On Sunday, March 26,2017, the XTERRA Trout Creek 15K and 5K Trail Runs will celebrate their 12th year. The race has a unique start in that the 15K and 5K racers start simultaneously but head out on different loops. The 15K runners take the 10K loop before the 5K section, while the 5K runners hit their course first.
The trails wind through pines, oak hammocks, and lakes on challenging single and double track. Competitors also enjoy a cross-country section of the course on an elevated berm for some fast fun.
“Trout Creek has the best running trails in the Tampa area,” said race director, Jim Hartnett. “There’s so much history and celebration to this race.” The race will be held rain or shine and followed by a post-race party under the oak canopy.
Last year, Steve Reeves, won the 15k with a time of 1:03 at a steady 6:46 pace. Erin Hearn of Orlando took the women’s race with a time of 1:19.
The XTERRA Trout Creek Trail Run is the second of three races in the Florida Trail Run Series. The Runners in all of XTERRA’s Trail Run Series are racing for points towards their regional championship and the complimentary entry into XTERRA Nationals that goes with it.