Chavez, Vieregg win XTERRA Beaver Creek 10K

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Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO (July 21, 2013) – Jordan Chavez from Grapevine, Texas and Cheri Vieregg from Boulder won the XTERRA Beaver Creek 10K, while Cameron Moore from Edwards and Bethanie Merrick from Alamosa won the 5K at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado this morning.

Jordan ChavezChavez, who just finished his freshman year the University of Richmond (VA) and is a member of the Junior U.S. Mountain Running Team, took an early lead on Olympian Roberto Mandje and never lost it taking the tape in 36:23 – a 5:52 per mile pace.

“It was a great race. That first climb was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be with the switchbacks it was pretty tough, and then the second half was good the rolling hills were tough but I liked it a lot,” said Chavez, who finished 17th (top American) at the Junior World Mountain Running Championships in Italy last year.

“I’ve always liked mountain running because it’s a good platform for cross country season.  I used to live in Glenwood Springs, and come here every summer, and just love running up the mountain.”

Roberto Mandje, who placed 2nd, represented Equatorial Guinea in the 1,500-meter race at the 2004 Olympics, and he is training in Colorado to qualify for the 2016 Games, possibly in the marathon event.  Mandje was on Chavez’ shoulder for the first K before the first big climb, and he’s happy with his performance in his first race back from injury.

“Feels great to get the rust off a little,” said Mandje. “Chavez is a great runner, and I would’ve liked to give him a better chase but I’m just happy to be back into it, and now I can start building for XTERRA Nationals in Utah this September.”

Mandje has already won two XTERRA Trail Run events this year (Lake Las Vegas and Cheyenne Mountain), and also placed a close second at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Run 21K in May.

In the women’s race Vieregg, like Chavez, took the lead early and never relinquished it but the women’s race was much tighter with Anna Kharlamova coming in just 19 seconds back in 2nd place.

Cheri Vieregg“It was a little tough to catch my breath but it was awesome,” said Vieregg.  “I kept looking behind me, and she was right behind and closed towards the end.  It was my first trail race, and I might have to change over, this was awesome and can’t wait to do it again.”

The Welsch sisters from Alvin, Texas, made their way to Colorado to race in the Beaver Creek 10K for the first time. Kaytlynn Welsch, 13, recently completed a successful run in the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series with three top overall female victories. Heather Welsch, 11, is returning to action after a foot injury earlier in the year. She was the youngest runner in the Beaver Creek 10K as of today. Kaytlynn finished fourth woman (9th overall), and first in the 10-14 division, with Heather 2nd in the division.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Steve Parker from Denver won his third consecutive age-group title at the Beaver Creek Trail Run, winning the 60-64 division and placing 10th overall.

The XTERRA Beaver Creek 10K was the fourth, and final, event of the 2013 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series. As such, the age-group championships for the season standings were at stake. Every age-group champ from the final standings of the Colorado Series will receive a free entry to the 2013 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah, on September 22.

Here is the list of 2013 XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series champions:


Age Group Name Age Hometown State
Female 25-29 Anna Kharlamova 28 Manitou Springs CO
Female 30-34 Corrina Tackett 32 Colorado Springs CO
Female 35-39 Wendy Hernandez 37 Castle Rock CO
Female 40-44 Danielle Spivey 44 Colorado Springs CO
Female 45-49 Missy Ross 46 Colorado Springs CO
Female 60-64 Cindi Toepel 62 Littleton CO
Male 10-14 Reed Vanderlugt 12 Grand Rapids MI
Male 25-29 Alex Clayton 29 Colorado Springs CO
Male 30-34 J. Marshall Thomson* 34 Crested Butte CO
Male 35-39 Brian Cusick 39 Denver CO
Male 40-44 Philip Vanderlugt 44 Grand Rapids MI
Male 45-49 Dan Vega 46 Colorado Springs CO
Male 50-54 David Mulligan* 52 Colorado Springs CO
Male 55-59 Randall Rapetti 59 Camino CA
Male 60-64 Steve Parker* 62 Denver CO
Male 65-69 Carl Nelson 65 Colorado Springs CO
*Repeat champion from 2012

The XTERRA Beaver Creek trail runs were presented by Paul Mitchell, Beaver Creek Resort, the Live More Car, and AVIA, and sponsored by Gatorade, PowerBar, Rudy Project, Utah Sports Commission, Choice Hotels, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, FootBalance, Muscle Milk, LifeProof, Zorrel, East-West Resorts, and the Town of Avon.

Stoltz, Erbenova win XTERRA Abruzzo

Abruzzo, Italy – Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz and Helena Erbenova won the inaugural XTERRA Abruzzo off-road triathlon on Saturday.

Conrad StoltzThe victories come just a week after both Stoltz and Erbenova claimed the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in the Netherlands.  For Stoltz, it’s his 48th major XTERRA victory, and it’s the fourth-in-a-row for Erbenova on the 2013 XTERRA European Tour.

Paul Charbonnier, the race director for XTERRA France, was in Abruzzo to give us his impressions.

Scanno can be considered as a paradise for XTERRA athletes with many trails starting from this clear water lake surrounded by big mountains. The village in the middle of these Abruzzo Mountains, is just as scenic as you can imagine. Easily reachable after 2h drive from Roma, you are in the real Italy with friendly people who are proud and happy to host an XTERRA event.

