The XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series continued to impress, as the second race in the series once again received rave reviews from runners.
The XTERRA Seneca Creek Trail Run drew close to 200 runners from eight different states to Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Preston Campbell from Annapolis, Maryland, was the overall winner, completing the 10-kilometer course in 38 minutes flat. He is a Navy helicopter pilot who entered the event as part of his training as a triathlete.
"I pulled away from the leaders on the first hill and continued to widen the gap on every hill from there on," he said. "I had no idea I was that far ahead, but I sure am grateful for all of the hill training I did in the off season."
Campbell's wife, Leonie, also entered the race, and she placed second overall in the women's field. She is also a triathlete - a member of the Marine Corps triathlon team.
"Leonie and I had a great time at the race," Preston said. "We really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at the race and the unique awards."
Lauren Rhatigan from Ship Bottom, New Jersey, was the top overall female, finishing with a time of 47:32. Leonie Campbell was a close second at 47:45.
Grant Farrell from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, placed second overall among the men, finishing with a time of 39:21. He entered several races in the XTERRA Pocono Trail Run Series last year, and was glad to see the creation of the Atlantic Series to add to his race schedule.
Farrell said he drove two hours from his home to get to the race. "That's actually the same, or closer, for me than some of the races in the Pocono Series, and the races have been well worth the drive," he said.
The age-group winners received hand-carved wood trophies, as well as commemorative drink glasses.
The XTERRA Seneca Creek Trail Run was the second of four races in the 2013 season for the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Lums Pond Trail Run in Bear, Delaware, on May 25. To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visit www.adventuregeekproductions.com.