Barricklow's first XTERRA Trail Run finishes with victory
Zachary Barricklow is hooked.
After completing his first XTERRA Trail Run last weekend, Barricklow can't wait until the next one. It probably helps that he won his first one.
Barricklow was the overall winner of the XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run at Beech Mountain on Sunday, July 24.
"That was my first trail run, and I loved it," said Barricklow, who is 28 and resides in Boone. "I kind of didn't know what to expect. I just did it because I was looking for a race in the area that weekend, and it fit my schedule. But now that I have done one, I'd definitely like to do more."
Barricklow completed the 10-kilometer course in 50 minutes, 47 seconds. He normally competes in road races and is aiming to run in the Boston Marathon in 2012.
Barricklow said he ran alone in front for much of the course, and his unfamiliarity with trail running did not play a role.
"What really helped me, I think, was how well the course was marked," he said. "When I was all alone out there, I was a little nervous about where to go and not getting lost, but there were signs and tape at every turn."
The race for second place was a close one, with Jason Adams of Hampstead taking it with a time of 53:05; Michael Holland of Beech Mountain was third in 53:07.
In the women's division, Ashley Dorough of Asheville placed sixth overall and took top female honors with a time of 54:52. There have been two races in the 2011 XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series, and Dorough has been the top female at both races.
Kimberly Hefner of Rock Hill, S.C., placed second with a time of 56:19, and Leigh Adams of Hampstead was third with 57:47.
More than 100 runners participated in the race, and they ranged in age from 16 to 65. The runners also came from seven different states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The next race in the XTERRA North Carolina Series will be the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run on Sept. 4 at Davidson. That event will feature two courses - one at 16 kilometers and another at 8 kilometers.
For more information on the XTERRA North Carolina race, visit http://www.dirtyspokes.com or http://www.xterratrailrun.com.