After the bike check in on Saturday morning, race director Wolf Hardt, made a quick pro presentation and started the race briefing in both Italian and English.

The swim course is quite simple. You swim 1k before exiting and running around 100m before diving again to the lake for the last 500m.

Bike course consists of 1 loop of 31,5km mainly composed by one long climb (elevation gain of 1150m) and a long downhill. Again one loop for the 10,4km run course including some vertical drops.

Conrad Stoltz, is the big attraction of this XTERRA Abruzzo, considering he’s not racing often in Europe, lot of people wonder how he can challenge top European athletes on this kind of courses. The answer is simple: He smashed them!

The Caveman show started at 14h00. Staying with the swim leader Gianpietro De Faveri, Stoltz was already leading the race at the exit of the transition area! One of his main challengers, Asa Shaw, was 30” behind. For the rest of the pro field, including Nico Lebrun who designed the race course, Stoltz lead was already more than 2′.

Stoltz pushed hard on the bike. Behind him a trio composed by Nico Pfitzenmaier, François Carloni and Nico Lebrun tried to gather their efforts to catch the South African, without success.

Around 3 minutes after Conrad left transition area, Pfitzenmaier reached T2 in second position with a minute over Carloni and Lebrun who had a flat tire in the last 10k. 5th place was kept by young kiwi Olly Shaw who made a great run course to pass Carloni and finish 4th overall for his first year as pro.

While Stoltz was celebrating his victory, running through the finish line like a boxer, Lebrun passed Pfitzenmaier to finish second.

First Italian athlete Simone Calamai finishes 8th and first age grouper Jan Pyott from Switzerland get a great 9th place overall.

Stoltz said ” that was a really tough course but I had lot of fun especially through the streets of Scanno with all these people cheering. During the bike I looked over my shoulder to check if Nico Lebrun was coming back and I keep pushing hard.”

  1. Conrad Stoltz, South Africa 2h43’34”
  2. Nicolas Lebrun, France 2h47’43”
  3. Nico Pfitzenmaier, Germany 2h50’11”
  4. Oliver Shaw, New Zealand 2h51’09”
  5. François Carloni, France 2h51’42”
  6. Asa Shaw, United Kingdom 2h54’50”
  7. Jim Thijs, Belgium 2h55’18”
  8. Simone Calamai, Italy 3h05’39”
  9. Jan Pyott, Switzerland* 3h05’50”
  10. Alessandro Bonalumi, Italy* 3h06’32”

* age group

Helena ErbenovaThe women’s race was a bit more exciting but the question remains the same, who can beat Helena Erbenova?

Chantell Widney leads the swim, Marion Lorblanchet just 15” back. Renata Bucher was 2′ behind and Helena Erbenova more than 2’30”. Currently, Renata Bucher is probably the only one European athlete who can challenge Helena Erbenova. The “Swiss Rocket” has her usual terrific bike ride which allows her to own a bit less than a 3′ advantage on Erbenova after the bike. But she needed more to prevent Erbenova to come back and win the race. Chantell Widney finishes again 3rd one week after her podium at ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Netherlands.

After the race Erbenova confessed ”I suffered on the bike and I had to fight on this really hard course to win and catch Renata on the run.”

  1. Helena Erbenova, Czech Republic 3h10’16”
  2. Renata Bucher, Switzerland 3h12’58”
  3. Chantell Widney, Canada 3h23’08”
  4. Marion Lorblanchet, France 3h27’47”
  5. Sara Tavecchio, Italy 3h34’36”

What a great first edition for the XTERRA Abruzzo. If you love tough race with great landscapes, scenic places and great atmosphere, this is the one you should register for.

Photos courtesy Giuseppe Cantelmi and you can find more images at

Next on the XTERRA World Tour: XTERRA Abruzzo was the fifth European Tour Championship race and the 15th World Tour event to qualify amateur athletes into the XTERRA World Championship to be held in Kapalua, Maui on October 27, 2013.

Date – Race, Location
Feb 24 –  XTERRA South Africa Championship, Western Cape
Mar 2 – XTERRA Philippines Championship, Cebu
Mar 9 – XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, New Zealand
Mar 9 – XTERRA Saipan Championship, Northern Marianas
Mar 23 – XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti
Apr 7 – XTERRA Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria, Australia
Apr 13 – XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
Apr 28 – XTERRA Malaysia Championhip, Putrajaya
June 2 – XTERRA Spain Championship, Cieza, Murcia
June 15 – XTERRA Greece, Lake Plastira
June 22 – XTERRA Brazil Championship, Ilhabela, SP
June 29 – XTERRA Switzerland Championship, Vallee de Joux
July 7 – XTERRA Freedom Fest, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii
July 7 – XTERRA France Championship, Xonrupt, Gerardmer
July 14 – XTERRA Victoria, Canada
July 20 – XTERRA Abruzzo, Lago di Scanno, Italy
Aug 3 – XTERRA Mexico Championship, Tapalpa, Jalisco
Aug 4 – XTERRA Canmore, Canada
Aug 10 – XTERRA Czech Championship, Prachatice
Aug 17 – XTERRA Germany Championship, Zittau
Aug 24 – XTERRA Japan Championship, Marunuma
Aug 31 – XTERRA Ecuador,
Aug 31 – XTERRA MountainMan – Kualoa Ranch, HI
Sept 8 – XTERRA England, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 21 – XTERRA USA Championship, Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
Oct 27 – XTERRA World Championship, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Middaugh, Vanlandingham win XTERRA Mountain Championship

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Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO – Josiah Middaugh and Shonny Vanlandingham won the XTERRA Mountain Championship on a picture-perfect blue sky day at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado this morning.

