While most of the XTERRA SoCal Series takes place on the trails near Los Angeles and Ventura, XTERRA Black Mountain takes place just east of beautiful Del Mar at Black Mountain Regional Park near San Diego.
“This is a great course for beginners,” said race director, Brennan Lindner. “There are plenty of wide fire road trails and some single track sections. Add a couple of twists, turns, and a small creek crossing, and it’s a great one.”
While it’s an ideal run for beginners, XTERRA Black Mountain is also a chance to see some of Southern California’s elite runners in action. Last year, two-time XTERRA World Champ, Lesley Paterson won the 15K in 1:07, which is close to the course record of 1:05:18 set by Megan Lizotte in 2014.
And XTERRA Regional Champ, Anthony Fagundes will be going for his third win at XTERRA Black Mountain in three years. Last year, he won the race in 56:13, breaking his own course record by 20 seconds. Fagundes – like Paterson – is known for his smooth, relaxed cadence, and makes racing look effortless.
“This year, I’m running lots of trails,” said Fagundes, who admitted that a dream of his is to run on the US National Mountain Running Team. “And I definitely want to go to the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on Oahu. I love traveling to different places and getting a chance to run on different trails.”
At XTERRA Black Mountain you can choose between the 15K or a fun, 5K. The final race in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series is XTERRA Malibu Creek on May 19th.
Learn more and register at www.xterraplanet.com.
Photos courtesy of Scott Stolarz