Thunder and lightning on Friday gave way to sunshine and smiles on Saturday and Sunday at the XTERRA Pan America / USA Championship triathlon and XTERRA National Championship half-marathon trail races at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. At Saturday’s tri Mauricio Mendez from Mexico and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the elite races. More than 600 racers from 30+ states and 15 countries took on the challenge which combined a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbed more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation) and 7-mile trail run featuring another 700-feet of climbing on trails in the Wasatch Range.
September 19, 2017 – Thunder and lightning on Friday gave way to sunshine and smiles on Saturday and Sunday at the XTERRA Pan America / USA Championship triathlon and XTERRA National Championship half-marathon trail races at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah.
At Saturday’s tri Mauricio Mendez from Mexico and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the elite races. More than 600 racers from 30+ states and 15 countries took on the challenge which combined a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbed more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation) and 7-mile trail run featuring another 700-feet of climbing on trails in the Wasatch Range.
In the men’s race Mendez came out of the water with Australian Ben Allen, took the lead during the swim-to-bike transition and led the rest of the way, taking the tape in 2:22:50, nearly two-minutes ahead of last year’s winner Josiah Middaugh of Colorado.
“Today was just perfect. I mean, I felt good on the swim, we worked at having a good pace. When we were out of the swim, and we noticed we had a big gap – Ben Allen and me – I was just feeling confident about it and when we hit the dirt I did an attack and I felt great,” said Mendez, the 21-year-old reigning XTERRA World Champion.
“I was just attacking the whole time because I knew that I’d have big sharks behind me and they could catch me at any time so I was trying to push as hard as possible. Then when I hit the run, and someone told me I was leading by one minute I just knew that, I mean, I am so used to chasing Josiah the whole time and now that I had him behind me I knew that I had made a good effort on the bike but now I was worried to be caught by him.”
The 2015 XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh came out of the water about 1:40 behind Mendez, made up 30 seconds of that by posting the fastest bike split of the day (1:24:37), but couldn’t close the gap on the run.
“Mauricio was out in front from the get go and he put an attack early on the bike and you know I did everything I could to try to try to reel him back in but I just wasn’t making back the time very quick,” said Middaugh, who overtook Branden Rakita to win the XTERRA Pan America Tour title with his second-place showing today. “I was pushing hard but not making the time. Hats off to him, he was riding really strong and had just a killer pace up that climb and it was everything I could do to just keep it close.”
Asked if he thought he could catch Mendez on the run, Middaugh added, “Yeah, I thought you never know what can happen. Maybe somebody gets tired or pushed too hard on the bike but Mauricio, I’ve never seen him give up a lead so I knew it was a tall ask but I thought if I kept my head down and ran hard I’d make back a little bit of time.”
Bradley Weiss, two weeks removed from winning the XTERRA European Championship in Denmark, rode with Middaugh practically the whole bike and was second into T2 just ahead of Middaugh.
“Coming into altitude I knew it was going to be tough to reach that top 5% you need racing against these guys,” said Weiss. “I had no pressure on myself and I’ve never been so relaxed before a race. I was super chill. Coming in with that relaxed mindset did help me a little, but still the swim was such a shamble. Swimming at altitude you can’t breathe. So, I just tried to limit my losses a bit but I was within a minute of the leaders so I’m pretty happy with that. Considering I didn’t feel like I was moving very well. Onto the bike I settled into a pretty good pace and then Josiah caught me super early so I was like quite surprised about that. When he came past I thought ‘OK this isn’t too bad I can hang on to this’ and then we rode together all the way to the end. Then he caught a rear flat on the last descent so that slowed him down a bit, that’s how I got past, otherwise we would have come in together which we did basically.”
Weiss finished third nearly two minutes behind Middaugh.
“Starting the run, I felt like my run legs were pretty descent,” said Weiss. “I had a little bit of a lead on Josiah going up and I thought hey, maybe second place is in the cards but then once he got going, I was like, OK. I’ll settle for third today. And Mauricio coming from Mexico City had been training at 3000 meters so he’s very well acclimatized to altitude. It’s always going to be tough to race against them but it’s very promising leading into Maui.”
In fourth was another young-gun, a 20-year-old from Taupo by the name of Kyle Smith and in fifth was Ben Allen from Australia.
