Perhaps our favorite runner / writer on the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series is Scott Dunlap, winner of the 2009 National and World Championship titles in the 40-44 division.
The last few seasons, however, Dunlap has been chasing the long dreams, the ultras, and has won masters titles in just about every long-distance trail race you can imagine from 10-milers to 50Ks.
On Sunday, however, he came back to the Tribe to take part in the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship race and as much as we missed him, it looks like he missed us too…
“It had been a few years since I raced an XTERRA trail run, and I'll be honest, I missed it,” wrote Dunlap on his incredibly popular blog, aptly titled atrailrunnersblog.com. “XTERRA has always been able to take their cool mountain community vibe and inject it with some polish, such as a blazing finish line chute full of top notch sponsors, professional prize purses, enough events for the whole family to get dirty, and a post-race video worthy of sharing. Even in this world of barbed wire obstacle and tough mudding insanity, XTERRA successfully sticks to their roots and consistently wins the hearts of a loyal group of outdoor warriors. The events are long enough to hurt, but not so long you can't spend the afternoon meeting people and sipping beers at the end.”
Have a look at the videos, photos, and report for more on this year’s Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship: