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!

Full 2021 NCTS 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 #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