Murray, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa

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Olympians Richard Murray and Flora Duffy captured the 14th annual Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Championship on a magnificent Saturday morning at the Grabouw Country Club, which sits on the edge of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve in the Elgin Valley about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

It’s the second XTERRA SA title for Murray, who won his first in 2013, and the fourth straight for Duffy, who has won 11 consecutive XTERRA majors and 15-of-18 since her off-road debut in 2013.

In the men’s race Murray, who placed 4th at the Rio Olympics last summer, needed every bit of his world-class endurance and speed to hold off the reigning SA Champ Bradley Weiss.  He completed the 1.5km swim, 26km mountain bike, and 12.5km trail run in a lightning fast time of 2:22:46, just 19-seconds ahead of Weiss.

“Bradley seriously gave me a proper run for my money,” said Murray, who took the lead out of the water but quickly had company on the bike.  “He caught me in the first 6km, and four years ago here it took Conrad 12km to catch me, so I was very worried.  From there it was literally a cat-and-mouse game the whole event.”

Weiss, who won all three races in the FedHealth XTERRA South Africa series last year and the first one he entered this season at Nelson Mandela Bay two weeks ago, was 20-seconds back of Murray out of the swim and in a good spot on the bike before bad luck slowed him down.

“I caught Richard at the top of the first climb, but then both my tires suffered a slow puncture,” said Weiss.  “I only had one bomb, but managed to sort out both tires.  I caught Richard again just before the rock garden and going into the run I had about a one-minute lead, but knew that with Richard I needed at least two minutes.”

Murray added, “Bradley punctured at about the 10km mark, but caught me again at about the 18km mark.  Going into the run I thought I’d catch him sooner than I did.  He is really quick on the up-hills.  I’d catch him, only to have him pull away on the hills.  I caught him again on the last climb and pushed really hard on the downhill to get away.  I must give massive credit to Bradley.  He has come a long way and would more than likely have beaten me today had he not punctured on the mountain bike.”

It was indeed an impressive day for Weiss, who fractured his scaphoid bone during a training ride in December and just recently returned to full training.

Stuart Marais, the 2015 SA Champ, finished third to make it a podium sweep for South African men.  XTERRA Belgium great Kris Coddens finished fourth, followed by Theo Blignaut, James Cunnama, and Francois Carloni from France.

“XTERRA is an amazing event.  It’s well organized and the athletes are treated really well,” said Murray, who has made no secret of his ambition to win the XTERRA World Championship in Maui this October.

TOP 10 ELITE MEN

Place Name, Nationality Time
1 Richard Murray, RSA 2:22:46
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:23:05
3 Stuart Marais, RSA 2:24:42
4 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:31:36
5 Theo Blignaut, RSA 2:31:59
6 James Cunnama, RSA 2:34:32
7 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:35:27
8 Michael Lord, RSA 2:35:30
9 Dominik Wychera, AUT 2:38:17
10 Antoin Van Heerden, RSA 2:38:19

In the women’s race Duffy did what she does best … dominate.  Her winning time of 2:39:00 was more than six-minutes faster than runner-up and SA Olympian Mari Rabie.

“Being the first race of the season, you don’t really know where you’re at,” says Duffy.  “I was a little nervous, but everything went well and I had a lot of fun.   I had a good swim, sticking to Mari’s feet.  On the bike I worked hard on the climb, and went smoothly on the technical sections.  I’m currently nursing a hip injury, so on the run I decided to practise more control.  XTERRA Grabouw is always special.  It’s where I started.  I’m very happy with my fourth victory.”

Rabie, a two-time SA Champ (she won her first XTERRA title back in 2005), may be “retired” but is still one of the fastest female triathletes alive.

“I’m absolutely delighted to come second today,” says Rabie.  “I enjoy XTERRA because it’s tough and rocky.   I was actually in competition with my boyfriend.  We’ve both just retired from racing, and this was his first triathlon.  He actually beat me, so I guess he takes the XTERRA crown.”

Making her XTERRA debut on the day, Rachel Klamer from the Netherlands rounded off the podium in the women’s race.

TOP 10 WOMEN

Place Name, Nationality Time
1 Flora Duffy, BER 2:39:00
2 Mari Rabie, RSA 2:45:31
3 Rachel Klamer, NED 2:54:11
4 Vicky Van Der Merwe, RSA 3:02:08
5 Nicolette Griffioen, RSA 3:04:34
6 Johandri Leicester, RSA 3:06:16
7 Sylvia Van Tromp, RSA 3:08:23
8 Kate Munnik, RSA 3:15:19
9 Megan Skowno, RSA 3:15:30
10 Colleen De Oliveria, RSA 3:17:25

We were once again overwhelmed by the number of XTERRA Warriors that lined up on the start line today,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “Even more impressive was the number of first time contenders.  Grabouw offers the perfect setting for a world class event.  We are thankful to all entrants for their support and look forward to continue growing the sport of XTERRA in South Africa.”

XTERRA President Janet Clark added that the “vibe here is so cool. As you drive in you are greeted with signs that say ‘Welcome to XTERRA Country.’  African drummers and the national anthem start the day – a mass start with one lap of 1,500 meters.  There are warriors everywhere, families hanging out, a FedHealth Kids zone with art supplies, bouncing castle and movies, a ProNutro breakfast zone serving free breakfast, a huge Bos Sport recovery area, Dan Hugo’s ButtaNutt spread served in recovery, a big beer tent, VIP areas, lots of vendors, and Total Sports, the official retailer, was personalizing race shirts with athletes’ name for 100 rand.  Over 130 relay teams and 700 individuals on the day, and thousands more over the three days.  It’s simply WORLD CLASS.”

Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full event is the one to do if you’re a serious off-road triathlete, or keen to clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place in Hawaii in October. Grabouw offers unforgiving, yet breath-taking terrain, and the chance to bring your family to either participate or spur you on across the finish line. It’s no wonder it’s the biggest XTERRA event in the world.”

For further information on the Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Championship email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.  Direct media inquiries to Jacky McClean, chief contributor to this report, via e-mail to Jacky@newsportmedia.tv.

