NCTS 2018 Wrap-Up!

2018 marked the 5th 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 11 independent top quality trail running events offering 27 different distances with 56 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:
-Danielle Wangsness and Bryan Powers for running ALL ELEVEN races this year and Dave Fischer close behind with 10 of the 11 races including his first 100k at the MoS100!
-To all the repeat participants and division winners over the years including Denise Whiting, Tim Bergan, Jason Willits, Kim Wander, Debby Hildebrand, Kelly Teeselink and of course, Ross Salinas for placing at the top of the series all five years including 1st 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!

Full 2018 NCTS Standings:

#1 Overall Trail – Male – Jason Willits
#1 Overall Trail – Female – Melissa Huebsch-Haugo

#1 Overall Ultra – Male – Bryan Powers
#1 Overall Ultra – Female – Danielle Wangsness

Open Trail – Male
1st – Ryan Ames
2nd – Jacob Spath
3rd – Ben Hansen (12 years old!!!)

Open Trail – Female
1st – Kelly Teeselink
2nd – Emily Eisenman
3rd – Stacy Purnell

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Dave Steines
2nd – Donny Montgomery
3rd – Kim Wander

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Denise Whiting
2nd – Cheryl Dralle Peterson
3rd – Debby Railing Hildebrand

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Ross Salinas
2nd – Jatruns Taylor
3rd – Adam Roll

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Jen Even
2nd – Michala Mielke
3rd – Kathy Rodine

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – Dave Fischer
2nd – Tim Bergan
3rd – Mark Powers

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Wendy Foote
2nd – Shari Neese

NCTS Race #11 – Mines of Spain 100

The 2018 No Coast Trail Series wrapped up this past weekend in Dubuque with race #11 at the Mines of Spain 100 and what an epic closeout to an incredible year of racing on the No Coast! A wide spectrum of weather mixed with a challenging course and even more challenging conditions required 100mi and 100k runners to really buckle down and see what they were made of to reach that finish line!

Congratulations to each and every runner and special kudos go out to the No Coast runners Jen Even/100mi/1st, Danielle Wangsness/100k/3rd for taking top places as well as to all of the first time 100k and 100mi finishers!

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NCTS Race #10 – The Runner’s Flat

The Runner’s Flat trail races took place this past weekend outside Cedar Falls and despite conditions forcing an altered course, race organizers did an amazing job as always of providing runners a beautiful course and a fun race experience!

Congrats to all finishers in the 50k, 25k and 10k and special kudos to the Trail Division No Coast runners closing out an awesome year of racing dirt on the No Coast! Most Trail division award standings are pretty locked in now but there’s still plenty of moving & shaking possible in the Ultra divisions at this weekend’s Mines of Spain 100mi/100k up in Dubuque!

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NCTS Race #09 – Swiss Valley Trail Run

NCTS race #09 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, Kelly Teeselink/25k/1st, Wendy Foote/10M/2nd and Adam Roll/25k/3rd!

Also, let the first two pictures in this post show everyone how incredibly photogenic the two 25k race winners and No Coast regulars Ross and Kelly are! ūüėÜ

Just two races left! A lot of the final divisions will have winners determined by these last couple races!
Remember, you have to complete THREE races in the series to be eligible for awards!
The Runner’s Flat 50k/25k/10k – October 13th
Mines of Spain 100mi/100k – October 19th-20th

#happytrails #runtheNoCoast #nocoasttrailseries

NCTS Race #08 – Pleasant Creek Trail Run

Race #08 of this year’s NCTS went down this past Saturday at the Pleasant Creek Trail Run and runners were treated to a sizzling hot but fun 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 places!
Bryan Rutledge/30k/2nd, Emily Eisenman/30k/3rd, Kathy Rodine/45k/2nd and Wendy Foote/45k/3rd
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!
Remember! The deadline to sign-up for the 2018 series is Sunday September 23rd. Anyone who signs up receives points for all races they’ve ran this year but MUST sign-up to be included in the standings.

Also! Only runners that have completed 3 or more races are eligible for division awards!

#happytrails #runtheNoCoast #nocoasttrailseries

NCTS Race #07 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The 6th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners tackled some muggy 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.
45(!!!) No Coast runners participated at the MoSTR with many of those runners taking top places!
Only FOUR 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!
#happytrails #runtheNoCoast #nocoasttrailseries

NCTS Race #06 – Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run

The¬†Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run¬†certainly lived up to it’s reputation this past Saturday as it dished out generous amounts of pain and suffering on it’s participants. No Coasters squared off against a brutal course compounded by temperatures hovering in the high 90’s and nine whole hours to enjoy it!

Congratulations to all the “survivors” and special kudos to No Coast runners Bryan Powers, Jake¬†Taylor,¬†Jason Willits,¬†Wendy Foote,¬†Danielle Wangsness,¬†Dave Fischer¬†and¬†Brian Carter¬†for digging deep and hitting 50k or more within the nine hours to earn themselves a Schuetzen Spanker. Great job everyone!

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 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 #07 is next up at the Mines of Spain Trail Races! on August 11th in Dubuque!
#happytrails #runtheNoCoast #nocoasttrailseries

Photo Credit: Paul Wiederholdt & Phil Pancrazio