Josiah Middaugh

XTERRA Pan Am Championship – Men’s Elite Race Preview II

For Josiah Middaugh, XTERRA has always been about the adventure. In 2016, however, the reigning World Champion may have gotten more than he bargained for.

His adventures started even before his season did when he got caught in a nasty snowstorm on the drive from his home in Eagle-Vail, Colorado to the airport in Denver to catch his flight for XTERRA Costa Rica.

“Had to pull over and wait it out,” he said.  “Lucky it cleared enough to get through and make the flight.”

Then on his way out of Costa Rica there was a fire on the runway, followed by a President Obama encounter upon his arrival in Argentina, and a memorable Taxi cab ride with “Kahuna Dave” to another local airport for the jump to San Juan.

On his next trip he and his wife Ingrid found themselves dancing with dozens of Polynesian entertainers directly upon arrival.  Then it rained, and rained, and the race turned into one of pure survival … or as Middaugh put it, “the most challenging trail loop I’ve ever done, it was diabolical.”

After the race he took time to swim with manta rays before heading to XTERRA Oak Mountain, where he once broke his knee-cap in a pre-ride, the very next weekend.

In July it was back home to the calm, controlled environment of his hometown in Colorado for XTERRA Beaver Creek, unless of course your wife signs you up for a celebrity dance gala right before the race, and then you get sick.

Later that month he traveled to XTERRA Dominican Republic where he was leading the bike and… “I was having a good time for a while,” he explained.  “Then I got a puncture.  I tried to plug it. I used my first CO2 to find the hole, but the hole was too big.  So I put a tube in and inflated it with my other CO2, but the tube had a hole in it, so then I had nothing.  I started running with my bike in one hand and wheel in the other.  Rom and Braden went by and didn’t have anything to give me…then finally somebody had a tube.  I put that in and then I couldn’t find my axle.  It was a half a mile back up the hill.  I left the bike and ran up the hill but couldn’t find it.  I ran past it, looked everywhere and then finally, found it and ran back to the bike.”

Middaugh went on to post the fastest run of the day to finish fourth.

The next weekend was XTERRA Mexico where he suffered an acute case of appendicitis on the eve of the race on August 6. Organizers drove him two hours from the remote mountain countryside of Tapalpa to the specialist in Guadalajara where he had emergency surgery to remove it.

Through it all Middaugh has kept his incredible sense of humor and big smile, even won a couple races to put him atop the Pan Am Pro Series standings.  And while it was not quite the ideal build-up to the XTERRA Pan America Championship, Middaugh says he’s feeling good.

“Like a million bucks…all green and wrinkled,” he joked.  “Actually, I’m feeling pretty good and had a couple good weeks of training.  It’s a good, deep start list here in Utah with plenty of guys that will be going for it.  My plan as always is to race my own race and hang it all out there in all three disciplines.  I think I can be within a minute on the swim, but it’s possible Karl Shaw could push the pace of that front pack and some guys might be able to go with him and put a bigger gap on me.  I’m really looking forward to the bike but I know from last year that to get to the front I will have to be pushing very hard from the start, and the run could be interesting if there are 4 or 5 guys really close.”

Branden Rakita, who is 5th in the Pan Am Pro Series and a student-of-the-game, is quick to agree with Middaugh’s assessment of how the race might play out.

“It is going to be a very exciting race,” he said.  “With the big field it will add a bit of a dynamic that we haven’t seen this year that could affect the standings.  There are a number of strong swimmers – Braden Currie, Karl Shaw, Karsten Madsen, Brad Zoller, Felipe Barraza, Matt Lieto, Jean-Phillippe Thibodeau, Rom Akerson – and we should have a good group at the front to push the pace. We will try to get away and a gap could form.  Once we are in Wheeler (the first big climb) the group will thin and spread out some, but even if you are in the front group with Josiah Middaugh, Brian Smith, and Sam Long coming up from behind, there is a lot that could still happen to mix things up.”

Last week we heard from Braden Currie, Karsten Madsen, and Matt Lieto (Read it here).  This week we caught up with Rom Akerson, Karl Shaw, and Sam Long to get their thoughts…

“I am feeling great, we have had a great tour this year and every race was super fun and challenging,” said Akerson, who won the last two races on the Pan Am Pro Series at XTERRA Dominican Republic and XTERRA Mexico.  “I expect to give it my best on Saturday and hope it puts me on the podium.  I have been up in Vail for the last two weeks training and thinking about that climb.  The goal is always the same, and that’s to WIN.  I just need to feel good and make no mistakes.”

For Shaw, who is coming over from Europe, this race is a building block to Maui.

“I will be happy with a top 5 at this race, just four weeks before XTERRA Worlds,” said Shaw, who won XTERRA Costa Rica to start the season.  “It’ll be my first time to Utah but my trainer lives here in Salt Lake City and I wanted to do one more tough race before Worlds. After this I will head back to Europe for some more hard training and some races.”

