Charlotte runners take top honors at Fisher Farm
The XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series concluded its 2013 season with the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run last weekend.
More than 200 runners from 12 different states participated in the event, which was completed on August 31 at Fisher Farm Park Trails in Davidson, N.C.
Matthew Longworth from Charlotte capped an undefeated season by capturing first place overall. He completed the 10-mile course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds. There were three events in the 2013 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and Longworth was the overall winner at all three races.
Longworth ran with fellow Charlotte runner Jordan Veal for much of the course before pulling ahead late in the race. Veal finished second in 1:04:36, and Cory Sundeen was third in 1:07:21.
Longworth, 33, owns a lawn care business in Charlotte and once served as a missionary overseas.
Wendy Norvell from Charlotte was the top female runner with a time of 1:18:11. It was an impressive XTERRA debut for Norvell, as this was her first time entering an XTERRA Trail Run event. However, she is an experienced runner, and has won other trail races previously in her career.
"I love this course, especially the winding switchbacks near the end of the loop," she said. "This was my second time running out there (the previous was also a race), but I definitely need to visit again soon. I could do without the humidity, but that's August in the south."
Norvell built her lead early in the course, and said she was able to enjoy the thrills of the course in the second half of the race.
"Fisher Farm provides several vantage points for a quick glance over the shoulder, so I noticed early on that I had enough distance between me and second place," Norvell explained. "After that, I was like a kid hopping through the forest, no pressure just enjoying the ride! I even let out a 'yippee' as I flew down a steep hill!"
Kimberley Hefner from Rock Hill, South Carolina, placed second in 1:22:13, and Bonnie Schaefer was third in 1:27:19.
In addition to the 10-mile long course, there was also a 5-mile short course. Chase Eckard and Kaitlyn Mullis were the overall winners of the 5-mile race.