 

All-time XTERRA South Africa Elite Champions

Year – Men/Women

2004 – Conrad Stoltz/Megan Hall

2005 – Conrad Stoltz/Mari Rabie

2006 – Conrad Stoltz/Michelle Lombardi

2007 – Conrad Stoltz/Michelle Lombardi

2008 – Dan Hugo/Eszter Erdelyi

2009 – Lieuwe Boonstra & Felix Schumann/Carina Wasle

2010 – Dan Hugo/Mari Rabie

2011 – Dan Hugo/Carina Wasle

2012 – Conrad Stoltz/Carla Van Huyssteen

2013 – Richard Murray/Carla Van Huyssteen

2014 – Dan Hugo/Flora Duffy

2015 – Stuart Marais/Flora Duffy

2016 – Bradley Weiss/Flora Duffy

2017 – Richard Murray/Flora Duffy

 

2017 XTERRA World Championship Amateur Qualifiers

XTERRA South Africa was the first of 41 events where amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 29.  Here’s a look at who punched their ticket to paradise today:

Female 19-24: Michelle KREBS, Paige BOTTEN; 25-29: Framke Boonzaaier, Zane COETZEE; 30-34: Johandri LEICESTER, Kate MUNNIK; 35-39: Sylvia VAN TROMP, Carol REEVES; 40-44: Aileen ANDERSON, Tessa KEERS; 45-49: Janet KEET, Birgit BOLLING; 50-54: Pauline LEITH, Lizl HOBSON; 55-59: Jacqui JACKSON.  Male 19-24: Adriaan MYBURGH, Michael ROSS; 25-29: Janos DYLAN, Sebastian PAHL; 30-34: Matthew DANEEL, Gareth HARRINGTON, Jason REED; 35-39: Vernon VISSER, Marc PRICE, Trevor BAPTISTE; 40-44: Ralf FLETCHER, Shaun LUNT, Andrew ROWLES; 45-49: Phillipe VAN DER LEEUW, Gerrie BEUKES, Chris DE VILLIERS; 50-54: Douglas BURGER, Sean McCARTHY, Adam WHITTINGTON; 55-59: Frank SMUTS, Kevin DEWAR; 60-64: Dimmie DE MILANDER, Nic CLAASSEN; 65-69: Tim BRISCOE, Abel VAN DER MERWE.

2017 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

Date Race Elite Winners or Location
Feb 25 XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
Mar 4 XTERRA Motatapu South Island, New Zealand
Mar 18 XTERRA Saipan + Silver Northern Mariana Islands
Mar 25 XTERRA Argentina # Silver Dique Ullum, San Juan
Apr 1 XTERRA Thailand + Silver Phuket
Apr 1 XTERRA Chile # Silver San Bernardo, Santiago
Apr 2 XTERRA Malta * Silver Majjistral Nature Reserve
Apr 8 XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Rotorua, North Island
Apr 9 XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Playa Reserva Conchal
Apr 16 XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
Apr 23 XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Lara Beach/Akamas, Paphos
Apr 23 XTERRA Cebu + GOLD Danao, Cebu, Philippines
Apr 29 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship / Malaysia + GOLD Langkawi, Malaysia
Apr 30 XTERRA Greece * Silver Vouliagmeni
May 6 XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Moorea
May 14 XTERRA Spain * Silver Taragonna
May 14 XTERRA Brazil # Silver Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo
May 20 XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Pelham, AL, USA
May 27 XTERRA Portugal * Silver Golega
Jun 10 XTERRA Belgium * Silver Namur
Jun 17 XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Milton, Ontario, Canada
Jun 18 XTERRA Finland * Silver Imatra
Jun 24 XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Vallee de Joux
Jul 2 XTERRA France * GOLD Xonrupt
Jul 9 XTERRA Victoria # Silver Victoria, B.C., Canada
Jul 15 XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Beaver Creek, CO, USA
Jul 30 XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
Aug 5 XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Tapalpa
Aug 5 XTERRA Norway * Silver Norefjell
Aug 6 XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Aug 12 XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
Aug 12 XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
Aug 13 XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
Aug 13 XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
Aug 19 XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
Aug 26 XTERRA Sweden * Silver Hammarbybacken, Stockholm
Aug 26 XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Sep 2 XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
Sep 3 XTERRA European Championship / Denmark * GOLD Mons Klint
Sep 16 XTERRA Pan American Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
Oct 29 XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + Asia-Pacific Tour

Silver = Min. $7,500 pro purse & 75-point scale // GOLD = Min $15,000 pro purse & 100-point scale

 

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 2017 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 33+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution.  Learn more at xterraplanet.com.

Weiss, Leicester win XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay

Bradley Weiss and Johandri Leicester dominated the field at the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay in the city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province on Saturday.

Staging his comeback from injury, Weiss proved to be in a league of his own completing the 1.5km ocean swim, 28km MTB discipline and 12km trail run in a combined time 2:00:02.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d make the start today. My doctor actually advised me not to race, but I wasn’t going to stay away any longer,” says an adamant Weiss. “I felt amazing today. It seems that the long rest period did me good. The XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay course is becoming one of my favourite courses.   It features a lot of single track and is pure mountain biking. Racing against Stuart today was really special, while having Conrad Stoltz out in the field was also pretty cool. Today was a good test before XTERRA Grabouw. It was nice to get the feeling of racing again.”

According to Marais, who came second on the day, Bradley Weiss was driving the pace on the mountain bike discipline. “The swim was hard. Brad and I exited the water together behind Keegan Cooke and Theo Blignaut. We jumped onto the bikes at the same time, but I lost Brad’s wheel at a river crossing.  I decided to ride smoothly instead of fast. From there Brad lead for the rest of the race. XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay’s ocean swim is fantastic. The mountain bike course is technical, a real cross country style course. The run is cool. It’s fast, there are climbs and sand. Next up is the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw, it’s the grail of XTERRAs. I feel good. Anything can happen at this event.” Theo Blignaut rounded off the podium on the day.

Johandri Leicester’s finishing time of 2:38:20 secured her the top spot on the podium in the women’s race. “Today was tough,” says Leicester. “I misjudged the swim, but managed to catch a wave on my way out. I completed the mountain bike discipline slower than in 2016, but there was more sand this year so that is understandable. I just took it easy. Overall I had a good race. I really like the ocean swim and technical mountain biking.” Alexia Loizou came in second, while Tracey Campbell finished third.

Next up is the XTERRA South Africa Championship in Grabouw next Saturday, February 25.

Read Brad’s blog post about the event here.

Learn more at www.stillwatersports.com

Buffelspoort in the Books

The first XTERRA off-road festival of the year took place in the North West Province of South Africa last weekend with Brad Edwards and Nicolette Griffioen taking top honors in the main event, which combined a 1.5km swim, 26km mountain bike and 12km trail run.

Edwards had a stellar day out on route, leading the men’s race from start to finish. “I’ve learnt not to desire one big outcome, but instead to focus on each discipline individually. On the swim I worked hard at having a good stroke. I know that if I tick all the smaller boxes the outcome will be good. I’ve dreamed about winning an XTERRA. Crossing the finish line first today can be likened to when I won the under 23 Cross Tri World Championship.”

“XTERRA has everything.   It’s scenic, the routes are challenging and the organisation is amazing,” continued Edwards. “I’m looking forward to taking part at the XTERRA Grabouw next month. I know the course is challenging and the quality of athletes competing will be high. I will once again focus on the smaller goals.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make top five.” Edwards completed the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw in an impressive finishing time of 02 hours 43 minutes 26 seconds. Darryn Purtell came in second, while Adriaan Myburgh finished third.

Although plagued by bike mechanicals on the day, Nicolette Griffioen managed to regain composure and successfully defend her Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort title. “I’m not the fastest swimmer. So going into the race I just wanted to be consistent in the swim.  I started to catch the leaders on the mountain bike discipline, but then my bike punctured at approximately 15km in.  I first bombed the tyre and later plugged it, followed by another bomb. After that I decided to be more cautious. Going into the run I was in survival mode. I am very surprised that I managed to catch all the runners ahead of me.   I am really happy with the win.”   Griffioen completed the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort in a deserving time of 03 hours 21 minutes 43 seconds. Johandri Leicester came in second, while Adrienne Moolman finished third.

