NCTS 2019 Wrap-Up!

2019 marked the 6th 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!

Mother Nature has been in full rebellious teenager mode all year and unfortunately caused the cancellation of two great fall events this year. The series still however showcased 9 independent and top quality trail running events and offered 22 different distances with 50 hardy No Coast runners racing at least 3 events throughout the year and being eligible for division awards!

INCREDIBLE job to all No Coast participants this year and special congratulations to all division winners!

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 2019 NCTS Standings:

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#1 Overall Trail – Male – Clark Purnell
#1 Overall Trail – Female – Julie Tyler

#1 Overall Ultra – Male – Ross Salinas
#1 Overall Ultra – Female – Michala Mielke

Open Trail – Male
1st – Jason Willits
2nd – Bren Raschke
3rd – Ben Gates

Open Trail – Female
1st – Stacy Purnell
2nd – Jess Cruz
3rd – Kelly Teeselink

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Donny Montgomery
2nd – Dave Steines
3rd – John Kromminga

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Romy Bolton
2nd – Cathy Steines
3rd – Deb Gaddis

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Mike Van Hulle
2nd – Jatruns Taylor
3rd – Matt Winiski

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Amy Mills
2nd – Michele Thompson
3rd – Lynne Jaeger

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – David Pullara
2nd – Steve Hagarty
3rd – Bryan Powers

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Denise Whiting
2nd – Melissa Barnard

NCTS Race #09 – Mines of Spain 100

The 2019 No Coast Trail Series wrapped up this past weekend in Dubuque with race #9 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 that included some challenging water crossings and 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!

Congratulations to each and every runner and special kudos go out to the No Coast runners Michala Mielke (100mi/3rd), Ross Salinas (100k/2nd) and Mike Van Hulle (100k/3rd) for taking top places as well as to all of the first time 100k and 100mi finishers!

NCTS Race #08 – Pleasant Creek Trail Run

Race #08 of this year’s NCTS took place this past Saturday at the Pleasant Creek Trail Run 2019 PCTR and runners were treated to a beautiful day on the trails followed by a fantastic post race where they could relax, kick off their shoes and enjoy some delicious grilled food and craft beer!

Congrats to every runner tackling the 15k, 30k or 45k races with special kudos to No Coasters taking top division awards!
Bryan Rutledge (30k/1st overall), Mike Van Hulle (45k/2nd overall), David Pullara (45k/1st AG), Denise Whiting (45k/1st), Deb Gaddis (30k/1st AG), Michael Price (15k/2nd AG), Lauren Reuter Cronbaugh (30k/2nd AG), Julie Tyler (15k/2nd AG), Michala Mielke (30k/2nd AG), Bryan Powers (45k/3rd AG), Michelle Steele (30k/3rd AG), Emily Eisenman (30k/3rd AG) and Kendal Hausmann (15k/3rd AG)!

Only TWO more races left in this year’s NCTS and a lot of divisions are CLOSE! In fact, Swiss Valley will be the last determining factor for the Trail distance divisions with a lot of points up for grabs between both races! 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. 5th
Mines of Spain 100 – Oct. 18th-19th

Remember! The deadline to sign-up for the 2019 series is Sunday September 22nd. Anyone who signs up receives points for all races they’ve ran this year but MUST sign-up to be included in the standings and only runners that have completed 3 or more races are eligible for division awards!


NCTS Race #07 – Mines of Spain Trail Races

The 7th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races took place this past Saturday in Dubuque and runners got to enjoy some beautiful late summer weather along with 4mi, 7mi and half marathon courses that stand out as equally challenging, beautiful and rewarding!

The post-race party didn’t take long at all to get into full swing and runners were quick to partake in the delicious fresh made pizza and local craft beer!
42(!) No Coast runners participated in MoSTR this year and all earned points towards their division totals for the year!

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!
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – Sept. 14th
Swiss Valley Trail Run – Oct. 5th
Mines of Spain 100 – Oct. 18th-19th

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 thunderstorms, hours of rain and increasingly muddy conditions. To finish things off, the sun came out the last couple of hours to really heat things up and make sure everyone got their last penny’s worth!

Congratulations to all the “survivors” and special kudos to No Coast runners Bryan Powers, Jake Taylor, Michala Mielke, Amy Mills, Ross Salinas, Dave Steines and Brian Pope for digging deep and hitting 50k or more within the nine hours to earn themselves a Schuetzen Spanker. Great job everyone!

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 10th in Dubuque!


NCTS Race #05 – Driftless Discovery Trail Run

What a great day up in Decorah for race #05, the Driftless Discovery Trail Run! Beautiful trails, gnarly & challenging courses and a ton of wonderful trail people made for an awesome weekend up north! NCTS runners tackled 5k, 10k, 25k or 50k distances and as a result, the series standings got a great shake-up with Trail to Ultra division changes and big points being tallied across the board!

Congratulations to all of the DDTR runners and special kudos go out to No Coast runner Kelly Teeselink for her 1st place place finish in the 25k as well as No Coasters Ross Salinas (2nd 25k) and Bryan Rutledge (3rd 50k) for their top performances!

Next up on June 15th in Davenport is the one and only Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run! For those of you running, get ready to “feel” things… 😲


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! Last minute flooding forced some course re-routes but runners and the race rolled with it all 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 this weekend’s Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 1st! 4 distance options (5k, 10k, 25k and 50k) on some incredible Iowa trails should make for another great weekend on the No Coast!

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

Crazy May weather greeted No Coast runners at this year’s Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races but the thunderstorms and torrential downpour was no match for trail runners looking to have a good time running in nature and smashing some bacon & beer! With a plan B course in place, runners charged into the unknown and in the process, racked up some more points in the 2019 No Coast Trail Series!

Congratulations to all the No Coast runners taking on a challenging course in even tougher conditions and having a blast along the way! Everyone certainly earned their B&B at Saturday’s race!

Next up, this weekend’s Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 25th and the Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 1st! Both races offer a variety of Trail and Ultra division distances which should help shake up the standings as we move toward the midway point of the series!

NCTS Race #02 – Hawkeye 50K/25K

The 2nd race in the 2019 No Coast Trail Series took place over the weekend at the Hawkeye 50K/25K with runners taking on a fun and varied course that included a mix of lakeside trails, dirt single track, country roads and the infamous spillway crossing! The weather cooperated graciously and runners were treated to perfect spring weather for their race day!

Congratulations to No Coast runners Ross Salinas (50K), Sarah Kromminga (25K), Stacy Purnell (25K), Michala Mielke (50K) and Kelly Mueller (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 18th and the Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 25th!



NCTS Race #01 – Red Shamrock Survivorship Trail Challenge

Beautiful spring weather greeted No Coast runners at this past weekend’s RSF Survivorship 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 race winners including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking home 1st overall as well as No Coast runners Clark Purnell, Kelly Teeselink, Jake Walton, Adam Galluzzo, Stacy Purnell, Julie Tyler, Jeff Whittlesey, Diane Hagarty and Kelly Mueller for all placing in the top of 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!