Point Mugu Trail Run will be first of seven races on 2012-13 schedule
It's time for runners in Southern California to lace up the trail shoes and head for the hills. The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series is about to begin its new season.
The XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run is set for Sunday, October 14, and it will serve as the opening event of the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.
The series will consist of seven races this season, and it will take runners on various mountain trails throughout the Southern California region. The XTERRA SoCal Series drew an average of 550 runners per event last season, making it the most popular region on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit.
Every race in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, with age-groups ranging from 9-younger to 80-older. Each event features two course options - a long course for experienced runners and a shorter course for beginners and sprinters - to accommodate the various levels.
Points will be awarded to the top runners in each age group at every race in the series, and standings will be updated after each race. At the conclusion of the series, every age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent SoCal at the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah.
This weekend's opening event will take place at Point Mugu State Park in Oxnard/Malibu, California. All registered runners will receive an event shirt, a finisher medal, and free breakfast.
What's more, Dos Equis will be the official beer sponsor of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series for the 2012-13 season. Representatives from Dos Equis will be on site at this weekend's race to serve post-race beers to runners of legal drinking age.
To register for a race in the SoCal Series or to learn more about it, please visitwww.trailrace.com.
SoCal is one of 13 regions that are hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series for the 2012-13 season. The others are Alabama, Arizona, NorCal, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pacific Northwest, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas.
XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run
When: Sunday, October 14, 8 a.m. start
Where: Point Mugu State Park, Oxnard/Malibu, California
Who: Open to runners of all ages and skill levels
Courses: 18 kilometers or 11 kilometers
Entry fees: $65 for 18K; $50 for 11K (prices rise $5 for race-day registration)
Online registration/information: www.trailrace.com
2012-13 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series
October 14, 2012 - XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run (Oxnard/Malibu, Calif.) 18K/11K
November 22, 2012 - XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot (Calabasas, Calif.) 15K/10K/5K
December 9, 2012 - XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run (Laguna Beach, Calif.) 15K/6K
January 6, 2013 - XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run (Newbury Park, Calif.) 21K/6K
February 3, 2013 - XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run (Santee, Calif.) 15K/5K
March 31, 2013 - XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run (Rancho Penasquito, Calif.) 16K/6K
May 19, 2013 - XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run (Malibu, Calif.) 22K/6K