NCTS Race #08 – Pleasant Creek Trail Run

The Pleasant Creek Trail Runner’s Trail Races that took place this past Saturday and cool and overcast skies made for some perfect running weather on this fun, fast and flowy loop around the lake!

Congratulations to all PCTR runners and special kudos to all of the No Coast runners at the race, many of which placed high in the standings and in their age groups!

Kendal Hausmann, Michael Price, Julie Tyler & Jennifer Steadman in the 15k!

Cary Richey, Ted Smith, Jill Waterman, Tiffany Miller, Rachel Seabold & Lois Cahill in the 30k!

Kyler Weber, Tiffany Gunhus & Leo Buzalsky in the 45k!

On the Club side, the QC-TUR(ds)s (611.8 pts) are in 1st with the LoKeyz (395.9 pts) in second and Thorsday TC (351.3 pts) in third! All Trail slots are filled for these top 3 teams with the TUR(d)s also having their Ultra slots filled. For those paying attention at home, this means the next few races are going to be shake things up quite a bit and make things a lot more neck and neck in short order!

Just 4 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Doggone Tired 50k/10mi up next weekend on the 24th followed in rapid succession by the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 1st, the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th and the newest race to the series Woodpecker Six on November 12th!

Check these great races out and get signed up if you haven’t already!

NCTS Race #07 – Booneville Backroads Ultra

The Booneville Backroads Ultra took place over this past Labor Day weekend and No Coast runners hit the gravel and dirt roads of central Iowa in distances ranging from 10k all the way to 100 miles!

Congratulations to all BBU runners and special kudos to all of the No Coast runners at the race and to those who placed high in the standings! Tara Flesch taking 2nd in the 50k, Jacob Gallagher 3rd in the 100k and Leo Buzalsky tackling the 100 miler the weekend before placing in the 45k at PCTR!

On the Club side, the QC-TUR(d)s (636.5 pts) are maintaining their strong lead but Thorsday TC (407.5 pts) have made their move into 2nd place with LoKeyz (395.9 pts) right behind them in 3rd!

Just 4 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Doggone Tired 50k/10mi up next weekend on the 24th followed in rapid succession by the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 1st, the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th and the newest race to the series Woodpecker Six on November 12th!

Check these great races out and get signed up if you haven’t already!

NCTS Race #06 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners were treated to some unseasonably cool, overcast and drizzly conditions for the 10th anniversary of the race!!!
Congratulations to all MoSTR runners and special kudos to all of the No Coast runners at the race, many of which placed high in the standings and in their age groups!


On the Club side, the QC-TUR(d)s are maintaining a strong lead with 558.8 pts over the rest of the pack with the LoKeyz in 2nd place with 356.5 pts holding a narrow lead over Thorsday TC who have 328.4 pts! We now move into the second half of the series schedule where lots of Ultra points wait for the taking! Please note, the deadline to join/change Club affiliation is September 13th.


You or someone you know running No Coast races and aren’t signed up for the series yet?! Sign up! It’s free, takes all of 10 seconds and will put you (and your running club) in the chase for some sweet division awards! Plus your participation supports an incredible community of trail races in this great state of Iowa!
September brings us the Booneville Backroads Ultra on the 3rd with PCTR – Pleasant Creek Trail Run the following weekend on the 10th and the Doggone Tired Ultra (Vinton Pizza Hut Runs) rounding out the month on the 24th! All races still have spots open so make sure to check them out and get signed up if you haven’t already!

Photo Credit: Mile 90 Photography

NCTS Race #05 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run

Runners at the start of this past weekend’s Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run were treated to some cooler than normal temps but the heat, stairs and hills that Schuetzen is known for quickly made their presence known! Race #05 in the series challenged runners to either run solo or as a relay team for nine hours for as many miles as possible in that time and the NEIN did not make it easy!

Congratulation to all the “survivors” and special kudos to No Coast runners Jake Miller, Austin Schoeck, Scott Hundertmark, Travis Swanson, Tiffany Gunhus, Morgan Russell, Lauren Hoth, Tara Flesch, Lauren Cronbaugh, Rob Morrison, Michala Mielke, Eileen Tan, Rachel Seabold, Matthew Lommen, Gordon Graham, Steve Hagarty, Tiffany Miller, Donny Montgomery, Ana Philips & Ted Smith for digging deep and hitting 50k or more within the nine hours to earn themselves a Schuetzen Spanker. A number of No Coast runners participated on Relay teams and earned a team Spanker for running 50 miles or more!
Team ‘Platform Nein & Three Thors’ – Andrew Gray, Jodee Ross, & Michael Price as well as Tiffany Anderson on Team OMR: Sassy Asses!

