Bachman, Davis set new course records for 21K
Philip Bachman pushed his luck, and the pace, and it resulted in an overall victory at the XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run last weekend. Close to 200 runners from six different states participated in the event, which was completed at the picturesque Snow Valley Resort in Running Springs, Calif.
"The weather made it a very nice day to run," Bachman said. "It was in the mid 60's and sunny at the start of the race. The clear skies made for some fun sight lines as we ducked in and out of the trees and created shadows on the course."
Bachman was the first overall finisher for the 21-kilometer course, completing the half-marathon trail in a course record time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, 47 seconds. Surprisingly, it was the first trail race of his running career.
"This was my first trail race of any kind," said Bachman, who is 31 and resides in Glendora, Calif. "I got turned onto this by Simon Cooper of The Invictus Running Academy. I had originally signed up for the 10K; I didn't want to push my luck having never run in the mountains. We came up for the official course preview event the prior weekend, which was mentally important to me to have the chance to adapt to the altitude and the hills. After previewing the course, I worked with the race directors and decided to move my registration up to the 21K."
It was a good move, as Bachman and Thomas Crawford broke ahead early and stayed in front for most of the course. They are teammates on the Invictus Running Academy.
Bachman took the lead by himself late in the course after Crawford got slowed by a group of hikers who happened to wander on the race course.
Crawford eventually placed second in 1:32:23, and Philip Slama was third in 1:40:51.
Susanne Davis from Carlsbad, Calif., placed sixth overall and was the first female. She finished in 1:45:34 - shattering the women's course record by 20 minutes, and finishing nearly 13 minutes ahead of the other top female runners.
She also had an interesting story to tell, including a mad dash just to make the race in time. CLICK HERE TO READ HER BLOG ENTRY ON THE RACE.
In addition to the featured 21K course, there was also a 10K course. Michael Flowers from Porter Ranch, Calif., placed first overall for the 10K, and high school student Stefani Gaskell from Hesperia, Calif., placed third overall and was the first female. Flowers and Gaskell also established new 10K course records.
The XTERRA Snow Valley Trail Run is considered an independent XTERRA event, and is not part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series.