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!

NCTS Race #09 and Series Wrap-up

The Runner’s Flat trail races over the weekend in Cedar Falls ushered in the finish to another incredible year of running trails on the No Coast! Wet conditions made for a challenging but fun day for runners as they took on 10k, 25k or 50k distances!
Congrats to all finishers and special kudos to No Coast participants Phil Young​ for taking 1st overall in the 50k as well as Emily Eisenman for successfully tackling her first ultra marathon!


2017 marked the 4th 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!

This year saw the series comprised of 9 independent top quality trail running events offering 22 different distances with 44 hardy No Coast runners racing at least 3 events throughout the year and being eligible for division awards!
INCREDIBLE job everyone and congratulations to all division winners!

Some special shout outs:
-Tim Bergan, Denise Whiting, Steve Hagarty and Troy Brehm for running ALL NINE races this year and to add to that, Tim ran the LONGEST distance available at every event! Holy smokes Tim, that’s 259 miles of No Coast trail racing!
-To all the repeat participants and division winners over the years including Dean Schwickerath for taking 1st in the Masters Trail division for the third year in a row and Ross Salinas for placing at the top of the series all four years including 3rd in the Open Ultra division this year!
-And to all the folks new to the series this year! Some of those taking on their longest trail runs ever this year like Tom Naert who not only ran his first 100 miler at Booneville this year but won it in the second fastest time ever and earned 1st in his NCTS division!

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 2017 NCTS Standings:

Division Award Winners!

#1 Overall Trail – Male – Troy Brehm
#1 Overall Trail – Female – Cathy Steines

#1 Overall Ultra – Male – Tim Bergan
#1 Overall Ultra – Female – Denise Whiting

Open Trail – Male
1st – Jason Willits
2nd – Jacob Waddingham
3rd – David Kline

Open Trail – Female
1st – Amber Sheeley
2nd – Margaret Haywood
3rd – Kelly Teeselink

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Dean Schwickerath
2nd – Mike Nyman

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Debby Hildebrand
2nd – Darcy Sanford
3rd – Kelly Jensen

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Tom Naert
2nd – Jeff Moeur
3rd – Ross Salinas

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Emily Eisenman
2nd – Leah Schneider

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – Steve Hagarty
2nd – Paul Wiederholt
3rd – Kim Wander

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Michelle Steele

NCTS Race #08 – Swiss Valley Trail Run

NCTS race #08 took place this past weekend near Dubuque at the Swiss Valley Trail Run. Mother nature dished out a wet and muddy day but trail runners aren’t easily deterred and had a blast taking it on in stride!

Congrats to all runners in the 5mi, 10mi or 25k distances. Special kudos to the No Coasters taking top places!
Ross Salinas/25k/1st, Darcy Sanford/25k/2nd, Julie Tyler/25k/3rd, Jason Charley/25k/3rd

With only one race left in the series, a number of the 8 divisions will have final placements determined by this weekend’s race at TRF!
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. Remember, you have to complete THREE races in the series to be eligible for awards!

If you haven’t signed up for TRF yet, get to it and finish the year right racing dirt on the No Coast!
The Runner’s Flat Trail Races – Oct. 14th – https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=47223

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. Any runners with only two races, must race at TRF to be eligible for awards.

NCTS Race #07 – Pleasant Creek Trail Runs

Race #07 in this year’s NCTS went down this past Saturday at the Pleasant Creek Trail Run and runners were treated to a fun & toasty day on the trails followed by a great post race where they could cool off, kick off their shoes and enjoy some delicious grilled food and craft beer!

Congrats to all runners in either the 15k, 30k or 45k races with special kudos to No Coasters taking top honors!
Adam Galluzzo/15k/3rd, Devin Allbaugh/30k/1st, Jennifer Yohnnie Juhlin/30k/2nd, Tom Naert/45k/2nd

Only TWO 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!
Swiss Valley Trail Run – Oct. 7th
The Runner’s Flat Trail Races – Oct. 14th

NCTS Race #06 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The 5th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners were treated to perfect summer racing weather on trails that have gained a reputation as both equally beautiful and brutal! After conquering either the 4mi, 7mi or half marathon distances, runners were quick to partake in the delicious fresh made breakfast pizzas and local craft beer at the post race party.
FORTY(!) No Coast runners participated at the MoSTR with many of those runners taking top places!
In the 1/2 marathon, series and race veteran Ross Salinas was 1st place overall and Tom Naert (6th), Jeff Moeur (7th), Jake Taylor (8th), Kelly Teeselink (3rd), Jennifer Yohnnie Juhlin (5th) and Laci Hoffmann (9th) all placed in their gender’s top 10!
In the 4 mile race, Dean Schwickerath was 1st place overall!
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!

NCTS Race #05 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run

Fun filled pain and suffering was the name of the game this past weekend at the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport! This trail timed event challenged runners to run as many miles as they could in nine hours while battling high heat, humidity and a course that was described at one point as “a nail file for your soul”.

Congratulations to all the “survivors” and special kudos to No Coast runner Jason Willits for an overall win and new course record of 46 loops/39.1 miles! Other No Coast runners in the “Top NEIN!” included Jake Taylor, Ross Salinas and Tim Bergan! Great job everyone!

We have a bit of a summer break in No Coast racing through July and then race #06 is next up at the Mines of Spain Trail Races on August 12th in Dubuque!

Updated standings, sign-up and series info:

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! An afternoon thunderstorm made for some tough and muddy stretches on the backroads for the ultra runners but runners persevered 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 the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport on June 17th. This grueling trail timed event pits runners against the clock to see how many miles he or she can run in nine hours.

Updated standings, sign-up and series info: