An exciting, record-breaking day of racing closed the 2009 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series on Saturday in Malibu. Almost 750 runners stepped up to the start line of what race director Brennan Lindner called "the perfect XTERRA course with a little bit of everything. Runners had to tackle steep climbs, sweet single track, and long descents. It was a killer race that really pushed everyone to their limits."
No stranger to the XTERRA SoCal Series after winning the last two races, triathlete legend Heather Fuhr, 41 from Encinitas, beat her own 2008 course record by one minute finishing in just 1 hour, 47 minutes, 34 seconds. Chasing her was Culver City resident Mary Lockton, 31, crossing the line almost 2½ minutes behind Fuhr to claim the runner-up position.
Los Angeles local and City of Angels Half-Marathon champion Romualdo Sanchez, 39, won the 22-kilometer event in 1:38:53, beating Newbury Park's Jonathan Tolker by three minutes. Sanchez, a SoCal running star, also has his sights on the LA Marathon coming up in just two weeks.
In addition to the main half-marathon distance Xduro event, a fun 6-kilomter race took part in the day's festivities. Jaakko Hiekkatanta of Lexington, KY and Kyle Legones of Huntington Beach won the men's and women's races in 27:14 and 30:01, respectively.
Not only did the course reward runners with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, they were met at the finish line with the welcome sight of a hot breakfast consisting of eggs, muffins and tons of cold Gatorade.
While it's sad to see the 2009 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series come to an end, Regional champions will be crowned and invited to race for free in the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship coming up on Sunday, September 13 in Bend, Ore. Hannah Rae Finchamp, a 13-year old from Altadena, who has clinched one of these coveted titles said, "The XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series puts on the best races. I love the challenges XTERRA provides that make me dig a little deeper to find energy and strength I didn't think I had."
Upcoming 2010 XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series
XTERRA Point Mugu Xduro Trail Run 11K / 18K - 09/29/09 - Oxnard, CA
XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot Trail Run 5K /10K / 15K - 11/26/09 - Topanga, CA
XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run 5K / 15K - 12/13/09 - Newport Coast, CA