Josiah MiddaughMiddaugh, 33, the reigning XTERRA USA Champion and winner of three straight regional championship races on the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series, erased a two-minute deficit to the leaders coming out of the swim by the top of the first big climb at about mile four of the bike then posted the fastest bike and run times to take the tape in 2:08:00, nearly six-minutes ahead of runner-up Branden Rakita from Colorado Springs.

It’s Middaugh’s second XTERRA Mountain Championship victory in three years on his home turf where he lives just a mile from the course.

“Super excited because this is a really special race, one of the most important races I’ll do this year and it feels really good to win on my home course,” said Middaugh.

The win means Middaugh will take a perfect score into Nationals September 21 at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah and is in prime position to win the Series for the first time.  Add his USA Championship win last year followed by a close-2nd to Javier Gomez at XTERRA Worlds with his three victories this year, and Middaugh could be the best he’s ever been.

“I’ve been injury free for a while and my training is as good as it has ever been.  I feel like there wasn’t anything special about what I did today, I just did what I’m trained to do. In other years it hasn’t worked out when I’ve felt super strong – I’d have a bad race or mechanicals. Maybe its experience I don’t know, but it’s all coming together so I guess you could say I’m at the pinnacle of my career right now,” said Middaugh.

Even so, Middaugh has no intention of letting up with Nationals and Worlds on the horizon.

“Well, first I’m going on vacation tomorrow morning for a week, then I’ll get back into it and put together a good progression, 10-week training plan to Ogden,” said Middaugh.  “I focused on Ogden last year and played all my cards to have a big peak there and go confidently into Maui.  I still want to have a peak performance at Nationals for sure, but I’ll have Maui in mind a little more this year.”

Behind Middaugh was a great race for second-place with Branden Rakita leading Ben Hoffman by a tail nearly all day.  It would be Rakita’s career-best performance at a U.S. major, especially impressive considering he spent the last couple weeks in Europe racing at XTERRA France and the ITU Cross Tri Worlds in the Netherlands.

“Feels really good, like a lot of hard work has paid off,” said Rakita.

Hoffman, the Ironman great who’s won his last three long-distance IM races, hung with Rakita until a flat towards the end of the bike lost him some time and momentum but still managed to run strong into 3rd for the second straight year on this course.

Cody Waite also had a career-day, finished 4th for the first time. Waite also earned high-praise from women’s winner Shonny Vanlandingham, who credited the training program he built for her as one of the big reasons for her recent success.

“I started working with Cody and his EPC coaching business after Vegas and since then have gradually gotten more and more power.  He’s great, and good with older athletes as it’s more about quality than quantity, his program is really working for me,” said Vanlandingham.

Also of note, Ryan Ignatz finished fifth to push him just a point behind Rakita in 4th in the Pro Series heading into Nationals. Dan Hugo earned some valuable points today as well with his 7th place finish (despite a bum hip), catapulting him into the No. 2 spot behind Middaugh.  Kyle Leto made a splash in his XTERRA debut with the fastest swim and a 6th place finish.



Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh 33 Vail, Colorado 2:08:00 100
2 Branden Rakita 32 Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:13:56 90
3 Ben Hoffman 29 Boulder, Colorado 2:14:20 82
4 Cody Waite 34 Lakewood, Colorado 2:15:38 75
5 Ryan Ignatz 34 Boulder, Colorado 2:16:52 69
6 Kyle Leto 27 Boulder, Colorado 2:17:31 63
7 Dan Hugo 27 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:21:31 58
8 Jason Michalak 35 Lakewood, Colorado 2:23:02 53
9 Bradley Weiss 24 Somerset West, South Africa 2:23:45 49
10 Will Kelsay 32 Boulder, Colorado 2:25:41 45

Also:  Will Ross (41), Chris Ganter (37), Tom Goth (34), Patrick Valentine (31), Craig Evans (28), Brad Zoller, Andy Lee, Matt Mangen, Joshua Merrick


Shonny Vanlandingham has now won the Mountain Championship race here at Beaver Creek in four of the last five years (and she sat out last year due to injury).

Shonny VanlandinghamThe 2010 XTERRA World Champ was more than four minutes behind the swim leaders – Julie Dibens and Flora Duffy – but made it all up to take the lead into the bike-to-run transition and held on for the win in 2:29:51, nearly two-minutes ahead of last year’s winner Danelle Kabush of Canada.

“This is the first time my knee hasn’t hurt on the run since I injured it in 2011,” said Vanlandingham.  “It’s a long rehab process, and I’m still rehabbing.  I’m not as good as 2010 but hoping with two more months I can contend this year at Worlds.  At one point I thought I would never contend again, but I’m encouraged lately and really happy to be getting stronger and stronger.”

Despite growing up in Texas, Vanlandingham – a 7x member of the U.S. National Mountain Biking Team – seems at home in the mountains.  “I’ve been in Durango for 15 years, so probably more of a mountain girl now with a Texas accent.”

The day was made all the more special because her Dad was in the audience, witness to her latest triumph.