And for Sam Long, the 20-year-old who finished 2nd in his XTERRA debut at Beaver Creek in July, it’s all about the experience.

“Beaver Creek was the first race that I had a major breakthrough and I think I have been able to carry that intensity over,” said Long.  “Since then I got second place at 70.3 Calgary (another improvement for me) and have noticed myself believing in what I can do more. I finally find myself believing that I can actually make a living as a professional triathlete and that I have a future in this sport. Also, because of Beaver Creek I can justify more mountain bike training and trail running. This has been awesome. I love being out in the mountains and on the trails. This truly has made life more enjoyable.”

In addition to the race itself, there is also a battle for the top spots in the Pan Am Pro Series that dishes out $60,000 to the top 10 men and women in the final standings.

This is the last of 10 events, and with 342 points Middaugh is the Pan Am Pro Series leader.  Karsten Madsen from Canada and Rom Akerson from Costa Rica are close behind with 322 points apiece.  Middaugh needs to finish top 3 to secure the crown, however, if (hypothetically speaking) Karsten or Rom win in Utah and Josiah finishes fourth or worse, they could take the title.

“My number one goal is to win the race and the only time I will think about the tour title is if something goes wrong like a flat tire, then I might be forced to do some math,” said Middaugh.

For Akerson and Madsen, a win coupled with a fourth-place finish or worse for Middaugh would give either of them the Pan Am Pro Series title (one of a million potential scenarios) and the second-spot will likely come down to who finishes higher between the two of them.

The battle for fourth is equally close with the Kiwi, Kieran McPherson, currently in fourth place, seven points ahead of Rakita.

“Main goal is top 3 in the race, but top 5 is still a stellar race with how deep the field is,” said Rakita.  “If I take care of that then the next goal of getting back to 4th in the series is likely.  I need to beat Kieran and have 1 person between us, which makes it difficult.”

Lots on the line this Saturday.  Follow it as it unfolds on twitter @xterraoffroad starting at 9am MST.

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XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE START LIST

Bib #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name, NAT

1/1 – Josiah Middaugh – 38 – Vail, Colorado

2/2 – Rom Akerson – 32 – Tambor, Costa Rica

3/3 – Karsten Madsen – 24 – Guelph, Ontario, Canada

4/4 – Kieran McPherson – 24, Matamata, New Zealand

5/5 – Branden Rakita – 35 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

6/6 – Chris Ganter – 37 – Boise, Idaho

7/7 – Ian King – 26 – Virginia Beach, Virginia

8/9 – Sam Long – 20 – Boulder, Colorado

9/10 – Thomas Spannring – 40 – Longmont, Colorado

10/12 – Cody Waite – 38, Lakewood, Colorado

11/16 – Karl Shaw – 36, Great Britain

12/21 – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado

14/37 – Brad Zoller – 39, Avon, Colorado

15/45 – Dan Molnar – Bismark, North Dakota

16/46 – Brian Smith – 41, Gunnison, Colorado

17/47 – Michael Nunez – 35, Salt Lake City, Utah

18/56 – Eduardo Marcolino – 36 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

19/62 – Patrick McKeon – 27, Philadelphia, Penn.

20/NR – Rodrigo Acevedo – 30 – Bogota, Colombia

21/NR – Felipe Barraza – 24 – Santiago, Chile

22/NR – Barret Fishner – 33, Blodgett, Oregon

23/NR – Matt Lieto – 37, Bend, Oregon

24/NR – Alex Martinek – 24 – Durango, Colorado

25/NR – Alex Modestou – 29, Durham, North Carolina

26/NR – Cameron Paul – 26 – Taupo, New Zealand

27/NR – Jean-Philippe Thibodeau – 25 – Quebec, Canada

28/NR – Walter Schafer – 25 – Centennial, Colorado

29/NR – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand

30/NR – Alex Roberts – 26, Taupo, New Zealand

31/NR – JP Donovan – 29, Incline Village, Nevada

32/NR – Leon Griffin

33/NR – Joshua Merrill

34/NR – Will Kelsay

35/NR – Jimmy Archer

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XTERRA Pan Am Championship – Women’s Elite Race Preview

Julie Baker, a 39-year-old out of Sonora, California, was asked how it feels to be considered one of the favorites to win the elite women’s race at Saturday’s XTERRA Pan America Championship.

“Wait, I’m one of the favorites??” was her reply.

While it may come as a surprise to Baker, it’s no surprise at all to those who follow the sport nor the women who have raced against her.

Baker won the 30-34 XTERRA National Championship on this course in 2013 and last year finished fourth overall as the top age grouper.  A month later she won the amateur XTERRA World Championship and this year, in her elite debut at XTERRA Beaver Creek, she won by nearly two minutes over Pan Am Pro Series leader Suzie Snyder.

