RAVE REVIEWS FOR 2011 XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS
The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship made its first appearance at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on Sunday, Sept. 25, and many of the participants are hoping it is not the last time that the prestigious race is staged there.
The 21-kilometer championship course at Snowbasin Resort received rave reviews from the runners, including Oregon’s Max King, who won the XTERRA National Championship for the fourth consecutive year. After three previous years at Bend, Oregon, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship moved to Snowbasin Resort near Ogden this year, and a new trail was cleared just for the race.
“I love my hometown of Bend, but this was, I gotta say, a great course,” said King, 31. “It was a lot more climbing than we get in Bend, so this was tough.”
The course started with a half-mile lap along a paved parking lot, before quickly heading uphill into the trails – and most of it was single track. The highlight of the course was a grueling ascent to a high-altitude point of 7,300 at “Sardine Peak.” Once at the top, the runners were treated to breathtaking views before heading back downhill.
“I think this course brings out a true champion because it doesn’t favor any one type of runner,” said Scott Dickey, who placed eighth overall. “There were so many different aspects to it. This course really represented what trail running is about.”
Dickey is from Murray, Utah, and he is familiar with some of the trails in the Snowbasin Resort/Ogden area. He said the course selected for the 2011 XTERRA National Championship was a perfect choice.
“There are a lot of beautiful courses in this area, but it’s going to be hard to beat this one,” he said. “I don’t think you need to change anything for next year.”
Race recap: XTERRA Trail Run National Championship
Photo gallery: XTERRA Trail Run National Championship
FOUR REGIONAL CHAMPS EARN NATIONAL TITLES
Four runners who had already earned XTERRA Regional Championships in 2011 added the title of XTERRA National Champion to their list.
Keegan Dove, Jimmy Patterson, Hans Unger and Harold Vance (pictured) each won their respective age group at the XTERRA National Championships in 2011. It was the first national title for each runner. They each entered the race as 2011 XTERRA regional champs.
Dove (Texas Region) won the male 10-14 age group; Patterson (Florida Region) won the male 15-19 age group; Unger (SoCal Region) won the male 65-69 age group; Vance (SoCal Region) won the male 80-older age group.
Dove, 13, was the youngest runner in the field; Vance, who will turn 80 in October, was the oldest.
Now the question is, will they attempt to run for the XTERRA triple championship (regional, national and world titles)? The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii.
In 2010, two runners earned XTERRA triple championships, and both were from Ohio: Kenneth Harrison and Joan Cottrill. They both won regional titles in Ohio, then national titles in Bend, Oregon, then world titles in Hawaii.
Complete results: XTERRA Trail Run National Championship
A TRULY NATIONAL FIELD
The 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship featured close to 450 runners from 30 different states and four countries. The final results proved that fast runners can be found in all parts of the United States.
There were 24 runners who earned national age-group championships at this year’s race, and they represented 13 different states.
“I was really surprised at how many people came from other states,” said Utah’s Scott Dickey, who placed fourth in the men’s 30-34 age group. “It really felt like a national race.”
California led the way with five national champs, followed by Idaho with four, then Oregon and the home state of Utah with three each. Interestingly enough, when the XTERRA Trail Run Nationals was held at Bend, Oregon, in 2010, 13 of the 24 national age-group champions were from Oregon.
|2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Champions
|Sept. 25 - Ogden, Snowbasin Resort - Utah
||(2) Mario Mendoza
||(4) Max King
||Grand Rapids, MI
||Kansas City, MO
||(3) Kevin Tuck
||Salt Lake City, UT
||Park City, UT
||(4) Don Hildebrand
||Del Mar, CA
||East Montpelier, VT
||San Diego, CA
||Park City, UT
||Jo Ann Jetton
||(4) Jessie Stratton
|(#) Denotes number of XTERRA National Titles
XTERRA KAPALUA TRAIL RUNS THREE WEEKS AWAY
Bust out the Aloha Shirts, it’s time to get ready for Maui! The Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10k and Hula Grill 5k are right around the corner on October 22nd at the Ritz-Carlton on Maui’s insanely beautiful northwest coast.
The course itself is green, in-and-out of the forest, and very challenging. It all starts on a big, green lawn at the Ritz, and the real fun starts when the course passes under the highway through a short tunnel and heads up the mountain.
Runners will face about three-kilometers of uphill, wandering through an overgrown golf course, along dirt trails, through Oleander forests and alongside 60-foot high ironwood evergreens to an unexpected mountain lake at the 650-foot level. Racers will lose that altitude running a slalom course through the old Kapalua Village golf course, which is now overgrown -- fabulously treed and with high green Bermuda grasses -- then suddenly into the open with fantastic views of the Pacific. As runners return to the 250-foot level there is a 200-meter technical, steep downhill into a gully where they'll jump over and duck under fallen trees and end up in a huge, rocky dry creek – at least we hope it will be dry!