Nico Sterk and Hayle Preen took top honors in the XTERRA Lite race, with winning times of 1:15:47 and 1:29:59, respectively.  The Lite race featured a 400m swim, followed by a 19km MTB and then finally a 6km trail run. Featuring some exciting route upgrades, even the XTERRA regulars were kept on their toes.

“Many of us want to start living a more active life, but don’t always know where to start,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. “The Fedhealth XTERRA Lite offers just that: a well-organised swim, MTB ride and trail run that’s perfect for beginner triathletes. And, since the Fedhealth XTERRA also offers a Kids and Full event, there is something for every member of the family to do. We invite families to come make a weekend out of it!”

For further information visit www.stillwatersports.com.

Gray, Carlson win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Worlds

(Kaaawa, HI) – Joe Gray and Polina Carlson captured the 9th annual Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship at Kualoa Ranch this morning.

Gray, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, finished the grueling half-marathon course in 1:17:15, six-minutes ahead of runner-up Nick Arciniaga from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Carlson, from Kailua, Hawaii, cruised to victory in 1:38:06, more than seven minutes ahead of Caroline Veltri from Butler, New Jersey.

The men’s race started out fast with Gray and the reigning, three-time champ Patrick Smyth setting a blistering pace and pulling away from the rest of the field. At the two-mile mark those two were charging down the mountain valley side-by-side but when they got to the intersection at the bottom Smyth went left and Gray went right. Right was the right way and both the TV crew, who was filming the race for an XTERRA Adventures show, and Gray himself, yelled out to Smyth to turn around. He did, and got back on track but not without losing a little time and perhaps more importantly, momentum.

“That one was my fault I think, because I’ve done this course a few times now,” said Smyth.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only wrong way of the day for Smyth. Roughly six-miles into the race with Gray in front by more than a minute, Smyth missed an arrow which led to a 3/4-mile uphill. Instead of going up, Smyth went straight and re-connected with the course just 1/3-mile later. As a result, he took over the lead but didn’t know it until Gray caught back up at about mile nine.

“Didn’t see it, didn’t hear anybody yelling for me, had no idea,” recalled Smyth of the mistake. “I thought Joe was still ahead and I was in second. I heard someone behind me, but I thought that was Nick coming up. When I saw Joe there I was totally confused.”

There were two marshals at the spot back at mile six who both called out for Smyth to turn around but with no success. Thus, Smyth was disqualified, a tough decision considering how gracious a champion he has been over the last three years at Kualoa. He also was running strong and certainly would have finished at least second on the day. Instead, second place went to Arciniaga, a 2:11 marathoner and former USA Marathon Champ who was running in his first trail race.

“I feel bad for Pat, both he and Joe left us all behind,” said Arciniaga.

Ultimately, the day belonged to Gray, who won his second XTERRA Trail Running World Title and his second running World Championship this year. He led Team USA to Gold at the World Mountain Running Championships earlier this year.

“It was a tough year out here with all the mud, slipping and sliding the whole way,” said Gray. “Mud or not, I’m glad to be here and not Colorado where it was like 19-degrees today. This win means a lot because I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on mountain running this year and this is different. It isn’t as steep, it’s more runnable, and it’s important to show diversity and how you can compete across a variety of distances and different types of events.”

Chad Hall, two-time Olympian Ryan Hall’s younger brother from Big Bear, California, finished third on the day followed by Tyler Curtis from Colorado and Jacob Fure from Washington. Ryan Hall, the two-time Olympian who has notched America’s fastest half-marathon and marathon times, finished 18th overall in 1:43:39 and had a smile on his face all day.

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In the women’s race Carlson led from wire-to-wire, and picked up her second overall XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in four years.

“I’m so happy to be here, it was such a great day,” said Carlson. “This race is hard, but it’s so adventurous and so fun. I love to run trails, especially here at Kualoa where it is so beautiful.”

For Veltri, the runner-up, today’s race was a grand welcome to Hawaii. She just got in last night from New Jersey, and signed up for the run this morning.

“I planned this trip for the Honolulu Marathon but saw this and love to run trails so wanted to come try it out,” said Veltri, who runs for the Central Park Track Club in New York City. “It’s simply beautiful. The hills were devastating though, and I can tell you it is one of the hardest runs I’ve ever done.”

In third, and the top true local girl, was Malia Crouse of Makawao, Maui, followed by Leslie Nowicki in fourth and Kelly Wolf in fifth.

FULL RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY

MALE

Place Name Time Hometown Prize
1 Joe Gray 1:17:15 Colorado Springs, CO $2,000
2 Nick Arciniaga 1:23:15 Flagstaff, AZ $1,000
3 Chad Hall 1:24:51 Big Bear Lake, CA $750
4 Tyler Curtis 1:27:10 Golden, CO $500
5 Jacob Fure 1:33:06 Brier, WA $300
6 Niam Macdonald 1:33:08 Wellington, NZL $250
7 Kenneth Stover 1:33:47 Kailua-Kona, HI $200

FEMALE

Place Name Time Hometown Prize
1 Polina Carlson 1:38:06 Kailua, HI $2,000
2 Caroline Veltri 1:45:26 Butler, NJ $1,000
3 Malia Crouse 1:46:14 Makawao, HI $750
4 Leslie Nowicki 1:47:31 New Caledonia $500
5 Kelly Wolf 1:48:52 Mesa, AZ $300
6 Malory Peterson 1:50:36 Kailua, HI $250
7 Monica Ross 1:53:27 Anchorage, AK $200

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AGE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPIONS

MEN

DIVISION NAME HOMETOWN FINISH
10 – 14 M Finn Tower-Pierce East Burke, VT 3:00:42
15 – 19 M Finn Battersby North Saanich, CAN 1:46:28
20 – 24 M Jacob Fure Brier, WA 1:33:06
25 – 29 M Chad Hall Big Bear lake, CA 1:24:51
30 – 34 M Joseph Gray (2) Colorado Springs, CO 1:17:15
35 – 39 M Sergio Florian (2) Kaaawa, HI 1:36:54
40 – 44 M Jerome Auruskevicius Anchorage, AK 1:45:13
45 – 49 M Kengo Yoshimoto Honolulu, HI 1:41:42
50 – 54 M Mark Geoghegan Honolulu, HI 1:42:19
55 – 59 M Michael Fussell Grapevine, TX 1:46:22
60 – 64 M Clark Jackson Charlottesville, VA 2:12:20
65 – 69 M Doug Beagle Houston, TX 2:28:00
70 – 74 M Ellis Andrews (3) Penticton, CAN 2:32:21