Her strength is in the swim.  A collegiate water polo star, Baker swam more than one-minute faster than Snyder at Beaver Creek and to put that in perspective, Snyder swam four-minutes faster than the rest of the field at XTERRA Oak Mountain back in May.

“Swimming is definitely my strength so I will try and get some time there,” said Baker. “I keep hoping for someone who is a fast swimmer (but not too fast) so I can draft in the swim.”

It’s unlikely that will happen, unless XTERRA newcomer Amanda Felder fills that role, and what that means is the first women out of the water and on to the bike will be wearing a rather plain looking blue racing kit, in stark contrast to the colorful logo-strewn jerseys of her fellow elites.

“No sponsors yet, so yes, the tri suit is still blue and pristine,” she exclaimed.

Attribute the lack of sponsors to her focus on another profession in the dirt, that of a soil scientist.  The Stanford grad has been working on a soil survey of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for the last couple of years.

“We have one more year of field work scheduled and then a lot of database and manuscript work,” explained Baker, who admits the full-time work has led to some unorthodox training methods.

“I haven’t really had a training plan. Basically my strategy has been to train hard when I’m home, and not worry about it when we’re out working.  Sometimes if there’s a good hike at work a couple of the guys and I will race each other up the hill, with packs and tools and all.  I like to think of all those rocks and steps with weight on your back as strength training.  I also try to do some running when we’re out in the backcountry but the footing is usually pretty bad so it’s hard to go fast.”

The rugged course here in Utah has a similar profile to that of XTERRA Beaver Creek – in terms of altitude and amount of climbing – which bodes well for Baker.

“I like this course a lot and it’s similar in style to Beaver Creek, so it was encouraging to have a strong bike there.  I think I was so excited to be in the lead there that I kept pushing a little too much on the bike and then was more tired than I wanted to be for the run.  I’ve done a lot more bike to run work this summer, but I think I’m still learning how to train so I hope to keep improving,” she said.

Holding off the rest of the field on the bike and run will be no easy task for Baker, as several of her competitors had breakout seasons in 2016.

Among them is the Kiwi Lizzie Orchard, who was fifth at XTERRA Worlds last year and won the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in Australia this year.  Her strength is on the run and if she is in striking distance at the bike-to-run transition, it could spell trouble for whomever is in front of her.

Then there is Snyder, just a year removed from crushing her pelvis in a pre-ride accident in Mexico, who has four Pan Am Tour wins to her credit this season.

“I’m feeling good, maybe not 100% since I’ve been nursing a back issue for the past few weeks, but at least the pelvis is 100% and that chapter is behind me. It’s been a really long road (which I’m still on) to regain the running fitness I lost due to that injury, but I do think that my swim and bike are stronger than ever and I’m only going to get stronger from now until Worlds.”

Last year’s race here in Utah was a painful one for Snyder, who was still suffering from injures at the time and in the unenviable position of having to finish the race in order to secure her No. 2 spot in the Pro Series.

“I have not erased last year’s memory of this race, I think about it a lot. I actually swam well, and rode fairly well considering I’d been off the bike for the previous six weeks and had to walk 99% of the run. I can’t believe I actually ran some of that first climb with a broken pelvis, but Kara (LaPoint) was right in front of me and I felt like if I could run with her and give her some encouragement and support for a little while, that maybe it would help her finish out the day strong…and that was well worth any pain and discomfort I was feeling at the time.”

It’s a different story for Snyder this year as she can claim the inaugural XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series title with an 11th place finish or better.

“Without Mimi racing (Myriam Guillot-Boisset, who is second in the Pan Am Pro Series) the Tour title win is achievable with much less pressure.  It doesn’t change the fact that I still want to win the race outright, but not worrying about the Tour title allows me to stay relaxed and focused on the process of having my own best race. Of course, Mimi would not have been the only threat for the race win; Julie Baker, Lizzie Orchard, Kara LaPoint, Maia Ignatz and Liz Gruber are all strong, capable women who may very well challenge me for it.”

As for her strategy on race day, Snyder said “my personal mantra has always been “race your own race.” It helps me stay focused and in the moment, and not think about who I’m chasing, who might be coming from behind or how much the effort hurts. I feel like I have fun when I’m relaxed and make fewer mistakes, which translates into a faster performance. Overall, I’m just really excited to be leading the Pan Am Tour coming into the Championship, after not knowing if I’d even be able to participate in the Tour this year when the season started. I’m grateful for my health and ability to race and owe my entire support network of family, friends and sponsors a tremendous amount of thanks and gratitude.”

