More than 500 runners from 55 countries took part in the XTERRA Wilderness Dash Trail Runs over the weekend, highlighted by Christina Herbst from Austria and Hannah Stedge from Utah whom both picked up their second VR wins of the year.
Herbst, a long-time XTERRA off-roader, won the XTERRA Trail Blaze 21K a month ago and this time around clocked the fastest 5K at 22:02. Stedge, who won big in her hometown race during the XTERRA Olympic Canyon duathlon, took the top spot in the 10K with a time of 43:51.
International participation for VR continues to grow with U.S. residents leading the way followed by runners from South Africa, Mexico, the Philippines and Canada.
Federico Lozada from Argentina and Vasyl Rebryk from the Ukraine were the top men in the 5K and 10K races with times of 16:24 and 38:36, respectively, and in the half-marathon chase Rons Nebre from the Philippines set the bar high with a winning time of 1:18:27 while Mina Ricci from California captured the women’s title in 1:46:08.
The top 5x5K relay team award went to Sonja@52 who rallied her friends into running wild over the weekend with five 5K times totaling two hours, 36 minutes and four seconds. The resilient Team McIlvaine, arguably the most spirited of all XTERRA VR families, were a close second in 2:39:06.
*And a special congratulations to the next generation of XTERRA Racers; 6-year-olds Hannah and Simas who did the 5K!
Up Next: XTERRA VR5 – the XTERRA No Ka Oi Duathlons and Trail Runs, November 5-9
Photo: Jesse Peters / Backlight Photography