Runners hoping it leads to XTERRA Series in Oregon
XTERRA trail running made its way back to the state of Oregon last weekend, and Derek Scott and Carrie Zografos took top honors at the XTERRA Portland Trail Run.
The inaugural XTERRA Portland Trail Run was completed on August 12 at Henry Hagg Lake Park in Gaston, Oregon. It was the first time since September 2010 that an XTERRA Trail Run was staged in Oregon.
"The course was great," said Zografos. "Lots of twists and turns, and rolling. It was certainly challenging in that regard, with some choppy footing in spots, but nothing unmanageable."
Scott, who resides in Portland, was the overall winner, completing the 22-kilometer course in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 31 seconds. Chris McIsaac from McMinnville, Oregon, was second in 1:32:42. It was a two-person race at the front of the course, as Scott and McIsaac broke away from the pack early.
Zografos was an impressive third overall and the first female with a time of 1:46:50. Fourth, fifth and sixth place overall also went to females - Becka Kem (1:47:53), Laurel Manville (1:49:23) and Susie Rivard (1:50:06).
(Photo courtesy XTERRA Portland)
"The race with the other women was really inspiring," Zografos said. "I probably started out too quickly for the distance, but it was a fun pack of ladies to run with, so I just went with it. I can't remember where I took the lead, about six miles in, maybe."
Zografos said she was not aware of how close she was to the overall lead, and was pleasantly surprised to find out her results after the race. "The (male) leaders were so far ahead, I couldn't see them in the wide open clearings," she said. "I had no idea I was third overall, even after I finished."
Zografos recently moved to Portland from Colorado, so this was her first XTERRA experience in the state of Oregon. She said she hopes for more in the future.
"There does seem to be interest in trail running in the Portland area," she said. "I've had a lot of changes in my life this past year, and being new to Portland, I wanted to take on new challenges and do something totally different than road racing. I'm tired of the same old road races! While racing a half marathon on trails is probably a stretch for my fitness right now, this race really motivated me to keep challenging myself on the trails."