NCTS Race #06 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The 5th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners were treated to perfect summer racing weather on trails that have gained a reputation as both equally beautiful and brutal! After conquering either the 4mi, 7mi or half marathon distances, runners were quick to partake in the delicious fresh made breakfast pizzas and local craft beer at the post race party.
FORTY(!) No Coast runners participated at the MoSTR with many of those runners taking top places!
In the 1/2 marathon, series and race veteran Ross Salinas was 1st place overall and Tom Naert (6th), Jeff Moeur (7th), Jake Taylor (8th), Kelly Teeselink (3rd), Jennifer Yohnnie Juhlin (5th) and Laci Hoffmann (9th) all placed in their gender’s top 10!
In the 4 mile race, Dean Schwickerath was 1st place overall!
Only THREE more races left in this year’s NCTS! If you haven’t yet, get signed up for these great races and come race some dirt with us on the No Coast!

NCTS Race #05 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run

Fun filled pain and suffering was the name of the game this past weekend at the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport! This trail timed event challenged runners to run as many miles as they could in nine hours while battling high heat, humidity and a course that was described at one point as “a nail file for your soul”.

Congratulations to all the “survivors” and special kudos to No Coast runner Jason Willits for an overall win and new course record of 46 loops/39.1 miles! Other No Coast runners in the “Top NEIN!” included Jake Taylor, Ross Salinas and Tim Bergan! Great job everyone!

We have a bit of a summer break in No Coast racing through July and then race #06 is next up at the Mines of Spain Trail Races on August 12th in Dubuque!

Updated standings, sign-up and series info:

NCTS Race #04 – Booneville Backroads Ultra

The Booneville Backroads Ultra went down outside Des Moines this past holiday weekend and boosted No Coast runners point totals for all of those participating in the 10k, 50k, 100k and 100 mile races! An afternoon thunderstorm made for some tough and muddy stretches on the backroads for the ultra runners but runners persevered and got it done!

Congratulations to all the No Coast runners and especially to everyone taking on a new challenge and running their first ultra marathon or longest distance race ever!

Next up is the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport on June 17th. This grueling trail timed event pits runners against the clock to see how many miles he or she can run in nine hours.

Updated standings, sign-up and series info:

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

Rain, wind and unseasonably cold temps greeted No Coast runners at this year’s Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races but the weather was no match for trail runners looking to have a good time running in nature and smashing some bacon & beer! With a plan B course in place, runners charged into the unknown and in the process, racked up some more points in the 2017 No Coast Trail Series!

Congratulations to No Coast runners Devin Allbaugh, Phil Young and Ross Salinas for sweeping the 10k podium in that order, Kelsey Allbaugh for 1st female 10k and Jason Willits & Adam Page for taking 1st/2nd respectively in the 5k! Them along with many other amazing trail runners certainly earned their B&B at Saturday’s race!

Next up in the series is the Booneville Backroads Ultra this weekend outside of Des Moines! With distances ranging from 10k to 100 miles, Booneville will be sure to shake up the point standings as we near the halfway point of the series!

Updated standings, sign-up and series info:


NCTS Race #02 – Hawkeye 50K/25K

The 2nd race in the No Coast Trail Series took place over the weekend at the Hawkeye 50K/25K with runners taking on a fun and varied course that included a mix of lake trails, dirt single track, country roads and the infamous spillway crossing!
Congratulations to No Coast runners Ross Salinas (50K), Jacob Waddingham (25K) and Mederic Hall (25K) as well as The Runner’s Flat RD Scott Gall (50K) for their top performances and a special congrats to everyone who ran their first ultra at Hawkeye this weekend! Way to go!!!
We get a short break from No Coast racing this next month and resume again at the Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races in Davenport on May 20th and the Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 27th!

NCTS Race #01 – Red Shamrock Survivorship Trail Challenge

A perfect spring day greeted No Coast runners at this past weekend’s Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Trail Challenge! Runners quickly hit the trails and had a blast cruising on a fun and varied course that challenged runners with lots of hills, mud and natural tree obstacles, both high and low!
Congratulations to all the race winners including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking home 1st overall as well as No Coast runners Jacob Waddingham, Sandra Kromminga, Craig Ellermeier, Kelly Jensen and Wendy Foote all winning their respective divisions!

A huge thanks and congratulations to Red Shamrock Foundation for putting on an awesome event and being such a strong supporter of racing dirt on the No Coast!

Next up, this weekend’s Hawkeye 50K/25K!

Welcome to 2017!

We hope everyone has been having a wonderful winter and holiday season so far and making the most of the cold weather. So whether you’ve been busy training for a big spring race or taking the opportunity to rest and recover from a long year of trail running, we hope you’re getting excited for 2017 and another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

The 2017 edition of the No Coast Trail Series is ready to roll and will be for the most part, very similar to last year’s.
With nine Iowa trail races on board with over 20 options for distance ranging from 5k to 100mi, there’s something for everyone! All important information on the series including the sign-up link, info on the races, rules and past results can be found at so please take a look and spend a minute browsing around!
And always, be sure to Share the No Coast Trail Series Facebook page to help spread the word about NCTS!

-2017 NCTS Series Schedule-
Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Run (earn 3x points!) – April 1
Hawkeye 50K – April 8
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 20
Booneville Backroads Ultra – May 27
Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run – June 17
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 12
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – September 16
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 7
The Runner’s Flat – October 14

A couple updates for 2017…
-Overall awards have been expanded from a single category to one for each Division. Now instead of a single Overall Male & Female winner, there will be an Overall Trail and Overall Ultra award for both Male & Female.
-The calculation for points from timed events has changed. See for further details and complete rules.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact NCTS via the Facebook page or
Thank you and we hope you’ll join us for another year of training, racing and building this awesome slice of trail running community on the No Coast!