The adventure continues through thick elephant grass, into a Cook pine nursery, up a short rope-assisted scramble to a paved road that curves and climbs 100 feet to the head of a neat, narrow single track downhill with switchbacks that drop all the way down to the beach. We simply had to throw in a calf busting 250-meter soft-sand scramble back to the resort. Ahh, but the race isn't over yet until runners climb the final 300-meters along a hedge protecting an ancient Hawaiian Heiau to the finish.
The finish is just a few feet away from three amazing resort pools where runners can take a dip and a moment for themselves to turn around and gaze out at the Island of Lanai and the blue Pacific Ocean. Post race participants can get anything they’d like at the Ritz pool bar, and just up the road but still inside Kapalua is the Honolua Store where there are tasty grinds for cheap. Later that night runners can take a quick drive into fabulous Lahaina, Maui's old whaling town and sample its best restaurants that include Kimo's, Hula Grill, Leilani’s on the Beach, and of course – Dukes!
Bring the kids too so they can run in the free Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run. Then, be sure to stick around because on Sunday, the world’s best will take on the XTERRA World
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KING EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
In what may have been the easiest choice of the year, Max King was named the USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week for Sept. 22-28.
Not only did King win his fourth consecutive XTERRA Trail Run National Championship on Sept. 25, he won the USA 50K Trail Championship the day before. Making it more impressive, the two victories came in two different states. He won the 50K race in his hometown of Bend, Oregon, then was on a flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, that evening. He won the XTERRA National Championship the next day at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.
“It’s a matter of how your body is going to hold up for both days and how you’re going to feel after the first (race) and I happened to feel pretty good,” King said.
CIESLEWICZ GETS NATIONAL PUBLICITY
“Trail Mix” contributor and elite XTERRA runner Rachel Cieslewicz received some national publicity recently in a feature article with ESPNW – which is a section of ESPN.com dedicated to female athletes.
Click HERE to read about her incredible story.
Cieslewicz also deserves recognition for her dedication to XTERRA and the 2011 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in her home state of Utah. In addition to writing “Tips for the Trail” for XTERRA runners, she also wrote a course preview and spoke to fellow runners at an XTERRA University clinic the day before the race. And then she went out and placed 15th overall among the women (fourth in the 30-34 age group) at the XTERRA Nationals.
GEORGIA SERIES GETS OFF TO FAST START
The 2011-12 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series got off to a fast start at the XTERRA Harbins Park Trail Run on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Former Georgia Tech cross country runners Matt Rivers and Elena Linn made quick work of the 10-kilometer course at Harbins Park in Dacula, Georgia. Rivers was the overall winner, completing the course in 36 minutes, 46 seconds. Linn was the top female, with a time of 40:32.
More than 220 runners participated in the race, and they represented six different states and ranged in age from 16 to 74. It was the opening event of the 2011-12 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
“The course was great; there was a good variety of hills and we had good weather,” said Rivers, who last competed for Georgia Tech in 2009.
It was the first XTERRA Trail Run experience for Rivers, who is from Duluth, Georgia. “I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing the other (XTERRA) races as well.”
ARIZONA SERIES RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
After a successful debut last season, the XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series is back this season. The first race of the season is set for Sunday, Oct. 2 – the XTERRA Estrella Mountain Trail Run at Goodyear, Ariz.
The event will feature two courses – a 20K long course and an 8K short course. Close to 300 runners are expected to participate in the race.
It will be the first of four races in the Arizona Series this season. Other races will follow in January, February and March.
At the end of the series, two runners from the Arizona Series will receive a free trip to Hawaii courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines. All runners who participate in the series will be eligible for the random drawing for the trips.
To register for a race in the Arizona Series, or learn more about it please visit www.aztrailrace.com.
SOUTHERN OHIO SERIES MAKES ITS DEBUT THIS WEEKEND
A new regional series has been added to the 2011-12 season – the XTERRA Southern Ohio Trail Run Series. The first race in the series will be the XTERRA Bark Camp Trail Run on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Belmont, Ohio.
It will feature two courses – a 21K half-marathon and a 10K. The 21K course is expected to draw some of the top runners from the area.
The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Salt Fork Trail Run on Dec. 3 in Lore City, Ohio. Other races for the series will be scheduled in 2012.
An Ohio Series was held last season, but this is the first year that a complete series will be staged in Southern Ohio.
CONTACT THE XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES
Toll-free: 877-XTERRA-1 (877-983-7721)
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