Monday, October 05, 2009

Dreamchasers Michele Jensen crushed XTERRA marathon!


October 4, 2009 (Colorado Springs, CO) – The inaugural XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races welcomed a sold-out field of 300 runners to the beautiful and wild Cheyenne Mountain State Park yesterday morning. Colorado runners had their wish come true as XTERRA teamed up with acclaimed race director Victoria Seahorn to finally bring the XTERRA Trail Run Series to the Centennial State. The event marked the very first time XTERRA has offered a marathon distance race in its popular Trail Run Series, and athletes welcomed the challenge with inspiring enthusiasm. Eric Maki and Michele Jensen set the bar high winning the men’s and women’s races respectively. Maki’s top time of 4:05:02 was good enough to edge out runner-up Justin Walker by almost 7 minutes while Jensen dominated the women in 4:32:07, more than 30 minutes ahead of second place Nancy Citriglia. Boulder’s Will Kelsey, 27, a longtime XTERRA Ambassador and triathlete turned in the top time of 1:42:42 for the half-marathon distance just a week after placing in the top ten of the prestigious XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon. Winning for the women was Nicole Mahobian in 1:58:69. Along with the two endurance events, the day also held a 5-kilometer fun run for those looking for a smaller taste of XTERRA. Nacho Mata and Lauren Dvoracek claimed the top spots in 23:59 and 25:17 respectively. According to Seahorn, “This was definitely a complete XTERRA course with its tough terrain and picturesque setting. We had perfect running weather, awesome sponsors, amazing volunteers, and incredible athletes. The day was truly a day that none of us will ever forget.” This was the first of three events making up the brand new XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series for 2010. Top athletes in the marathon and half-marathon races will be awarded points to start out their series totals. Those ending the season with the highest scores will be crowned XTERRA Regional Champions and awarded free entry to the XTERRA Trail Running National Championship next fall. Final details for the next two events are still in the works, so Colorado runners are encouraged to stay tuned. For more information about the 2010 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, visit Complete race results are attached and more information can be found online at Media interested in photos from this event should contact

2010 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series XTERRA Trail Running World Championship – 5/10/21km – Oahu, Hawaii – December 6, 2009Race #2 and #3 in the 2010 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series - TBA For more information about the XTERRA Trail Run Series, visit


Anonymous said...

Michelle, absolutely splendid!

Ed Kelly

Jamie Donaldson said...

Congrats Michele! She is an amazing runner and person!