Cool, slick & rainy conditions greeted runners at the Crater Trail Run this past weekend for race #04 in this year’s series! With distances ranging from 5k to 50k, runners had a great time tackling beautiful trails & challenging courses up north! Congratulations to all of the Crater runners and especially to those running their longest distance race on the trails ever! Extra kudos to No Coast runners Ross Salinas (1st & new course record in the 25k), Cary Richey (3rd 25k) and Jodee Ross (3rd 25k) for placing at the top of their races!
In the Club Division, we had a strong showing from Thorsday TC and the LoKeyz resulting in quite the top 3 shakeup! Thorsday is now in the lead with 155.3 points after scoring over 67 Trail Division points at Crater alone! LoKeyz have moved up to 2nd with 127.8 points and the QC-TUR(d)s are in close pursuit in 3rd with 124.3 points!
Next up on June 18th in Davenport is the Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run! 9 hours to run as many challenging miles as you can and those miles = points! For those of you running, get ready to feel all the feels…
Registration also JUST OPENED for the Woodpecker Six, the most recent addition to the series! It’s a six hour timed event and takes place November 12th outside Cedar Rapids. Sign-up here: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=95168
Complete opposite conditions from last year’s race greeted runners this past weekend in Davenport at the Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races and runners were eager to enjoy beautiful warm weather, dry trails and lots and lots of bacon & beer!
Congratulations to all of the runners in the event and special kudos to the No Coast runners snagging spots on the podium! Ross Salinas took 2nd in the Men’s 10k and Jen Even (1st), Tara Flesch (2nd) and Jaclyn Hoke (3rd) completed a full No Coast podium sweep in the 5k!
With lots of B&B runners participating in the Club Division, a great number of points were racked up but the placing stayed the same with the QC-TUR(d)s in a strong lead with 122 points followed by Thorsday TC (88.1) and the LoKeyz (79.7) close behind!
Next up in the series is Crater Trail Run on June 4th up in Decorah and Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport on June 18th! Both offer Ultra and Trail division distances so there’s sure to be some moving and shaking in the standings through the summer!
Photo Credits: Phil Pancrazio, Ry Schulz & Mike Van Hulle
A brief window of beautiful spring weather appeared for this past weekend’s Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge and runners didn’t waste any time hitting the trails and having a blast on a fun & challenging course all while supporting a great cause!
Congratulations to all of the runners including No Coast runner Jodee Ross taking home 1st female as well as Jacob Gallagher, Morgan Russell, Bryan Powers, Melissa Barnard, Leo Buzalsky, Michael Price, Ted Smith, Tara Flesch, Kendal Hausmann, Sara Bright, Cary Richey, Donny Montgomery and Jaclyn Hoke for all placing at the top of their respective divisions! What an awesome showing by No Coast runners!
In the Club Division, the QC-TUR(d)s maintain their lead with a strong 85.5 points followed by Thorsday TC (69.4) and the LoKeyz (43.6)!
Spring FINALLY arrived just in time for this past weekend’s return of the Hawkeye 50k/25k/10mi and runners were treated to some beautiful weather and a fun blend of trails and roads winding from Solon around the gorgeous Lake Macbride!
Congratulations to all of the race winners including No Coast runners Cary Richey (25k/2nd), Lauren Hoth (25k/2nd) and Tara Flesch (25k/3rd) for placing on their respective podiums! In the Club Division, the reigning champs the QC-TUR(d)s have taken an early lead with 44 points followed by Thorsday TC (28.5) and the LoKeyz (14.😎!
We hope everyone has had a wonderful winter thus far and is as excited for the arrival of spring as we are! So whether you’ve been busy training for a big early season race or taking the opportunity to rest and recover from a long year of trail running, we hope you’re ready for another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!
First some updates: -Our usual series opener, the Team Red Shamrock Trail Challenge, has had to move from their traditional date on the first weekend of April to April 23rd but otherwise, they are back for 2022 as usual!
-After a two year hiatus, the Hawkeye 50K will be back on April 9th and adding a 10 mile distance in addition to the 50k and 25k!
-The Woodpecker Six hour endurance race is the newest addition to the No Coast Trail Series and will take place on Nov. 12th! WP6 will join the Schuetzen NEIN! as another timed event that provides runners great point scoring opportunities in a fun and relaxed format!
Registration is open and space still available in a number of this year’s races including April’s Hawkeye and Red Shamrock! Registration for Swiss Valley Trail Run is set to open March 1st and the Mines of Spain Trail Races on March 4th. All registration links can be found on the No Coast website or at each race’s website/social media.