Maia Ignatz had the best showing of her career earlier this season when she finished 2nd behind Snyder at XTERRA Oak Mountain.  She is ranked 3rd in the Pan Am Pro Series and is the top returning pro in this year’s field.  Saturday’s race is big for both her and Kara LaPoint, currently ranked fourth in the series, as those two battle for the second spot in the final standings.  The payout for 2nd is $6,000, 3rd is $3,600.  Ignatz is 11 points ahead of LaPoint heading into Saturday’s race.

“I’m feeling really good heading in to Utah, and I’m super excited to race,” said LaPoint.  “After such a busy season with a ton of travel, I’ve been home since XTERRA Dominican Republic and it’s been so nice to be able to be in one place and really put in a solid training block.  I did have a pretty hard crash last week that injured my knee, so I haven’t been able to do much running yet and it’s still pretty sore, but I’m hopeful that with another week to recover it will be good to go by race day.  No big secret tactical strategies…just push hard, be bold, keep believing, stay positive, don’t back down, race with heart and courage, have fun, and finish knowing I left it ALL on the course.”

That would be a good mindset for everybody, including the other women in contention which include three-time XTERRA Brazil Champion Sabrina Gobbo from Sao Paulo, Katharine Carter from Canada, and rookie pro Liz “MacGruber” Gruber – who finished fifth overall here last year and has three age group national titles from Utah in her trophy room.

Follow the women’s elite race on twitter @xterraoffroad starting at 9am MST.

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Bib #/Rank – Name, Age, Hometown

51/1 – Suzie Snyder – 34 – Reno, Nevada

53/3 – Maia Ignatz – 36 – Boulder, Colorado

54/4 – Kara LaPoint – 29 – Truckee, California

55/5 – Sabrina Gobbo – 39 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

56/7 – Katharine Carter – 29 – Vancouver, BC, Canada

57/8 – Debby Sullivan – 35 – Stafford, Virginia

58/9 – Caroline Colonna – 52 – Taos, New Mexico

59/10 – Rebecca Blatt – 36, Lakewood, Colorado

60/12 – Sarah Graves – 39 – Ballantine, Montana

61/13 – Julie Baker – 40, Sonora, California

62/17 – Liz Gruber – 27, Colorado Springs, Colorado

63/28 – Lisa Leonard – 28 – Aberdeenshire, Scotland

64/36 – Amanda Felder – 34, Del Mar, California

65/NR – Lizzie Orchard – 31 – Auckland, New Zealand

66/NR – Annie Bergen – Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Kapalua Run

T S Restaurants Enter 6th Year of XTERRA Partnership

Honolulu, HI – For the sixth straight year T S Restaurants Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s will serve as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs in Maui.

With four runs to choose from there is a distance and challenge for every member of the family.  Go big or start small with Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki K, Leilani’s XTERRA 2.5K Sprint & Beach Scramble, the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K or Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K trail runs.

Held in conjunction with the 21st running of the XTERRA World Championship triathlon, the Kapalua runs are an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to get involved and experience the legendary XTERRA run course.

The Kimo’s XTERRA Keiki Run is for boys and girls ages 10 and younger. It is free, although parents must be present to sign a waiver form at the site of the race. Race distances vary from 100 yards to 1-kilometer, depending on the age of the child. Parents are welcome to stay on the course as well.

The NEW Leilani’s XTERRA 2.5K Sprint & Scramble is a test of agility, speed, and strength as it goes from the Ritz to the Ravine to the soft sand of D.T. Fleming Beach.  Kids 8-12 run for free, but it’s open to everyone.

The Hula Grill XTERRA 5K is an honest three-miles of climbing and descending and for those up to the challenge, the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K dishes out big hills and dusty trails as it twists through oleander forests to an unexpected mountain lake at the 700-foot level then sends runners crashing down to the shoreline.

“They are all awesome races, and the vibe around The Ritz-Carlton rocks on Saturday morning,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark.

In addition to the trail runs a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon will be held at the site of the race where runners and spectators alike are welcome to get their hair cut by professional Paul Mitchell stylists, with all donations benefitting the Challenged Athlete Foundation.

More than 1,000 runners from around the world will take part in one of the four events, and to the winners go the spoils as the first-place man and woman overall and the first-place male and female Maui resident (if different) in the 10K, 5K, and 2.5K win T S Restaurant gift certificates worth $100.

There is also an internal struggle going on, as employees from T S Restaurants created a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge” in which each of the four restaurants field a team of 10 runners; and the team with the fastest cumulative time from their best five runners in the 5K take home the coveted TS Trophy.

Last year Kimo’s captured the perpetual trophy for the second straight year and have it proudly displayed in their restaurant for all to see.  Hula Grill won the titles in 2012 & 2013 and Duke’s Beach House captured the inaugural challenge in 2011.

All four T S Restaurants also sponsor local teachers with complimentary entries into the run.

“It’s all about celebrating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle with our employees and our community,” said Tammy Fukagawa, Executive Vice President for T S Restaurants.

Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s are four of Maui’s finest restaurants, and all are located within a short driving distance of Kapalua.

“The unique feeling and setting of West Maui is exhibited at each of these four restaurants, and it is in keeping with what the XTERRA athletes and their families have come to expect when they get to the island of Maui,” XTERRA President Clark said. “Dining at any, or all, of these restaurants can only enhance the experience for our athletes, whether it be eating a pre-race meal or celebrating with a post-race meal.”

Find more information, last year’s results, and links to registration online at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/maui/mauiTrailRun.html

About T S Restaurants of Hawaii and California

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants owns and operates 13 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Duke’s Beach House on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, Duke’s La Jolla, Duke’s Huntington Beach and Duke’s Malibu in California.  For more information visit www.tsrestaurants.com.

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited LLC, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA.  From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry.  In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution.  Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.

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The Sweet Singletrack at Snowbasin

On Sunday, September 18, the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon will be held at Snowbasin Resort, home to several of the skiing competitions of the 2002 Winter Olympics, for the sixth straight year.

With snowfall still a month or so away (we hope), the changing colors of the fall season and the majestic Wasatch Range surrounding Snowbasin Resort provide the perfect backdrop for the U.S. season finale.

The elevation and terrain of the Wasatch Mountains make the course breathtaking in more ways than one. Runners can expect to face more than 2,200 feet of total climbing over the 21-kilometer championship course, and the peak of the trail will reach an elevation of approximately 7,300 feet.

Two-time men’s winner Patrick Smyth, who works in computer mapping, said, “This would be a fun course to map.  On the course profile I would put an asterisk on the climb right where the false summit is and say “still a lot of burn to go” because you get to the aid station up there and you think you just have to run the ridge and it’s flat and easy-peasy, but it’s not.  It’s another grind to the top before you get to the sweet, awesome downhill.”

The hard work to get to the top is worth it!

“I’ve run a lot of trail races all over the world and it’s safe for me to say that this is definitely THE best, funnest, flowiest downhill out there,” said Smyth.  “You just zone out and before you know it you’ve knocked out three miles.”

Two-time women’s winner Liz Stephen, an Olympic cross country skier who says she’s really “a runner at heart” was blown away by the course last year.

“It literally couldn’t have been more perfect for running last year, just one of those magical days,” she said.  “It’s just a well laid out course.  It’s really hard in so many ways but it’s up and then it lets you rest, and it’s flowy and wonderful, and gorgeous.”

There are also 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races next Sunday which follow much of the same trails as the first half of the 21K course.  Sign-up at http://www.xterraplanet.com/trailrun/nationals

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Regional Champs Running for a National Title

Patrick Smyth and Liz Stephen are returning to Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah to defend their Paul Mitchell XTERRA National Championship half-marathon crowns this Sunday.
“I’m coming back because I want to win, and the course is a great mix of brutal climbs and fun, flowy downhills,” said Smyth, who finished 8th at the Olympic Marathon Trials in February.

There are 48 regional champions from across the country headed to Ogden, Utah for a shot at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship.

One of the perks for winning your division in your region during the regular season is a comp entry into Nationals, and it has proven successful in getting some of the best runners from each region together for a bona-fide championship race in Utah.

As proof, consider this, the men’s 40-44 division regional champions from the Florida Series, Alabama Series, Texas Series, Colorado Series, and Northeast Series will all be on the start line next Sunday.

Here’s a look at all the regional winners on the start list so far, sorted by division …