In the women’s race Paterson, a two-time XTERRA World Champion, was the sixth elite female out of the swim, passed all five riders in front of her by mile five of the bike and never looked back. Her winning time of 2:51:13 was a full seven-minutes ahead of runner-up Jacqui Allen from Great Britain.
“I came out of the water in second place, two-minutes down, got up into second place just after Wheeler Canyon, probably about half a mile into the next trail. I passed Julie about another mile after that but she’s strong, you know and kept with me for a bit,” said Paterson.
The “Scottish Rocket” posted the fastest bike and run splits of the day, and looked dominant.
“Yeah man, I was really going for it today,” said Paterson. “The bike felt great, I attacked the whole time and just went for it. I felt strong so wanted to push it and keep those girls honest. And the conditions were just supreme. That descent was amazing on the bike, and I’ll tell ya, if I didn’t have to run I might have enjoyed that.”
Julie Baker, who works a full-time as a soil scientist, had a brilliant race and the lead through the first five miles of the bike.
“I was in front for a little bit which was fun, but I kept waiting for Lesley to steamroll by me,” she said. “Lesley came by me by the bridges at mile five I guess, and she opened up a little gap on me and then on that little rocky mountain hill I caught her again. Then as soon as we started up again, she took it away. She just goes insanely hard, and she breathes like a freight train coming by and I don’t know how she goes that fast and that hard for so long. It’s incredible.”
Baker then had Jacqui Allen on her wheel about 15K into the bike and said “I kept her in sight for quite a while on the bike but I didn’t see her on the run. I was hoping, because I think I’m a comparable runner to her so I tried to stay close enough but then when I started running I was cramping so I had to dial it back a little.”
The former amateur XTERRA World Champ gives a lot of credit to her coach, none other than Josiah Middaugh.
“Oh my god, that was awesome, I’m super stoked about today,” said Baker. “That was a really strong field this year, and I have to thank Josiah for being my coach this year. I’ve learned a lot about bike training and how to balance everything. On the bike, I’m fitter than I’ve ever been.”
Jacqui Allen is also in fine form, and finished in second-place about one-minute ahead of Baker.
“I felt really, really good, like I got past this altitude stuff,” said Allen. “I was pretty confident going into the race actually. I was on the course the other day and felt good and I probably rode it faster in practice than I did in the race a few years ago. Today I had a really good swim. It took a bit of time on the bike to get going and Julie passed me early on and then Lesley came past and after that I got into my groove and passed Julie back and towards the end I could push on a lot more, I was out of the saddle, really ripping it. I love the downhill here, and then on the run I said in my prerace thing that as soon as I got off the first hill I’d smile, so I just kept reminding myself of that. But that’s the longest, hardest downhill I’ve ever done I think. But it was amazing. I felt awesome.”
Suzie Snyder was solid in all three disciplines to finish in fourth and secure her second-straight XTERRA Pan America Tour championship, and Morgane Riou from France rounded out the top five.
Middaugh and Baker earned XTERRA USA Champion honors as well today for being the top Americans in the race.
MIDDAUGH, SNYDER WIN XTERRA PAN AMERICA TOUR ELITE TITLES
As the culmination of a series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S., and with $60,000 in Tour bonus money at stake, the race was one of the true marquee events on the XTERRA World Tour.
In the men’s chase Josiah Middaugh jumped past Branden Rakita and Suzie Snyder held on to her lead as both won the XTERRA Pan Am Tour for the second straight year.
Brian Smith, who place 6th, made a big jump to move from 7th to 4th in the standings, and by virtue of winning today Mendez made a huge leap from 19th to 5th.
In the women’s chase the top four women in the standings all held position, with the biggest move coming from Paterson’s win that bumped her into the fifth spot.
