NCTS 2020 Wrap-Up!

The 7th year of the No Coast Trail Series came and went in what will likely be considered one of the most historic years of our lifetimes. While trail running means absolutely nothing to the vast majority of the world and is barely a blip on the radar for most of society when compared to the huge obstacles and issues being faced by so many, this ‘hobby’ has found its place among those who crave something more. Those who crave connection. To nature. To others. To oneself. Those who crave challenge. Against the demons in their head. Against their friends and peers. But most importantly, trail running belongs to those who crave a simpler way of life. A stripped down opportunity to be ones true self. To connect OR to disconnect. To challenge OR to accept.
Simply to be. To live. To exist.

Despite the challenges faced by race organizers over this rollercoaster of a year, a majority of the events were still able to safely take place and runners were provided small pockets of normalcy to do what we love the most, run some trails!

Amazing job to all No Coast participants this year! Special congratulations to all division award winners and to LoKeyz for winning the newly added Club Division!
A huge thank you and fist bump to all of the hard working race organizers this year with the biggest thanks reserved for the incredible volunteers who stepped up in the most trying of times 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 2020 NCTS Standings:
https://nocoasttrailseries.com/standings/

1st Overall Trail – Male – Gary Jones
1st Overall Trail – Female – Emily Eisenman
1st Overall Ultra – Male – Matt Winiski
1st Overall Ultra – Female – Michele Thompson

Open Trail – Male
1st – Jake Walton

Open Trail – Female
1st – Jess Cruz

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Donny Montgomery
2nd – John Kromminga
3rd – Bryan Walton

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Denise Whiting
2nd – Julie Tyler
3rd – Susan Eisenbacher

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Adam Lyons
2nd – Andrew Gray
3rd – Taylor Ross

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Jen Even
2nd – Melissa Taylor
3rd – Eileen Tan

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – Khris Vickroy
2nd – Bryan Powers
3rd – Dave Fischer

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Danielle Wangsness
2nd – Cathy Steines
3rd – Tammie Harbin

Club Division
1st – LoKeyz – 856 points – 9 runners in 40 races
2nd – Quad Cities Trail & Ultra Runners QC-TUR(d)s – 838 points – 11 runners in 34 races
3rd – Trail Sisters – 158 points – 7 runners in 21 races

Welcome to 2020 on the No Coast!

We hope everyone has been having a wonderful winter and holiday season so far and making the most of this relatively mild 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 2020 and another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

We can hardly believe that 2020 will mark the 7th year for the series and what an incredible journey it’s been so far! We have a couple updates and changes to the series that we’re very excited to announce!
-The Doggone Tired Ultra will be joining the No Coast series this year as race #09 on September 26th. Doggone takes places in Vinton, Iowa in and around Rodgers Park on a mix of trails, dirt and gravel roads and offers a 50k as well as a 10mi option. It’s a very homegrown, grassroots race on a fun course that gives runners a little bit of everything!
-The Hawkeye 50k/25k will also be adding a 10mi distance option for 2020!
-On top of the normal series structure and individual points, 2020 will see the introduction of an optional Club Division that runners can participate in! Runners can choose to affiliate with a running club, group, team, etc. at sign-up and the Club with the most combined points from all members wins a traveling trophy and bragging rights for a full race season! Further details can be found here at the bottom of the page: https://nocoasttrailseries.com/how-it-works/

With eleven Iowa trail races on board with over 28 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 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!

-2020 NCTS Series Schedule-
Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge (worth 3x points!) – April 4
Hawkeye 50K – April 11
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 16
Booneville Backroads Ultra – May 23
Crater Trail Run – June 6
Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run – June 20
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 8
Pleasant Creek Trail Run 2020 PCTR – September 12
Doggone Tired Ultra – September 26
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 3
Mines of Spain 100 – October 16-17

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 2019 Wrap-Up!

2019 marked the 6th year of the No Coast Trail Series and with it, another incredible year of running trails all over the state of Iowa! Seeing this wonderful community of races, runners, organizers and volunteers continue to grow and evolve into what it is today, has been a rich and rewarding experience. THANK YOU!

Mother Nature has been in full rebellious teenager mode all year and unfortunately caused the cancellation of two great fall events this year. The series still however showcased 9 independent and top quality trail running events and offered 22 different distances with 50 hardy No Coast runners racing at least 3 events throughout the year and being eligible for division awards!

INCREDIBLE job to all No Coast participants this year and special congratulations to all division winners!

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 2019 NCTS Standings:
https://nocoasttrailseries.com/standings/

p.s. Don’t forget to Share this post and Tag any friends you know that participated in the series this year!

#1 Overall Trail – Male – Clark Purnell
#1 Overall Trail – Female – Julie Tyler

#1 Overall Ultra – Male – Ross Salinas
#1 Overall Ultra – Female – Michala Mielke

Open Trail – Male
1st – Jason Willits
2nd – Bren Raschke
3rd – Ben Gates

Open Trail – Female
1st – Stacy Purnell
2nd – Jess Cruz
3rd – Kelly Teeselink

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Donny Montgomery
2nd – Dave Steines
3rd – John Kromminga

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Romy Bolton
2nd – Cathy Steines
3rd – Deb Gaddis

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Mike Van Hulle
2nd – Jatruns Taylor
3rd – Matt Winiski

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Amy Mills
2nd – Michele Thompson
3rd – Lynne Jaeger

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – David Pullara
2nd – Steve Hagarty
3rd – Bryan Powers

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Denise Whiting
2nd – Melissa Barnard

NCTS Race #09 – Mines of Spain 100

The 2019 No Coast Trail Series wrapped up this past weekend in Dubuque with race #9 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 that included some challenging water crossings and 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!

