Running in the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series is like running back through time. Each of the four runs takes place on historic farms, in state parks, and on trails with plenty of tales to tell.
The series opens with XTERRA Brandywine on March 25th in Wilmington, Delaware in Brandywine Creek State Park.
“Don’t let the name fool you,” said race director, Jefferson Nicholson. “Originally, this state park was the DuPont dairy farm. It used to be called Winterthur Estate when Henry DuPont acquired it in the late 1800s.”
At the Wilmington race, you can run the 5K and get a glimpse of the old grounds or challenge yourself with a 12K and cross Brandywine Creek.
The XTERRA Lums Pond 5K and 12K on April 22nd takes place on the shores of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, which was incorporated in 1802 to shorten the shipping distance between the Chesapeake Bay and Philadelphia.
“Benjamin Franklin was one of the original proponents of the idea, and I think he would love that they made the trail by the canal so perfect for running,” added Nicholson.
On May 20th, at the XTERRA Wetlands 5K and 10K, you can experience the diverse history of Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey at the edge of the Pine Barrens. In the 1900s alone it served as the home for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a summer camp for children of displaced Japanese Americans, and temporary housing for those who fled the USSR in the early 1950’s. Additionally, the park has remains of Native American encampments which are still visible today and which you can see from the course.
Finally, on June 16th, the XTERRA Big Elk Marathon and Half Marathon in Elkton, Maryland take you back to the high society and scandal of Foxcatcher Farm. In the 1920’s William DuPont established a successful thoroughbred racing stables there, which produced winning colts and fillies through the 1950’s. More recently, the movie Foxcatcher detailed the 1996 murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.
“The XTERRA Atlantic Series takes place on the land where America began,” said Nicholson. “More importantly, the beginning of each trail running season is a chance to make history for yourself. We always see great performances, friendly rivalries, and PRs. We expect nothing less from 2018.”
Learn more about the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series.