Over the next 5 days we’ll be bringing you a countdown of the Top 10 XTERRA Stories of 2014. Tune in each day as we get closer to No. 1. Any guess on what or who it may be?
RVA. The longest-running venue outside of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui is in Richmond, Virginia (16+ years). It is also home to the most raucous collection of XTERRA spectators on the planet. While the Philippines races hold the record for most on-course spectators with thousands lining the streets, Forest Hill Park is home to Foghorn Leghorn Productions and Co. Aliens and Wrestlers, Jokers and Thieves, Grillmasters and Monkeys, it’s Mickey Mouse at Mardi Gras and the experience should make every XTERRA racers bucket-list. June 6, 2015.
LOTA. Lota Ward is one cool kid. He fell in love with trail running this year and when his Mom told him about other runners who ran “for a cause” he knew he wanted to do the same. At just 8-years-old, Lota started a campaign to raise money and awareness for two little boys in his neighborhood that have Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He ran for this purpose, raised thousands for the boys, and won the 10-and-under XTERRA National Championship half-marathon title along the way. Then in October he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor known as Teratoma, and has so far undergone two brain surgeries. The family reports the stitches are healing nicely and Lota is doing great. He has an MRI scheduled for February 24th, and our prayers are with him and the Ward ohana.
Read more about Lota, “Our little fighting warrior”