“I wanted to say thanks to my Dad for riding his motorcycle all the way up from Texas to watch the race,” said Vanlandingham at the awards ceremony.  “He’s been my biggest fan. I’m 44 and played a lot of sports and he’s traveled all over the country on his motorcycle to watch my various activities … this one’s for you Dad.”

Danelle Kabush put together another strong Mountain race – posted the fastest run split of the day – to finish in 2nd and Kelley Cullen continued to show her prowess in the Rockies with a third-place finish.

With reigning XTERRA U.S. National Champ Suzie Snyder striding into fourth, it was a good day for the Luna Girls.  Meanwhile Emma Garrard keeps getting faster, and had a season-best 5th place showing today, just seven months removed from having her first baby.

The feel-good story of the day goes to Julie Dibens, who raced her first tri since 2011 when she was leading off the bike at Ironman Worlds in Kona before having to pull due to injury.  She led the bike through the first 10 miles before Vanlandingham took charge, and ultimately finished in 7th after testing the waters on what she could do on the run.

“It was great to be back out on the race course,” said Dibens.  “Physically, it was much as I expected…fugly! Mentally, the hardest part was putting myself out there, but I’m glad I did! Injury wise… I held up pretty well. I struggled to run on the steep ups and downs, especially on the single track, but on flatter ground everything felt good. I now feel confident that I can push the fitness on in training a bit and see if I can get back in the mix with these tough girls.”

The best news for XTERRA fans is that Maui and a shot to become the first woman to win four XTERRA World Championship titles is in her sights.



Pl Name Age Hometown Time Points
1 Shonny Vanlandingham 44 Durango, Colorado 2:29:51 100
2 Danelle Kabush 37 Calgary, Canada 2:31:39 90
3 Kelley Cullen  32 New Castle, Colorado 2:33:38 82
4 Suzie Snyder 31 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:34:02 75
5 Emma Garrard 30 Park City, Utah 2:36:25 69
6 Flora Duffy 25 Boulder, Colorado 2:38:07 63
7 Julie Dibens 38 Boulder, Colorado 2:38:32 58
8 Tammy Jacques 46 Steamboat Springs, Colorado 2:41:32 53
9 Jaime Brede 36 Breckenridge, Colorado 2:44:42 49
10 Brandi Heisterman 38 Brackendale, B.C., Canada 2:45:55 45

Also: Tamara Donelson (41), Heidi Rentz (37), Jari Kirkland (34), Caroline Colonna (31)


The table has been set.  In the men’s field Middaugh has a seemingly commanding perfect score of 300 with Dan Hugo inching up to 2nd position with 248, and Branden Rakita and Ryan Ignatz not far behind in 3rd and 4th position.  For the women, the “Scottish Rocket” Lesley Paterson controls her own destiny – with a perfect score just like Middaugh.  It’s a tighter race though, with Vanlandingham’s 272 points creating some probabilities. Pros count their best three of four regionals plus their score at the USA Championship in Utah to determine the Series winner.

Here’s a look at the standings:Pl  Name  West  S’East  East  Mtn  Totals


Pl Name West S’East East Mtn Totals
1 Josiah Middaugh 100 100 DNS 100 300
2 Dan Hugo DNS 90 100 58 248
3 Branden Rakita 82 63 x49 90 235
4 Ryan Ignatz 75 DNS 90 69 234
5 Bradley Weiss DNS 75 82 49 206
6 Craig Evans 63 82 58 x28 203
7 Nick Fisher 37 69 75 DNS 181
8 Will Kelsay 49 58 69 x45 176
9 Cody Waite DNS 45 41 75 161
10 Jason Michalak 58 34 DNS 53 145
11 Matt Mangen 53 53 DNS DNP 106
12 Andy Lee DNS 37 63 DNP 100
13 Conrad Stoltz 90 DNF DNS DNS 90
14 Chris Ganter DNF 49 DNS 37 86
15 Will Ross DNP 41 DNS 41 82
16 Ben Hoffman DNS DNS DNS 82 82
17 Matt Lieto 69 DNS DNS DNS 69
18 Tim Snow DNS 31 37 DNS 68
19 Kyle Leto DNS DNS DNS 63 63
20 Karsten Madsen DNS DNS 53 DNS 53
21 Brian Astell 45 DNS DNS DNS 45
22 Ryan DeCook DNS DNP 45 DNS 45
23 Lewis Elliot 41 DNS DNS DNS 41
24 Matthew Sheeks 34 DNS DNS DNS 34
25 Brad Zoller DNS DNS 34 DNP 34
26 Tom Goth DNS DNS DNS 34 34
27 Zach Winter 31 DNS DNS DNS 31
28 Patrick Valentine DNS DNS DNS 31 31
29 Damian Gonzalez 28 DNP DNS DNS 28
30 Tom Eickelbert DNS 28 DNS DNS 28
31 Joshua Merrick DNP DNS DNS DNP



