CONTENDERS APLENTY AT 2013 XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
November 24 race will feature current and former champions
The 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship will feature defending world champions, former world champions, a new national champ, former national champs, and numerous other runners with international experience.
In essence, it will be the deepest field of title contenders in the six-year history of the event.
This year's race is scheduled for November 24, and it will once again be staged at the picturesque Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii. More than 2,000 runners from around the world will gather for the race on the ranch, and the list of elite runners in the field is an impressive one.
KUALOA RANCH IS THE STAR AT XTERRA TRAIL RUN WORLDS
Site has been used for numerous movies and TV shows
Runners come and go at the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, but one star of the show remains true every year. Kualoa Ranch.
The 4,000-acre working cattle ranch on the northeast coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is the lure that keeps bringing more than 2,000 runners from around the world to the race every year.
This year's event is scheduled for November 24, and runners from 10 countries and 36 different states are registered to take on the unique challenge that only Kualoa Ranch can offer.
"The XTERRA half-marathon course at Kualoa is a pretty challenging and technically demanding race," said Polina Babkina, a Honolulu resident who placed third at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. "The course is also one of the most beautiful and amazing courses I've ever run. The race sends runners maneuvering through the forest, crossing over streams, and across some relentless up-hills. The terrain is rugged and technical at times, but the scenery is breathtaking throughout the whole race."
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR KUALOA
In-person registration day is November 23 at Waikiki
If you want to be a part of the excitement yourself, there is still time to sign up for the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship.
The last chance to sign up will be on Saturday, November 23, at the Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers Street. In-person registration will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (online registration is already closed).
Runners of all ages and skill levels can sign up to race, and there are three distances to choose from: the 21-kilometer championship course, a 10K or a 5K. There is also an “Adventure Walk” for those who just want to take a leisurely stroll around the Ranch.
Runners who are already registered for the race can pick up their race packets on Saturday at the Waikiki Beach Walk between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In addition, there will be two XTERRA University sessions on Saturday at Waikiki Beach Walk. The first session begins at 10 a.m. and will feature four-time world champion Max King; the second session begins at 2 p.m. and will feature defending women’s champ Lucy Smith and men’s 40-45 age-group champion Keith Rieger.
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JOHNSON AND HOUCHIN PREVAIL AT OAK MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUN
Runners from 14 states participate in Alabama Series race No. 4
Erik Johnson and Mary Houchin proved their worth as elite runners at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run on November 10.
More than 320 runners from 14 different states participated in the event, which was staged at the award-winning Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama.
The runner who traveled the farthest ended up running the fastest. Johnson, who resides in Seward, Alaska, placed first overall for the 21-kilometer half-marathon course. He finished in 1:29:36, which was nearly two minutes ahead of the rest of the field.
"The course started with close to a mile on the road but then transitioned to single track mountain bike trails, with lots of twisting zig-zagging turns," Johnson said. "There was some gain in elevation in the run in the later stages of the race, but it was all run-able and easy grades. Overall the condition of the course was smooth with good footing."
Johnson and Ieden Leckenby from Hoover, Alabama, broke away from the other runners early, and then Johnson got in front by himself after the first few miles. "I was running hard for the first five miles, then I backed off a bit since I wasn't going to be challenged," Johnson said.
RAPPOLE, MCKENZIE COME UP BIG AT LITTLE MULBERRY
Capacity field of 300 runners participate in Georgia Series race
Jesse Rappole is getting used to this winning stuff. After notching his first overall victory in an XTERRA Trail Run race earlier in the month, Rappole did it again on November 24, when he won the XTERRA Little Mulberry Trail Run at Dacula, Georgia.
Rappole, who is 31 and resides in Atlanta, completed the 10-kilometer course in 36 minutes, 45 seconds. "First time running at Little Mulberry Park," he said. "The course was perfect on a cool, misty morning."
A capacity field of 300 runners participated in the event, which was the fourth of seven races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
Rappole also won the XTERRA Big Creek Trail Run on November 2. Just like that last time, Rappole out-dueled Matt Haley of Buford to win the Little Mulberry title.
"It had a cross-country course like feel for the first half," Rappole said. "Matt Haley opened a substantial lead and I was just trying to keep him in sight through the fog early. At around mile 3, we ran into the woods, off the backside of the hill and down a long steep single track. I caught Matt at the bottom and used the adrenaline surge to get up the next long climb. Then I was hanging on, hoping he wouldn't catch me again all the way through the winding trails to the finish."
Haley placed second in 37:22, and Woody Dover from Decatur, Georgia, was third in 38:57.
Michelle McKenzie from Flowery Branch, Georgia, was the top overall female with a time of 43:56. She finished more than three minutes ahead of other top females. It was her first XTERRA Trail Run event of the year, but she is no stranger to success. She won an XTERRA Georgia Trail Run event during the 2011-12 season, and placed second overall at another event in the 2012-13 season.
FLORIDA SERIES IS UNDERWAY FOR 2013-14 SEASON
Patterson and Martine earn breakthrough wins at Wild Horse Trail Run
The XTERRA Wild Horse Trail Run on November 3 was all about firsts. It was the first event of the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series, and it produced a couple of first-time winners.
Close to 300 runners participated in the event, which was held at the Keith Waller and Sydney Dover Parks in Tampa, Florida.
Jimmy Patterson, a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, was the overall winner of the 21-kilometer half-marathon course. He finished with a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes, 25 seconds, which was more than a minute faster than the other top runners.
Patterson has been entering XTERRA Florida Trail Run races for the past three years, and he has had previous success in his age group, but this was his first overall victory. "I was excited!" he said. "This was the first time I had ever won a half-marathon and an XTERRA race. I have placed first in my age group before but never overall."
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