On March 12th, stalwart winter runners will kick off the start of the 2017 XTERRA Atlantic Trail Race Series at the XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run 12K and 5K in Wilmington, Delaware. 2017 marks the race’s fifth year, and like every year, some of the best runners in the area are expected to tackle this challenging course.
“There’s well-maintained single-track with enough technical sections and rocky downhill to keep you on your toes,” said race director, Jefferson Nicholson. “When you get to the last two and a half miles, you come out onto wide, rolling fields. If you have speed and gas left in the tank, this is where you can really open it up.”
Brandywine Creek State Park was originally the historical DuPont dairy farm. Some of the old farmland is unchanged, giving runners fields, forests, and even a creek to cross. Best of Delaware recently named the XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run one of the ten best races in the state, adding, “Expect mayhem – hills, mud, and river crossing, not to mention awards if you can roll through the rocks and make it out in the top three.”
Last year, Richard Bounds was the 2016 XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run 12K champion, also winning the 35-39 age group in 48:11. Laura Lundardi was the first female (10th place overall) and won her 40-44 age group as well.
Register and learn more about the XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run 12K and 5K.
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. The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship will be held September 17, 2017 at Snowbasin Resort up the hill from Ogden, Utah.