More than 800 triathletes and trail runners from around the country raced for championships in picture-perfect conditions this 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.
More than 800 triathletes and trail runners from around the country raced for championships in picture-perfect conditions this 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.
In Saturday’s triathlon, Josiah Middaugh from Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Lesley Paterson from Scotland captured the 15th annual XTERRA Pan American off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
It’s the third win in four years for Middaugh at this race, and the second in a row for Paterson. Both have now won the championship in Utah four times in their careers.
More than 500 athletes from 30 countries took part in the triathlons, the culmination of a 12-stop series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.
The challenge started with a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), followed 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 culminated with a 7-mile trail run featuring another 700-feet of climbing on trails in the Wasatch Range.
In the men’s elite race Middaugh came out of the water less than one-minute behind the leaders, took the lead from South Africa’s Bradley Weiss at about mile eight on the bike, and took the tape in 2:26:34. Weiss finished second in 2:30:32, and Sam Long from Boulder, Colorado was third in 2:31:18.
One of the race favorites, 2016 XTERRA World Champion Mauricio Mendez, had to drop out during the mountain bike section due to a broken saddle on his bike that couldn’t be repaired.
Brad Zoller had the fastest swim of the day, but Mendez was second out of the water and was charging hard on the bike. Branden Rakita was next, followed by Ian King, Brad Weiss, Karsten Madsen, and Middaugh, who interestingly, didn’t know Mendez was out of the race.
“Going up Wheeler, Brad Weiss was riding off the front and Karsten was riding really well,” said Middaugh. “I caught them both and couldn’t see Mauricio. I thought he was a good minute or two ahead of me up the trail. I thought I was having a really bad day.”
It wasn’t until after the bike-to-run transition that Middaugh realized he was in the lead.
“I thought I was chasing and was pleased to find out otherwise,” said the 18-year veteran of XTERRA who posted the fastest bike split of the day. “But I always go as hard as I can from start to finish no matter what position I’m in. You can only do what you can do, and you never know what’s going on with other people.”
Brad Weiss experienced Middaugh’s hardcore racing strategy first hand.
“Starting the climb on the bike, I thought if no one wants the lead, then OK, I’ll take it. But as we gained elevation I could feel the altitude starting to creep in. When Josiah caught me, I thought, OK, try to stay with him. At last year’s race I managed to stay with him the whole ride, but this year, he kept surging and surging and I thought man, this is miserable. You got to give it to Josiah. When you race the King of Altitude at altitude you always have your back against the wall. I’m happy with second. It’s my best result here at the Pan Am Champs and it’s a great stepping stone to Maui.”
At T2, Middaugh had more than two-minutes on Weiss, and Karsten Madsen’s ride was strong enough to launch him into third place, which he attributes to a solid six-week training block in Vail working with Middaugh.
“I had a great ride and was really attacking this course all over when in the past it was just about surviving it,” said Madsen, who fell a third of the way through the run and came into
the finish chute with a torn and bloody kit. “It was just one of those XTERRA experiences and Sam (Long) rallied and blazed by me. Today was all about putting forth the effort and hanging onto something sizable and I’m proud of my effort.”
Sam Long – who grew up mountain biking in Colorado – also had a strong bike segment and was only 20-seconds behind Madsen coming out of transition. As the youngest elite in the field, just 22-years old, Long surprised only himself with his performance today.
“My primary goal coming into the Pan Am Championship was to convince myself I belong at XTERRA Worlds in Maui,” he said. “I wasn’t even thinking about going to Maui this year, but after XTERRA Beaver Creek when I finished third behind Mauricio and Josiah, Mau came up to me and said, ‘You gotta go to Maui. You deserve to be there.’ I thought, ‘Well heck, if two world champions think I should go and I qualify, then maybe I should go.’”
Walter Schafer had the fastest run split of the day, which was enough to nudge bolt him into fifth place overall today. Madsen finished the race in fourth after Long passed him, and Weiss held on to second-place.
