It will be a Texas seven-step for the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series. This year’s schedule will feature seven races in seven different locations throughout the state.
Every race in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Each race will also include two separate courses to accommodate the various levels of runners. The “short” courses will range from 5 kilometers to 6 kilometers, while the “long” courses will range from 15K to 21K.
The schedule starts in March and will run through July, so some of the races could experience some of the infamous Texas heat.
“I feel that running XTERRA races in Texas is very different because of the humidity, and they are usually in hiking/camping areas,” said Meredith Leva, an age-group champion from the 2012 Texas Series.
The XTERRA Texas Series garnered some national attention in 2012 with the success of pre-teen running sisters Kaytlynn and Heather Welsch. Kaytlynn was the first overall female at the XTERRA Cameron Park Trail Run in August 2012, and Heather placed third overall. Kaytlynn would go on to win her age group (with Heather placing second) at the XTERRA Trail Run National and World Championship races.
The Welsch sisters plan to compete in at least five of the races in the Texas Series in 2013. “These are great races for their training, and they really love running on the trails,” said their father, Rodney. “If given a choice between a road race and an XTERRA, they’ll pick XTERRA every time.”
Overall standings for the Texas Series will be updated after each race. The top runners in each respective age group will earn points at each race toward the overall standings. At the conclusion of the series, the top runner in each age group will be declared a Texas Series Champion, and will earn a free entry to represent Texas at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
The more races you enter, the better your chances are of winning an age-group championship.