On the Club side, the QC-TUR(d)s showed up in a huge way on their home turf and scored big ultra points to take the lead with 543.6 points! The LoKeyz are in 2nd place with 324.1 points and Thorsday TC close behind in 3rd place with 292.1 points! With the TUR(d)s having most of their point slots filled, it’s going to be quite the chase by the other clubs vying for the trophy!

You or someone you know running No Coast races and aren’t signed up for the series yet?! Sign up! It’s free, takes all of 10 seconds and will put you (and your running club) in the chase for some sweet division awards! Plus your participation supports an incredible community of trail races in this great state of Iowa!

We have a bit of a summer break in No Coast racing through July and then race #06 is scheduled to take place at the Mines of Spain Trail Races on August 13th in Dubuque!

Photo Credit: Ry Schulz & Michele Thompson

NCTS Race #04 – Crater Trail Run

Cool, slick & rainy conditions greeted runners at the Crater Trail Run this past weekend for race #04 in this year’s series! With distances ranging from 5k to 50k, runners had a great time tackling beautiful trails & challenging courses up north!
Congratulations to all of the Crater runners and especially to those running their longest distance race on the trails ever! Extra kudos to No Coast runners Ross Salinas (1st & new course record in the 25k), Cary Richey (3rd 25k) and Jodee Ross (3rd 25k) for placing at the top of their races!

In the Club Division, we had a strong showing from Thorsday TC and the LoKeyz resulting in quite the top 3 shakeup! Thorsday is now in the lead with 155.3 points after scoring over 67 Trail Division points at Crater alone! LoKeyz have moved up to 2nd with 127.8 points and the QC-TUR(d)s are in close pursuit in 3rd with 124.3 points!

Next up on June 18th in Davenport is the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run! 9 hours to run as many challenging miles as you can and those miles = points! For those of you running, get ready to feel all the feels…

Registration also JUST OPENED for the Woodpecker Six, the most recent addition to the series! It’s a six hour timed event and takes place November 12th outside Cedar Rapids. Sign-up here: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=95168

Photo Credit: Nick Chill Photography

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

Complete opposite conditions from last year’s race greeted runners this past weekend in Davenport at the Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races and runners were eager to enjoy beautiful warm weather, dry trails and lots and lots of bacon & beer!

Congratulations to all of the runners in the event and special kudos to the No Coast runners snagging spots on the podium! Ross Salinas took 2nd in the Men’s 10k and Jen Even (1st), Tara Flesch (2nd) and Jaclyn Hoke (3rd) completed a full No Coast podium sweep in the 5k!

With lots of B&B runners participating in the Club Division, a great number of points were racked up but the placing stayed the same with the QC-TUR(d)s in a strong lead with 122 points followed by Thorsday TC (88.1) and the LoKeyz (79.7) close behind!

Next up in the series is Crater Trail Run on June 4th up in Decorah and Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport on June 18th! Both offer Ultra and Trail division distances so there’s sure to be some moving and shaking in the standings through the summer!

Photo Credits: Phil Pancrazio, Ry Schulz & Mike Van Hulle

NCTS Race #02 – Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge

A brief window of beautiful spring weather appeared for this past weekend’s Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge and runners didn’t waste any time hitting the trails and having a blast on a fun & challenging course all while supporting a great cause!

Congratulations to all of the runners including No Coast runner Jodee Ross taking home 1st female as well as Jacob Gallagher, Morgan Russell, Bryan Powers, Melissa Barnard, Leo Buzalsky, Michael Price, Ted Smith, Tara Flesch, Kendal Hausmann, Sara Bright, Cary Richey, Donny Montgomery and Jaclyn Hoke for all placing at the top of their respective divisions! What an awesome showing by No Coast runners!

In the Club Division, the QC-TUR(d)s maintain their lead with a strong 85.5 points followed by Thorsday TC (69.4) and the LoKeyz (43.6)!

Photo Credit: Justin Torner Creative Studio

NCTS Race #01 – Hawkeye

Spring FINALLY arrived just in time for this past weekend’s return of the Hawkeye 50k/25k/10mi and runners were treated to some beautiful weather and a fun blend of trails and roads winding from Solon around the gorgeous Lake Macbride!

Congratulations to all of the race winners including No Coast runners Cary Richey (25k/2nd), Lauren Hoth (25k/2nd) and Tara Flesch (25k/3rd) for placing on their respective podiums!
In the Club Division, the reigning champs the QC-TUR(d)s have taken an early lead with 44 points followed by Thorsday TC (28.5) and the LoKeyz (14.😎!