WOMEN

DIVISION NAME HOMETOWN FINISH
01 – 09 F Nova Stickley Kaneohe, HI 4:00:50
10 – 14 F Naia Tower-Pierce East Burke, VT 2:57:38
15 – 19 F Claire Cutler Kailua, HI 2:17:27
20 – 24 F Kelly Wolf (2) Mesa, AZ 1:48:52
25 – 29 F Polina Carlson (3) Kailua, HI 1:38:06
30 – 34 F Malia Crouse Makawao, HI 1:46:14
35 – 39 F Leslie Nowicki Noumea, New Caledonia 1:47:31
40 – 44 F Mindy Morizumi Lahaina, HI 1:57:12
45 – 49 F Maria Lourdes Rivera Glendale, CA 2:15:31
50 – 54 F Monica Ross Anchorage, AK 1:53:27
55 – 59 F Marcy Fleming Kailua, HI 2:41:46
60 – 64 F Ellyn Brown Anchorage, AK 2:18:51
65 – 69 F Jo May Houston, TX 3:57:59

(#) Denotes number of XTERRA World Titles

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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ABOUT TEAM UNLIMITED / XTERRA
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Mendez, Duffy win XTERRA World Championship

(Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii) – Mauricio Mendez, 21, from Mexico City, Mexico and Flora Duffy, 29, from Devonshire, Bermuda captured the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon elite titles on a wild, windy, and muddy day in Kapalua, Maui.

In the men’s race Mendez posted the fastest run split of the day (42:06) and passed three-time XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa from Spain with one-mile left in the run to take the tape in 2:49:38.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Mendez, the first pro from Mexico to win an XTERRA World title. “I’ve looked up to these guys for so long and now to be up here with them is very special. I’m just happy, really happy.”

In the women’s race Flora Duffy led from start-to-finish and posted the fastest swim, bike, and run times to take the win in 3:14:59, more than 10-minutes ahead of runner-up Lesley Paterson from Scotland. It’s Duffy’s third XTERRA World Championship win in a row, tying Julie Dibens record of three straight from 2007-09.

“It was really tough out there,” said Duffy. “I crashed on the bike, went over the handlebars and flying into the bushes. My gears weren’t working, and all the while Lesley was back there charging hard behind me. The 3-peat it really cool. It’s actually probably even cooler with the fact that I also won the ITU World Championship and then to back it up with this, wow, it’s really a year I could not have asked for. And to tie Julie’s record of 3 in a row, it’s not easy to do, so many things can go wrong out there. You really need a bit of luck, to prepare meticulously.”

Both Mendez and Duffy earned $20,000 USD for their respective victories. The total purse was $100,000, and the event was filmed for international television distribution.

More than 800 endurance athletes from 46 countries participated in the event, which started in the rough waters of the Pacific Ocean at D.T. Fleming Beach, continued with a 20-mile mountain bike that traversed the West Maui Mountains, and finished with a grueling 6.5-mile trail run.

There was more than 4,000-feet of combined climbing on the bike and run courses, and the mud from recent rains turned a fairly technical course into a “matter of survival” said competitor after competitor. For Mendez and Duffy, due to the rough conditions in the water and on the trails, their winning times were the slowest in the history of XTERRA Worlds.

FULL RESULTS | GALLERY ONE | GALLERY TWO | GALLERY THREEHIGHLIGHTS

MEN’S RACE

So a 21-year-old (his birthday was on Thursday) won the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship.

Mauricio Mendez, affectionately known as “Mau,” started swimming when he was six, doing triathlons when he was 10, he did his first XTERRA when he was 14, won the overall amateur XTERRA World Championship when he was 18, went pro as a 19yo, won his first pro race this summer at XTERRA Italy, and now he’s the XTERRA World Champ.

“My first XTERRA was in 2010 in Mexico, in the junior kids race, and I won it, and I remember Dan Hugo was first place at the time and thinking wow, this is amazing, I want to be like him,” said Mendez. “And I just got into it and from that day I dreamed about being the world champion. I don’t know, I feel like I am still sleeping.”

Mendez was third out of the water, worked hard with Leo Chacon on the bike to catch Courtney Atkinson at mile three, then he caught Ben Allen at about mile six and those two were together for the rest of the bike. Ruben Ruzafa caught them at about that same time and rode away, coming into transition with more than two minutes.

Mendez, who had the fastest run last year by more than one-minute over Middaugh, had the fastest this year by just 41-seconds over Braden Currie but it was 3:41 faster than Ruzafa.

Ben Allen came off the bike in third and stayed there. It’s the third time in four years Allen has finished 3rd here at XTERRA Worlds. Currie and Middaugh came off the bike together at T2, both caught Leonardo Chacon, with Currie finishing fourth and Middaugh in fifth (and top American for the ninth time and fifth time in a row).

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WOMEN’S RACE

Just a few weeks removed from upsetting Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen to win the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel and ITU World Triathlon Series title, Duffy put her name in the record books with her third straight XTERRA crown.

It didn’t come easy.

“Just before the first bike feed on the steep section I flipped over my bars into the trees just like I’ve done before here, and I was super lucky, again. My bike is a little banged up, but I got back on and I was like ‘dodged another bullet Flora.’ My gears stopped working. I was stuck in easy for most of it, and I was like, you’re done. Spinning, spinning. Not a good thing when you have Lesley behind you.”

Duffy, who finished 7th in her first XTERRA and said she’d never do another, says she’s happy that she did.

“The first XTERRA I did in 2013 in Beaver Creek, I swore I was never going to do one again,” she explained. “Thankfully I did, and it sort of led me to finding myself in triathlon. Here you are racing against yourself, you have to do everything to get through the race, so I’ve kind of taken that to the road side of life. I’m going to race my own race and shape the race to suit my strengths. I think XTERRA has really aided my success on the road.”

For Paterson, the day started with a bit of a worry…

“I was trying to keep calm and collected. I was given out that advice, so I thought I better start listening to myself, but there were a few moments like “Are you f%#* kidding me?,” said Paterson, the two-time XTERRA World Champion who finished as the runner-up for the third time in four years. “I was not calm before or during the swim. Nothing would have helped with that. I had a pretty big panic attack through that, it was awful. You’re standing at the edge seeing these big waves and you think “Oh my God,” you know. And it was brutal, really brutal.”

For Suzie Snyder, who finished in third and top American, it was the culmination of her best year as an elite.

“I kind of can’t believe this whole year,” she said. “It just feels awesome to know I worked really hard for it and I think coming back from the crash last year made me a lot tougher mentally as well as physically. I’ve worked really hard and I’m just proud of myself for pushing through a lot of the hard times. It’s awesome.”

Myriam Guillot-Boisset finished fourth for the second straight year, and Helena Erbenova finished 5th for the second time in three years.

