Despite frigid temperatures which literally froze everything from water cups to beards, the XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run 12K and 5K was a true celebration of the great outdoors.
“Between the snow on the course and the cold weather, the race was a genuine adventure run,” said race director, Jefferson Nicholson. “The fact that we had a record turnout says a lot about the future of the sport and the character of our athletes.”
The men’s race was quick over the challenging course, and the excitement at the finish generated serious heat with Evan Daney, Iain Banks, and Taylor Shoulders going one, two, three in 50:15, 50:16, and 50:19. In the women’s race, Amanda Pupillo crossed the line a minute ahead of Lyndsey Fraser and Christine Reiner who both finished in 1:06.
“The times were impressive for the conditions,” said Nicholson. “We are looking forward to warmer race weather, but it's wonderful to be part of a community that consistently shows up with such a love of nature and willingness to have fun no matter what.”
The XTERRA Brandywine Creek Trail Run 12K and 5K is the first of five trail races in the 2017 XTERRA Atlantic Trail Race 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.
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