NCTS Race #09 and Series Wrap-up

The Runner’s Flat trail races over the weekend capped off another fun and exciting year of racing trails on the No Coast! A more challenging alternate course due to flooding made for a beautiful and fun race day as runners tackled everything from 8k to the 50k ultra marathon distance!

2016 was No Coast’s 3rd year as a series and once again, we’ve seen incredible growth in participation from previous years with runners from all over the great state of Iowa supporting this wonderful community of trail running right in our backyard.

We had 276 registered runners participate in 9 events across 22 different distance races!
Of these, there were 55 tough & dedicated runners who completed 3 or more No Coast races making them eligible for awards given in 8 different divisions.
Many award placings came down to the last race making for an exciting finish to an already incredible year!

Some special shout outs:
-Tim Bergan & Michelle Steele for capturing overall male & female for the series this year! Each ran four Ultra distance events as well as a couple Trail distances apiece and no matter what they were running, they always had a smile on their face and time to chat with fellow trail runners. Congrats you two!
-Denise Whiting, Wendy Foote, Ross Salinas and Tim Bergan. These four amazing trail runners have not only participated in the series every year but they have also won a division award all three years with Tim B. winning top overall male for the 2nd year in a row this year and Ross S. having ran a total of 20 No Coast races in 3 years, more than any other runner!
-Devin Allbaugh for just crushing every No Coast race he ran this year! 1st place at B&B, Mines of Spain, Pleasant Creek as well as at his first 50k at The Runner’s Flat! Along the way, setting course records at each event. Impressive Devin!
-Troy Brehm and Dean & Jill Schwickerath ran in EVERY SINGLE one of the nine No Coast races this year making them the first 3 runners in series history to do so!
-Families that run trails together, kick butt together! Dave & Cathy Steines as well as the entire Schwickerath family (Dean, Jill and their incredible 10 year old daughter Lily) all won division awards this year!

A huge THANK YOU to all of the amazing runners, race organizers and volunteers that have made No Coast such a fun and challenging series to be a part of. What an awesome year of running dirt on the No Coast!

Attention all division award winners! No Coast will NOT be at the Wildcat trail runs this year. I’ll be in contact via email to make arrangements to get you your NCTS Hydro Flask division trophy!

Thank you!


Full 2016 NCTS Standings:

#1 Overall Male – Tim Bergan
#1 Overall Female – Michelle Steele

Open Trail – Male
1st – Ryan Ames
2nd – Jay Guild
3rd – Adam Galluzzo

Open Trail – Female
1st – Jill Schwickerath
2nd – Lily Schwickerath
3rd – Beth Dove

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Dean Schwickerath
2nd – Troy Brehm
3rd – Dave Steines

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Cathy Steines
2nd – Wendy Foote
3rd – Darcy Sanford

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Ross Salinas
2nd – Regan Stoops
3rd – Adam Roll

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Susanne Kennedy
2nd – Brittany Fritch
3rd – Brittany McConnell

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – Tod McComb
2nd – Steve Hagarty
3rd – Shannon Haus

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Denise Whiting
2nd – Bonnie Busch
3rd – Waynette Saul

NCTS Race #08 – Swiss Valley Trail Run

Wet trails, big climbs and good times! That sums up Saturday’s Swiss Valley Trail Run and race #08 in the series pretty well! I personally was able to participate in this year’s event and from my perspective and all the other smiling No Coast faces I talked to, everyone had a great time running the challenging 5mi, 10mi and 25k races at Swiss Valley complete with big hills, creek crossings, scary/fun fast & wet technical descents and delicious post race walking tacos!

With only one race left in the series, point standings are down to the wire with most of the 8 divisions having award places determined by the last race! Who will race, who won’t. What distance? How fast? These are the questions that will determine who wins a coveted NCTS award and who doesn’t.
Standings have been updated and can be viewed at
Please note, since a runner must complete at least three (3) races to be eligible for awards, any runners that have only ran one race to this point have been moved to a separate tab in the standings document to allow for more clear and concise award standings.