ELITE MEN’S RESULTS
|1||Josiah Middaugh, USA||2:26:35||200|
|2||Bradley Weiss, RSA||2:30:32||180|
|3||Sam Long, USA||2:31:19||164|
|4||Karsten Madsen, CAN||2:32:15||150|
|5||Walter Schafer, USA||2:35:21||138|
|6||Brian Smith, USA||2:36:58||126|
|7||Kieran McPherson, NZL||2:41:51||116|
|8||Branden Rakita, USA||2:41:55||106|
|9||Nelson Hegg, USA||2:47:45||98|
|10||Joshua Merrick, USA||2:49:33||90|
|11||Rafael Juriti, BRA||2:51:04||82|
|12||Ian King, USA||2:51:48||74|
|14||Humberto Rivera, USA||2:54:20||62|
|15||Hans Ryham, USA||2:58:37||56|
|Also: Brad Zoller, Michael Nunez|
In the women’s elite race Paterson was seventh out of the swim, caught Suzie Snyder at about mile five of the bike and never looked back. Her winning time of 2:52:12 was more than nine-minutes faster than Snyder, who placed second. Fabiola Corona finished third in 3:04:49.
In past years, Paterson battled Lyme’s disease as well as several injuries, but the “Scottish Rocket” is nothing if not tough.
The day started with Magali Tisseyre, a road triathlon star from Montreal, coming first out of the water followed by Julie Baker, Jessie Koltz, Suzie Snyder, Fabiola Corona, and Allison Baca.
“I was seven minutes back in the swim but that’s pretty typical of me at altitude and I know that,” said Paterson. “The swim was a challenge. It always is. It was finding the feet, finding the rhythm. I came out a few minutes down and that was fine. I’m mentally tough and I’m strong and fit and have had a great block of training. I haven’t been injured in seven or eight months which is a miracle so I’m just going to keep it that way until Maui.”
After T1, Paterson passed most of the athletes ahead of her on the climb up Wheeler Canyon but it took her a bit longer to catch Snyder.
“Suzie did really well, and I was stoked to see that,” said Paterson, who had the fastest bike split of the day. “I passed her about a mile outside of Wheeler and then once you are in the weeds, it’s just about attacking.”
Snyder missed a few races last year because of a health condition that affects her vocal chords and her breathing.
“It took a little while to feel strong and I have to be really conscious of how I’m breathing which is frustrating because I just want to go,” said Snyder. “Then I found my rhythm early on the bike and pushed hard. When Lesley came by me I tried to stay with her as long as I could.”
Behind Snyder, Fabiola Corona from Mexico and Allison Baca from Colorado were engaged in a battle that began on the bike course. Corona came out of the water fifth with Baca just behind her.
“We rode together the whole way,” said Corona. “I told myself to keep her pace and keep it strong and follow her uphill because she is such a good climber.”
Paterson passed Corona and Baca at about mile two of the bike course. Then the two athletes passed Baker and Tisseyre.
“I passed Allison on the downhill and moved into third,” said Corona. “Then Allison caught me in transition, so we were running together again. It was both a physical and mental battle for me to push. It was a tough fight.”
About three kilometers from the finish, Corona moved ahead of Baca, but just when she thought she could relax, she looked back and saw Tisseyre.
“I really wanted that podium,” said Corona. “On the downhill, I was like a snowball. I didn’t care. It was podium or die and I didn’t care. So, at the end I was really, really happy with third place.”
Tisseyre was fourth in 3:06:21. Allison Baca was fifth in 3:07:18.
Tisseyre was a bit of a dark horse in today’s race. She finished sixth at the 2012 XTERRA World Championship in Maui against a tough field that included Lesley Paterson, Barbara Riveros, and Heather Jackson, but for the past two years has been concentrating on racing 70.3 road tri events and she sustained injuries that prevented her from racing during most of 2018.
“It just didn’t seem like the right thing for me anymore,” said Tisseyre of the roads. “I was starting to want to get out of the sport.”
Rather than quit, Tisseyre signed up for the XTERRA Pan Am Championship and started working with a new, local coach.
“I still need to work on my technique, but I loved the adrenaline rush out there today,” she said. “I’m just so happy. I feel like I got something back.”
