyssa Larsen

Jackson, WY

1:48:40

40-44

Nicole Hunt

Deer Lodge, MT

1:46:51

45-49

Samantha Pinney

San Francisco, CA

2:25:01

50-54

Tamara Tabeek

San Diego, CA

2:08:00

55-59

Colleen Conners-Pace

Tahoe City, CA

2:10:09

60-64

Kathleen Rydgig

Oxnard, CA

3:19:30

65-69

(3) Amy Galbraith

Venice, CA

3:14:17

(#) Denotes number of XTERRA National Titles

 

XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS: 10K AND 5K RECAP

The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship also included 10K and 5K courses for runners of all ages.

The CaldwellsTom Ato from Deer Lodge, Montana, was the overall winner of the 10K, finishing in 42:02. He ran way from the rest of the field, as runner-up Carlo Cappellano from Salt Lake City came in next at 47:29.

Vania Grandi from Salt Lake City was the first female finisher in the 10K with a time of 51:42.

Ross Marabella from Brigham City, Utah, finished first in the 5K with a time of 25:16. It was the second consecutive year that Marabella won the 5K. Dylan Matlock from Ogden was second (26:43). Bob Marabella, Ross’ father, was fourth.

Sarah Taylor from Salt Lake City was the first female for the 5K with a time of 34:07.

Mike Caldwell, the Mayor of Ogden, competed in the 5K with his two daughters. Caldwell was the founder and race director of the first XTERRA race in Ogden in 2004.

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FAST START FOR NEW SEASON OF XTERRA GEORGIA SERIES

The new season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series started with a couple of familiar faces in front last weekend.

Matthew Rivers won the XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run for the second consecutive year, and Tara Gormley added yet another women's title to her already-impressive collection. A capacity field of 275 runners participated in the 10-kilometer trail run at Harbins Park in Dacula, Georgia. It was the first of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.

Rivers completed the course in 36 minutes, 30 seconds - which set a new course record, and 16 seconds faster than his winning time of a year ago.

Harbins Park Runners"The course was rolling and had a good bit of tight turns, so it broke up the rhythm in places," said Rivers, 23. "It was necessary to be able to change gears quickly. It hadn't rained much leading up to the race, so the footing was good."

Rivers, a former runner for the Georgia Tech cross country team, took the lead right from the start and stayed in front the entire course. There was a close battle behind him, with David Bell of Atlanta taking second with a time of 37:27, and Brennan Pratt of Decatur in third at 37:34.

(Race photo courtesy H&H Multimedia)

Rivers, who is still a student at Georgia Tech (although no longer competing for the school), said his familiarity with the course at Harbins Park was a big advantage.

"I love rolling trails with a good mix of uphill and downhill," he said. "I think what makes me successful there is that I just love running on trails and the fact that I love to push myself to see how fast I can run."

In the women's division, Gormley showed that she is not quite ready to slow down after four consecutive years as the top-ranked female in the XTERRA Georgia Series. She finished with a time of 42:17 - which was more than a minute faster than her time of last year, when she placed second.

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