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McCann, Almand are Fastest at XTERRA Fall Fitness Run

Second of six races in 2010-11 Georgia Series - BUFORD, Ga. – Ian McCann and Katie Almand won the  the XTERRA Fall Fitness Trail Run on Saturday, October 2.

McCann, who is from Atlanta, was the overall winner. He completed the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 38 seconds.

“That lead pack was flying through the course today,” Georgia Series director Tim Schroer said. “Ian is just really fast and the top three or four were right there with him.”

Michael Johnson of Canton, Ga., placed second for the second consecutive week. He came in 47 seconds behind McCann with a finishing time of 18:25.

Johnson was runner-up to a different runner at the Harbins Park Trail Run last week. The Fall Fitness Trail Run was the second of six races in the 2010-11 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series. Tom Kutter, who won the opening race in the series, did not enter today’s race.

McCann, 27, is no stranger to victory in the XTERRA Georgia Series. He also finished first overall at a race last season.

Almand was an impressive fifth overall and first among the women with a time of 20:54. Almand, who is 24 and from Snelville, Ga., finished 47 seconds ahead of runner-up Amy Worthy of Dunwoody, Ga.

Tara Mooney, who was the top female runner in the Georgia Series last season, placed third with a time of 21:46.

“The women were incredible,” Schroer said. “They were up there near the top guys and the competition was great to see.”

Schroer added that cool temperatures in the 50s contributed to the fast pace.

In addition to the overall winners, first place awards were given to the 23 runners who won age group divisions. More than 200 runners registered for the race, ranging in age from 13 to 73.

The next race in the Georgia Series is the XTERRA Battle at Big Creek Trail Run on Nov. 6 at Roswell, Ga. For more information on the Georgia Series visit www.xterratrailrun.com or www.dirtyspokes.com.