Welcome to 2017!

We hope everyone has been having a wonderful winter and holiday season so far and making the most of the cold 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 2017 and another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

The 2017 edition of the No Coast Trail Series is ready to roll and will be for the most part, very similar to last year’s.
With nine Iowa trail races on board with over 20 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 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!

-2017 NCTS Series Schedule-
Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Run (earn 3x points!) – April 1
Hawkeye 50K – April 8
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 20
Booneville Backroads Ultra – May 27
Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run – June 17
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 12
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – September 16
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 7
The Runner’s Flat – October 14

A couple updates for 2017…
-Overall awards have been expanded from a single category to one for each Division. Now instead of a single Overall Male & Female winner, there will be an Overall Trail and Overall Ultra award for both Male & Female.
-The calculation for points from timed events has changed. See https://nocoasttrailseries.com/how-it-works/ for further details and complete rules.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact NCTS via the Facebook page or nocoasttrailseries@gmail.com
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!

2016 No Coast Division Awards!

Take a look at the 2016 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, a hand cut solid copper Iowa on a stainless steel cable key chain handcrafted by local metal-smith Kimberly Pierce Jewelry! Not too bad for a free race series!

Another big congratulations to all of the award winners and a huge thank you to every participant and event organizer that make this series possible. 2017 series details, schedule and sign-up should be finalized and posted by early January but keep an eye out for updates on member races through the rest of this year. Invite friends to Like the Facebook Page and Share posts to help spread the word about the No Coast Trail Series.

#happytrails #runtheNoCoast Red Shamrock Foundation Hawkeye 50KSunderbruch B&B Trail Races Booneville Backroads Ultra SchuetzenNEIN! Mines of Spain Trail Races Pleasant Creek Trail Run Swiss Valley Trail RunThe Runner’s Flat www.nocoasttrailseries.com


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 www.nocoasttrailseries.com/standings
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 (https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=38309) 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 https://nocoasttrailseries.com/standings/
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 – https://swissvalleytrailrun.itsyourrace.com/register/ – Oct. 1st
The Runner’s Flat – https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=38309 – 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 http://www.nocoasttrailseries.com

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 – https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=36546 – Sept. 17th
Swiss Valley Trail Run – https://swissvalleytrailrun.itsyourrace.com/register/ – Oct. 1st
The Runner’s Flat – https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=38309 – 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 www.nocoasttrailseries.com

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!