1 Lesley Paterson 100 100 100 DNS 300
2 Shonny Vanlandingham 82 x75 90 100 272
3 Melanie McQuaid 75 90 75 DNS 240
4 Suzie Snyder 90 69 x63 75 234
5 Danelle Kabush 69 x58 69 90 228
6 Brandi Heisterman x41 82 82 45 209
7 Emma Garrard 58 63 DNS 69 190
8 Caroline Colonna 37 45 49 34 165
9 Kelley Cullen 63 DNS DNS 82 145
10 Christine Jeffrey 31 53 58 DNS 142
11 Katie Button DNS 49 53 DNS 102
12 Jaime Brede 53 DNS DNS 49 102
13 Tamara Donelson 45 DNS DNS 41 86
14 Flora Duffy DNS DNS DNS 63 63
15 Julie Dibens DNS DNS DNS 58 58
16 Tammy Jacques DNS DNS DNS 53 53
17 Jen Gersbach-Venzara 49 DNS DNS DNS 49
18 Catherine Sterling DNS DNS 45 DNS 45
19 Heather Holmes DNS 41 DNS DNS 41
20 Heidi Rentz DNS DNS DNS 37 37
21 Rachel Challis 34 DNS DNS DNS 34
22 Jari Kirkland DNS DNS DNS 34 34
22 Lauren Harrison 28 DNS DNS DNS 28


Hannah Rae FinchampAlex Modestou, 27, from Washington D.C. won the men’s amateur race in 2:23:22 and Hannah Rae Finchamp, 18, of Altadena, California won the women’s amateur race in 2:42:15.  Both finished 9th overall in their respective genders. It’s a remarkable win for Modestou – his second overall amateur win (he took Richmond too) as an “East Coast” guy took it to the altitude kings; and incredible for Finchamp as she’s still just 18-years-old.

More than 400 racers from 22 states and seven countries took part in the annual challenge that combines a 1-mile swim in Nottingham Lake (66-degree water temperature), a 15-mile bike that gains 3,600 feet (high point 9,400) and a 6-mile trail run that goes up-and-down the ski slope trails at Beaver Creek Resort with another 1,300-feet of climbing.

Also of note, Brent Bieshaar completed race No. 17 in his XTERRA Across America journey to complete an XTERRA every weekend of the 2013 season.  Five more points series races left, plus Nationals and Worlds.  Read all about it at

Here’s a look at all the age group champions, who earned a coveted qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship, along with other top finishers in each division:



Division Name Time Hometown
15  – 19 * Hannah Rae Finchamp 2:42:15 Altadena, CA
20 – 24 Tess Amer 2:48:28 Boulder, CO
25 – 29 Adrienne Young 2:59:51 Vail, CO
30 – 34  Meghan Sheridan 2:47:07 Sandy, UT
35 – 39  Jennifer Razee 2:49:16 Edwards, CO
40 – 44  Kerry White 3:26:57 Avon, CO
45 – 49  Jen Kandolin 2:53:17 Jackson, WY
50 – 54 Betsy Spiegel 3:20:18 Salt Lake City, UT
55 – 59 Barbara Peterson 3:31:00 Berkeley, CA
60 – 64 Cindi Toepel 3:26:30 Littleton, CO



Division Name Time Hometown
15 – 19 McKay Hunt 2:38:51 Ogden, UT
20 – 24 Andrew Auer 2:32:04 Boulder, CO
25 – 29  *Alex Modestou  2:23:22 Washington DC
30 – 34  Matthew Balzer 2:28:55 Reno, NV
35 – 39  Bryce Phinney 2:26:58 Tucson, AZ
40 – 44  Glenn Mengering 2:31:58 Boulder, CO
45 – 49  Stephen White 2:31:37 Avon, CO
50 – 54  Michael Hagen 2:37:43 Colorado Springs, CO
55 – 59 Jeff Layman 2:57:09 Avon, CO
60 – 64 Jim Mitchell 3:00:50 Jackson, WY
65 – 69 Dennis Freeman 3:33:49 Phoenix, AZ
70 – 74 Ronald Scranton 4:31:44 Tijeras, NM
PC Craig Vogtsberger 3:20:24 Traverse City, MI


Complete results available at

The XTERRA Mountain Championship is the fourth of four regionals on the XTERRA America Tour, which features 70 races in 38 states from March thru August.  Next major is the XTERRA USA Championship at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on September 21, followed by the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui on October 27.

Tomorrow, Sunday July 21, XTERRA will host the Beaver Creek 5K/10K Trail Runs on the same course.  Those interested can register on-site from 7-8:30am (race starts at 9am).

More information is available at

A special thanks to Tim Baker, executive director at Beaver Creek Resort and the entire BCR staff, along with the volunteers, and our local partners at East-West Resorts and the Town of Avon.

The XTERRA Mountain Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell, Beaver Creek Resort, the Live More Car, and AVIA, and sponsored by Gatorade, PowerBar, Rudy Project, Utah Sports Commission, Choice Hotels, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA  Fitness, FootBalance, Muscle Milk, LifeProof, Zorrel, East-West Resorts, and the Town of Avon.

McMahon, McQuaid win XTERRA Victoria

A pair of long-time XTERRA stars from Victoria, B.C., Canada took home the XTERRA Victoria off-road triathlon titles on Sunday.

McQuaid / McMahon Victoria Canada“Having an XTERRA in my hometown was an absolute treat this year,” wrote McQuaid on her blog (read her full story at  “Thank you so much to race director Monique Moore and the Human Powered Racing team for putting on a top notch event at Durrance Lake.  I think I speak for all of the competitors when I say what a great day it was, what a fun course it was and how great the entire event unfolded.  So much fun!”

