On December 8th, Donny Emerson and Heather White captured the titles at the XTERRA DeSoto 15K, which was held in DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama on a cold, wet, and wintry day.
Donny Emerson won with a time of 1:10:30, less than a minute ahead of Neal Mulkey who was second in 1:11:04. Mike Miller was third in 1:11:32.
“Conditions were perfect for a trail run,” joked Emerson. “But in all seriousness, the race was really well-coordinated, well-marked, and the organizers did a great job of preparing for the adverse conditions.”
Emerson added that he saw several deer and enjoyed running through some chilly streams.
“I would have liked to have pushed the speed a little more, but I prefer to finish on my feet,” said Emerson. “I thoroughly enjoyed the course as well as the challenge of pushing through the tough weather.”
In the women’s division, White won the 15K in 1:25:14. Mary Alford was second in 1:34:05, and Kimberly Hall was third in 1:36:57.
XTERRA DeSoto was the fourth of seven races in the 2018/19 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. The season began on September 29th at XTERRA Noccalula Falls and will end on May 19th at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs. Next up in the XTERRA Alabama Series is the XTERRA Coldwater Mountain 8/15K on January 19th in Anniston, Alabama.
In the 8K run, Kyle Crane crossed the line first with a time of 37:23. Craig Denney was second in 40:18, and Logan Weighall was third in 40:21. In the women’s race, Kendall Gordon crossed the line in 43:29. Anna Bittle was second in 43:54 and Eden Grimes was third in 44:20.
Athletes earn points in each race of the XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. 100 points are awarded to each age group champ, with points awarded through 15th place. The athlete with the most points- by gender and age group- earns the title of XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series Champion and earns free entry into the XTERRA National Championship in Ogden, Utah in September 2019.
Learn more about XTERRA Coldwater Mountain on January 19th.