TOP 10 ELITE MEN AND WOMEN

Pl Name Age Hometown Time Purse
1 Mauricio Mendez 21 Mexico City, Mexico 2:49:38 $20,000
2 Ruben Ruzafa 32 Malaga, Spain 2:51:02 $12,000
3 Ben Allen 31 Wollongong, Australia 2:53:49 $7,000
4 Braden Currie 30 Wanaka, New Zealand 2:55:48 $4,000
5 Josiah Middaugh 38 Vail, Colorado, USA 2:57:06 $2,500
6 Leonardo Chacon 32 Liberia, Costa Rica 2:57:14 $1,500
7 Ben Hoffman 33 Boulder, CO, USA 3:01:41 $1,100
8 Courtney Atkinson 37 Queensland, Australia 3:02:22 $800
9 Sam Osborne 25 Rotorua, New Zealand 3:02:52 $600
10 Rom Akerson 32 Tambor, Costa Rica 3:05:16 $500
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Purse
1 Flora Duffy 29 Devonshire, Bermuda 3:14:59 $20,000
2 Lesley Paterson 36 Sterling, Scotland 3:25:01 $12,000
3 Suzie Snyder 34 Reno, NV, USA 3:29:03 $7,000
4 Myriam Guillot-Boisset 37 Brindas, France 3:30:51 $4,000
5 Helena Erbenova 37 Jablonec, Czech Republic 3:32:54 $2,500
6 Michelle Flipo 28 Palma De Mallorca, Mexico 3:35:49 $1,500
7 Jacqui Slack 33 Stoke-on-Trent, England 3:41:45 $1,100
8 Lizzie Orchard 31 Auckland, New Zealand 3:42:14 $800
9 Carina Wasle 32 Kundl, Austria 3:44:19 $600
10 Joanna Brown 24 Guelph, ON, Canada 3:56:59 $500

 

Fastest Swim Courtney Atkinson 0:20:01 Flora Duffy 0:21:26
Fastest Bike Ruben Ruzafa 1:42:42 Flora Duffy 2:05:01
Fastest Run Mauricio Mendez 0:42:06 Flora Duffy 0:48:32

Quotes from the elite field…

Mauricio Mendez

My first XTERRA was in 2010 in Mexico, in the junior kids race, and I won it. And I remember Dan Hugo was first place at the time and thinking wow, this is amazing, I want to be like him. And I just get into it and from that day I dream about being the world champion. I don’t know, I feel like I am still sleeping or what.

Ruben told me he was happy that I was the one beating him. That was an amazing feeling. Like one of the biggest feelings ever, for someone like him telling me that was kind of a big deal for me.

There’s something really special about XTERRA for me, it’s a true passion.

All the love I feel for XTERRA is amazing. And I just want to get big in this sport

I had all the momentum from my life, I felt amazing. I was really tired, but something switched in my mind one-mile before the finish and it clicked. I saw Ruben and I just attacked, and was able to sustain it through the finish.

I got on the beach with the lead and I didn’t know what to do, should I celebrate, should I cry, what should I do?

Ruben Ruzafa

It was really, really tough out there today. I used a lot of energy in the swim so I was more tired for the bike and the run.

I didn’t know it was Mauricio behind me, not until he passed. I thought I was running well, but I then I was having a lot of cramps, so just tried to survive. Mauricio was really impressive today, especially because he has improved a lot on the bike.

I’ll have to study this race today to see where I need to improve for next year.

Ben Allen

I got out of the water in second. I just got dumped on the last little section coming in. I took a boomer and it just pummeled me into the sand. You know, you gotta have fun out there. It’s serious racing, but at the end of the day, it’s all about enjoying yourself.

I had a great time today. I absolutely enjoyed it. I love this sport. I am so happy for Mauricio, what a superstar. Beating Ruben Ruzafa, he’s got huge credentials. For me to get myself back on the podium, after a disappointment last year, I wanted to come here and show everyone and my sponsors what I can do.

I’m in for the long haul, so I’m going to come back and have another crack to see if I can get out of this third place spot. All in all it was a good day. I had a bit of bike trouble. I had a couple of mechanicals on the bike. My coach said to me it was going to be a race of emotions. Don’t let your emotions get ahead of you. If something goes wrong, just control yourself, think about what you need to do and carry on. That really helped me today. I had a couple of issues, crashed a couple times. Everyone’s got a story. I was able to stay positive and keep moving forward. I finished third against these two superstars, I’m proud to be on the podium.

On the last two or three K, I was just stinging, my whole body was just aching. I was praying that no one was behind me. The bike course really took its toll, the mud was so tough and grueling. It’s probably one of the toughest races I’ve done in my XTERRA career, and I’m just proud to get on the podium and finish with a solid result.

It’s hard to get past the mud in France. France has one of the toughest courses around because of the climbing and the mud is just thick and deep. Here the mud is slippery and you need to choose a good line and get to the edges as best you can and know the course because every inch you can get is a huge advantage for propelling yourself forward. It’s definitely one of the toughest courses on the circuit.

Judy Abrahams, the XTERRA Warrior from Friday night, really inspired me. You have days where it’s tough and you just got to fight a little bit harder. Things always do get better. That really stuck with me. It made me think about why I’m here, why I do this sport, why I love it. My family is so evolved and passionate to help me with my dreams and goals. I’m just so glad I could come here today, show my sponsors and family and friends that with their support, love and care that I can do it.

Braden Currie

It was a lot of fun, a huge amount of fun. It was just one of those days. You just keep battling and nothing seemed to be going smooth. I lost my gears for quite a while. Josiah caught me up and we were just flailing around on some of the corners. I felt pretty good, but I just didn’t have enough.

I didn’t know Mauricio would bike like that. I think the course, the conditions sort of played a little bit to his favor as well. Obviously Ruben was getting traction, but a lot of us were struggling to get power. You just ride consistent, and it was really hard to make time.

Josiah Middaugh

I had a terrible swim. I don’t know why. I just couldn’t get my form and I was so disoriented in the swim that I was sighting all the time because I could even see. I had like a motion sickness in the water. I was just getting tossed around, but it was the same for everybody.

It was a rough start for sure. Mostly just mentally at that point. It threw off probably the first five miles of my bike. I was behind a lot of people, I was making all the mistakes that they were making. I lost a lot of time early. It was just hard to battle back. You were battling the conditions, the bike is packed up with mud, I had to stop and pull stuff out. And then I threw my chain into my spokes, twice, and it took me a minute to get the chain out. The derailleur just stopped working at some point and I had a couple of gears to choose from. It was just a battle all day. I was happy I was able to stay in it, keep working up, but I knew I was losing gobs of time at the front of the race.

I came off the bike with Braden. We ran together for about two miles. Then I could see Leonardo Chacon, but it took me a long time to catch him, and when I did, he stayed with me pretty much. I wasn’t putting much time on him at all. And he was right with me at the finish.

I’m super happy for Mauricio. I mean, amazing. He really surprised me today that he was able to ride like that in the mud. He was the champion today. We knew it was just going to be a mess out there. Those top guys were really going to be shaken up. It was kind of anybody’s day. Conditions like this mean it’s wide open, but Mauricio had it today physically and mentally.

The conditions made it a long race, and I got a little behind with nutrition. It wasn’t the same feeling as last year. Last year I’m pushin’, pushin’, pushin’, and now I’m just hanging on a couple notches back.

Ben Hoffman

It was crazy man. Seriously the craziest race I’ve done in XTERRA, ever. It was insane. It was fun, but it was a little disheartening because I had a mechanical around mile 13, I was riding with Josiah, and I couldn’t get any gears. I just started pushing my bike up all the hills. I mean, I kept fighting, I am happy I can take the double again. It was a really hard fought battle. I was nervous all day that someone would run me down or something. I had a pretty strong day all around.

