Akerhielm Comes up Big in Texas Series

Jul. 26, 2013

She is one of 19 runners to win age division titles for 2013

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That includes the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series, which featured seven races in seven different locations across the state during the 2012-13 season.

Tracey AkerhielmTracie Akerhielm was up for that challenge, and as a result, she ran away with top female honors for the season, which ended earlier this month.

Akerhielm, who is 30 and resides in Denton, Texas, was the only runner to compete in all seven races in the series for the season. And she didn't just compete, she competed well. Akerhielm placed first overall at three of the races, and second overall at four of the races.

"Well, I turned 30 this year and just wanted to do something special," she said. "It had been many years since I had done any competitive running and I had never competed in any trail races, and thought it sounded like an adventure.  I really enjoyed experiencing the different trails and parks in Texas and making new trail racing buddies."

Because of the vast expanse of Texas, just getting to the races was an adventure in itself for Akerhielm.  Some of the venues required a four to five hour drive, and Akerhielm and her boyfriend would often surround the races with a weekend of camping.

"I can't think of one that stood out," she replied, when asked which venue was her favorite. "I loved them all!"

Akerhielm is a former cross country and track runner at Texas Tech University who is now a doctoral candidate in exercise science at Texas Woman's University. In addition to running she stays in shape by participating in roller derby - she is a member of the North Texas Derby Revolution.

Akerhielm is one of 19 runners who scored enough points to earn an age division championship for the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series for this season. Among the other notables:

  • Kaytlynn Welsch, the 13-year-old phenom who won her second consecutive title in the 10-14 age group. She placed first overall at three of the races in the Texas Series (tying Akerhielm for that distinction).
  • Tom Hutson from Houston won the men's 60-64 age division for the second consecutive year, and that's not the end of it. Earlier this year, he won his age division in the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series. He is now one of six runners in XTERRA Trail Run history to earn two regional championships in the same year.
  • The husband/wife team of Lonn Hart and Sandy Hart from Cedar Park, Texas, both took home titles. Lonn won the men's 40-44 division, and Sandy won the women's 40-44 division.

Here is the complete list of Texas Series champions:


Age Group Name Age Hometown State
Female 10-14 Kaytlynn Welsch* 13 Alvin TX
Female 25-29 Aimee Newsom 29 The Woodlands TX
Female 30-34 Tracie Akerhielm 31 Denton TX
Female 35-39 Kim Bueno* 39 Austin TX
Female 40-44 Sandy Hart 42 Cedar Park TX
Female 45-49 Shay Robertson 48 League City TX
Female 55-59 Tamra Walthall 56 Waco TX
Female 65-69 Jo May 65 Houston TX
Male 15-19 Ryan Woelfel 17 Round Rock TX
Male 25-29 Adrian Slusher 26 League City TX
Male 30-34 Christopher Chancey 33 Austin TX
Male 35-39 Jimmy Olivares 38 Austin TX
Male 40-44 Lonn Hart 43 Cedar Park TX
Male 45-49 Jay Yanek 48 Katy TX
Male 50-54 Michael Nosalik 53 San Antonio TX
Male 55-59 Bill Ewton 57 Salado TX
Male 60-64 Tom Hutson* 61 Houston TX
Male 65-69 Lenord Burns 66 Arlington TX
Male 75-79 Adrian Wolford 76 Mustang OK
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