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 2018! A fun and challenging course along with some great weather and a killer post-race party full of delicious bacon & craft beer came together to make the small grassroots QC-TUR(d) hosted event another great day to be on the No Coast!

Congratulations to all the awesome No Coast runners who ran at B&B this year including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking 1st overall in the 10k which made this year his 3rd win at B&B!

Next up, this weekend’s Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 26th and the Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 2nd!


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!

NCTS Race #01 – Red Shamrock Survivorship Trail Challenge

An abnormally cold “spring” morning greeted No Coast runners at this past weekend’s Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Trail Challenge but that didn’t deter runners from quickly hitting the trails and having a blast on a fun & challenging course all while supporting a great cause! Thankfully the wind held off and the sun was shining bright to make for what turned out to be quite the pleasant day on the No Coast!
Congratulations to all the race winners including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking home 1st overall as well as No Coast runners Melissa Barnard, Kelly Teeselink, Adam Galluzzo, Debby Hildebrand, Nancy Mark and Bryan Powers all winning their respective divisions!

A huge thanks and congratulations to Red Shamrock Foundation for putting on an awesome event and being such a strong supporter of racing dirt on the No Coast!

Next up, this weekend’s Hawkeye 50K/25K!


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 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
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!

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 –

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.