Courtney Atkinson

I had to get a wave to beat Benny out of the water. Benny was on fire all day, but wow, that was hard, with the mud and a lot of conditions. You couldn’t put a lot of power down on the bike. There was a lot of finesse. Some guys go past and you’re like how are you riding like that. It might have been about tire choice and mountain bike skills. You have to ride or you’re never going to make it in Maui.

Only got a couple guys on the run. It’s really the same as other years, because the bike is so long, it’s hard to utilize the run properly. By that stage, it makes it pretty flat.

These swim conditions took me back to my junior days. I cracked a pretty decent wave at the end, so I was happy. For me this race in Maui, we may as well start the bike altogether. It’s a ride race. In ITU, they call it a wet run, here it’s a wet bike.

Sam Osborne

It was so tough. I just can’t believe that we rode through that course today. It just took so much power out there. A lot of the time, the back wheel didn’t do much. I think it was just trying to pick your line and keep rolling with it.

Flora Duffy

I was just glad to get off the bike safe and sound. I felt strong today, so thank goodness.

I guess I have to come back next year to try to get four. It’s pretty cool to win three in a row. Julie and I were chatting about it the weeks leading up to the race, so I guess she has to come back and face me next year. We’ll be neck and neck out of the swim. She’s great. She’s an athlete I really look up to.

It was brutal out there today. Mother Nature just wasn’t playing kind. The surf, the wave was huge, the biggest I’ve ever seen. Super choppy out there which was great for me. I love choppy waters, so I knew I had to capitalize on that. I came out with a decent gap, I was in the lead so I didn’t really know, but I just kept pushing and tried to ride as technically well as I could. There’s a lot of on your bike, off your bike, hike a bike. You’re riding a long and next thing you know you lose a front wheel, you’re down, just mud caking my bike.

The rain we got this week just totally changed the course. A relatively smooth, not super technical course just became treacherous. Definitely learned a lot about yourself out there.

When I first started racing XTERRA it would have been the last thing I would have ever expected to achieve so it just shows that if you put the work in, you can learn. Dan has basically opened the door to XTERRA and taught me everything I know and I owe him so much for getting me to this point.

I knew Lesley would be charging you know. She is relentless and one of the toughest competitors, so you never know with her. You might have a couple minutes gap but she can close that, so you just have to keep pushing and thankfully I got a few splits out there and just tried to focus on my race, stay smooth, and stay on my bike.

It was a tough, brutal day out there but I’m pretty pumped.

Lesley Paterson

It was hard for everybody you know, and I think you gotta keep pushing, you gotta keep controlled, you gotta keep patient; all of those things. You gotta know that when you’re getting off the bike, so is everyone else. When your gear’s not working, probably everyone else’s gear’s not working. You know, you’re always kinda fighting. But you know at the same time, it’s all part of it.

Flora was phenomenal today. Yeah, there was just no way. After that swim there was just no way. I mean I knew that I came out of the water and it was 5 ½ minutes. I was like “that’s not good,” and it really exhausted me that swim. I got held up there a couple times and had a couple panicky attacks. And I’m running out on the beach you know and just feeling just like really wigged out. And I got on the bike and just never got in a rhythm.

Body in general held up really well. I was really chuffed and I got on the run and actually felt sort of quick so that was the easiest part of the race I’d say. Only in so much as it wasn’t so muddy by that point. And I seemed to be more in control of the elements.

(On Mauricio Mendez) He’s been my little prodigy cause we got together and I started coaching him a few years ago now. And I don’t coach him anymore but he’s been a big part of the Braveheart family because he’s just the most wonderful guy. You know, just so passionate. He is XTERRA. Like truly. His passion, his excitement, his love, his commitment, his determination. And he’s got talent, loads of talent.

Suzie Snyder

On the run I felt pretty strong initially then going up that steep climb, I think going up to the lake, where it gets kind of steep, I was hurting. My legs were cramping, and I just tried to turn over and recover on that downhill. I just tried to keep moving as best I could without blowing up. It’s all about pacing yourself to some extent.

I slipped off the bike a bunch of times, but no crashes per se.

I kind of can’t believe this whole year. It just feels awesome to know I worked really hard for it and I think the crash and coming back made me a lot tougher mentally as well as physically. I’ve worked really hard and I’m just really proud of myself for pushing through a lot of the hard times. It’s awesome.

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DAFFLON, HALE WIN AMATEUR CROWNS

Xavier Dafflon (pictured) from Switzerland finished 17th overall and was the top amateur in 3:08:35, almost one-minute in front of Loic Doubey from France. Lydia Hale from New Zealand finished 16th overall and was the top amateur woman in 4:12:02, followed by Courtney Kaup from the U.S. in 4:21:37.

Here’s a look at all the age group XTERRA World Champions from today:

Men      
Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 (2) Hayden Wilde Whakatane, New Zealand 3:19:38
20-24 Loic Doubey Legna, France 3:09:29
25-29 Pierre-Alain Nicole Varois Et Chaignot, France 3:10:16
30-34 Xavier Dafflon Fribourg, Switzerland 3:09:35
35-39 Alejandro Bulacio Yerba Buena, Argentina 3:25:32
40-44 Nicolas Durin Vernioz, France 3:17:13
45-49 (7) Cal Zaryski Calgary, Canada 3:24:10
50-54 Guy Evans Genev, Switzerland 3:48:17
55-59 Gregory Ball Noosa, Australia 4:10:12
60-64 Karsten Olsen Fredericia, Denmark 4:26:13
65-69 Carl Peterson Penticton, Canada 5:00:07
70-74 Roger Kern Scotts Valley, CA, USA 7:58:28
75-79 John Stover Jackson, MS, USA 8:08:00
PC Michel Gonon Villard de Lans, France 4:31:55
Women      
Div Name Hometown Time
15-19 Heather Horton Draper, UT, USA 5:25:08
20-24 Camille Jobard Sainte Sabine, France 4:37:07
25-29 Ariarn Huston Perth, Australia 4:29:18
30-34 Lydia Hale Rotorua, New Zealand 4:12:02
35-39 Courtney Kaup Hinesburg, VT, USA 4:21:37
40-44 (4) Mimi Stockton Stevensville, MI, USA 4:28:52
45-49 Nathalie Pugeault Draguignan, France 4:47:18
50-54 (3) Carol Rasmussen Karlslunde, Denmark 4:45:26
55-59 Stephanie Landy Ballston Spa, NY, USA 4:51:27
60-64 (7) Barbara Peterson Berkeley, CA, USA 5:17:00
65-69 (7) Cindi Toepel Littleton, CO, USA 5:40:13
70-74 (9) Wendy Minor Kamuela, HI, USA 7:50:15
PC Beth Price Spanish Fort, AL 7:18:39

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HOFFMAN, URETA, SELLARS WIN OUTRIGGER RESORTS DOUBLE

Colorado’s Ben Hoffman (pictured) won the Outrigger Resorts Double for the second straight year today. He was 4th overall in Kona and 7th in Maui. Sebastian Kienle went about three minutes faster in Kona, but Hoffman was about six minutes faster here in Maui for a combined time of 11:14:41.

