Mark Robison and Christina Van Der Hulst won the XTERRA Cheaha 15K trail run men’s and women’s titles at Cheaha Resort State Park in Delta, Alabama on Saturday.
Robison took the tape in 1:16:03, more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Neal Mulkey, with Kyle Crane in third. In the women’s race Van Der Hulst crossed the line in 1:31:19, a full seven minutes ahead of Heather White in second-place and Stacy Surrett in third. It’s the third victory of the season for Van Der Hulst, who also won her age group at XTERRA Coldwater and Red Mountain earlier this year.
At 2,407 feet above sea level, the course at Cheaha Mountain in the middle of the Talladega National Forest has breathtaking views and amazing running trails. It’s also home to the Cheaha Trailhead of the Pinhoti Trail, which connects with the Appalachian Trail and accesses the Odum Scout and Chinnabee Silent Trails.
XTERRA Cheaha was the sixth of seven races in the 2018-19 XTERRA Alabama Trail Run Series. Points are awarded to the top runners in each age group at every race’s longest distance, and at the conclusion of the series, each age-group champion will receive a free entry to represent Alabama at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship in Utah.
The series concludes May 19 with the XTERRA Oak Mountain 5/10/21K trail races in Pelham, AL.