Mar 25 2018
Thonotosassa, FL, US
Inland from its great beaches, Florida also has some great running trails on a variety of terrain from quad-burning rocky climbs to sandy flats where you can stretch out the legs.
Those trails will be on display again in 2018 when the XTERRA Florida Trail Run Series returns to the XTERRA Trail Run Series schedule.
Florida Series director Jim Hartnett noted that trail runs have been popular in Tampa for more than a decade, so joining the XTERRA U.S. Trail Run Series in 2011 was a natural progression. “I think it is being well received because the numbers look pretty good so far,” he said.
In lieu of high-elevation mountain trails in the area, the Florida races will take place in wilderness parks that will offer various challenges.
Eric Koenig, who grew up in Colorado and is now a graduate student at South Florida, said the trails in the XTERRA Florida Series should not be underestimated.
“I’m originally from Boulder, Colorado, and am used to running in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and figured that most trail running in Florida would be flat and non-technical,” Koenig said after winning one of the 2012 XTERRA Florida Series races. “I was wrong. The single track meandered through the forest and the off-trail terrain was often very technical, following faint game trails through brush, mud, and up and down steep, short, and often abrupt hills. I often had to slow down substantially to look for the next flag marker in the off-trail sections. It was hard to get a rhythm going in the technical part of the course.”
Each event will offer a long course for experienced runners and a short course for less-experienced runners. The short courses range from 5 to 10 kilometers, while the long courses range from 15 to 21 kilometers.
At the conclusion of the season, the top age-group runners from the Florida Series will earn free entry to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, which is held every September in Utah.
To register for a race in the Florida Series or to learn more about it, please visit www.tamparaces.com.
1. NEW FOR 2018! XTERRA Racing Age is the age you will be on August 31st of the series season. (The old date was December 31.) We need to fix a firm age for the year so people won’t race in January at one age and in August at another if they have a birthday in-between. For example: If you are 29 in Feb, but turn 30 on Aug. 20th, you will be racing in the 30-34 division all season.
XTERRA Trail Run Series age groups: <9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+, Physically Challenged.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Races scheduled after September 1, will become part of the following year’s XTR Series.
2. Enter as many XTERRA Trail Runs as you can – In order to be eligible for the XTERRA Regional Champion title for your age group, you must compete in at least two trail runs within a given series. You should run in as many events within the regional series as possible to score maximum points.
If your regional series consists of 3 races, all 3 races will count towards your points
If your regional series consists of 4 or more races, we will drop one of the events from your score:
It’s not mandatory that you race in all events in your Series, but your chances of winning the region are much better if you do. You will be allocated “0” points for races in your Series that you do not enter.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If there are two race distances offered on the same day, only the longer distance event counts for points. For example, if there is a 5k and a 15k race on the same day, only the 15k will count for points. Exception: All races 21km and over will receive points. For example, if there is a 21km and a 42km race, both will get points.
3. Accumulate Points –Points are awarded to the top 15 finishers in each age group. Please see the points breakdown below. Current standings will be posted after each event. Points stay within the region you raced in and do not transfer (For example – if you won XTERRA Thrill in the Hills you’d get 100 points in the Georgia Series. Then you won the XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run and earned 100 points in SoCal Series. You would have 100 points in each Series).
XTERRA TRAIL RUN SERIES POINTS- awarded to each age group
4. Count ‘em Up! – The athlete with the most points- by gender and age group- after the last race in the Series earns the title of XTERRA Trail Run Series Champion and earns free entry into the XTERRA National Championship in Ogden, Utah in September. Series Champs can also race for free in the 5k or 10k offered at Nationals if they wish, but only the 21km is considered the national championship race.
6. Tie Breakers – Ties in point standings will be settled by:
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING NATIONALS
The XTERRA Trail Running National Championship at Ogden, Utah, is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, even those who do not compete in a regional series during the year. There is no qualifying process. However, only the regional champions are eligible to receive a free entry to nationals.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING WORLDS
The XTERRA Trail Running World Championship at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii, is open to runners of all ages and skill levels, even those who do not compete in a regional series during the year. There is no qualifying process.
If it’s not necessary to qualify for Nationals or Worlds, why set a qualifying standard?
Couple of reasons. 1) We wanted to recognize those runners that completed a half-marathon in the time allotted because that’s a great achievement 2) We wanted to tie-in all the half-marathons (your race leads to U.S. Nationals and all of them lead to Worlds) so by the time we get to Worlds we’ll have this great international field of runners with good vibes and great competition 3) Because this is just year nine of the Series, and we believe someday the demand will be such that we’ll have to limit the number of runners in the Championship races (understand that at some parks there are limits to the # of participants you’re allowed to put on a trail). When this happens, qualifying for the Championship races will be necessary.