Tennessee > XTERRA Haw Ridge Xduro Trail Half Marathon
Oak Ridge, TN
Sunday, October 11, 2009
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.
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.
$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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