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!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact NCTS via the Facebook page or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and we hope you’ll join us for another year of training, racing and building this awesome slice of the trail running community on the No Coast!
The 8th year of the No Coast Trail Series came and went in what felt to many of us like both the shortest and longest year EVER. But like with all things, it eventually passed us by and we were left with another year’s worth of amazing memories shared with this incredible community of trail people. As a series, we were fortunate enough to see almost all of the events take place and even saw the return of Swiss Valley after a two-year hiatus.
Amazing job to all No Coast participants this year! Special congratulations to all division award winners and to the QC-TUR(d)s for winning the Club Division after a hard fought battle with last year’s winners the LoKeyz! The TUR(d)s will lay claim to the mighty traveling Club trophy and bragging rights for all of next year!
A huge thank you to all of the hard working race organizers this year with the biggest thanks reserved for the incredible volunteers who consistently step up to ensure the preservation of our little community. THANK YOU!!!
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! Josh
The 2021 No Coast Trail Series wrapped up this past weekend in Dubuque with race #10 at the Mines of Spain 100 and what an epic closeout to an incredible year of racing on the No Coast! Gorgeous fall weather complimented a beautiful course covering a wide range of trail terrain and of course, some big Dubuque hills! 100mi and 100k runners alike really had to buckle down and see what they were made of to reach that finish line but the reward was definitely worth the challenge!
A huge congratulations to each and every runner who stepped up to the line and gave it their all!
The Swiss Valley Trail Run took place this past weekend near Dubuque after a regrettable two year hiatus and its return was glorious! Race #09 saw a change in distance format from previous years with a new 50k being offered alongside 25k and 5.2mi race distances.
Congratulations to all of the Swiss Valley runners and special kudos to the No Coast runners at the race, many of whom placed on the podium! In the 50k, Ross Salinas was 1st place male and Eil Tan was 3rd place female! In the 25k, Carey Richey was 1st place male, Jodee Elhard Ross was 2nd place female and Jake Taylor was 3rd place male!
On the Club side, the LoKeyz (446.3 pts) are still in the lead ahead of the QC-TUR(d)s (393.3 pts) and Thorsday TC (346.6 pts) but with there only being one race left, the 3 race minimum rule is beginning to take affect and we’re seeing the point spread becoming much closer! Trail Division races are wrapped up for the season so with just one last race (100mi & 100k) at the Mines of Spain 100 coming up next weekend with big points on the line, anything could happen!
The Doggone Tired Ultra took place this past Saturday in Vinton for race #08 of this year’s series and runners enjoyed some beautiful weather for their 50k or 10mi races in and around Rodgers Park!
Congratulations to all of the Doggone runners and special kudos to the No Coast runners at the race, many of whom placed on the podium!
In the 10 miler, Michael Price was the men’s champion and overall winner along with Emily Eisenman taking 1st place for the women!Melissa Barnard was 2nd place woman in the 10 miler along with Joshua Collins taking 3rd place for the men!In the 50k, Amy Mills was 1st place for women along with Bryan Powers placing 3rd for the men and Tammie Harbin taking 3rd place for the women!
On the Club side, the LoKeyz (539.3 pts) have maintained their lead for 1st place with the QC-TUR(d)s (390.7 pts) Thorsday TC (340.3 pts) still in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. A lot of points are up for grabs at the last two races!
Just 2 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 2nd and the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th! Swiss Valley still has spots available in the race so make sure to get signed up if you haven’t already!
The Pleasant Creek Trail Runs took place this past Saturday! PCTR has become a staple in the Iowa trail community and this year had a record turnout with trail runners showing up in force for 45k, 30k and 15k races!
Congratulations to all PCTR runners and special kudos to all of the No Coast runners at the race (FORTY SIX!), many of which placed high in the standings and in their age groups! Jodee Ross, Julie Tyler, Michael Price & Erin Imoehl in the 15k! Lauren Hoth, Adam Roll, Cary Richey & Kendal Hausmann in the 30k! Lauren Cronbaugh, Heidi Kestel, Bryan Powers, Jill Waterman & Jeff Dixon in the 45k!
On the Club side, the LoKeyz (416.5 pts) are in 1st and have extended their lead on the QC-TUR(d)s (384.0 pts) both of whom are followed closely by Thorsday TC (337.0 pts) for an exciting top 3 in the Club Division!
Just 3 races remaining in this year’s No Coast Trail Series with the Doggone Tired Ultra 10 mile/50 k Trail Run up next weekend Sept. 25th followed in rapid succession by the Swiss Valley Trail Run on Oct. 2nd and the Mines of Spain 100 on Oct. 15th!