Online registration for The Runner’s Flat ( closes tomorrow (Tuesday) night so make sure to get signed up ASAP! You can also sign up in person Friday night or Saturday morning at packet pickup. The recent flooding has forced a change in course for TRF this year but RD Scott Gall & the gang sound like they have it under control and are going to put on another great event as always. Check their FB/site for more info.


NCTS Race #07 – Pleasant Creek Trail Runs

Over the weekend, race #07 in this year’s No Coast Trail Series took place outside Cedar Rapids and No Coast runners took to the trails for a fun day of sunshine and dirt trails! Whether racing the 15k, 30k or 45k, runners were treated to a superb race experience and an awesome day of trail running at the Pleasant Creek Trail Runs!
With PCTR offering an Ultra division event, there were some big points to be had and some exciting shake ups in the various divisions. With only two races left for this year’s series, participants vying for division placement will need to buckle down and run hard for the big points up for grabs at the final two events.
Standings have been updated and can be viewed at
There are 2 races remaining in the 2016 No Coast series so if you’re not signed up for them already, get to it and keep running trails here on the No Coast!
Swiss Valley Trail Run – – Oct. 1st
The Runner’s Flat – – Oct. 8th

NCTS Race #06 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The 4th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races were this last weekend and No Coast participants showed up in force at race #06 in this year’s trail series! 4mi, 7mi and 1/2 marathon distances were available on some beautiful and challenging Dubuque trails.

Perfect trail running weather plus a fun post race party full of craft beer and delicious pizza baked on site made for a pretty damn good day at the Mines!

Standings have been updated and can be viewed at

There are 3 races remaining in the 2016 No Coast series so if you’re not signed up for them already, get to it and keep running trails here on the No Coast!

Pleasant Creek Trail Races – – Sept. 17th
Swiss Valley Trail Run – – Oct. 1st
The Runner’s Flat – – Oct. 8th

NCTS Race #05 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run


No Coast runners took on the series’ first timed event in spectacular fashion at the Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run this past Saturday in Davenport! HOT temps and one tough little trail loop brought out the best in these runners and some incredible displays of grit and endurance were demonstrated as many runners’ goals of going all 9 hours, ultra distance or just run as much as they could were tested and challenged.

Congrats to all Schuetzen runners and special kudos to those who earned the Ultra Schuetzen Spanker!

Standings have been updated and can be viewed at

Enjoy your July and we hope to see many of you racing the No Coast at race #06, the Mines of Spain Trail Races in Dubuque on August 6th!


NCTS Race #04 – Booneville Backroads Ultra

The Booneville Backroads Ultra was this past weekend outside Des Moines and it sounds like it threw a little bit of everything at runners! Clouds, sun, rain, wind, hills and mud were just a few of the fun elements that 10k, 50k, 100k and 100 milers had to overcome in their quest to become a ‪#‎boonevillebadass‬!

With the series’ 4th race and 2nd possible Ultra race, a lot of points were to be had and there was a fair amount of shake up in the divisions. Standings have been updated and can be viewed along with everything No Coast at! A snapshot of top 5 in each division is posted below but remember, participants must complete a minimum of three (3) NCTS races to be eligible for division awards (top 3 after overall male and female are taken out).

And in less than 3 weeks time, a group of unfortunate souls take on No Coast’s only timed endurance event of the series this year at Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run! ‪#‎NEINyourself‬

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

The Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races took place in Davenport this last weekend and marked the third race in the series for 2016! Dry trails and absolutely perfect weather did their part to make the small grassroots QC TUR(d) hosted event a success for a third year in a row! ~150 runners total ran in either the 10k-ish or the 5k-ish course and afterwards, got to enjoy a wealth of bacon, craft beer and good times.

Next up this weekend, the Booneville Backroads Ultra! With great distance, comes great point potential! With distances ranging from 10k to 100 miles, expect a lot of points and a lot of movement in the Ultra divisions!