Tuesday, October 26, 2010

XTERRA Monte Sano 15k Trail Race

The second annual XTERRA Alabama Monte Sano 15k Trail Race was Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville.  There was also a 5k trail race, but there were no Limestone County finishers in the 5k. This race is part of a trail racing series that you can learn more about at http://www.dirtyspokes.com/.  The other races in the Alabama series are at Cheaha State Park and Oak Mountain State Park.  Because it is part of this series, this race draws runners from all over the state.

The 15k course at Monte Sano is a difficult, technical course with at least 3 major climbs.  Unlike many other trail races, the distance on this course is an accurate 15k or 9.3 miles.  Anything less than a 10 minute per mile average pace is difficult on this course.

The overall winner was Brandon Mader of Huntsville in dominating fashion with a 1:04:25, over 8 minutes ahead of  his nearest competitor.  The female overall winner, also with a dominant performance, was Limestone County runner Heather Day of Athens in 1:28:28, over 5 minutes ahead of second place.  Congratulations Heather!  The complete results are available at the Dirty Spokes website.

 Limestone County finishers are listed below, all from Athens.

  1. Heather Day, 1:28:28 (Female winner)
  2. Lanier Greenhaw, 1:29:46 (3rd in Age Group award)
  3. William Driskell, 1:50:40
  4. Nicolas Kirkpatrick, 2:13:45