Mike Neill, a former professional triathlete and head coach of Human Powered Racing, brings us this report…

The 2013 XTERRA Victoria was another epic event; from super fast racing by some of the sports best, to some crazy wipe outs (on what is arguably one of the most technical XTERRA bike courses out there) this race gave the competitors a challenge that will make most races in the future seem pretty easy in comparison. Even our youth athletes got a bit more than they bargained for when a turn-around point was mistakenly unmarked and they took on the adult sprint course. They were true champions and made it to the finish line and should be extremely proud of themselves for persevering.

This is a race that is sure to grow because of the course, atmosphere (thanks to our race announcer Jasper Blake), venue, great sponsors and most importantly our volunteers. A big congratulations to all of our winners, including Victoria’s own Melanie Mcquaid and Brent McMahon who proved why they are two of the best in the sport in winning the championship event. To those that qualified for XTERRA World’s in Maui this October; GOOD LUCK from all of us at Human Powered Racing!

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XTERRA Abruzzo on Saturday

Nico Lebrun, the current and four-time XTERRA European Tour Champion and winner of the last European Tour race at XTERRA France, designed a new XTERRA course in the beautiful mountain regions of Abruzzo.

Conrad's Abruzzo Run Course ScenicThe inaugural XTERRA Abruzzo triathlon – the fifth of eight majors on the XTERRA European Tour – is set for Saturday with the swim start, finish and transitions areas based at Lago di Scanno – aka “XTERRA’s Heart”

“You can see that the Lake has the shape of a heart, the heart of XTERRA immersed within a spectacular fauna of Abruzzo; an eldorado for lovers of outdoor sports, especially mountain biking, trail running and hiking,” wrote the organizers.

Conrad Stoltz (posted this view of the lake on @conradstoltz), fresh off his 7th World Championship, will go head-to-head with Lebrun for the first time this season in the men’s race.  In the women’s race Erbenova looks to extend her dominance, but the formidable contingent of women’s elite are in full force to try and stop her.

Here Lebrun gives us his thoughts on the area and course for XTERRA Abruzzo…

“Last December, when I came for the first time in Abruzzo, I was so impressed to see all the mountains, the wild life with bears and wolves .. and not far from Rome! Unbelievable .. if you used to live in the alps, like me, you wouldn’t expect to find such scenery, with high peaks up to 3000 meter in the south of Italy.  All this just two hours drive away from Rome International Airport, a perfect place for a European XTERRA race. And, of course, the place to be is Scanno, a typical Italian mountain village, beautiful and lovely, absorbed in the old beauty of its architecture; the historical center offers a variety of restaurants and taverns to taste the incredible Italian cuisine … reason more to love this country … ok guys, maybe you will not lose weight, even if the race consumes your energy!  Okay, sorry the race! This is the reason why I’m here! The swim part of the race starts in the natural mountain lake at 1000 meters over sea level; the bike course will take you through some narrow streets of the old village …you will be climbing a lot within some single trails and you’ll always have a view to the peaks…but keep your energy for the run because for sure you will walk, fast and forward, this is “Bic Nic race course”, and I love running uphill!  This is the best training for qualifying to the XTERRA World Championship in October and Maui. I’m sure you will also remember the Italian “festa” in Scanno / Lago di Scanno in the middle of the Abruzzo mountains!”

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Stoltz Wins Third ITU Cross Tri World Title

Conrad Stoltz and Helena Erbenova won the third edition of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Den Haag, Netherlands on Saturday.

Conrad StoltzIt’s Stoltz’ third straight ITU World Title, and seventh overall to go with his unprecedented four XTERRA World Championships.

“My 7th World title.  It didn’t sink in till the last kilometer. So proud. Happy. More like ecstatic. I’m blessed with an amazing career. Wonderfully supportive sponsors. Genes- I’m turning 40 in October and still winning. (thanks Mom and Dad) Rocket scientist coach Ian Rodger. My wife Liezel. So much goes into this job/life/career, it’s hard to phantom and acknowledge all in a paragraph or even a blog. It really reaches deep,” posted Stoltz to his blog at

Former XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa finished second, 14-seconds back and Brice Daubord was third. Other XTERRA notable finishers included Victor del Corral (7th), Ben Allen (8th), Jim Thijs (11th), Tim Van Daele (14th), Branden Rakita (16th) and Asa Shaw (17th).   View Complete Results

In the women’s race Erbenova outlasted defending champ and two-time XTERRA World Champ Lesley Paterson on the same course where she won the European Cross Triathlon title last year.  It’s her fourth straight major off-road tri win having captured the last three championships on the XTERRA European Tour and it also compliments her 2013 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship.

The top eight elite women finishers are all established XTERRA stars with Paterson (2nd), Chantell Widney (3rd), Renata Bucher (4th), Jacqui Slack (5th), Riikka Kelja (6th), Carina Wasle (7th), and Brigitta Poor (8th).

Team USA was well represented in the Netherlands.  Here’s a recap of their performances courtesy USA Triathlon;

Kathy Hudson (Highland Village, Texas) led the way as the top American finisher, winning her age group for the second time in the three-year history of the event. Hudson won the 50-54 age group in convincing fashion, logging a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, 16 seconds on the 1-kilometer swim, 26-kilometer mountain bike and 9-kilometer cross country run course. Her time was more than 14 minutes faster than the next closest competitor.