2017 XTERRA PAN AM TOUR FINAL ELITE STANDINGS
|1||Josiah Middaugh, USA||630||DNS||DNS||75||DNS||100||DNS||100||100||75||180|
|2||Branden Rakita, USA||564||56||47||56||DNS||69||61||58||63||56||98|
|3||Kieran McPherson, NZL||426||DNS||DNS||DNS||67||63||DNS||41||82||67||106|
|4||Brian Smith, USA||334||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||75||DNS||75||58||DNS||126|
|5||Mauricio Mendez, MEX||290||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||90||DNS||DNS||200|
|6||Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG||285||75||67||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||75||DNS||68|
|7||Cedric Wane, TAH||282||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||41||51||63||53||DNS||74|
|8||JP Thibodeau, CAN||282||61||56||61||DNS||37||67||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNP|
|9||Felipe Moletta, BRA||198||DNS||61||DNS||75||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||62|
|10||Sam Long, USA||198||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||82||DNS||DNS||116|
|11||Julien Buffe, FRA||182||43||39||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||49||51||DNP|
|12||Francisco Serrano, MEX||172||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||82||DNS||DNS||90||DNS||DNS|
|13||Chris Ganter, USA||170||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||58||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||56|
|14||Karsten Madsen, CAN||165||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||90||75||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|15||Bradley Weiss, RSA||164||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||164|
|16||Kyle Smith, NZL||150||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||150|
|17||Ryan Ignatz, USA||149||DNS||DNS||51||DNS||53||DNS||45||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|18||Ben Allen, AUS||138||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||138|
|19||Maximiliano Morales, ARG||118||67||51||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|20||Ian King, USA||108||DNS||27||47||DNS||34||DNS||DNP||DNS||DNS||DNP|
|21||Veit Hoenle, GER||98||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||49||DNS||49||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|22||León Drajer, ESP||94||51||43||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|23||Micheal Nunez, USA||92||DNS||DNS||30||DNS||31||DNS||31||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|24||Alex Modestou, USA||90||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||90|
|25||Walter Schafer, USA||82||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||82|
|26||Felipe Barraza, CHI||75||DNS||75||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|27||Guiherme Goncalves, BRA||72||DNS||DNS||36||36||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|28||Ben Hoffman, USA||69||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||69||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|29||Leonardo Mata , MEX||69||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||69||DNS||DNS|
|30||Kris Coddens, BEL||67||DNS||DNS||67||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|31||Alexandre Manzan, BRA||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|32||Leonardo Chacon, CRC||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||61||DNS|
|33||Frederico Zacharias, BRA||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|34||Mario de Elias, ARG||53||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||53||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|35||Henrique Lugarini, BRA||51||DNS||DNS||DNS||51||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|36||Andres Darricau, ARG||47||47||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNP|
|37||Diogo Malagon, BRA||47||DNS||DNS||DNS||47||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|38||Cody Waite, USA||45||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||45||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|39||Esteban Rosas, MEX||45||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||45||DNS||DNS|
|40||Greg Schott, USA||43||DNS||DNS||43||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|41||Rodrigo Moreira, BRA||43||DNS||DNS||DNS||43||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|42||Daniel Ramirez, MEX||41||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||41||DNS||DNS|
|43||Federico Venegas, CRC||39||DNS||DNS||39||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|44||Silveira Silva, BRA||39||DNS||DNS||DNS||39||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|45||Thomas Spannring, USA||37||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||37||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|46||Joaquin Pereda, MEX||37||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||37||DNS||DNS|
|47||Diego Moya, CHI||36||DNS||36||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|48||Guilherme Goncalves, BRA||36||DNS||DNS||DNS||36||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|49||Joshua Merrick, USA||34||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||34||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|50||Gaspar Riveros, CHI||33||DNS||33||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|51||Billy Gordon, PAN||33||DNS||DNS||33||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|52||Anderson Ferreira, BRA||33||DNS||DNS||DNS||33||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|53||Benjamin Munizaga, CHI||30||DNS||30||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|54||Wellington Conceicao, BRA||30||DNS||DNS||DNS||30||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|55||Ryan DeCook, USA||28||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||28||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|56||Taylor Charlton, AUS||28||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||28||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|57||Andres Zuniga, CRC||27||DNS||DNS||27||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|58||Pericles Andrade, BRA||27||DNS||DNS||DNS||27||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|59||Fernando Melo, BRA||25||DNS||DNS||DNS||25||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|60||Leonardo Lisboa, BRA||23||DNS||DNS||DNS||23||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|1||Suzie Snyder, USA||732||75||67||75||DNS||100||75||90||100||DNS||150|