REGION DIVISION NAME HOMETOWN
SOCAL F10-14 Natasha Preece San Diego, CA
ATLANTIC F20-24 Rachel Marino Manahawkin, NJ
SOCAL F25-29 Danielle Casteel San Diego, CA
SOCAL F35-39 Tina Weissauer Topanga, CA
FLORIDA F35-39 Jeni James Windermere, FL
ALABAMA F35-39 Sasha Robertson Oxford, AL
ARIZONA F40-44 Angela Caruso Scottsdale, AZ
SOCAL F40-44 Shannon Deck Woodland Hills, CA
TEXAS F40-44 Stephayne Gibson San Antonio, TX
COLORADO F40-44 Allison Simpson Woodland Park, CO
FLORIDA F45-49 Ellen Alence Lithia, FL
FLORIDA F50-54 Adriana Nieves Seminole, FL
TEXAS F50-54 Terry Joy Austin, TX
FLORIDA F55-59 Peggy Brinkley St. Petersburg, FL
ALABAMA F55-59 Lynn Bolger Mobile, AL
ARIZONA F65-69 Ingrid Honzak Phoenix, AZ
ALABAMA F65-69 Luvern Blackwood Trafford, AL
COLORADO F65-69 Jo May Houston, TX
SOCAL M10-14 Adam Mahboubi Los Angeles, CA
ARIZONA M25-29 Andy Jeanson Gilbert, AZ
SOCAL M25-29 Anthony Fagundes Fair Oaks, CA
ALABAMA M25-29 Brad Olzinski Pelham, AL
ATLANTIC M25-29 Dillon Shaffer Belcamp, MD
SOCAL M30-34 Sean Eosefow Long Beach, CA
TEXAS M30-34 Luis Murillo Houston, TX
TENNESSEE M30-34 Nathan Helton Knoxville, TN
ARIZONA M35-39 Jason Stevens Waddell, AZ
TENNESSEE M35-39 Kevin Beshaw Knoxville, TN
FLORIDA M40-44 Chris Martin Windermere, FL
ALABAMA M40-44 John Gilbert Birmingham, AL
TEXAS M40-44 Juan Murillo Houston, TX
COLORADO M40-44 Todd Short Woodland Park, CO
NORTHEAST M40-44 Simon Edgett Milford, CT
SOCAL M45-49 Eric Reed Vista, CA
FLORIDA M45-49 Jay Lund Bonita Springs, FL
ATLANTIC M45-49 Scott Boyce Salisbury, MD
TENNESSEE M45-49 David Kyle Cleveland, TN
ARIZONA M50-54 Blake Sacha Gilbert, AZ
SOCAL M50-54 Mark Donaldson Trabuco Canyon, CA
SOCAL M55-59 Eric Rignot Irvine, CA
TEXAS M55-59 Michael Fussell Grapevine, TX
ARIZONA M60-64 Melvin Betani Peoria, AZ
FLORIDA M60-64 Rance Blair Tampa, FL
ALABAMA M60-64 Norman Bolger Mobile, AL
ALABAMA M65-69 Craig Kelly Huntsville, AL
COLORADO M65-69 Steve Parker Denver, CO
SOCAL M70-74 Hans Unger Sylmar, CA
SOCAL M75-79 John Williams Culver City, CA

 

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XTERRA Woolastook Sunday

The last race of the season for XTERRA in Canada takes place in Woolastook Park near Fredericton, New Brunswick on Sunday.

XTERRA Woolastook features a unique swim course that requires racers to navigate around a suspension bridge, the mountain bike course is comprised of single and double track through mostly shaded wooded areas of the park, and runners can expect a rolling course of grass and dirt trails.

Winners of every division (10-year age groups 20-29, 30-39, etc…) earn a qualifying spot into XTERRA Worlds and prize money will be awarded to the top three overall men and women in both the long (1st – $150, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $75) and short (1st – $75, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25) course races.

There will also be a duathlon on offer and relay team divisions for all events, plus a bbq party after the races. For more info visit xterrawoolastook.com or write to info@xterrawoolastook.com.
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XTERRA Thailand Teaser

The test event for the first-ever XTERRA in Thailand will be held September 25 in Samui.

The race is presented by AMA Events, with options of single and team entrants to enter the Sprint (Swim 750m / Bike 16km / Run 6km) or full distance race (Swim 1.5km / Bike 30km / Run 10km).

Organizers are offering mountain bike workshops in Bangkok prior to the event and posting training tips on their official XTERRA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/xterrathailand). Tourists can also rent mountain bikes, and take advantage of travel packages with Bangkok Airways and Ibis Hotels.

Organizers are also offering 13 and 32-kilometer trail runs and an off-road duathlon mixing a 1.2K run-29K bike-9K run.

Find out more information at the official event site, http://www.ama-events.com/amaxterra, and look for XTERRA Thailand to be a full-fledged member of the XTERRA World Tour that dishes out points towards the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour and qualifying spots into XTERRA Worlds in 2017.

Ogden

All About Ogden

It’s long been said that XTERRA is more than just a race, it’s a lifestyle. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in Ogden, Utah where the Mayor, Mike Caldwell, was the founder and race director for the first XTERRA here back in 2004.

Mayor Caldwell and a collection of the most welcoming locals to be found anywhere rallied the entire community to bring off-road triathlon to their hometown more than a decade ago and are themselves everyday XTERRA people. They swim, bike, and run in the mountains, have fun, eat well, laugh, and unpretentiously perpetuate the sports’ motto to “Live More”.

“XTERRA is a unique event for our community that has grown and progressed into a world class event,” said Caldwell. “It is a huge part of our community’s DNA. These athletes and race organizers have become part of our family providing an opportunity for us to form lasting friendships with people from all over the world. Not only do I enjoy the homecoming feel the event brings, it also has great economic impact for Ogden. Our hotels sell out and our restaurants fill up. It is the perfect fit for Ogden, and I look forward to this weekend every year.”

Athletes also look forward to this event every year, and more than one-thousand of the very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners have traveled to the Beehive State to battle for the title of XTERRA Champion.

“We love bringing the XTERRA Tribe together in Utah, the energy level is just incredible,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are simply the best – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, and the unbelievably supportive community – we can’t ask for a better venue.”

