The 2017-2018 XTERRA Alabama Trail Series finished the winter portion of its season on a high point. Literally. Held at Cheaha Resort State Park, the XTERRA Cheaha 8K and 15K races took place at the highest point in Alabama, 2,407-feet above sea level.
For race director Glenn Ingram, the 2017-2018 season has been full of high points.
“This season, we had more than 700 runners at our six trail runs, we gave back over $1,500 in revenue to our state and local parks that desperately need funds, and we exposed the parks to new visitors,” said Ingram.
Ingram was also excited about the races at XTERRA Cheaha last Saturday.
“The moment of the day was when Angie Brannon, one of our most passionate trail runners, put it all on the line and took home the 8K overall female title. It’s always nice to see hard work rewarded.”
The other highlight of XTERRA Cheaha for Ingram was Michael Loutenheizer’s 8K finish that wasn’t really a finish.
“Michael Loutzenheiser crushed the 8K course, took off his bib, and went back for a second lap,” said Ingram. “He got a second wind and caught and passed the 15K leaders.”
While Loutzenheiser was the unofficial 15K winner, Donald Seablom was the official champ with a time of 1:16:36. Derrick Clark was second in 1:19:10 and Dennis Davis was third in 1:24:59. In the women’s 15K, Rachel Seablom finished in 1:27:16 while 13-year old Gabi Comsudes was second in 1:39:59. Maggy Perez was third in 1:46:24.
In the 8K, Michael Loutzenheiser indeed crushed the course with a winning time of 34:15. J.R. Proctor was second in 38:59 and Jacoby Dove was third in 40:22. Gabi’s 10-year old brother, Sam Comsudes was fifth with a time of 41:58. On the women’s side, Angie Brannon won the 8K in 54:27 and Grace McClellan was second in 57:46. Leah Blevins was third in 1:01:46.
“The XTERRA Alabama Trail Series is looking forward to bringing our own flavor to one of the aid stations at XTERRA Oak Mountain this year,” said Ingram. “I’m sure we will be hard to miss!”
View results for XTERRA Cheaha at http://www.results.chronotrack.com.
Photo courtesy of Scott Bennett.