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 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 #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