XTERRA North Carolina Series
The summer months in North Carolina have become a time for runners to put some trail-running shoes on their tar heels, but the 2015 XTERRA season will kick things off with its first ever winter race.
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series will host four races this year in starting in December of 2014 and finishing in late August of 2015.
“North Carolina is a place with a lot of potential for growth because they have so many great trail systems and a lot of runners,” series director Tim Schroer said. “The word is getting out that these are must-do races in the area, and if it keeps growing, we’ll have to find more races to put on the schedule.”
The series opens with the new XTERRA Warrior Creek Trail Run, which is a half marathon taking place in Boomer, NC.
Next up is the brand new XTERRA Tsali Trail Run which will feature both 5K and 10K courses in Bryson City, NC.
Then comes the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run in Charlotte, NC. That course traverses along the whitewater rapids used for training by the U.S. kayak team.
She series finale is the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run, which takes place on a picturesque course in Davidson, NC.
“You really get a little bit of everything if you enter all three (races),” Schroer said. “The one thing they all have in common is that they are fun.”
Christopher Patino discovered the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series in 2011 and was immediately impressed. He won the XTERRA Fisher Farm Race and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the trails were for the race.
“I’ve been running single track trails for years and years, having grown up in Western North Carolina,” said Patino. “To find a gem like that one all the way in Davidson was perfect.”
Each race in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and most of the events will offer two course options – a “short” course and a long course – to accommodate the various levels.