ELITE WOMEN’S RESULTS
|1||Lesley Paterson, GBR||2:52:01||200|
|2||Suzie Snyder, USA||3:01:39||180|
|3||Fabiola Corona, MEX||3:04:50||164|
|4||Magali Tisseyre, CAN||3:06:21||150|
|5||Allison Baca, USA||3:07:18||138|
|6||Tess Amer, USA||3:09:04||126|
|7||Kara LaPoint, USA||3:11:45||116|
|8||Julie Baker, USA||3:16:51||106|
|9||Katie Button, CAN||3:21:12||98|
|10||Jessica Koltz, USA||3:24:27||90|
|11||Heather Zimchek-Dunn, USA||3:33:59||82|
|12||Kelli Montgomery, USA||3:35:39||74|
|13||Emanuela Bandol, CAN||3:37:16||68|
|14||Anne Usher, USA||3:52:52||62|
|15||Rebecca Blatt, USA||4:22:32||56|
ALL TIME XTERRA UTAH ELITE CHAMPIONS
|2018||Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson||Pan Am Champs|
|2017||Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson||Pan Am Champs|
|2016||Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder||Pan Am Champs|
|2015||Josiah Middaugh/Emma Garrard||USA Champs|
|2014||Ruben Ruzafa/Flora Duffy||USA Champs|
|2013||Leonardo Chacon/Lesley Paterson||USA Champs|
|2012||Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson||USA Champs|
|2011||Nicolas Lebrun/Melanie McQuaid||USA Champs|
|2010||Conrad Stoltz/Melanie McQuaid||USA Champs|
|2009||Nicolas Lebrun/Melanie McQuaid||USA Champs|
|2008||Conrad Stoltz/Melanie McQuaid||Mountain Champs|
|2007||Seth Wealing/Jamie Whitmore||Mountain Champs|
|2006||Mike Vine/Melanie McQuaid||Mountain Champs|
|2005||Robert Walsh/Toni Axelrod||Points Series Race|
|2004||Anthony Johnson/Amber Monforte||Points Series Race|
McPherson, Snyder Win XTERRA Pan America Tour Elite Titles
This year the XTERRA Pan American Tour made 12 stops in nine countries. It began on March 18th with XTERRA Chile and concluded today, September 15th, with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah. In between were two majors in the U.S., two in Canada, and one each in Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
In the men’s chase for the title of XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ, Kieran McPherson from New Zealand came out on top with 829 points. He began racing in March with a second-place finish at XTERRA Chile. He went on to win XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Brazil, and chased down Josiah Middaugh on the run to win XTERRA Victoria.
“I accomplished my goal this year,” said McPherson, “But it’s been a long season.”
McPherson, who did 11 of the 12 races this season, is a new father to daughter Paisley – whom he carried over the finish line at the XTERRA Pan Am Championship.
In the women’s chase for the XTERRA Pan Am Tour title, Fabiola Corona from Mexico came out on top.
“This is the first time that I went after the XTERRA Pan Am Tour title,” said Corona. “I’m very happy that I was able to take it home for Mexico.”
Corona’s season began with a second-place finish in at XTERRA Chile, and culminated with 768 points over nine races including wins at XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Dominican Republic, XTERRA Mexico, and XTERRA Quebec.
