The 2018 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions features 20 runners from across the state, and even one (Dale Becker, the 20-24 division champ) from Texas.
Mary Alford (40-44), Jeff Phillips (50-54), Frank Burgett (60-64), and Barry Ege (65-69) won the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series titles for the second year in a row, while the rest of winners on this year's list are new to the crown.
All Series champs earned a free entry into XTERRA Trail Run Nationals, where the best-of-the-best trail runners from around the country meet up to vie for a national title in Ogden, Utah on September 16.
Beyond just the race, it's the 'space' that makes the Series so special for Alford.
“Sometimes we forget about or take for granted the natural spaces that are near to us,” said Alford. “The XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series reminded me of the quality that Alabama has to offer the trail running community. I hope these events will inspire more conservation of wild spaces.”
Alford primarily runs in Noccalula Falls Park, where she said the trails have gotten better because of the local mountain bikers and runners.
Ali Nichols (30-34) also loves the chance to hit the dirt, not just for the XTERRA trail runs, but for the entire weekend.
“These races are a chance for me and my wonderful mother in law to enjoy being outdoors together,” said Nichols, who fits in runs when she can with two small children and a full-time career. “On race weekends, the family – including my in-laws, husband, kids, my husband’s grandpa, and sometimes cousins – all go camping and enjoy a great weekend together. It’s a chance to push ourselves and be out in nature. For us, it’s more than a race. It’s an experience.”
2017-2018 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champions
|20-24||Cheyenne Batson||Warrior, AL|
|25-29||Anna Marie Bittle||Mount Olive, AL|
|30-34||Ali Nichols||Owens Cross Roads, AL|
|35-39||Maggy Perez||Albertville, AL|
|40-44||Mary Alford (2)||Piedmont, AL|
|45-49||Charlotte Morrison||Montgomery, AL|
|50-54||Allison Miles||Talladega, AL|
|55-59||Sharron Harris||Owens Cross Roads, AL|
|60-64||Vikki Bralley||Huntsville, AL|
|65-69||Betty Elder||Opelika, AL|
|25-29||Dale Becker||Converse, TX|
|30-34||Josh Dobosz||Guntersville, AL|
|35-39||John Streefkerk||Gadsden, AL|
|40-44||Raymond Lee||Rainbow City, AL|
|45-49||Jeff Finley||Huntsville, AL|
|50-54||Jeff Phillips (2)||Gadsden, AL|
|55-59||Robert "Bert" Moses||Gadsden, AL|
|60-64||Frank Burgett (2)||Rainbow City, AL|
|65-69||Barry Ege (2)||Hanceville, AL|
|75-79||Graham Gallemore||Huntsville, AL|
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