Atlantic Series Crowns its First Champions

Jun. 28, 2013

Cathleen and Robert Bartholomew both take home titles

The inaugural XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series was an instant success in 2013, drawing more than 1,000 runners from 15 different states to its four races.

The Bartholomew'sAmong those runners were Cathleen and Robert Bartholomew, a happily-married couple from Aberdeen, Maryland. Robert did all four races in the series, and Cathleen did three. By the end of the season, they both earned enough points to win their respective age divisions for the season.

Robert is the men's 45-49 division winner; Cathleen is the women's 55-59 division winner.

"We like the idea of a series of races, and once we did the first race in the series and saw how well organized it was, we decided to try to do the entire series," Robert said.

The XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series featured two races in the state of Maryland, and two in the state of Delaware. The Bartholomews made drives of anywhere from 50 minutes to 90 minutes to get to the various races.

"We have done trail races before; we like them because the trail running community is very friendly," Cathleen said. "There seems to be a camaraderie that doesn't exist with road racing."

Cathleen started running 30 years ago, while Robert started running 20 years ago. Fittingly, they met at a race and have been married for 18 years. Now, they can call themselves XTERRA Atlantic Series Champions.

Also among the list of Atlantic Series Champions for 2013 are Jackie Palmer of Newark, Delaware, and Don Morrison from West Brandywine, Pennsylvania. They were the high scorers among all runners for the season - Palmer scored 300 points in the women's 25-29 division, and Morrison also scored 300 in the men's 60-64 division.

Every age-group champ from the Atlantic Series received a free invitation to compete at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 22.

The XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series was created in 2013 with the assistance of Adventure Geek Productions. Atlantic was one of 16 regions that are hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series in 2013. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Virginia and Utah.

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Here is the complete list of 2013 XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series champions:


Age Group Name Age Hometown State






Female 25-29 Jackie Palmer 25 Newark DE
Female 30-34 Laura Gilmore 32 Rockville MD
Female 35-39 Jebby Rasputnis 35 Silver Spring MD
Female 50-54 Diana Massey 52 Laytonsville MD
Female 55-59 Cathleen Bartholomew 55 Aberdeen MD






Male 10-14 Deion Jones 10 Wilmington DE
Male 25-29 Alan Needle 28 Elkton MD
Male 30-34 Grant Farrell 32 Lancaster MD
Male 35-39 Adam Davidson 36 Wilmington DE
Male 40-44 Glenn Humphrey 41 Columbia MD
Male 45-49 Robert Bartholomew 49 Aberdeen MD
Male 60-64 Don Morrison 62 West Brandywine PA
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