Baldwin, Shearer Score Fast Wins at Black Mountain
More than 400 runners participate in latest XTERRA SoCal race
The XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run is all about speed, and Patrick Baldwin and Maggie Shearer were the speediest.
Baldwin was the overall winner, and set a course record by finishing the 16-kilometer course in 1 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds. Shearer was the top female with a time of 1:09:15, which was more than four minutes faster than the other top females.
More than 430 runners participated in the event, which was completed on April 14 at Black Mountain Regional Park in northern San Diego.
"The course is a fast one, a downhill start for nearly three miles before you start heading back up over the next six miles," said Baldwin, a landscape architect from Encinitas, Calif. "It doesn't have the long climbs as some of the others, but it doesn't make it any easier. The long downhill takes a lot out of your legs!"
Baldwin took the lead after the first mile and never relented. His finishing time beat the previous course record by more than one minute. It was quite an improvement from last year, when Baldwin placed 10th overall on this same course.
(Patrick Baldwin pictured, courtesy www.SuperSportsphoto.com)
"Yeah, I had a tough day last year," Baldwin said. "I think it really was just motivation to run better this year, and hitting few more intervals at the track since it is a course you need to have speed on."
It was Baldwin's third overall victory in the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series for the 2012-13 season. "We're very lucky to have such great races through some of the most beautiful parts of Southern California," he said. "Also thank you to all of the volunteers who make me smile and give great motivation during the runs - we couldn't do it without them."
Andrejs Galenieks from Redlands, Calif., placed second in 1:06:56. In a close battle for third, Ivan Zarate from Walnut, Calif., finished in 1:07:12, and beat Karl Webster from the United Kingdom by one second.
Shearer placed ninth overall and dominated the women's field. She placed second among the women last year, and said the experience helped her this year.
"Black Mountain was a blast!" said Shearer, a pharmaceutical representative from Trabuco Canyon, Calif. "Having raced it last year I was much better prepared for the course. It is the fastest of the series, however, it is still very challenging. You start out going extremely fast downhill, some of which is on rocky, slippery terrain. This is where experience is everything. After mile 5 there are a series of hills that can prove quite challenging after such a fast downhill start. If you start out too fast, the second half can be a little unforgiving."
(Maggie Shearer pictured, courtesy www.SuperSportsphoto.com)
Shearer broke ahead of the other women early in the course, but said she was never sure of her lead and maintained her speed throughout.
"I was confident that I was the first woman from the start," she said. "However, I never take my lead for granted because I have been passed by very talented runners halfway through previous XTERRA races. I always run as if I am in second place ... it just motivates me to go faster."
Melissa Vazquez from Chino Hills, Calif., was second in 1:13:40, and Erin Hunter from San Diego was third in 1:16:30.CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS
The XTERRA Black Mountain Trail Run was the sixth of seven races in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series. The final event in the series will be the XTERRA Malibu Creek Challenge on May 18 at Malibu Creek State Park. To register for the race, or learn more about the series, please visit www.trailrace.com.
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