|XTERRA PAN AM TOUR FINAL STANDINGS|
|2||Josiah Middaugh, US||774||x||x||67||x||x||100||75||67||90||100||75||200|
|3||Karsten Madsen, CAN||729||x||x||61||75||90||90||61||x||53||82||67||150|
|4||Branden Rakita, USA||652||61||56||x||x||75||58||47||61||63||69||56||106|
|5||Alex Roberts, NZL||368||x||x||x||61||58||37||56||47||34||28||47||x|
|6||Brian Smith, USA||335||x||x||x||x||x||82||x||x||69||58||x||126|
|7||Rafael Juriti, BRA||335||51||43||x||47||63||x||x||x||x||49||x||82|
|8||Sam Long, USA||309||x||x||x||x||x||63||x||x||82||x||x||164|
|9||Ian King, USA||221||x||x||36||x||x||41||x||27||x||x||43||74|
|10||Rom Akerson, CRC||217||x||x||75||x||x||75||67||x||x||x||x||x|
|11||Will Kelsay, USA||195||x||x||x||x||x||53||x||43||31||x||x||68|
|12||Alejandro Sfriso, ARG||192||x||51||x||51||49||x||x||x||x||41||x||x|
|13||Bradley Weiss, RSA||180||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||180|
|14||Mauricio Mendez, MEX||175||75||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||100||x||x||x|
|15||Humberto Rivera, USA||140||x||x||47||x||x||31||x||x||x||x||x||62|
|16||Walter Schafer, USA||138||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||138|
|17||Joshua Merrick, USA||135||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||45||x||x||90|
|18||Maxi Morales, ARG||117||56||61||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|19||Nelson Hegg, USA||98||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||98|
|20||Will Ross, USA||96||x||x||x||x||x||45||x||51||x||x||x||x|
|21||Hans Ryham, USA||93||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||37||x||x||56|
|22||Brent Mattison, USA||88||x||x||x||x||x||49||x||39||x||x||x||x|
|24||Ryan Petry, USA||75||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||75||x||x||x|
|26||Diogo Malagon, BRA||69||x||x||x||x||69||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|28||Irving Perez, MEX||63||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||63||x||x|
|29||Ryan DeCook, USA||61||x||x||x||x||x||28||x||33||x||x||x||x|
|30||Luis Piedra, CRC||56||x||x||56||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|31||Andres Darricau, ARG||56||x||x||x||56||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|32||Brent McMahon, CAN||56||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||56||x||x||x||x|
|33||Felipe Moletta, BRA||53||x||x||x||x||53||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|34||Esteban Rojas, MEX||53||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||53||x||x|
|36||Carlos Chang, CAN||51||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||51||x|
|37||Brad Zoller, USA||49||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||49||x||x||x|
|38||Gustavo Torres, ARG||47||47||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|39||Lucas Mendez, ARG||47||x||47||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|40||Eduardo Lass, BRA||45||x||x||x||x||45||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|42||Andres Zuniga, CRC||43||x||x||43||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|43||Gabriel Angeloro, URU||43||x||x||x||43||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|44||Fernando Toldi, BRA||41||x||x||x||x||41||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|45||Lewis Elliot, USA||41||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||41||x||x||x|
|46||Pericles Andrade, BRA||39||x||39||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|47||Harold Ramos, CRC||39||x||x||39||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|49||Rodrigo Braga, BRA||37||x||x||x||x||37||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|51||Nelson Hegg, USA||36||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||36||x||x||x||x|
|52||Paulo Cabrera, BRA||34||x||x||x||x||34||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|53||Victor Arenas, COL||34||x||x||x||x||x||34||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|54||Eduardo Padilla, MEX||34||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||34||x||x|
|55||Gustavo Pereira, BRA||31||x||x||x||x||31||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|56||Alfonso Magana, MEX||31||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||31||x||x|
|57||Jake Stollery, AUS||30||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||30||x||x||x||x|
|59||Alex Willis, USA||28||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||28||x||x||x|
|60||Timothy Winslow, USA||25||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||25||x||x||x||x|