The main event, the XTERRA Pan America / USA Championship triathlon is the culmination of a series of off-road triathlons spanning South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S.

It starts with a one-mile swim in Pineview Reservoir (4,900-feet elevation), follows with an 18-mile mountain bike leg that climbs more than 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak (7,300-feet elevation), and culminates with a 7-mile trail run featuring another 600-feet of climbing on trails around Snowbasin Resort in the Wasatch Range. There is also a half-distance sprint off-road triathlon and relay-team options.

This year, for the first-time ever, what has historically been an invite-only race just for U.S. citizens racing in the America Tour is now an open to one-and-all. So sign-up and see what XTERRA is all about!

The fastest racers in each five-year age group will be honored as the XTERRA Pan American Champion, and the fastest American in each of those divisions will be celebrated as XTERRA’s U.S. National Champion.

Opening up the race to all comers means one can expect some of the fastest off-roaders from Canada, and all over the world for that matter, to converge on Ogden for a shot at the crown and a chance to race on one of the World Tour’s most challenging and scenic courses. Snowbasin is an ideal spot for off-road tri in the summer time and when the fall colors turn the mountain landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s spectacular.

Pros will be competing for $80,000 in prize money, and dozens of cameramen will position themselves around Wheeler Canyon and the Wasatch Range to capture all the action for a nationally syndicated one-hour TV show that exposes the beauty of northern Utah to the masses. (Note: The award-winning XTERRA Adventures TV series, XTERRA USA and World Championship broadcasts are available as a video subscription for Prime members on Amazon Video via the Amazon Video app for TV, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Amazon.com/XTERRA).

The triathlons are Saturday, September 17 and on Sunday it’s the trail runners turn on the mountain.

The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon features scenic views, technical trails, and big climbs. The half-marathon, plus the 5K and 10K trail runs are open to everyone, and it’s important to note that you don’t have to be fast to join in the fun. For some, it’s just about finishing and that’s okay as XTERRA is all about perpetuating the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle.

In addition to the races XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden on Friday with free kids races, vendor booths, the Compex recovery trailer, Outrigger Pavilion featuring prize drawings for free Hawaii stays, Hawaii-themed treats and kukui nut bracelet making, and of course the traditional Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity.

Of course, XTERRA isn’t XTERRA without a party, and this year we have a new Pan-America themed after-party on Saturday night at Hub801 in downtown Ogden, a historic 1940’s bottling hall, where we will honor our race and tour champions, feast, and celebrate in style. It’s going to rock with brilliant lighting, a great sound system, and three huge panoramic presentation screens where we’ll show our highlight videos and photos from the race.

There is great entertainment to be found at Snowbasin Resort as well highlighted by the spontaneous, ecstatic, and sometimes tear-jerking displays of emotion at the finish line for the races.

This year, experience it for yourself. Have a look at the schedule for places and times, and whether you race or not – join in the fun and excitement of XTERRA. For more info and links to registration visit www.xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-751-8880. Live More!

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XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Standings

Middaugh Currie

Currie Coming to Utah

Last year’s XTERRA USA and World Championship runner-up Braden Currie of New Zealand is headed to Utah to give Josiah Middaugh another run for his money at the XTERRA Pan America Championship next Saturday, September 17.

Last year’s race in the Wasatch Range was a thriller between those two as they traded leads on the bike and run until about mile four of the run when Middaugh opened a little gap and held on for a 26-second margin of victory.

“Braden Currie just never gives up, and I was really wishing he would have, but he didn’t.  It was never over, I just kept having to dig deeper and deeper,” said Middaugh after the race last year.

Currie, who has been rehabilitating a calf strain, is hopeful to push the pace once more.

“This race is my only lead-in event to the XTERRA World Champs, and I am hoping for a good day out,” said Currie.  “If anything the injury only fueled my fire and increased my commitment to my main goal of becoming a World XTERRA Champion this year. I intend to put everything into the next seven weeks and our plan to stay in Lake Tahoe after the Pan Am Champs and train is the best possible training environment I could hope for going into this event. Each year we learn a little bit more and make better decisions about my training and racing and I really feel as if I am making the right steps towards this goal.”

Currie isn’t the only racer for Middaugh to worry about.  Karl Shaw from Great Britain, who got the better of Middaugh at the Pan Am Pro Series opener in Costa Rica back in March, will toe the line and so will Rom Akerson, who upset the champ at XTERRA Dominican Republic (thanks in part to an epic mechanical on the bike for Middaugh).

Another guy to look out for is Karsten Madsen, who is having the best season of his life.