“It’s almost the same amount of pain as Ironman, but packed into three hours instead of eight,” said Hoffman. “I mean, it was crazy. It might as well have been an Ironman. It felt like some of those moments out there were slow-mo and a real grind. I was definitely calling on the Ironman strength that I had to get through that one.”

Pablo Ureta from Cordoba, Argentina won the men’s amateur double (9:37:49 IM + 3:38:13 XTERRA = 13:16:02) and Virginia Sellars from Vernon, B.C., Canada won the women’s amateur double (11:34:44 IM + 4:50:12 = 16:24:56).

Here’s a look at all the Outrigger Resorts Double finishers:

Name Hometown Division IM XTERRA Total 
Ben Hoffman Boulder, CO, USA Elite M 8:13:00 3:01:41 11:14:41
Sebastian Kienle Muehlacker, Germany Elite M 8:10:02 3:07:44 11:17:46
Michi Weiss Gumpoldskirchen, Austria Elite M 8:49:54 3:11:19 12:01:13
Pablo Ureta Cordoba, Argentina M35-39 9:37:49 3:38:13 13:16:02
Filipe Aragao Brasilia, Brazil M30-34 9:50:35 3:37:49 13:28:24
Andrew Sellars Vernon, B.C., Canada M45-49 9:58:10 3:48:10 13:46:20
Arnaud Bouvier Digne les Bains, France M50-54 10:12:45 3:50:50 14:03:35
Olivier Lyoen Pertuis, France M35-39 9:43:46 5:10:37 14:54:23
Karsten Olsen Fredericia, Denmark M60-64 11:52:00 4:26:13 16:18:13
Virginia Sellars Vernon, B.C., Canada F40-44 11:34:44 4:50:12 16:24:56
Janie White Paradise Valley, AZ, USA F55-59 12:04:27 5:38:42 17:43:09
Megan Arthur Hamilton, New Zealand F40-44 12:42:24 5:13:20 17:55:44
Scott Perrine Gilbert,  AZ, USA M45-49 13:58:41 5:43:03 19:41:44
Mitchell Wendorff Wailuku, HI, USA M30-34 13:29:15 6:39:13 20:08:28
Marcy Fleming Kailua, HI, USA F55-59 15:29:44 6:12:36 21:42:20

The XTERRA World Championship was presented by Paul Mitchell, the Maui Visitors Bureau, XTERRA TV on Amazon Video, Outrigger Resorts, Hawaii Tourism Authority, XTERRA Travel, Muscle Milk, Gatorade Endurance, PowerBar, Optic Nerve, XTERRA Wetsuits, XTERRA Fitness, XTERRA Boards, Compex, Greenlayer, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Kona Brewing Company, and Cycle City.

Lebrun, Schleifer win Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K Trail Run

RESULTS | PHOTOS

Former XTERRA World Champion triathlete Nicolas Lebrun from France and Christine Schleifer of Germany captured the Duke’s Beach House XTERRA 10K at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua this morning.

Lebrun, who won XTERRA Worlds back in 2005, is retired from elite triathlon racing but is still a coach and a great runner.

He took the tape in 45:37, just three seconds ahead of Martin Diebold from Germany. Just a quick look at the results and you can tell it’s not your average Maui 10K race, as the top 10 finishers came from France, Germany, Korea, Argentina, China, Switzerland, Poland, the U.S. and Belgium.

“The trails were muddy from all the rain and some sections were very slippery but it was still a beautiful day,” said Lebrun, who serves as the technical director for the XTERRA European Tour and was one of the commentators for the live coverage of the triathlon. “The run course is very tropical, like you’re in a jungle, then goes to the beautiful beach next to the water. It’s a fantastic course.”

Jacob Fure from Lynnwood, Washington and Bailey Haugen from Canada took home the Hula Grill XTERRA 5K titles in 20:06 and 23:42, respectively. Jorn Van Der Veken from Belgium and Eden Newman from Makawao won the new Leilani’s XTERRA 3.3K Trail Run in 13:57 and 19:32, respectively.

2016 marked the sixth straight year T S Restaurants Hula Grill, Duke’s Beach House, Kimo’s and Leilani’s served as title sponsors of the XTERRA Kapalua 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.

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

In addition to the trail runs a Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon was held at the site of the race where runners and spectators got 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 took part in the events, and both the overall and top Maui finishers in each race were rewarded with T S Restaurant gift certificates worth $100.

In addition, employees from T S Restaurants held a race within a race dubbed “The T S Restaurants XTERRA Challenge” in which each of the four restaurants fielded 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.

This year Kimo’s captured the perpetual trophy for the third straight year and have it proudly displayed in their restaurant for all to see. The winning team members included Hailey and Koral Gill, Patrick Hannon, Cassie Jacinto, Jeremy Meis, Steve Pisacano, Megan Price, Megan Whitfield, and Victoria Zupancic.

Find more information, this year’s results, and photos visit http://www.xterrakapalua.com.

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.

XTERRA Thailand

Thailand Teaser Race in Samui a Success

The test-event for XTERRA Samui took place last weekend and by all accounts it was an epic adventure and a sensory riot for participants. XTERRA Malaysia race director (and racer himself) David Spence took in the teaser race and brings us this report…

 Thailand has the most visited city in the world in Bangkok according to this years’ Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index. This is the 2nd year running and whilst there are many reasons for this, one major one has to be that it’s the gateway to tropical Island destinations like Koh Samui in the South China Sea.

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This is the latest new XTERRA event destination and based on this writer’s experience it is well worth the trip to come and race in such an idyllic island retreat. As well as an exciting and challenging race course that has a little bit of everything for everyone’s racing taste buds the race is put on by AMA Events, an experienced and respected Triathlon & Adventure race organizer in Thailand.

AMA are headed by Serge Henkens, a friendly and warm Belguim, and he and his experienced and enthusiastic local team certainly didn’t hold back or cut any corners in putting this event on.

As well as tourism, Thailand is also known internationally these days for the quality of its medical services. And, as if to reinforce this other attraction that Thailand offers its visitors, Serge and his team showed how seriously they take racer safety as well as racer “fun” with an array of evacuation and medical support services that would be the envy of other event organizers.

The race itself was a “teaser” of what’s to come as there were no slots for Maui, no cash prizes for pros and no Asia Pacific Tour points for the pros or age groupers. That said, it was well attended and in credit to them two of XTERRA’s locally based pros still came along to participate.

David Escolar Ballesteros from Spain took the win in 2:07:11. He was made to work though for this, as Seree Ruangsiri, a local elite mountain biker made him work hard on the bike course and he wasn’t able to pull away until the run for home. David & Seree were joined on the podium by Takahiro Ogasawara, who’d travelled with a few other hardened XTERRA participants, from Japan clearly looking for some race readiness prior to Maui, after XTERRA Japan was cancelled last month due to Typhoon Lionrock.