Also winning medals in their respective age groups in the off-road event were: Matthew Campbell (35-39, Park City, Utah), Brad Moore (35-39, Parsons, Tenn.), Roxy Cate (50-54, Washougal, Wash.), Annette Macniven (55-59, Wainscott, N.Y.) and J. Alan Moore (Ada, Mich.).

For the third year of the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, Team USA was comprised of 28 age-group athletes from 18 states ranging in age from 25-66. Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event. Visit for more on Team USA.

United States Age-Group Medalists

Male 35-39
2. Matthew Campbell (Park City, Utah), 2:35:29
3. Brad Moore (Parsons, Tenn.), 2:42:56

Female 50-54
1. Kathy Hudson (Highland Village, Texas), 2:59:16
3. Roxy Cate (Washougal, Wash.), 5:44:04

Female 55-59
2. Annette MacNiven (Wainscott, N.Y.), 3:36:55

Male 60-64
3. J. Alan Moore (Ada, Mich.), 3:13:59

Julie Dibens (3.0) Racing Mountain Champs

Three-time XTERRA World Champion Julie Dibens will make her return to triathlon at the XTERRA Mountain Championship at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado on Saturday.

Julie DibensIt’ll be Dibens first tri since 2011 when she was leading off the bike at Ironman Worlds in Kona before having to pull due to injury.  Since that day the resilient Brit (who lives in nearby Boulder, CO) has undergone foot and knee surgeries and spent a remarkable amount of time rehabilitating.

“I’m not 100% by any means, and this is definitely a ‘test the waters’ kind of thing, and mentally something that I want to do for me,” said Dibens.  “I’m not run “training” but I’m running, and this is huge for me!  I have no expectations, just pumped to feel able to race again and woke up this morning feeling like a kid the week leading up to Christmas.”

Dibens first raced XTERRA in 2006, finishing 2nd at XTERRA France and won XTERRA Denmark that season.  In 2007 she won XTERRA Guam, was second in Saipan, won XTERRA UK and then captured her first of three consecutive XTERRA World Championships in Maui.

When asked why she chose this race to get back in the mix, Dibens replied, “Pretty simple really. I used XTERRA to kick start the 2nd phase of my triathlon career back in 2007 as I switched from ITU to other triathlon events. Even though I have never considered myself a true XTERRA athlete, XTERRA gave me the confidence to go out there and try new things, and was a big part in shaping the athlete I am today. After a rough few years on the sidelines I think it’s a great way to hopefully kick start the 3rd phase of my career as an athlete. I have no idea what this athlete will look like, but I’m excited to get back on the startline and see what lies ahead.”

If Dibens 3.0 looks anything like 2.0, the triathlon world is in for a treat.  In the stretch from 2007 to 2011 Dibens was a force in every distance with big wins at XTERRA, Ironman 70.3 (2009 World Champ), Lifetime Fitness, 5430 Long Course, Abu Dhabi, Wildflower, Rev3, and then in her first try at Kona in 2010 she knocked out the fastest bike split of the day (4:55:28) and finished third.

As for her expectations on Saturday, Dibens said “just to finish with two knees intact and a smile on my face.”

Diben’s joins an all-star cast of elite XTERRA specialists on Saturday at the XTERRA Mountain Championship that includes last year’s winner, Canadian Danelle Kabush, three-time Mtn Champ Shonny Vanlandingham, reigning XTERRA National Champ Suzie Snyder, and some really fast mountain bike specialists like Brandi Heisterman, and Kelley Cullen.

Here’s a look at the complete women’s start list for Saturday.

Note: Click on the link to their name to view profile & image
Rank – Women – Age, Hometown
2 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 44, Durango, Colorado
4 – Suzie Snyder – 31, Fredericksburg, Virginia
5 – Brandi Heisterman – 37, Squamish, B.C., Canada
6 – Danelle Kabush – 37, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
8 – Caroline Colonna – 48, Taos, New Mexico
9 – Emma Garrard – 30, Park City, Utah
11 – Kelley Cullen – 32, New Castle, Colorado
12 – Jaime Brede – 36, Breckenridge, Colorado
14 – Tamara Donelson – 37, Edwards, Colorado
NR – Julie Dibens – 38, Boulder, Colorado
NR – Flora Duffy – 25, Boulder, Colorado
NR – Tammy Jacques – 46, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
NR – Jari Kirkland – 37, Crested Butte, Colorado
NR – Heidi Rentz – 29, Moab, Utah

In the men’s race hometown hero Josiah Middaugh, who lives just down the road from the course (which he helped design) is the favorite, but every man in the top 10 of the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series is on the start list.

Dan Hugo from South Africa, winner of the East Championship last month, and Colorado-based Ironman specialist Ben Hoffman are expected to give Middaugh all he can handle.

XTERRA Mountain Championship Elite Men
Rank – Men – Age, Hometown
1 – Craig Evans – 35, Hendersonville, Tennessee
2 – Josiah Middaugh – 33, Vail, Colorado
3 – Branden Rakita – 32, Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 – Dan Hugo – 27, Stellenbosch, South Africa
5 – Nick Fisher – 27, Ogden, Utah
6 – Will Kelsay – 31, Boulder, Colorado
7 – Ryan Ignatz – 34, Boulder, Colorado
8 – Bradley Weiss – 24, Cape Town, South Africa
9 – Matt Mangen – 30, Ivins, Utah
10 – Andy Lee – 41, Lakeway, Texas
11 – Jason Michalak – 35, Lakewood, Colorado
13 – Cody Waite – 34, Lakewood, Colorado
17 – Chris Ganter – 34, Boise, Idaho
21 – Will Ross – 23, Anchorage, Alaska
23 – Brad Zoller – 35, Palatine, Illinois
NR – Tom Goth – 28, Salt Lake City, Utah
NR – Ben Hoffman – 29, Boulder, Colorado
NR – Kyle Leto – 25, Walnut Creek, California
NR – Joshua Merrick – 31, Alamosa, Colorado
NR – Patrick Valentine – 27, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Note: Rank indicates their position in XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings (after 3), NR = not ranked.

