The XTERRA Trail Run Series will truly stretch across the American continent in 2013.
Five new regions have been added to the schedule this year, bringing the total number of XTERRA Trail Run regions to 16. The races will take place as far west as Southern California, and as far east as Delaware and Maryland.
The new additions are the XTERRA Atlantic Series (Delaware and Maryland), XTERRA Oregon Series, XTERRA Tennessee Series, XTERRA Utah Series and the XTERRA Washington Series. Each of the new series will consist of at least three races.
Kristen Thomas, director of the Atlantic Series, said of XTERRA Trail Runs reaching into that area of the country: "There is a very strong trail running scene in this region. 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."
On the other end of the continent, Oregon and Washington will join the fun, and both states are renowned for having strong running communities.
"Trail running in Portland is an enormously popular sport," said Shane Kroth, director of the Oregon Series. "There are hundreds of miles of trails within a very short driving distance from the city."
In keeping with XTERRA Trail Run rules, every new race on the schedule is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. Many of the races on the XTERRA schedule feature various courses to accommodate the different skill levels of runners. The Washington Series, for example, will have a 21-kilometer course and a 10-kilometer course at each of its races.
The other XTERRA Trail Run Series that are returning from last year are: Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas.
It is worth noting that runners can enter races in different regions. A runner from North Carolina, for example, can enter races in North Carolina, South Carolina, and any other regions.
At the end of the season, all runners from all regions are eligible to enter two significant races: the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Ogden, Utah, on September 22, and the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, on December 1.
To view the full schedule of 2013 XTERRA Trail Run events, please visitwww.xterratrailrun.com.