Next up in the series is the Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge on April 23rd! Sign up now at: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=MTY0NDAwNDgxNjExMznGD8AMLAKkkQt

Welcome to 2022 on the No Coast!

We hope everyone has had a wonderful winter thus far and is as excited for the arrival of spring as we are! So whether you’ve been busy training for a big early season race or taking the opportunity to rest and recover from a long year of trail running, we hope you’re ready for another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

First some updates:
-Our usual series opener, the Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge, has had to move from their traditional date on the first weekend of April to April 23rd but otherwise, they are back for 2022 as usual!

-After a two year hiatus, the Hawkeye 50K will be back on April 9th and adding a 10 mile distance in addition to the 50k and 25k!

-The Woodpecker Six hour endurance race is the newest addition to the No Coast Trail Series and will take place on Nov. 12th! WP6 will join the Schuetzen NEIN! as another timed event that provides runners great point scoring opportunities in a fun and relaxed format!

Registration is open and space still available in a number of this year’s races including April’s Hawkeye and Red Shamrock!
Registration for Swiss Valley Trail Run is set to open March 1st and the Mines of Spain Trail Races on March 4th. All registration links can be found on the No Coast website or at each race’s website/social media.

-2022 NCTS Series Schedule-
Hawkeye 50K/25k/10M – April 9th
Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge (worth 3x points!) – April 23
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 14
Crater Trail Run – June 4
Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run – June 18
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 13
Booneville Backroads Ultra – September 3
PCTR – Pleasant Creek Trail Run – September 10
Doggone Tired Ultra – September 24
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 1
Mines of Spain 100 – October 14-15
Woodpecker Six – November 12

All important information on the series including the sign-up link, info on the races, rules and past results can be found at https://nocoasttrailseries.com/ 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!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact NCTS via the Facebook page or nocoasttrailseries@gmail.com

Thank you and we hope you’ll join us for another year of training, racing and building this awesome slice of the trail running community on the No Coast!

NCTS 2021 Wrap-Up!

The 8th year of the No Coast Trail Series came and went in what felt to many of us like both the shortest and longest year EVER. But like with all things, it eventually passed us by and we were left with another year’s worth of amazing memories shared with this incredible community of trail people. As a series, we were fortunate enough to see almost all of the events take place and even saw the return of Swiss Valley after a two-year hiatus.

Amazing job to all No Coast participants this year! Special congratulations to all division award winners and to the QC-TUR(d)s for winning the Club Division after a hard fought battle with last year’s winners the LoKeyz! The TUR(d)s will lay claim to the mighty traveling Club trophy and bragging rights for all of next year!

A huge thank you to all of the hard working race organizers this year with the biggest thanks reserved for the incredible volunteers who consistently step up to ensure the preservation of our little community. THANK YOU!!!

Attention all division award winners! I’ll be in contact via email to make arrangements to get you your NCTS Hydro Flask division trophy!
Thank you!
Josh

Full 2021 NCTS Standings:
https://nocoasttrailseries.com/standings/

#1 Overall Trail – Male – Michael Price
#1 Overall Trail – Female – Jodee Ross
#1 Overall Ultra – Male – Bryan Powers
#1 Overall Ultra – Female – Eileen Tan
Open Trail – Male
1st – Leo Buzalsky
2nd – Justin Newnum
Open Trail – Female
1st – Emily Eisenman
2nd – Lauren Hoth
3rd – Jaclyn Hoke
Masters Trail – Male
1st – Cary Richey
2nd -Donny Montgomery
3rd – John Kromminga
Masters Trail – Female
1st – Melissa Barnard
2nd – Tammie Harbin
3rd – Laura Lenius Walton
Open Ultra – Male
1st – Jake Taylor
2nd – Bren Raschke
3rd – Steve Lutz
Open Ultra – Female
1st – Michala Mielke
2nd – Jen Even
3rd – Morgan Russell
Masters Ultra – Male
1st – Nathen Cox
2nd – Jesse Reinhardt
3rd – Jeff Dixon
Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Danielle Wangsness
2nd – Amy Mills
3rd – Lauren Cronbaugh
Club Division
1st – Quad Cities Trail & Ultra Runners QC-TUR(d)s – 629.7 points
2nd – LoKeyz – 539 points
3rd – Thorsday TC – 328.6 points
4th – The Runner’s Flat – 209.4 points
5th – Endurance Tribe – 161.8 points
6th – Trail Sisters – 102.3 points