RUNNING AROUND THE WORLD, LITERALLY.
So, you think your latest 50km was a long run? How about that 100K, ridiculous right? Not even close. XTERRA Trail Runner and Trail Mix contributor Christian Friis just caught up with one of his Danish countrymen, Jesper Kenn Olsen, the guru of going long.
“He ran around the world, twice,” explained Friis. “The first time he went around the equator way, then he did it from North to South, and back up again. After a few years on the road he is now back and has written a book about his experiences. I had the privilege to chat with Jesper about the experience.”
Here are pieces from the chat, translated from Danish to English.
XTERRA BLACK CANYON WRAP
The four-stop XTERRA Arizona Trail Run Series wrapped up last weekend with the Black Canyon 9K and half-marathon races in Rock Springs, Arizona.
Nick Coury took the victory in the half with a time of 1:34:55, with Sean Mahoney three minutes behind in 1:37:47. Emily Harrison ran well enough to capture the women’s title AND place third overall in 1:41:09, followed by Kelly Barmann in 1:44:30.
Arthur Lopez (37:55) and Rainey Weaver (46:08) took top honors in the 9K and more than 550 runners took part in runs that featured a point-to-point course starting from Table Mesa Road and running along the Black Canyon Trail to Black Canyon City.
Photo Courtesy Action Media
CONGRATS TO THE AZ CHAMPS
Make your travel plans to the Bee Hive State today, Arizona Champs, because your entry into the 2014 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship race is on us. The main event is set for September 21st at Snowbasin Resort, and the best-of-the-best from around the country will be gunning for the national title in each age group.
The Arizona series consisted of four races, starting back in October with Estrella Mountain, followed by White Tanks in January, McDowell Mountain in February and finally Black Canyon in March. The best three races out of four counted for the series, and to be crowned regional champion the runners must have completed in at least two of the races.
Special recognition to Maureen Needham and Erin Kennedy, the only two runners in the Series to win their division at three races.
Here’s a look at your 2014 XTERRA Arizona Regional Champions:
Women 25-29 - Carmen Enns - 272 points
Women 30-34 - Maureen Needham - 300 points
Women 35-39 - Erin Kennedy - 300 points (Pictured above courtesy Action Media)
Women 40-44 - Jessica Sabo - 195 points
Women 45-49 - Barbara Berastegui - 200 points
Women 50-54 - Stephanie Whitman - 264 points
Women 55-59 - Kay McCormick - 280 points
Women 60-64 - Kim Lorenz - 200 points
Women 65-69 - Dena Brinkman - 200 points
Men 25-29 - Ryan Guerena - 219 points
Men 30-34 - Adam Livingston - 264 points
Men 35-39 - Phillip Slama - 290 points
Men 40-44 - Travis Rappleyea - 241 points
Men 45-49 - Brian Dunn - 272 points
Men 50-54 - Manny Ortiz - 290 points
Men 55-59 - Mark Thurston - 290 points
Men 60-64 - Dan Brenden - 272 points
Men 65-69 - Hal Gensler - 240 points
Final Points Standings
JOSIAH MIDDAUGH MEET & GREET SATURDAY 4/12 - LAKE LAS VEGAS
SCIANDRA, NEAL WIN XTERRA TROUT CREEK 15K
Race No. 2 in the XTERRA Florida Series took to the trails in Tampa where Jason Sciandra took top honors in the 15K with a winning time of 1:00:06. Chris Petrock and Duane Rollick were right on his heels, finishing in 1:01:12 and 1:01:42, respectively.
In the women’s race Anna Neal had a bit more distance to number two Jen Senior, they clocked in at 1:09:56 and 1:14:16, respectively. Third place went to Jessica Rutherford in 1:15:04 hrs.
Brian Pautler (18:53) and Steph Franzen (23:52) won the day’s 5K. Full results here.
Next up, the XTERRA Claw 10 & 5-mile adventure runs at Alafia River State Park on April 27.
Learn more at tamparaces.com/XTERRA.
TWO 50K RACES ON TAP THIS WEEKEND
XTERRA fanatics can go long in Tennessee or South Carolina this weekend. In fact, there’s a race for everybody at the XTERRA South Carolina Series opener at Hickory Knob in McCormick, SC with five different distances to choose from - a 5K being the shortest and the 50K being the grand master – and in between there are 12K, 25K, and 42K options.
Another 50K is being held in Kingsport, TN, on the same day as Hickory Knob, and it is the second race in the Tennessee Trail Series. With more than 6,000-feet of elevation change runners are in for some serious hill encounters at this race, and most of the run is on single track, so do not expect any PRs!
TIPS FOR THE TRAIL - GOING LONG
Going Long. The topic of the day, thus the focus for this week’s tip of the week.
Unlike short distances like 5 or 10K runs, you don’t always get to run the actual race distance during training. It is more important to train being on your feet for a longer period of time than actually doing the distance.
Do note though, that elite runners are able to train for a 50K much like they do for a regular marathon, which will include fast intervals and pace runs at a high pace. The majority of runners though, should just practice being on the trail for several hours. Long trail runs between 4-6 hours in similar terrain to what the race will be held on will be your best chance of preparing for the longer distance.
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