|1||Fabiola Corona, MEX||768||67||75||x||x||x||82||75||61||69||100||75||164|
|2||Kara LaPoint, USA||686||x||x||x||67||75||75||67||47||82||90||67||116|
|3||Kelli Montgomery, USA||520||x||x||75||61||58||49||56||27||x||69||51||74|
|4||Lesley Paterson, GBR||400||x||x||x||x||x||100||x||x||100||x||x||200|
|5||Allison Baca, USA||392||75||61||x||x||x||x||x||43||75||x||x||138|
|6||Julie Baker, USA||361||x||x||x||x||x||90||x||75||90||x||x||106|
|7||Carito Nieva, ARG||274||61||56||x||75||82||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|8||Katie Button, CAN||273||x||x||x||x||x||63||x||51||x||x||61||98|
|9||Jessie Koltz, USA||243||x||x||61||x||x||69||x||23||x||x||x||90|
|10||Suzie Snyder, USA||236||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||56||x||x||x||180|
|12||Rebecca Blatt, USA||211||x||x||56||x||x||41||x||x||58||x||x||56|
|13||Anne Usher, USA||154||x||x||x||x||x||53||x||39||x||x||x||62|
|14||Magali Tisseyre, CAN||150||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||150|
|15||Laura Mira Dias, BRA||146||x||x||x||56||90||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|16||Tess Amer, USA||126||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||126|
|19||Sabrina Gobbo, BRA||100||x||x||x||x||100||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|20||Nike Matanza, USA||86||x||x||x||x||x||x||61||25||x||x||x||x|
|21||Maria Barrera, MEX||82||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||82||x||x|
|22||Andrea Gutierrez, MEX||75||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||75||x||x|
|23||Luiza Zanini, BRA||69||x||x||x||x||69||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|24||Adilia Jimenez, CRC||67||x||x||67||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|26||Camila Nicolau, BRA||63||x||x||x||x||63||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|27||Paola Reyes, MEX||63||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||63||x||x|
|28||Erin Storie, USA||58||x||x||x||x||x||58||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|29||Evelyne Blouin, CAN||56||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||56||x|
|30||Tatiana Queiroz, BRA||53||x||x||x||x||53||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|31||Maria Lujan Soto||51||x||x||x||51||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|32||Ana Prade, BRA||49||x||x||x||x||49||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|33||Brisa Melcop, BRA||45||x||x||x||x||45||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|35||Lisa Helmer, CAN||36||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||36||x||x||x|
Johnson, McCurdy Take Amateur Titles
Anders Johnson of Huntsville, Utah and Deanna McCurdy of Littleton, Colorado captured the amateur titles at Saturday’s race. Johnson finished the course in 2:44:08 while 16-year old Robbie Day was second in 2:46:40. Francisco Gonzalez was third in 2:46:53.
McCurdy, who won the 2017 Ms. XTERRA award, was first in 3:16:02. Courtney Hill was second in 3:25:33 and Mimi Stockton was third in 3:27:01. We’ll have more on the amateur race next week.
|XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)|
|20 – 24||Abigail Bird||Cheyenne, WY||4:09:25|
|25 – 29||Rebecca Goldstein||Salt Lake City, UT||3:30:37|
|30 – 34||Katie O’Brien||Park City, UT||3:49:23|
|35 – 39||Courtney Hill||Pocatello, ID||3:25:32|
|40 – 44||*Deanna McCurdy||Littleton, CO||3:16:01|
|45 – 49||Mimi Stockton||Stevensville, MI||3:27:00|
|50 – 54||Margo Pitts||Raleigh, NC||3:40:27|
|55 – 59||Sharon McDowell-Larsen||Colorado Springs, CO||3:43:22|
|60 – 64||Barbara Peterson||Berkeley, CA||4:18:46|
|65 – 69||Jo Garuccio||Sandy, UT||4:52:51|
|PC||Christy Williams||Littleton, CO||5:07:29|
|XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)|
|15 – 19||Robbie Day||Evergreen, CO||2:46:39|
|20 – 24||* Anders Johnson||Huntsville, UT||2:44:07|
|25 – 29||Lukus Klawitter||Alamosa, CO||2:51:54|
|30 – 34||Andrew Hall||Salt Lake City, UT||2:48:42|
|35 – 39||Francisco Gonzalez||Boulder, CO||2:46:52|
|40 – 44||C.J. Castle||Dillon, CO||3:02:40|
|45 – 49||Andy Lee||Austin, TX||2:56:25|
|50 – 54||John Stehmeier||Lake Arrowhead, CA||3:11:03|
|55 – 59||Karl Edgerton||Vail, CO||3:26:07|
|60 – 64||Cliff Millemann||Davis, CA||3:27:32|
|65 – 69||Dawes Wilson||Vail, CO||4:18:27|
|70 – 74||Rich De Glymes||Newcastle, CA||4:17:59|
|* TOP AMATEURS|
XTERRA Pan America Tour Champions
|FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||HOMETOWN||STATE|
|Ronaldo||Serpa Ferreira||São Paulo||Brazil|
