Next up in the XTERRA Alabama Series is the XTERRA Guntersville 8/15K on November 3, 2018.
Alyssa Montgomery and Beau Beard captured the titles at the XTERRA Red Mountain 15K on October 20th, 2018.
Montgomery was the overall winner with a time of 1:14:44. Christina Van Der Hulst was second in 1:25:36 while Lynn Grant was third in 1:48:31.
“The race was a blast,” said Montgomery. “I like the 15K distance because it’s a pretty fast pace for a trail while I still get to enjoy being out there for more than an hour. I’ll be back for XTERRA Coldwater Mountain and the season finale at XTERRA Cheaha.”
In the men’s race, Beard won with a time of 1:15:01 while Justin McDonald was second in 1:16:16. Donny Emerson was third in 1:22:10.
"The race went well and was my first one back since a 27-miler in March," said Beard. "I took the summer off and drastically reduced my training but now I'm ramping back up. Primarily I focus on low-volume training with a focus on quality over quantity with a good mix of cross-training and breath work."
XTERRA Red Mountain also featured an 8K race. In the men’s division, Robert Corey won in 33:24 while Jared Datema was second in 36:00. Hanlon Walsh was third in 37:57. In the women’s division, Ashley Dawson won in 40:42 while Eden Grimes was the runner-up in 43:41. Katy Harris was third in 44:07.
“The course was great,” said Corey. “It started with an open, non-technical trail which was nice to separate out before hitting the single track. Once getting up a good climb, the ridge trial offered some amazing trail running before getting a full mile descent into the finish line. I don't know what my race schedule looks like for the remainder of the year with dental school really getting in the way of my training and racing, but I hope to get do another XTERRA event sometime soon.”
The races in the XTERRA Alabama Trail Series are held in the state’s renowned parks. Additionally, part of the proceeds of the race goes back to the parks, ensuring that runners have beautiful trails to run on into the future.
Red Mountain Park gets its name from the iron ore found in veins beneath the mountain’s surface. In the late 1800’s the area was prosperous because of iron ore in the area. Today, the park’s 15-mile trail system is revered by runners and mountain bikers alike.
Next up in the XTERRA Alabama Trail Series is the XTERRA Guntersville Trail 8/15K on November 3, 2018.