March 20, 2014 – Spring is here, which means it’s time for the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series to spring into action again. The 3rd annual XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Run is scheduled for April 6 at the picturesque Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs. The event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, and there will be three courses to accommodate the various levels of runners.
Experienced distance runners can opt for the 24-kilometer course, but there will also be a 12-kilometer course and a fun 5K available. As expected for a race in Colorado, the trails will take runners to thin-air elevations ranging from 6,500 to 7,200 feet above sea level.
“Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a lovely and challenging park,” said elite runner Roberto Mandje, who won last year’s 12K. “The terrain and footing can be fast as it's not terribly technical, but the constant undulating terrain and steady climbs can really take it out of you. “
The XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Run is the second of four races in the 2013-2014 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. The first race was held in late September, and the series took the winter months off due to the extreme weather conditions. Mandje, for one, is ready for Spring.
“I'm hoping warmer days start to become a more and more consistent occurrence as it'll allow full access to trails,” said Mandje. “I'm fully ready for Spring and Summer, bring on the warm weather!”
To register for the XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Run, or to learn more about it, please visit www.marathonmajic.com. Early-registration discount is currently available (see details below).
At the conclusion of the Colorado Series in July, the top age-group runners from the overall series standings will earn a free entry to represent Colorado at the 2014 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah on September 21. Colorado is one of 17 regions hosting an XTERRA Trail Run Series in 2014. The others are Alabama, Arizona, Atlantic, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pocono, Puerto Rico, SoCal, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Run
When: Sunday, April 6, 8 a.m. start at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Race distances: 24K, 12K, or 5K, open to runners of all ages and skill levels
Entry fees: $51 for 24K; $41 for 12K; $31 for 5K (prices rise on April 4)
Registration/race information: www.marathonmajic.com
Upcoming XTERRA Colorado Series races
June 7: XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Runs 5/10/21/42K (Pagosa Springs)
July 20: XTERRA Beaver Creek Trail Runs 5/10/21K (Beaver Creek Resort, Avon)
August 30: XTERRA Steamboat Springs 5/10K (Steamboat Springs)
October 12: XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races 5/21/42K (Colorado Springs) Part of 2014-15 Series