XTERRA World Championship Qualifiers
|Date||Race||M/W Elite Winners or Location|
|24-Feb||XTERRA South Africa||Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle|
|10-Mar||XTERRA Motatapu||Dougal Allan/Paties Alizue|
|18-Mar||XTERRA Chile #||Mauricio Mendez/Allison Baca|
|24-Mar||XTERRA Argentina #||Kieran McPherson/Fabiola Corona|
|25-Mar||XTERRA Costa Rica #||Rom Akerson/Kelli Montgomery|
|7-Apr||XTERRA New Zealand +||Sam Osborne/Jacqui Allen|
|15-Apr||XTERRA Malta *||Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor|
|22-Apr||XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champs +||Bradley Weiss/Carina Wasle|
|22-Apr||XTERRA Cyprus *||Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor|
|29-Apr||XTERRA Greece *||Arthur Forissier/Nicole Walters|
|5-May||XTERRA Uruguay #||Karsten Madsen/Carolina Nieva|
|11-May||XTERRA Tahiti +||Mauricio Mendez/Jacqui Allen|
|12-May||XTERRA Brazil #||Kieran McPherson/Sabrina Gobbo|
|19-May||XTERRA Oak Mountain #||Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson|
|27-May||XTERRA Garda *||Arthur Serrieres / Helena Karaskova|
|2-Jun||XTERRA Portugal *||Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor|
|3-Jun||XTERRA Dominican Republic #||Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona|
|9-Jun||XTERRA Belgium *||Francois Carloni / Morgane Riou|
|17-Jun||XTERRA Albay +||Sam Osborne / Samantha Kingsford|
|23-Jun||XTERRA Switzerland *||Arthur Forissier / Brigitta Poor|
|1-Jul||XTERRA France *||Ruben Ruzafa / Brigitta Poor|
|8-Jul||XTERRA Victoria #||Kieran McPherson / Julie Baker|
|15-Jul||XTERRA Czech *||Ruben Ruzafa / Helena Karaskova|
|21-Jul||XTERRA Beaver Creek #||Mauricio Mendez / Lesley Paterson|
|22-Jul||XTERRA Abruzzo *||Roger Serrano / Eva Garcia Gonzales|
|4-Aug||XTERRA Mexico #||Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona|
|5-Aug||XTERRA Romania *||Arthur Serrieres / Brigitta Poor|
|12-Aug||XTERRA Poland *||Bradley Weiss / Brigitta Poor|
|18-Aug||XTERRA Quebec #||Josiah Middaugh / Fabiola Corona|
|18-Aug||XTERRA European Champs *||Bradley Weiss / Brigitta Poor|
|26-Aug||XTERRA Finland *||Xavier Dafflon / Carina Wasle|
|1-Sep||XTERRA Norway *||Roger Serrano / Carina Wasle|
|15-Sep||XTERRA Pan Am / USA Champs||Josiah Middaugh / Lesley Paterson|
|28-Oct||XTERRA World Championship||Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii|
* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour
HALES, PATERSON WIN XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS
Then on Sunday, Brett Hales from Layton, Utah and Lesley Paterson from Scotland won the 14th annual XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon.
It’s the third win on this course in as many tries for Hales, who won the 2014 and 2017 races; and the second win in a row for Paterson, who also won the XTERRA Pan American Championship off-road triathlon at Snowbasin yesterday for the second straight year.
Hales took command of the race about a mile from the start and never gave up the lead. He crossed the finish line in 1:22:26, about 30 seconds in front of Mauricio Mendez, who finished in 1:22:59. David Roche was third in 1:24:21.
The race included a lap around the Snowbasin area before it headed up the mountain and onto single track. During this first lap, most of the lead men and women stayed together.
“During that first ‘glory loop,’ I was feeling out the field because I knew that Mauricio was in the race and David Roche was in it and there were some good trail guys out today,” said Hales. “When we got to the second climb, I threw in a surge and pulled a four to five second gap. From there, I just started increasing it, knowing that if I got daylight between me and them then I could inch away. On the trails, if you can’t see the person ahead of you then you don’t know if they are five seconds or five minutes ahead of you. I knew that if I could get out of eyesight I would be OK.”
Hales was referring to the switchbacks that wind up and down the mountains at Snowbasin, which make it difficult to judge how far a competitor is in front of you. By the time Hales made it to the top of Sardine Peak, he had a 30 second gap on Mendez and Roche, but he wasn’t comfortable with that lead.
“Once I got to the top of Sardine Peak, I started feeling the fatigue set in,” said Hales. “There were a lot of things going through my mind at that point because I didn’t know what Mauricio and David were going to do. That’s when I decided to open up and use the downhill.”
