(Pelham, Alabama) - Chris Edmondson and Ashley Dawson captured the XTERRA Oak Mountain 20K trail run titles on a perfect day for running at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama this morning.
Nearly 300 runners from 15 states took part in today’s trail runs, the last of five events in the 2014-2015 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series.
With today’s win Edmondson, who lives about an hour away in Southside, was able to capture the 30-34 division series crown with 390 points. It’s the third time this season he’s won his division.
“The series has been a lot of fun, and I loved today’s run,” said Edmondson, who won his division last year but not the overall. “It’s my second time running here, and I like the double loop because you know what to expect the second time around. I was chasing Korey (Shively) for the first couple miles, that kid is really good.”
Shively, an Alabama Series legend in the 15-19 division, finished second overall three minutes back and Clint Channell was third.
In the women’s race Dawson decided second wasn’t going to be good enough and dug deep for the win.
“I was overheating at about mile eight and stopped to pour water on my head and that’s when (Elizabeth Morse, the eventual runner-up) passed me,” said Dawson. “At first I told myself that’s okay, second isn’t bad, and then all of a sudden at mile 10 I thought I’d go for it.”
Dawson came in with a winning time of 1:52:53, more than a minute in front of Morse.
“The trails here are awesome. It’s just my second year of running trails. Last year’s race here was my first and I’ve been running them ever since.”
Morse ended up having to sprint to the finish as Anna Whitmire tried to catch her coming at the finish line but came up one second short.
There were four runners who had perfect 400-point scores in the Alabama Series this year – meaning they won their division at four of the five races in the Series. They were Christi Daprano Evans (50-54), Hayley Long (45-49 division), Ryan King (20-24 division), and Dauna Coulter (60-64 division).
Here is a complete list of XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions, who all earned a free entry into the XTERRA National Championship to be held September 20 in Ogden, Utah. In addition, all the 20K winners from today's race earned a free entry into the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon on December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.
|20-24||Julie Gyurgyik||Shaker Heights, OH|
|25-29||Danielle Chasse||Anniston, AL|
|35-39||Elizabeth Helland||Huntsville, AL|
|40-44||Kristie Stewart||Birmingham, AL|
|45-49||Hayley Long||Oxford, AL|
|50-54||Christi Daprano Evans||Fayetteville, GA|
|55-59||Ruth Vanzandt||Arab, AL|
|60-64||Dauna Coulter||Huntsville, AL|
|15-19||Korey Shively||Madison, AL|
|20-24||Ryan King||Madison, AL|
|25-29||Jared Carlson||Birmingham, AL|
|30-34||Chris Edmondson||Southside, AL|
|35-39||Nathan Graves||Cullman, KY|
|40-44||Gene Hood||Gadsden, AL|
|45-49||David Long||Oxford, AL|
|50-54||Larry Dickerson||Somerville, AL|
|55-59||Glenn Ingram||Rainbow City, AL|
|60-64||Barry Ege||Haceville, AL|
|65-69||Craig Kelly||Huntsville, AL|
The 2015 XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs were sponsored by Paul Mitchell, XTERRA Resorts and Shelby County Tourism. Also Outrigger Resorts, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, LifeProof, Optic Nerve, Greenlayer, XTERRA Coffee, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, the Shelby County Reporter, and the Utah Sports Commission.