13-year-old wins age group in Alabama and Georgia
It takes dedication and speed to win an age group title in any state on the XTERRA Trail Run circuit. It often requires traveling to different parts of the state to enter the races, and of course, the speed to beat all the other runners in the age group.
Imagine what it takes to do it in two different states.
Korey Shively became the latest XTERRA trail runner to join that elite short list when he won the male 10-14 age division for the 2013 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series last weekend. It came a month after he won the male 10-14 age division for the 2013 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
Korey, 13, is in the eighth grade at Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama, and he is already a member of the varsity cross country and track teams at James Clemens High School, so his success in the Alabama Series is understandable.
He happened to be visiting his grandparents in Atlanta in February at the same time when an XTERRA Georgia Series race was taking place in nearby Winder.
"The timing was right, and he did well enough in that race that we looked at the next one and figured we might as well come back and try another one," said his father, Sean.
Sean made the four-hour drive to take Korey to the XTERRA Deep South Trail Run at Jackson, Georgia, on June 1. Korey won his age group at that race, and it earned him enough points to win the age division for the season.
It capped a successful first year in the sport of trail running for Korey. His first sport of choice is actually lacrosse, and he started running as a way to stay in shape.
"He only started running last summer, but he loves this trail stuff now," Sean said. "He has a blast at all the different trails."
Korey and other members of the Clemens High School cross country team will make the trip to Utah this September to participate in the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
Korey is now one of only three XTERRA runners to win an age group championship in two different regions in the same year. The others are Joshua Horsager (Alabama/Georgia, male 30-34) and Richard Burgunder (Ohio/Pocono, male 30-34).