Mendez and Roche were close enough to witness Hales’ talent.
“Brett was such a downhill runner,” said Roche. “His descents are like a work of art. He was monstrous on the last downhill.”
Next up for Hales is the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship on December 2nd on Oahu, where he will toe the line with three-time XTERRA Trail Run World Champion Joe Gray and last year’s third-place finisher, Andy Wacker.
For most of the race, Roche was in second and Mendez was third. Between mile seven and eight, at the top of Sardine Peak (7300 feet, elevation), Mendez made his move and passed Roche. The two of them stayed together for the descent, and then at the fire road, Mendez put in a surge.
“David and I ran down the hill together,” said Mendez. “He was a really good downhill runner. At the fire road, I had to do an attack to get rid of him.”
Mendez was one of the favorites to win the XTERRA National Championship the day before but had to drop out during the mountain bike section due to a broken saddle on his bike that couldn’t be repaired.
“After some frustrations yesterday, it was perfect to shake out the legs today,” said Mendez. “I was looking forward to seeing where my run fitness was and the pleasure of racing against this caliber of guys. I felt good and did what I wanted to do which was to build my confidence on the run. I’m really happy with my race today.”
David Roche, who coaches many trail runners and triathletes, stayed with Mendez as long as he could.
“Mau passed me at the top of Sardine Peak and he’s just a beautiful runner,” said Roche. “I thought I could get him on the descent, and I got a bit of a gap, but as soon as we started the final climb to the finish, he made it up like that.”
Former Weber State cross-country standout, Kurt Ward, finished fourth and XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Regional Champ Elliott Bijlsma was fifth.
In the women’s race, Lesley Paterson led from the instant the cannon went off. She finished the race in 1:37:22, over a minute and a half in front of Misiker Demessie who came through in 1:38:59. David Roche’s wife Megan was third in 1:39:25.
“My goal was to maintain the lead the whole race,” said Paterson. “I knew there were a couple of quick girls here, and since I’m stronger on the uphills, I wanted to see if I could gap them. I kind of just went for it and made a surge on the first climb. All of a sudden, I had a gap of ten meters, so I kept pushing.”
Both Demessie and Roche are talented women runners in their own right. Roche is the 2016 USATF Ultrarunner and Sub-Ultrarunner of the Year, a four-time national ultrarunning champion, and six-time member of the U.S. National Ultrarunning Team.
Demessie, from Ethiopia, is a road runner, who has clocked a 1:09 half marathon and a 2:25 marathon. In April, Demessie won the Illinois Marathon and broke the course record.
Like Mendez and David Roche, Demessie and Megan Roche spent some of the race together, swapping second and third places.
“Misikir and I were together until the descent at about mile four,” said Roche. “She stayed about 15 seconds ahead of me, which doesn’t sound like much, but it feels like a lot out there.”
Roche moved from northern California to Colorado this year and is still getting used to racing at altitude.
“It kind of feels like you are dying,” admitted Roche, who wasn’t going to let a little bit of elevation spoil her day. She has been keeping a hip injury at bay and was relieved that it was still feeling good after today’s race.
“I ran with so much joy today because whenever you feel like you’re going to have an injury and you don’t, it’s like this overwhelming sense of joy,” said Roche. “Even though the race was tough in terms of being at altitude and pushing those climbs, it was really fun out there. I left if all out on the course and that’s all I can ask for.”
Today’s race was Demessie’s first race on the trails. She decided to try XTERRA in order to get stronger for her upcoming road races. However, her husband made the mistake of thinking that Snowbasin was the same elevation as Salt Lake City.
“My husband said this race was close to sea level,” said Demessie with a big laugh. “I kept telling him that I felt so heavy out there, like I was running at altitude.”
After two miles, Demessie began suffering from stomach problems, but stayed with it and maintained second place. “I don’t quit,” she said.
Kevin Tuck Wins 10th XTERRA Trail Run National Title
Kevin Tuck won his 10th XTERRA Trail Run National age group title (60-64) and was 15th overall with a time of 1:40:25. To honor his accomplishments over the past decade, he was given the number “1” on his bib.
Tammy Tabeek is approaching Tuck’s success and won her 55-59 age group for the sixth straight time this year.
