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March 3, 2006

2006 Trail Runner Trophy Series

On Saturday, March 4, well before sunrise, 120 hardy runners will gather  in southern Arizona's Santa Rita mountains for the Old Pueblo 50 Miler.  Out East in Damascus, Maryland, runners will lace their shoes and stretch  their hamstrings as they brace for the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail  Marathon and 50K. In British Columbia, trail lovers will brave chilly  temps and raw humidity at North Vancouver's Dirty Duo 25K and 50K Trail  Races.  

Whether clad in spandex tights or sleeveless tops, sun block or  balaclavas, all of these runners will have one thing in common: they'll be  the first competitors in the 2006 Trail Runner Trophy Series.  

Sponsored by LaSportiva and GoLite, the Trail Runner Trophy Series is the  world's largest off-road running series. In this its third year, the 2006  Series will encompass over 110 races and more than 20,000 runners from  March 1 to September 30. Trophy Series race participants earn points for  completing events as well as bonus points for top age-group or overall  placing. Runners clash in two divisions: (1) Marathon and Shorter, and (2)  Ultramarathon (including any races longer than 26.2 miles-the marathon  distance).  

2005 Trophy Series champion and grand prize winner Dale Reicheneder of  Malibu, California, is blunt about this year's mission: ". to repeat as  champion."  

It will take another exceptional performance for Reicheneder to win, but  he's game. Still, it will be an uphill battle. Says Reicheneder, "The  biggest obstacle to repeating as champion is staying healthy for seven  months," adding, "You never know who will come out of the woodwork and  challenge for the championship."  

Another 2005 champion-in the women's ultramarathon division-is Kami Semick  of Bend, Oregon. Last year, Semick ran four 100K trail races and won three  of them. This year, her plans include several Trophy Series events,  including the prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in June in  California. With a loaded schedule and elite-level talent, Semick seems a  favorite for another title.  

For information on the 2006 Series-including a complete race schedule,  rules, news and details on points scoring-visit .


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