Inaugural XTERRA Utah Series is Underway
Two more races coming up this summer
The opening event for the inaugural XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series witnessed spectacular performances by 80 athletes representing six states - Utah, California, Washington, Colorado, Maryland and Wyoming.
The event was called the XTERRA Hideout Trail Run and it featured three different courses (5K, 10K and 21K) and provided runners with a very challenging course that consisted of singe track trails, grueling climbs and descents along the stunningly beautiful Jordanelle State Park Reservoir in Hideout, Utah.
Overall 21K winner Nate Blouin from Salt Lake City ran with the lead pack for the start, and he then slowly started to distance himself from his closest rivals, following the half-marathon turnaround. Blouin has been consistently training with daily mountain runs that include 2,000-foot vertical ascents. He was very well prepared for the grueling terrain and climbs that the Jordanelle course challenged him with.
"That hurt," he said. Despite his aggressive training routine, the picturesque Jordanelle State Park, which offers rolling terrain and scenic views - all at elevations above 6,000 feet, exceeded his expectations.
In the 10K, former XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon National Age Group Champion, Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah, ran away from the field with a remarkable performance to win the women's race and finish fourth overall with a time of 45:25. She took off with a blazing start and paced with the leaders of all three events up until the 5k turnaround. Emma was fourth (second American) in the final 2010 XTERRA USA Pro Series.
Tyrone Luke, a 10 year old running sensation from Hyrum, Utah, finished second place in the 5K with a time of 28.16.4 in a competitive adult field. Tyrone endured a very challenging course and turned many heads with his incredible performance.
Racers described the course as strikingly beautiful, surprisingly difficult, and yet very enjoyable. "This was a deceptively hard course with amazing scenery," according to Richard Burgunder, a four-time XTERRA Trail Run Series Regional Champion.
The winners received a month's supply of Wicked Fast Sports nutrition supplement products, a gift bag from Paul Mitchell, a voucher for free Rudy Project sunglasses or helmet, and free registration for an XTERRA event. All finishers received medals and a tech-t. Following the race, numerous prizes were raffled off to the crowd, including products from PowerBar, Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition, Rudy Project, and XTERRA.
The XTERRA Hideout Trail Run Series was the first of three events in the 2013 XTERRA Utah Trail Run Series. The next race in the series will be the XTERRA Moab Trail Run on Saturday, June 8. The series finale will be the XTERRA Wolf Mountain Trail Run on July 13. To register for a race in the series or to learn more about it, please visit www.utahxterra.com.