Andy Lee, who won the 45-49 age group at the XTERRA National Championship on Saturday, won his age group today for the fourth time. Lee, originally from England, is a firefighter in Texas, where he is often the overall winner in his local XTERRA races.
Adrian Wolford from Oklahoma also won for the fourth time, this time in the 80 plus age group.
Here’s a look at all of today’s age group winners…
XTERRA Trail Run National Champs (Male)
|10 – 14||Noah Kilgore (2)||Jonesboro, GA||1:49:31|
|15-19||Elliott Bijlsma||El Segundo, CA||1:33:34|
|20 – 24||Mauricio Mendez||Mexico City, Mexico||1:22:58|
|25 – 29||Kurt Ward||Ogden, UT||1:32:55|
|30 – 34||Brett Hales (3)||Layton, UT||1:22:25|
|35 – 39||Joshua Merrick (2)||Fraser, CO||1:36:19|
|40 – 44||Corbin Talley||Layton, UT||1:33:46|
|45 – 49||Andy Lee (4)||Austin, TX||1:35:02|
|50 – 54||Edwin Johnson||Sandy, UT||1:55:17|
|55 – 59||Samuel Shusterman||Aurora, CO||1:38:57|
|60 – 64||Kevin Tuck (10)||Tucson, AZ||1:40:24|
|65 – 69||Doug Beagle (2)||Houston, TX||2:24:32|
|70 – 74||Fred Hauptmann||Joseph, OR||2:25:14|
|75 – 79||Thomas Miller (2)||Park City, UT||3:15:57|
|80+||Adrian Wolford (4)||Mustang, OK||3:49:50|
|CHA||Craig Vogtsberger (2)||Aurora, CO||2:26:28|
XTERRA Trail Run National Champs (Female)
|10 – 14||Eowyn Dalbec||Peyton, CO||1:59:14|
|15 – 19||Natasha Preece||San Diego, CA||2:24:07|
|20 – 24||Louise Mercer||Salt Lake City, UT||1:40:37|
|25 – 29||Megan Roche||Boulder, CO||1:39:24|
|30 – 34||Misiker Demessie||Ethiopia||1:38:58|
|35 – 39||Lesley Paterson (3)||Stirling, Scotland||1:37:21|
|40 – 44||Karie Underwood||Salt Lake City, UT||2:08:50|
|45 – 49||Anna Judd||Ogden, UT||2:15:49|
|50 – 54||Jan Howard||Phoenix, AZ||2:28:03|
|55 – 59||Tamara Tabeek (6)||Ramona, CA||2:36:35|
|65 – 69||Deborah Wagner (3)||Park City, UT||2:50:42|
|70 – 74||Dianne Rindt||Ridgecrest, CA||3:22:33|
XTERRA 10K/5.8K Races
In addition to the championship 21K race, the day included 10K and 5.8K races as well as kids’ races.
Rylan Schadegg won the 10K for the men in 44:46 and Samuel Boehm was second in 47:59. Kirk Harger – who competed in yesterday’s XTERRA National Championship – was third in 54:42.
Angela Turmel won the 10K for the women in 1:02:33 and Jennifer Ondrus was second in 1:03:28. Cassie Ashton was third in 1:03:31.
Fifteen-year old Tate Beasley was first in the 5K while Emily Campbell was second in 34:23. Elisa Boehm was third in 40:44. Tate Beasley wasn’t just first overall – she was also first in her family. Today, all three Beasley kids competed in the 5K, including her sister Berlin who finished fourth and her brother Seven who finished third.
In the men’s 5K, Todd Preece was first over the line in 33:25. Brandon Wright was second in 36:17 and Seven Beasley was third in 37:45.
Preece came to Snowbasin with his 15-year old daughter and XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Regional Champ, Natasha, who finished first in her age group today.
“This is the second time we did Nationals with her and as a dad it’s the greatest experience because you get to see your kid accomplish something really phenomenal. We just love it.”
Everyone who raced today felt embraced by the XTERRA Tribe.
“Not only was this the most beautiful course I’ve ever seen,” said David Roche, “But there was a true sense of community out there from the runners to the volunteers. We will be back next year for sure.”
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