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

NCTS Race #10 – Mines of Spain 100

The 2021 No Coast Trail Series wrapped up this past weekend in Dubuque with race #10 at the Mines of Spain 100 and what an epic closeout to an incredible year of racing on the No Coast! Gorgeous fall weather complimented a beautiful course covering a wide range of trail terrain and of course, some big Dubuque hills! 100mi and 100k runners alike really had to buckle down and see what they were made of to reach that finish line but the reward was definitely worth the challenge!

A huge congratulations to each and every runner who stepped up to the line and gave it their all!

NCTS Race #09 – Swiss Valley Trail Races

The Swiss Valley Trail Run took place this past weekend near Dubuque after a regrettable two year hiatus and its return was glorious! Race #09 saw a change in distance format from previous years with a new 50k being offered alongside 25k and 5.2mi race distances.

Congratulations to all of the Swiss Valley runners and special kudos to the No Coast runners at the race, many of whom placed on the podium!
In the 50k, Ross Salinas was 1st place male and Eil Tan was 3rd place female!
In the 25k, Carey Richey was 1st place male, Jodee Elhard Ross was 2nd place female and Jake Taylor was 3rd place male!

On the Club side, the LoKeyz (446.3 pts) are still in the lead ahead of the QC-TUR(d)s (393.3 pts) and Thorsday TC (346.6 pts) but with there only being one race left, the 3 race minimum rule is beginning to take affect and we’re seeing the point spread becoming much closer! Trail Division races are wrapped up for the season so with just one last race (100mi & 100k) at the Mines of Spain 100 coming up next weekend with big points on the line, anything could happen!

NCTS Race #08 – Doggone Tired Ultra

The Doggone Tired Ultra took place this past Saturday in Vinton for race #08 of this year’s series and runners enjoyed some beautiful weather for their 50k or 10mi races in and around Rodgers Park!

Congratulations to all of the Doggone runners and special kudos to the No Coast runners at the race, many of whom placed on the podium!

In the 10 miler, Michael Price was the men’s champion and overall winner along with Emily Eisenman taking 1st place for the women!Melissa Barnard was 2nd place woman in the 10 miler along with Joshua Collins taking 3rd place for the men!In the 50k, Amy Mills was 1st place for women along with Bryan Powers placing 3rd for the men and Tammie Harbin taking 3rd place for the women!

On the Club side, the LoKeyz (539.3 pts) have maintained their lead for 1st place with the QC-TUR(d)s (390.7 pts) Thorsday TC (340.3 pts) still in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. A lot of points are up for grabs at the last two races!

Just 2 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 2nd and the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th! Swiss Valley still has spots available in the race so make sure to get signed up if you haven’t already!

NCTS Race #07 – Pleasant Creek Trail Runs

The Pleasant Creek Trail Runs took place this past Saturday! PCTR has become a staple in the Iowa trail community and this year had a record turnout with trail runners showing up in force for 45k, 30k and 15k races!

Congratulations to all PCTR runners and special kudos to all of the No Coast runners at the race (FORTY SIX!), many of which placed high in the standings and in their age groups!
Jodee Ross, Julie Tyler, Michael Price & Erin Imoehl in the 15k!
Lauren Hoth, Adam Roll, Cary Richey & Kendal Hausmann in the 30k!
Lauren Cronbaugh, Heidi Kestel, Bryan Powers, Jill Waterman & Jeff Dixon in the 45k!

On the Club side, the LoKeyz (416.5 pts) are in 1st and have extended their lead on the QC-TUR(d)s (384.0 pts) both of whom are followed closely by Thorsday TC (337.0 pts) for an exciting top 3 in the Club Division!

Just 3 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Doggone Tired Ultra 10 mile/50 k Trail Run up next weekend Sept. 25th followed in rapid succession by the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 2nd and the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th!

NCTS Race #06 – Booneville Backroads Ultra

The Booneville Backroads Ultra took place over 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! Leo Buzalsky (10k/2nd), Nic Chiri (100k/2nd) and Danielle Wangsness (100mi/1st)!!!

