NCTS Race #02 – Hawkeye 50K/25K

The 2nd race in the 2018 No Coast Trail Series took place over the weekend at the Hawkeye 50K/25K and WHEW! Nothing says crazy Iowa weather like what runners were greeted with on Saturday! Cold temps, relentless wind & rain and a nice dose of mud made for an extremely challenging but equally rewarding day! Many hearty runners stuck it out though and finished what they started for some impressive displays of grit!

Congratulations to No Coast runners Ross Salinas (50K), Bryan Powers (50K), Danielle Wangsness (50K), Ben Hansen (25K) ((sidenote: Ben’s 12 years old!)), Aimee Jones (25K), Jen Even (50K) and Dave Stock (50K) for their top performances and a special congrats to everyone who ran their first ultra at Hawkeye this weekend! Way to go!!!

We get a short break from No Coast racing this next month and resume again at the Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races in Davenport on May 19th and the Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 26th!

Welcome to 2018 on the No Coast!

We hope everyone has been having a wonderful winter and holiday season so far and making the most of this 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 2018 and another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

The 2018 edition of the No Coast Trail Series will be the 5th year for the series and we are very excited to announce that TWO new races are being added to the schedule! The Driftless Discovery Trail Run (10k/5k) June 2nd in Decorah and the Mines of Spain 100 (100mi/100k) October 19th in Dubuque will be filling out an already amazing line-up of Iowa trail races and will give No Coast runners even more opportunity to score series points all while supporting local races and local trails in Iowa!

With eleven Iowa trail races on board with over 25 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!

-2018 NCTS Series Schedule-
Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Run (worth 3x points!) – April 7
Hawkeye 50K – April 14
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 19
Booneville Backroads Ultra – May 26
Driftless Discovery Trail Run – June 2
Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run – June 16
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 11
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – September 15
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 6
The Runner’s Flat – October 13
Mines of Spain 100 – October 19

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 trail running community on the No Coast!

2017 NCTS Awards!

Here we have the 2017 No Coast Trail Series division awards! High quality Hydro Flask 21oz insulated bottles custom engraved with the series logo and each runner’s place and division! And then for the overall male and female winners in both the Trail and Ultra divisions, a hand cut solid copper Iowa on a stainless steel cable key chain handcrafted by local metal-smith Kimberly Pierce Jewelry!

Big congratulations to all of the award winners and a huge thank you to every participant and event organizer that make this series possible. 2018 schedule, series details and sign-up should be finalized and posted by early January. Invite friends to Like the Page and Share posts to help spread the word about the No Coast Trail Series and all of the member races!