“This season has been a massive breakthrough that I didn’t really expect,” he said.  “I have gotten strong in every race since Alabama. My goal in Utah is simple. I want to win. I have found when I shoot for the stars I have reached them this year (he won both XTERRA Mine over Matter and XTERRA Victoria) and I respect everyone I race with and this will be the biggest field yet, but I have bested some pretty amazing athletes this year and I want to keep that going in Utah. I have a massive amount of trust in the training I have done leading into this race. I will be racing with an eye over my shoulder as Josiah will be a man on a mission and he can never be counted out so many people have over the years and he proves them wrong. To beat him on this course you need a day where everything goes perfect and in XTERRA that’s far from reality. The game plan is simple on my end swim hard and get away early. Then back up the bike with one of the day’s fastest run splits. I look forward to putting the fitness to the test.”

Matt Lieto is back as well, looking to improve on his 5th place showing last year.

“I love this race because it suits my strengths (fitness and power) and limits my weakness (you know, riding down the hills),” Lieto joked.  “Seriously though, since most of my time spent training is on a TT bike having a mostly uphill time trial on the mountain bike is pretty great for me. Also, it’s freaking beautiful, and at a good time of year to get in the dirt.  Last year I made the podium with a 5th, and this year I’ll be looking to be top three. It’s a BIG ask, but this race rewards an athlete willing to hurt, and that’s what I’m best at. Embrace the pain.  I’ll be riding an MTB about 6-8 times before the race, but focusing on sustained climbs and hour efforts in my training. Should set me up well.”

With so much talent on the start line including 20-year-old rookie pro Sam Long, who was second at XTERRA Beaver Creek, looking to make his mark on the sport and 41-year-old veteran Brian Smith – looking to be one of the top Americans and grab a spot on Team USA for Cross Tri Worlds – one thing is for certain … this race is going to be exciting.

Follow the elite race live on twitter @xterraoffroad starting at 9am on Sept. 17.

XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE START LIST
Bib #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name, NAT
1/1 – Josiah Middaugh – 38 – Vail, Colorado
2/2 – Rom Akerson – 32 – Tambor, Costa Rica
3/3 – Karsten Madsen – 24 – Guelph, Ontario, Canada
4/4 – Kieran McPherson – 24, Matamata, New Zealand
5/5 – Branden Rakita – 35 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
6/6 – Chris Ganter – 37 – Boise, Idaho
7/7 – Ian King – 26 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
8/9 – Sam Long – 20 – Boulder, Colorado
9/10 – Thomas Spannring – 40 – Longmont, Colorado
10/12 – Cody Waite – 38, Lakewood, Colorado
11/16 – Karl Shaw – 36, Great Britain
12/21 – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado
14/37 – Brad Zoller – 39, Avon, Colorado
15/45 – Dan Molnar – Bismark, North Dakota
16/46 – Brian Smith – 41, Gunnison, Colorado
17/47 – Michael Nunez – 35, Salt Lake City, Utah
18/56 – Eduardo Marcolino – 36 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
19/62 – Patrick McKeon – 27, Philadelphia, Penn.
20/NR – Rodrigo Acevedo – 30 – Bogota, Colombia
21/NR – Felipe Barraza – 24 – Santiago, Chile
22/NR – Barret Fishner – 33, Blodgett, Oregon
23/NR – Matt Lieto – 37, Bend, Oregon
24/NR – Alex Martinek – 24 – Durango, Colorado
25/NR – Alex Modestou – 29, Durham, North Carolina
26/NR – Cameron Paul – 26 – Taupo, New Zealand
27/NR – Jean-Philippe Thibodeau – 25 – Quebec, Canada
28/NR – Walter Schafer – 25 – Centennial, Colorado
29/NR – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand
30/NR – Alex Roberts – 26, Taupo, New Zealand
31/NR – JP Donovan – 29, Incline Village, Nevada

Race #/Pan Am Pro Series Rank – Name – Age – Hometown
51/1 – Suzie Snyder – 34 – Reno, Nevada
53/3 – Maia Ignatz – 36 – Boulder, Colorado
54/4 – Kara LaPoint – 29 – Truckee, California
55/5 – Sabrina Gobbo – 39 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
56/7 – Katharine Carter – 29 – North Vancouver, BC, Canada
57/8 – Debby Sullivan – 35 – Stafford, Virginia
58/9 – Caroline Colonna – 52 – Taos, New Mexico
59/10 – Rebecca Blatt – 36, Lakewood, Colorado
60/12 – Sarah Graves – 39 – Ballantine, Montana
61/13 – Julie Baker – 40, Sonora, California
62/17 – Liz Gruber – 27, Colorado Springs, Colorado
63/28 – Lisa Leonard – 28 – Las Vegas, Nevada
64/36 – Amanda Felder – 34, Del Mar, California
65/NR – Elizabeth Orchard – 31 – Auckland, New Zealand
66/NR – Annie Bergen – Kelowna, B.C., Canada

NR = Not Ranked in Pan Am Pro Series