This is an exciting time of year, as athletes fine tune their race plans, log extra miles in the generous daylight, and put it all on the line in their quest for a complimentary ticket to the XTERRA National Championship, which will be awarded to the winner of each region's age group.
XTERRA Allatoona Creek
On August 12th, XTERRA Allatoona Creek will offer two distances: an 8.7 mile race and a 3.4 mile race. While Allatoona Park is close to Atlanta, you won't know it once you are in the woods.That's why race director Tim Schoer follows the creed: Ditch the City. The well-maintained and shady trails are full of gentle slopes and beautiful scenery, and the race finishes on a grassy meadow.
Matt Haley, who is currently leading the XTERRA Georgia Trail Series for the 30-34 age group is hoping for another great race at Allatoona Creek.
"It's always a tough race because of the heat and humidity," said Haley, "But it's a good distance for me at close to nine miles. Not too short and not too long."
In the women's 25-29 age group Brittany Hewell has an easy lead with 354 points. Elisa Harris is leading the 30-34 age group with 300 points and Sally Bray is crushing the 35-39 age group with 423 points.In the 50-54 age group, the race is close between Christine Guerra and Tammy Sinnette.
In the men's 65-69 age group, Hugo Lagomasino has completed all of the races in the series and is leading his age group with 570 points. Matt Haley has 463 points for a sure win in his age group, but the race is tighter in the 35-39 age group where Allen Bray and Chris Morgan are duking it out.
Learn more about the series standings at www.XTERRAplanet.com.
Learn more and register for XTERRA Allatoona Creek www.dirtyspokes.com.