On the Club side, the LoKeyz (516.6 pts) are in 1st and have taken a commanding lead on the QC-TUR(d)s (385.2 pts)! The TUR(d)s are followed closely by Thorsday TC (337.0 pts) for an exciting top 3 in the Club Division!

Just 3 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Doggone Tired Ultra 10 mile/50 k Trail Run up next weekend Sept. 25th followed in rapid succession by the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 2nd and the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th!

Doggone and Swiss Valley still has spots available in the race so make sure to check them out and get signed up if you haven’t already!

NCTS Race #05 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners were treated to perfect trail running temps on an beautiful August morning!!!

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 LoKeyz (335.2 pts) have a very narrow lead on the QC-TUR(d)s (332.4 pts) both of whom are followed closely by Thorsday TC (285.9 pts) for an exciting top 3 in the Club Division as we move into the second half of the series schedule! 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!

Booneville Backroads Ultra is next up and set to take place on September 4th with Pleasant Creek Trail Run the following weekend on September 11th and Doggone Tired Ultra rounding out series races through September on the 25th! 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 #04 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run

Heat, stairs, hills and pain were the name of the game at this past weekend’s Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport! Race #04 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 Brian Carter, Nathen Cox, Andrew Gray, Bryan Powers, Michael Price, Jesse Reinhardt, Adam Roll, Jodee Ross, Morgan Russell, Ross Salinas, Travis Swanson & Eil Tan 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 ‘Endurance Tribe’ – Brandon Bartz, Bren Raschke & Clark Purnell
Team GoodVibez Sister Wivez – Michele Thompson, Danielle Wangsness & Jen Even

No Coast runner Morgan Russell also captured the female Solo win with 35.7 miles and team ‘Endurance Tribe’ took the relay win and set a new relay course record of 66.3 miles! Great job everyone!

On the Club side, the QC-TUR(d)s have jumped through the ranks to take the lead with 218.5 points! The LoKeyz are in 2nd place with 196.3 points and Thorsday TC are in 3rd place with 146.0 points!

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 #05 is scheduled to take place at the Mines of Spain Trail Races on August 14th in Dubuque!

Photo Credit: Phil Pancrazio

NCTS Race #03 – Crater Trail Run

What a great day up in Decorah for the Crater Trail Run, race #03 in this year’s No Coast Trail Series! Beautiful trails, gnarly & challenging courses and a ton of wonderful trail people made for an awesome weekend up north! NCTS runners tackled 5k, 10k, 25k or 50k distances and as a result, the series standings got a big shake-up with Trail to Ultra division changes and big points being tallied across the board!

Congratulations to all of the Crater runners and especially to those running their longest distance race on the trails ever! The Trail Sisters (82.8 ) have taken over 1st place in the Club Division with Thorsday TC (76.3) moving into 2nd place and the The Runner’s Flat (65.6) rounding out the current podium in 3rd!

Next up on June 19th in Davenport is the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run! 9 hours to run as many challenging trail miles as you can and those miles = points! For those of you running, get ready to feel all the feels…

Photo Credit: Nick Chill Photography

NCTS Race #02 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

Wet’n’wild! Just how you trail kids like it!
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races took place this past weekend and what a weekend it was!

Friday night’s kids’ race featured perfect May weather along with a gang of adorable junior trail runners in training. Throw in cotton candy for all runners at the finish line and you’ve got a recipe for fun!
Saturday morning’s 5k-ish and 10k-ish brought some challenging but exciting conditions and every participant leaned into it with maximum enthusiasm and had a blast running trails and celebrating with delicious bacon and 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, Jodee Ross, Erin Imoehl, Jen Even and Melissa Barnard!
In the Club Division, the QC-TUR(d)s (39.9) are currently in 3rd place with the Trail Sisters (41.6) jumping straight into the fracas in 2nd place and the defending champs LoKeyz (45.7) out in front!

Next up in the series is Crater Trail Run on June 5th up in Decorah and Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport on June 19th! Both offer Ultra and Trail division distances so there’s sure to be some moving and shaking in the standings through the summer!

Photo Credit: Mike Van Hulle