Rappole, McKenzie Come up Big at Little Mulberry
Capacity field of 300 runners participate in Georgia Series race
Jesse Rappole is getting used to this winning stuff. After notching his first overall victory in an XTERRA Trail Run race earlier in the month, Rappole did it again on November 24, when he won the XTERRA Little Mulberry Trail Run at Dacula, Georgia.
Rappole, who is 31 and resides in Atlanta, completed the 10-kilometer course in 36 minutes, 45 seconds. "First time running at Little Mulberry Park," he said. "The course was perfect on a cool, misty morning."
A capacity field of 300 runners participated in the event, which was the fourth of seven races in the 2013-14 season for the XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.
Rappole also won the XTERRA Big Creek Trail Run on November 2. Just like that last time, Rappole out-dueled Matt Haley of Buford to win the Little Mulberry title.
"It had a cross-country course like feel for the first half," Rappole said. "Matt Haley opened a substantial lead and I was just trying to keep him in sight through the fog early. At around mile 3, we ran into the woods, off the backside of the hill and down a long steep single track. I caught Matt at the bottom and used the adrenaline surge to get up the next long climb. Then I was hanging on, hoping he wouldn't catch me again all the way through the winding trails to the finish."
Haley placed second in 37:22, and Woody Dover from Decatur, Georgia, was third in 38:57.
Michelle McKenzie from Flowery Branch, Georgia, was the top overall female with a time of 43:56. She finished more than three minutes ahead of other top females. It was her first XTERRA Trail Run event of the year, but she is no stranger to success. She won an XTERRA Georgia Trail Run event during the 2011-12 season, and placed second overall at another event in the 2012-13 season.
Patrice Sweet of Gainesville, Georgia, placed second in 47:23, and Melissa Chapman from Lilburn, Georgia, was third in 47:41.
In addition to the 10K race, there was also a 5K "short course." Sammy Holcomb and Camryn Petit were the overall winners of the 5K.
The next race in the Georgia Series will be the XTERRA Victoria Bryant Trail Run on December 7 at Royston, Georgia. To register for the race or learn more about the series, please visitwww.dirtyspokes.com.