Congratulations to each and every runner and special kudos go out to the No Coast runners Michala Mielke (100mi/3rd), Ross Salinas (100k/2nd) and Mike Van Hulle (100k/3rd) for taking top places as well as to all of the first time 100k and 100mi finishers!

NCTS Race #08 – Pleasant Creek Trail Run

Race #08 of this year’s NCTS took place this past Saturday at the Pleasant Creek Trail Run 2019 PCTR and runners were treated to a beautiful day on the trails followed by a fantastic post race where they could relax, kick off their shoes and enjoy some delicious grilled food and craft beer!

Congrats to every runner tackling the 15k, 30k or 45k races with special kudos to No Coasters taking top division awards!
Bryan Rutledge (30k/1st overall), Mike Van Hulle (45k/2nd overall), David Pullara (45k/1st AG), Denise Whiting (45k/1st), Deb Gaddis (30k/1st AG), Michael Price (15k/2nd AG), Lauren Reuter Cronbaugh (30k/2nd AG), Julie Tyler (15k/2nd AG), Michala Mielke (30k/2nd AG), Bryan Powers (45k/3rd AG), Michelle Steele (30k/3rd AG), Emily Eisenman (30k/3rd AG) and Kendal Hausmann (15k/3rd AG)!

Only TWO more races left in this year’s NCTS and a lot of divisions are CLOSE! In fact, Swiss Valley will be the last determining factor for the Trail distance divisions with a lot of points up for grabs between both races! If you haven’t yet, get signed up for these great races and come race some dirt with us on the No Coast!
Swiss Valley Trail Run – Oct. 5th
https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Peosta/SwissValleyTrailRun
Mines of Spain 100 – Oct. 18th-19th
http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=62914

Remember! The deadline to sign-up for the 2019 series is Sunday September 22nd. Anyone who signs up receives points for all races they’ve ran this year but MUST sign-up to be included in the standings and only runners that have completed 3 or more races are eligible for division awards!

 

NCTS Race #07 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The 7th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners got to enjoy some beautiful late summer weather along with 4mi, 7mi and half marathon courses that stand out as equally challenging, beautiful and rewarding!

The post-race party didn’t take long at all to get into full swing and runners were quick to partake in the delicious fresh made pizza and local craft beer!
42(!) No Coast runners participated in MoSTR this year and all earned points towards their division totals for the year!

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!
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – Sept. 14th
http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=62065
Swiss Valley Trail Run – Oct. 5th
https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Peosta/SwissValleyTrailRun
Mines of Spain 100 – Oct. 18th-19th
http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=62914

NCTS Race #06 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run

The Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run certainly lived up to it’s reputation this past Saturday as it dished out generous amounts of pain and suffering on it’s participants! No Coasters squared off against a brutal course compounded by thunderstorms, hours of rain and increasingly muddy conditions. To finish things off, the sun came out the last couple of hours to really heat things up and make sure everyone got their last penny’s worth!

Congratulations to all the “survivors” and special kudos to No Coast runners Bryan Powers, Jake Taylor, Michala Mielke, Amy Mills, Ross Salinas, Dave Steines and Brian Pope for digging deep and hitting 50k or more within the nine hours to earn themselves a Schuetzen Spanker. Great job everyone!

We have a bit of a summer break in No Coast racing through July and then race #07 is next up at the Mines of Spain Trail Races! on August 10th in Dubuque!

 

NCTS Race #05 – Driftless Discovery Trail Run

What a great day up in Decorah for race #05, the Driftless Discovery Trail Run! 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 great shake-up with Trail to Ultra division changes and big points being tallied across the board!

Congratulations to all of the DDTR runners and special kudos go out to No Coast runner Kelly Teeselink for her 1st place place finish in the 25k as well as No Coasters Ross Salinas (2nd 25k) and Bryan Rutledge (3rd 50k) for their top performances!

Next up on June 15th in Davenport is the one and only Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run! For those of you running, get ready to “feel” things… 😲

 

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! Last minute flooding forced some course re-routes but runners and the race rolled with it all 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 this weekend’s Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 1st! 4 distance options (5k, 10k, 25k and 50k) on some incredible Iowa trails should make for another great weekend on the No Coast!

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

Crazy May weather greeted No Coast runners at this year’s Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races but the thunderstorms and torrential downpour 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 2019 No Coast Trail Series!

Congratulations to all the No Coast runners taking on a challenging course in even tougher conditions and having a blast along the way! Everyone certainly earned their B&B at Saturday’s race!

Next up, this weekend’s Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 25th and the Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 1st! Both races offer a variety of Trail and Ultra division distances which should help shake up the standings as we move toward the midway point of the series!