|2||Kara LaPoint, USA||630||61||56||67||DNS||58||51||69||75||67||126|
|3||Morgane Riou, FRA||565||67||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||67||75||82||75||138|
|4||Laura Mira Dias, BRA||409||51||47||56||67||DNP||DNS||DNS||58||56||74|
|5||Lesley Paterson, GBR||390||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||90||DNS||100||DNS||DNS||200|
|6||Julie Baker, USA||328||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||82||DNS||82||DNS||DNS||164|
|7||Sabrina Gobbo, BRA||303||56||51||DNS||75||53||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||68|
|8||Annie Bergen, CAN||246||DNS||DNS||61||DNS||31||27||58||69||DNS||DNP|
|9||Emma Garrard, USA||224||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||45||DNS||63||DNS||DNS||116|
|10||Katie Button, CAN||222||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||63||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||98|
|11||Jessie Koltz, USA||221||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||39||49||DNF||51||82|
|12||Jacqui Allen, GBR||180||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||180|
|13||H. Zimchek-Dunn, USA||173||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||30||53||DNS||DNS||90|
|14||Caroline Colonna, USA||173||DNS||DNS||47||DNS||28||DNS||45||53||DNS||DNF|
|15||Genevieve Evans, USA||167||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||61||106|
|16||Liz Gruber, USA||120||DNS||DNS||51||DNS||69||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|17||Maia Ignatz, USA||118||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||75||43||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|18||Anne Usher, USA||99||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||37||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||62|
|19||Fabiola Corona, MEX||90||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||90||DNS||DNS|
|20||Barbara Riveros, CHI||75||DNS||75||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|21||Debby Sullivan, USA||74||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||41||33||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|22||Kelli Montgomery, USA||70||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||34||36||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|23||Dunia Gomez, MEX||63||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||63||DNS||DNS|
|24||Isabella Ribeiro, BRA||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||61||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|25||Holly Henry, CAN||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||56|
|26||Vanessa Cabrini, BRA||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|27||Zoe Dawson, CAN||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||56||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|28||Fernanda Prieto, BRA||51||DNS||DNS||DNS||51||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|29||Katharine Carter, CAN||49||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||49||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNP|
|30||Brisa Melcop, BRA||47||DNS||DNS||DNS||47||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
|31||Ladina Buss, SUI|
HAUGAN, MCCURDY WIN XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPS AMATEUR TITLES
Tate Haugan from Canada and Deanna McCurdy from Colorado won the overall amateur XTERRA Pan America Championship titles. All of the age group winners below (aside from Haugen) won both the XTERRA Pan America and USA Championship crowns. In the men’s 15-19 division, Michael Loutzenheiser from Lagrange, Georgia, won the XTERRA USA Championship as the top American in the division. We’ll have more on how the amatuer race unfolded, the Pan Am Tour winners, and all the weekend events this week in the XTERRA News.
|XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)|
|15 – 19||Sophie Allen||Lake Worth, FL||4:32:26|
|20 – 24||Madalyn Lee||Ogden, UT||4:15:16|
|25 – 29||Alexa Turzian||Sun Valley, ID||3:19:46|
|30 – 34||Megan Riepma||Lafayette, CO||3:26:58|
|35 – 39||Courtney Kaup||Richmond, VT||3:17:18|
|40 – 44||*Deanna McCurdy||Littleton, CO||3:12:07|
|45 – 49||Kiki Silver||Boulder, CO||3:23:44|
|50 – 54||Paula Maresh||Littleton, CO||3:39:36|
|55 – 59||Janet Soule||Davis, CA||3:33:41|
|60 – 64||Martha Buttner||Boulder, CO||3:49:33|
|65 – 69||Jo Garuccio||Sandy, UT||4:27:11|
|PC||Christy Williams||Littleton, CO||5:07:29|
XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)
|15 – 19||*Tate Haugan||Fort St. John, Canada||2:37:20|
|20 – 24||Nelson Hegg||Boulder, CO||2:44:39|
|25 – 29||Lukus Klawitter||Alamosa, CO||2:50:43|
|30 – 34||Brett Tack||Boulder, CO||2:39:07|
|35 – 39||Matthew Balzer||Reno, NV||2:50:00|
|40 – 44||Michael Door||Vail, CO||2:52:08|
|45 – 49||Andy Lee||Lakeway, TX||2:52:42|
|50 – 54||Joe Cooper||Ashland, OR||3:08:08|
|55 – 59||Karl Edgerton||Vail, CO||3:07:59|
|60 – 64||Tom Monica||Thousand Oaks, CA||3:19:02|
|65 – 69||Clyve Cousins||Salt Lake City, UT||3:57:37|
|70 – 74||Daniel Rose||Truckee, CA||5:01:59|
|PC||Craig Vogstberger||Aurora, CO||4:18:50|
|* TOP AMATEURS|
2017 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
The XTERRA Pan America Championship was the last of the World Tour stops where amateur athletes could qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 29.
