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Tennessee > XTERRA Haw Ridge Xduro Trail Half Marathon
Oak Ridge, TN



Sunday, October 11, 2009

Event Details

Runners will get a chance to run the rocky, muddy hills and trails of East Tennessee at the fall 2008 running of the first-ever XTERRA Haw Ridge Xduro Trail Run just outside the city of Oak Ridge, along a challenging half-marathon distance trail run that takes the field through Haw Ridge Park along a bend in Oak Ridge's stretch of the Clinch River. The first race of a planned series of 20K XTERRA race events across the state over the 2008-2009 autumn, winter and spring seasons, the Haw Ridge Xduro gives participants their first chance to earn points toward the series' XTERRA National Trail Running Championship in Bend, Oregon, later in the year.

Named for the park where it will be run, the race's second moniker ("Xduro") also gives prospective runners a glimpse of what the race is all about. The event got its start in 2008 as a way to give experienced trail runners a more challenging distance trail race to go along with the difficult conditions they face -- longer than 5K or 10K trail races. XTERRA introduced the Xduro race as a way to combine half-marathon and longer distances into trail race events (with some events as 18K, others 20K, others still 27K) to give runners a challenge like that of a road race half marathon.

Like the many other races in the Xduro event series, which take place in locations across the country (including California, Utah, New York and other states), the Haw Ridge race combines rough, hilly terrain with often wet and muddy conditions and plenty of rocks, tree roots, creeks and ruts along the trail. There are plenty of steep uphill and downhill stretches throughout the race, so it's expected to be as much of a challenge for experienced trail runners as for novices.

At 780 acres, Haw Ridge Park is an outdoor enthusiast's delight. Once a playground for off-road motorized vehicles, with miles of trails for jeeps and motorcycles, the park was closed to motorized traffic in 1987 and has since become a haven for hikers, trail runners and particularly mountain bikers from around the area and the region, as many of its trails offer steep climbs and gradients of 70 percent or more. The park also is popular for canoeing, as it features five miles of canoeing trails along the Clinch River shoreline.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the hills of east Tennessee, about a half-hour's drive from Knoxville to the east and an hour and a half from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the southeast, the city of Oak Ridge sees warm and sometimes hot conditions in the summer and cooler, milder weather in the fall, with ample precipitation year-round. In October, average monthly temperatures range between 71°F and 46°F, while rainfall totals average about 3.02 inches for the month.


2008 fees:
$15 if registered by September 28, 2008
$20 between Sept. 29 - October 10


To reserve your spot in the fall 2008 running of the XTERRA Haw Ridge Xduro Trail Run, register online at RaceDayEvents.com.



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