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Smith, Akerhielm take Texas Finale

Magnolia Hill Trail Run draws more than 200 runners

Season finales are supposed to be about drama, and the XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run did not disappoint.

More than 200 runners participated in the event, which was completed on July 13 at Magnolia Hill Ranch at Navasota, Texas. It was the season finale for the 2013 XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series.

Robert Smith and Tracie Akerhielm took top overall honors for the 21-kilometer race, and both had interesting tales from the trails to tell.

Smith finished first overall with a time of 1 hour, 38 minutes, 39 seconds. Although it was his first XTERRA Trail Run experience, he was willing to call it a victory “by mistake” because two other runners took a wrong turn on the course.

“I got to the last aid station before the finish and asked what place I was in. They said first. I told them I should be in third,” Smith said. “I continued and when I finished I told them that there should have been two high school kids in front of me. I assume they went the wrong way.”

Indeed, Collin Carter and Blake Devoll were inadvertently directed in the wrong direction, and they wound up running an extra three miles. They were ahead of Smith by at least a minute when they took the wrong turn. Carter and Devoll are members of the Giddings High School cross country team, and their coach was understanding of the situation.

“They were both frustrated, but sometimes these things happen on trail races,” said Shaun Carter, head coach of the Giddings team. “Nature of the beast.”

Interestingly enough, Smith is the cross country coach for Kingwood Park High School, and is also one of the founders of the Pineywoods Athletic Club in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Ken Rieger from Spring, Texas, was second overall in 1:39:39, and Matt Nedella from Montgomery, Texas, was third in 1:43:24.

Akerhielm was an impressive fourth overall and first among the females in 1:46:45. She finished more than eight minutes ahead of the other top female runners.

“The race course was beautiful with single track that zigzagged through tall pine trees and circled around a small lake near the end,” said Akerhielm, who resides in Denton, Texas. “The trees provided so much shade that the trail was almost dark.  The pine needles and sand made the run nice and soft, but a bit taxing on the legs.”

Akerhielm’s adventure actually started before the race, when she got lost looking for the race site. She eventually drove up to a locked gate at Magnolia Hill Ranch.

“At this point, I was sure I was going to miss the start of the race and so hopped the gate and took off running down the dirt road,” she explained. “I hitched a ride on a four-wheeler from a sheriff who drove me down to registration. I grabbed my race bib and pins and jogged down toward the start.  If I had arrived 30 seconds later, I would have missed the opportunity to race!”

Akerhielm has been the dominant female in the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series in 2013. This was her third overall victory in the series, and she placed second overall at four other races.

Aimee Newsom placed second in 1:55:05, and Sharon Ruben was third in 2:16:28.


In addition to the 21K long course, there was also a 6K short course, and a pair of youngsters took top honors. Seventeen-year-old Diego Gomez placed first overall in 27:56, and 11-year-old Heather Welsch was the top female in 30:27.

The XTERRA Magnolia Hill Trail Run was the seventh, and final, race in the 2012-13 season for the XTERRA Texas Trail Run Series.

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North Carolina Series Gets Off to a Fast Start

Longworth and Mercer win at Whitewater in record times

The XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run proved to be a fast opening act for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series.

Close to 350 runners from 12 different states participated in the XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run, which was completed on July 13 at the U.S. Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte runners Matthew Longworth and Stacy Mercer took top overall honors, and they did it in record fashion.

Longworth, 33, completed the 13-kilometer course in 51 minutes, 28 seconds, which was 47 seconds faster than the previous course record. Longworth placed third at this event last year, but took nearly two minutes off his time to earn the victory this year.

Cole Whitaker from Carrboro, N.C., was the only runner to stay within striking distance of the lead. He finished second with a time of 51:44. Tyler Turnbull from Charlotte was third in 54:17.


Mercer placed 14th overall and set a women’s course record at 1:00:48. She is an experienced road runner, but this was her first XTERRA Trail Run experience.

“The course was challenging, but fast,” she said. “Plenty to pay attention to in the woods, but only a few obstacles caused me to drastically slow down in order to avoid falling. There were two to three brutally steep inclines, but they weren’t terribly long, so I survived!”

She also won in impressive fashion, finishing nearly five minutes ahead of the other top females. Kimberley Hefner from Rock Hill, S.C., placed second in 1:05:29, and Kaitlyn Poff from Huntersville, N.C., was third in 1:06:33.


The XTERRA Whitewater Trail Run was the opening race of the 2013 season for the XTERRA North Carolina Trail Run Series. Two more races are scheduled this summer: XTERRA Beech Mountain Trail Run on July 27, and the XTERRA Fisher Farm Trail Run on August 31.

All races in the North Carolina Series are open to runners of all ages and abilities. To register for a race or to learn more about it, please visit