First race on May 4, four others to follow this summer
Word is spreading fast about the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series, and the word is good. In just two years, the participation numbers have nearly doubled in the series, and it should only get better in 2013.
The XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series was created in 2011 to offer runners a chance to experience the picturesque trails in the northeast Pennsylvania region. It drew around 100 runners to the series that first year, and it increased to more than 200 last year.
This year's Pocono Series will feature five races at five different locations, spread throughout the months of May and June. The opening event in the series will be the XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run at Tannersville, Pa., on May 4.
"What I like most about the Pocono area is its stunning natural beauty and how the region is an outdoor sports mecca," said Richard Burgunder, the two-time champion of the men's 30-34 age group in the Pocono Series. "Within the endless mountain region, you'll find abundant forest, lakes, rivers, streams and wildlife. It's an amazing place for any extreme and adventure sports enthusiast."
Indeed, the five races in the Pocono Series offer runners a variety of challenging terrain, ranging from sandy lake shorelines to narrow single track trails that climb more than 2,000 feet - through rocky river beds and flowing streams.
The races in the Pocono Series range from 5 kilometers to 21 kilometers, and every event in the series is open to runners of all ages and skill levels.
Burgunder made the cross-state trip from Pittsburgh to enter the Pocono Series races in both 2011 and 2012. He said the abundance of activities and attractions in the region allow him to make a weekend getaway with each race. "There's a ton to do throughout the region and most activities are within an hour's drive of all the race sites," he said.
The XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series is also a bargain. Many of the races offer an entry fee as low as $20 per runner. Runners who register for all five races before May 4 will be charged just $100 total.
Points will be tallied after every race to determine age-group standings for the series. At the end of the season, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Pocono at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in September at Ogden/Snowbasin Resort, Utah.
To register for a race in the Pocono Series, or to learn more about it, please visitwww.wilkesbarreracing.com.
2013 Pocono Series Schedule
5/4/13 - XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run - Tannersville, PA - 5km
5/18/13 - XTERRA Seven Tubs Trail Run - Wilkes-Barra, PA - 5km
6/1/13 - XTERRA Hickory Trail Run - White Haven, PA - 11km
6/15/13 - XTERRA Earth Conservancy Trail Run - Mocanaqua, PA - 21km
6/29/13 - XTERRA Gouldsboro Trail Run - Gouldsboro, PA - 13km