|Date||Race||Elite Winners or Location|
|25-Feb||XTERRA South Africa||Richard Murray / Flora Duffy|
|4-Mar||XTERRA Motatapu||Dougal Allan / Josie Wilcox|
|18-Mar||XTERRA Saipan + Silver||Sam Osborne / Carina Wasle|
|25-Mar||XTERRA Argentina # Silver||Gonzalo Tellechea / Suzie Snyder|
|1-Apr||XTERRA Thailand + Silver||Kieran McPherson / Renata Bucher|
|1-Apr||XTERRA Chile # Silver||Felipe Barraza / Barbara Riveros|
|2-Apr||XTERRA Malta * Silver||Roger Serrano / Brigitta Poor|
|8-Apr||XTERRA New Zealand + Silver||Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen|
|9-Apr||XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver||Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder|
|16-Apr||XTERRA La Reunion||Ruben Ruzafa / Carina Wasle|
|23-Apr||XTERRA Danao + GOLD||Bradley Weiss / Carina Wasle|
|23-Apr||XTERRA Cyprus * Silver||Yeray Luxem / Brigitta Poor|
|29-Apr||XTERRA Langkawi + GOLD||Osborne,Allen,Weiss,McPherson/Wasle|
|30-Apr||XTERRA Greece * Silver||Ruben Ruzafa, Helena Erbenova|
|6-May||XTERRA Tahiti + Silver||Sam Osborne / Jacqui Allen|
|13-May||XTERRA Brazil # Silver||Felipe Moletta / Sabrina Gobbo|
|14-May||XTERRA Spain * Silver||Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova|
|20-May||XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD||Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder|
|27-May||XTERRA Portugal * Silver||Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor|
|10-Jun||XTERRA Belgium * Silver||Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Erbenova|
|17-Jun||XTERRA Mine over Matter ^||Karsten Madsen / Heather Pady|
|18-Jun||XTERRA Finland * Silver||Pavel Andreev / Louise Fox|
|24-Jun||XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD||Arthur Forissier / Michelle Flipo|
|2-Jul||XTERRA France * GOLD||Ruben Ruzafa / Laura Philipp|
|9-Jul||XTERRA Victoria # Silver||Karsten Madsen / Suzie Snyder|
|15-Jul||XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD||Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson|
|30-Jul||XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver||Xavier Dafflon / Helena Karaskova|
|5-Aug||XTERRA Mexico # GOLD||Josiah Middaugh / Suzie Snyder|
|5-Aug||XTERRA Norway * Silver||Ruben Ruzafa / Maud Golssteyn|
|13-Aug||XTERRA Dominican Republic||Josiah Middaugh / Morgane Riou|
|13-Aug||XTERRA Poland * Silver||Sam Osborne / Brigitta Poor|
|19-Aug||XTERRA Germany||Sam Osborne / Brigitta Poor|
|2-Sep||XTERRA European Championship||Bradley Weiss / Brigitta Poor|
|16-Sep||XTERRA Pan Am Championship||Mauricio Mendez / Lesley Paterson|
|29-Oct||XTERRA World Championship||Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii|
HALES, PATERSON WIN XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONAL TITLES
Brett Hales from Layton, Utah and Lesley Paterson of San Diego, California (via Stirling, Scotland) won the 13th annual XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon at Snowbasin Resort on Sunday.
It’s the second win on this course in as many tries for Hales, who won the 2014 race, and the second win in as many days for Paterson, who won the XTERRA Pan America Championship triathlon on Saturday.
On the men’s side, Hales surprised no one with his first-place finish in 1:17:45, which was a sub-six minute pace over the challenging course. He finished a little over one-minute ahead of runner-up Anthony Costales.
