XTERRA Atlantic Series
The XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series returns after a successful and popular 2013 debut. The 2014 schedule added one more race to five with three in Maryland and two in Delaware.
“Delaware has a strong trail system, ranging from rocky and rooted hilly trails to smooth dirt that is frequented by both runners and mountain bikers,” Atlantic Series co-director Kristen Nicholson said. “Maryland parks are in no shortage, either, as they are all over the place and are all frequently used and raced on. There is a very wide range with the Eastern states presenting some smoother, rolling terrain, and the terrain getting more mountainous as you reach the Appalachian Trail.”
The season stars March 16 at the XTERRA White Clay Creek at Newark, Del. The second race at Seneca Creek on April 12 caught the eyes of Competitor magazine, which named the race to its list of “21 Must-Do Mid-Atlantic Races.”
The Rosaryville Trail Run on May 10 is held at Rosaryville State Park, home of the historic Mount Airy Mansion. The Brandywine Creek Trail Run on May 31 is a hilly course with a couple steep climbs and about half the course consists of technical rocks and roots with the other half through rolling grassy trails.
The finale at XTERRA Big Elk in Elkton, Md. on June 21, will have a marathon and half-marathon courses. It will feature consistently rolling terrain with some roots and rocks. It is mostly forested trails with some open fields and stream crossings
Points will be awarded after each race to the top runners in each respective age group. Standings will be updated throughout the season, and at the conclusion of the series, each age-group winner will receive a free entry to run at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, in September.
XTERRA White Clay Creek, Newark, Del. 21K, 10K
XTERRA Seneca Creek, Gaithersburg, Md. 10K, 5K
XTERRA Rosaryville Trail Run, Upper Marlboro, Md. 15K, 5K
XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run, Wilmington, Del. 12K, 5K
XTERRA Big Elk Trail Run, Elkton, Del. 42K, 21K