June 8 race will feature adventurous 21K and 10K courses
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run has long been considered one of the most popular races on the entire XTERRA Trail Run circuit, and with good reason.
A fun and challenging course, a festive summer crowd, and the city of Richmond itself all add up to make for a unique experience for all runners in the event.
This year's XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is scheduled for June 8, and as always, it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, from all states. The event will feature two courses - a 21-kilometer long course and a 10K course. Both courses start at Brown's Island and weave through various landmarks, both man-made and natural, in and around the historic city of Richmond, Virginia.
"XTERRA is a great brand, and Richmond is fortunate to host such an event," said Ryan Middleton, who won last year's 21-kilometer long course. "Brown's Island and Belle Isle are definitely popular places to be in Richmond during the summer. The location and timing of the event are perfect."
Middleton said the 21K course is unique because it starts out on paved road, and then takes runners on a non-stop adventure that includes river crossings, boulder climbing, bridge crossings, and forest trails.
"The most memorable part of the course for me are the 'Mayan Ruins' stairway," he said. "This is a brutal climb that is so steep that you are almost crawling to the top. The heart rate shoots through the roof at this point. It is definitely tough to recover from this portion."
Middleton said the 21K course may be a bit tough for beginners, but the 10K course is doable for most runners. There is actually a section of the trail where the 21K and 10K courses overlap.
"The top 21K runners will be required to maneuver around some of the 10K runners," he warned. "I would urge everyone to use common courtesy. Let a runner know that you are coming up behind them, and those that are asked to step aside should allow room to pass, and please do so quickly and politely."
The top age-group runners from the 21K course will receive free entries to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Hawaii in November.
The XTERRA Richmond Trail Run is held in conjunction with the XTERRA East Championship off-road triathlon, so many of the world's best endurance athletes will be in the Richmond area for the weekend of June 8-9.