“It was fun, it was good to be back,” said Hales. “It’s always fortunate when you can come back and run on these trails because it’s absolutely one of the best courses.”
The men’s race began with sub-4 minute miler and XTERRA Beaver Creek 21K champ Darren Brown of Massachusetts setting a very brisk pace, one he couldn’t sustain (he ultimately finished sixth).
“You try to get a gauge as to whether they are a legitimate contender or not because no one starts out this hard in a trail race,” said Hales, who caught Brown on the first climb. “I was like, I know what going hard is and this is a little insane so I knew he was going to come back.”
After passing Brown, Hales ran behind Costales on the single track and then put in a surge when the trail opened up before the third mile. “The mountain legs took over and went from there,” said Hales.
Costales, who made a name for himself last year after qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials in his debut marathon after only 18 months of training, was a former runner at California State University – Chico and qualified for the 2012 NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 10,000-meter.
“This was only my second time running with Brett, but we are familiar faces to each other,” said Costales, who ran the 21k in 1:19 flat. “It was fun running with him for the first part, but once he got away I didn’t see him until the end.”
Costales, who was also the runner up last year here to Patrick Smyth, ran alone for most of the race and loved the experience. “I love this course,” he said. “That last downhill section on the back side of Sardine never ends, but it’s fun.”
Finishing third in 1:20:50 was Adam Wollant of Bozeman, Montana. A recent graduate of Montana State, Wollant ran cross-country and track in college with an outdoor 10k PR of 31:10. Today’s race was Wollant’s first time on the trails.
“I really like the half-marathon distance and I really wanted to try the trails out,” said the soft-spoken Wollant. “The race went out a little faster than I wanted too and I just kind of tucked into fourth or fifth.”
He made his way into third on the downhill after Sardine Peak and got within a few seconds of Costales but couldn’t make the pass.
Nathan Peters, who won the 20-24 title back in 2013, finished fourth and Anthony Fagundes, the first finisher who does not live at altitude, placed fifth. Brown was sixth, Clayton Foster and Zachary Holloway from Alamosa, CO placed seventh and eighth, Travis Lavin, also from Colorado, was ninth and Andy Lee of Texas was 10th and won the 45-49 division, a day after winning the XTERRA Pan Am Championship triathlon crown.
This year’s XTERRA Pan Am Championship weekend can be summed up in two words: Lesley Paterson. A day after winning the women’s division in the off-road triathlon, Paterson came back and won the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship.
To put this in perspective, Paterson completed the 21k in 1:33:59 at about 7:10 pace per mile over terrain that included rock gardens, single track, and 2,200-feet of climbing. And, she did this at an altitude of about 7,000-feet a day after completing a grueling triathlon that included a 1.5k swim, a 28k mountain bike, and 10k trail run.
Fellow pro triathlete Julie Baker said of Paterson yesterday, “Dude, she just goes insanely hard. And she breathes like a freight train coming by. I don’t know how she goes that fast and that hard for so long. It’s incredible.”
Paterson makes it all look easy.
“It was awesome, I felt great” said Paterson immediately after today’s 21k race. “I did not expect to feel that good. I was feeling super tired this morning but got out there on the hill and just felt in the zone. I knew there were some good girls here today and I thought they were going to come past, but I just felt great.”
Paterson said today’s trail conditions were amazing.
“Absolutely gorgeous, super tacky and the perfect temperature. I actually got a chance to look at the view and was around some good runners who kept me company.”
Next up for Paterson is a vacation slash training trip to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to celebrate her dad’s 70th birthday.
Morgan Arritola, the favorite in the women’s race, did not run today as she is recovering from broken ribs. “I tried to test them today but I can’t breathe hard,” said Arritola. “I wanted to wish them better but I am not sleeping well and realistically I shouldn’t be racing.”
Gabrielle Slotboom, a former University of Utah track and cross-country standout, finished second, averaging 7:23 pace and finishing in 1:36:48. Originally from the Netherlands, Slotboom ran a 17:07 5k and a 4:37 1500m while in college. The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship was the former track star’s first half marathon.
“It was fun,” said Slotboom after crossing the line. “It was long but a lot of fun. It was a very runnable course.”
In third was Jeanette Mathieu from Salt Lake City, who completed the race in 1:38:56.
“It was my first time racing out there and it was beautiful,” said Mathieu. “It was perfect racing weather and I had a lot of fun.”
Mathieu recently moved to Utah from Nashville and is making the transition from roads to trails. Growing up, Mathieu ran for fun but didn’t begin to race seriously until the spring before starting medical school at Vanderbilt University. She has run 5ks on the roads as well as well as a 1:24 half marathon.
Her medical training served her well today. She finished the race a bit bloody from a tumble downhill but immediately got back up and kept going.
Penelope Freedman was fourth, Megan Flannigan fifth, Ogdens-own Addie Stewart placed sixth, Lauren Zimmer was seventh, Megan Kupres from Phoenix was eighth, Texas rookie and regional champ, Emma Kosciak, was ninth in her debut race on the XTERRA National Championship course, and Christyn Murphy rounded out the top 10.
|XTERRA Trail Run National Champs (Male)|
|10 – 14||Noah Kilgore||Jonesboro, GA||1:51:50|
|15-19||Micah Kilgore||Jonesboro, GA||1:55:00|
|20 – 24||Adam Wollant||Bozeman, MT||1:20:50|
|25 – 29||Anthony Costales (2)||Salt Lake City, UT||1:19:00|
|30 – 34||Brett Hales (2)||Layton, UT||1:17:45|
|35 – 39||Albert Wint||Sandy, UT||1:33:48|
|40 – 44||Scott McMurtrey||Salt Lake City, UT||1:36:20|
|45 – 49||Andy Lee (3)||Lakeway, TX||1:33:35|
|50 – 54||Taha Mahmood (3)||Salt Lake City, UT||1:41:46|
|55 – 59||Brett Peacock||Jackson, WY||1:42:45|
|60 – 64||Kevin Tuck (9)||Tucson, AZ||1:36:43|
|65 – 69||Doug Beagle||Houston, TX||2:33:21|
|75 – 79||Thomas Miller||Mustang, OK||3:17:35|
|80+||John Williams (2)||Culver City, CA||3:59:55|
|CHA||Craig Vogtsberger||Aurora, CO||2:35:10|
|XTERRA Trail Run National Champs (Female)|
|10 – 14||Hannah Lutzker (2(||Park City, UT||2:09:14|
|15 – 19||Micala Schultz (3)||Fort Collins, CO||2:37:35|
|20 – 24||Giselle Slotboom||Salt Lake City, UT||1:36:48|
|25 – 29||Jeanette Mathieu||Salt Lake City, UT||1:38:56|
|30 – 34||Penelope Freedman||Steamboat Springs, CO||1:42:50|
|35 – 39||Lesley Paterson (2)||Ballantine, MT||1:33:59|
|40 – 44||Addie Stewar||Ogden, UT||1:49:05|
|45 – 49||Karen Oppenheimer||Redondo Beach, CA||2:14:20|
|50 – 54||Lisa Kirby||Logan, UT||2:40:05|
|55 – 59||Tamara Tabeek (5)||Ramona, CA||2:10:35|
|60 – 64||Susan Akenhead||Maple Ridge, Canada||2:17:30|
|65 – 69||Deborah Wagner (2)||Park City, UT||2:32:29|
UTAH’S TUCK WINS NINTH TITLE
Although the elite runners chase the overall crown at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the event remains an age-group race, and this year 27 runners representing nine different states and Canada took home age-group titles today.
The home-state Utah runners led the way with 11 champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Tucson, AZ). Tuck, 61, was an impressive 16th overall, and this was his unprecedented ninth XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.
Tamara Tabeek (55-59) won her fifth title and was second at the XTERRA Pan Am Championship triathlon yesterday (last year she won both). Andy Lee, Micala Schultz, and Taha Mahmood each won their third national title today, while Hales, Costales, Williams, Lutzker, Paterson, and Wagner each won their second.
All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2017 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship scheduled for December 3 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.
The 2017 XTERRA Pan Am Championship and XTERRA Trail Run National Championship races were presented by Paul Mitchell and the Utah Sports Commission. Sponsors include Outrigger Resorts, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, Suunto, XTERRA Wetsuits, GOAL Foundation, Oofos, XTERRA Boards, Utah Media Group, Maui Visitors Bureau, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hub 801, U.S. Forest Service, and XTERRA Fitness.