Racing started on Bophut Beach one of the islands many spectacular beaches. This location was chosen because of the extensive network of challenging and fun trails in the hills behind it. These are sufficient enough to accommodate not just the usual 21km trail but a 31km trail, which I hear was a bit of a “beast.”

As well as this obvious attraction for an XTERRA event, participants are also spoilt for choice in terms of great accommodation options. This includes the Ibis, the events resort partner, and a host of other local resorts and simple but very comfortable hotels like the Smile House where the race briefing and awards dinner took place.

The beach has a great array of sophisticated as well as local bars and restaurants to choose from to relax in before the race and recover in after it. As well as a local market and plenty of good shops and spas to keep the whole family entertained.

Thanks to this inaugural event being squeezed into the 2016 calendar ahead of Maui’s World Championships, it happened to coincide with a full moon and, a particularly hot spell of weather. This resulted in a serious increase in the recent reports of jellyfish incidents, which sadly meant the Organizer’s opted to cancel the swim element of the triathlon.

This was a real shame as the beach lends itself perfectly as an idyllic swim location. As not only are its waters warm and clam with decent visibility, as diving is a big attraction in this area, the Bophut beach has a super drop off to it too meaning that even at low tide you only need to be a few meters from the shore before you can get straight into your swim stroke.

That said, as the inaugural event, it obviously made great sense to err on the side of caution in this regard and, in fairness to Serge and his team, they came up with an interesting and challenging run course to compensate for the loss of the swim.

They chose a 4.3-kilometer course that started at The Wharf, where the races start & finish was located, and sent racers through Fisherman’s Village and down onto the beach where they needed to loop back round to the start area. After looping back past the start/finish area the course went through Fisherman’s Village for a second time and then went right down to the end of Bophut Beach before returning back along the sand to T1 at The Wharf.

This meant that with almost 2 km of beach running to kick the race off you certainly knew that despite a relatively short bike course this was not going to be an easy race. There was the consolation that the run was done on fresh rather than tired legs but with most of the elevation gain on the bike leg coming in the 1st quarter of it’s 25km distance this race did not really have a gentle introduction.

That said, it was huge fun having lots of people cheering you at close quarter on the impromptu run that replaced the swim and after navigating the descents from the 2 significant climbs which were not particularly technical. For those at the head of the field they were rewarded with a fast and furious bike course that they could attack to consolidate or make up positions. For those that needed to recover from the earlier exertions though the bike course certainly gave you opportunity to do so as it wound through coconut plantations, rivers (mostly but not all dry) and local villages.

Like a handful of other XTERRA events T2 was not back at The Wharf making the bike and 2nd run course’s point to point. The concept was a little difficult for some to figure out and in fairness more notice should have been given so athletes could have ensured that they could pack 2 pairs of runners (those that didn’t had to carry theirs with them to T2 due to the swim getting cancelled). However, just as the infamous Muay Thai (Kick Boxing) fighters are renowned for being able to “punch above their weight” so did the 7km run course.

It started relatively sedately and respectfully as most of these local boxing bouts do with a series of twists and turns through the Coconut plantations that really are prolific in this part of the world and perfect for pre race hydration J.

Just as you thought you had found your running legs though the trail kicked sharply upwards and kept on rising bring most including David Escolar Ballesteros up front to a walk rather than a run. Along the ridge at the top, which was a mix of road and trail, you were rewarded with some great views and a cooling breeze. However, unless you were looking out for these things in fairness there might have been other priorities at the forefront of your mind!

As with life with every up in a trail run there is always a down and the benefit of the effort put into climbing this “up” was that the last 2km to the finish line was all downhill to help everyone finish on a high which from the sounds of things, irrespective of whether you were one of the 250+ people taking part in the Duathlon, or the 15km or 31km Trail Run, everybody did.

To make things even easier and convenient to race Serge has a partnership with Optima Bikes that took a lot of the hassle of getting to and racing XTERRA events overseas by supply at very reasonable cost an excellent range of MTB’s for rental.

He also had a super spread of food both at the end of the race and at the awards dinner and after race party which, as you’ll see from the final photo, was perfectly located back on the Bophut Beach where the weekend’s racing started.

This correspondent is certainly looking forward to coming back if he can to race here again and when he does, he’s certain that there will be a lot more people deciding to do the same thing in 2017.

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Smyth, Stephen win Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

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September 18, 2016 (Ogden, Utah) – Patrick Smyth of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Liz Stephen from Park City, Utah defended their Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon titles on a picture-perfect day for running up and around Snowbasin Resort this morning.

Smyth clocked in at 1:14:48 (5:42 pace), nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Anthony Costales of Salt Lake City.  Stephen ran it in 1:31:08, more than eight minutes ahead of Ogden’s Amber Schultz.

It’s the third national title for Smyth and the fourth for Stephen, who has now won three in a row.

“Winning three is great, I think Max King has five so I’m chasing that legacy and have a couple more to go,” said Smyth.  “I love it out here, and my legs were feeling pretty fresh this morning so I was able to get a good rhythm going on the climb and really fly on the downhills.   I always savor those here, certainly one of my favorite downhill stretches is Sardine Peak to the bottom.”

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Smyth had a 15-second lead on Costales and Noah Hoffman, a 2014 U.S. Olympic Ski Team member, at the one-mile mark then the course went vertical and he started pulling away and soon after he was running by himself.

“I like running alone, just me and my thoughts, no footsteps, nobody breathing hard behind me, that’s fine by me,” said Smyth.  “The trails are great; I say it every year.  It’s one of my favorite courses in the world.  The three miles from the top of Sardine to the bottom, I love that stretch.  As soon as you start descending the switchbacks you get in a special place mentally, your feet are landing in the right place, your moving quick, I think I was able to get down to some 4:50 miles.  It’s just fun and reminds you what running is all about, getting that high.”

Next up for Smyth is the New York City Marathon, where he has a goal of finishing in the top 10.  He was 8th at the Olympic trials this year, so you know it can be done.

For the women’s winner Stephen getting back on the trails by foot was a little bit of a shock to her system.

“It’s different muscles, I’m going to be sore,” said Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier who returned from a three-week ski training camp in New Zealand on Thursday.

“It’s really nice to be back here in Utah, and this is such a beautiful venue, and wonderful course, it keeps me coming back.  And I really like getting the lei at the awards ceremony, I keep it in my room for weeks it smells so nice.”

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It’s the sixth time Stephen has run this course.

“I always look forward to getting up to Sardine Peak, it’s so beautiful, and you can take a quick glance down and see how far away the lodge is.  I just think trail running is great because you’re not in the road with cars, and you get to see these beautiful places.  It’s so pure.  Plus, the people here are all so relaxed and their having fun and they’re all so pumped on running.”

Stephen is chasing her third Winter Olympics (South Korea 2018) with the goal of medaling in the 4 x 5k relay, saying “It’s where all my focus is right now.”

Elite Runner Results:

Place Men Hometown Time Purse
1 Patrick Smyth Santa Fe, New Mexico 1:14:48 $1,000
2 Anthony Costales Salt Lake City, UT 1:19:30 $600
3 Ben Dickshinkski Salt Lake City, UT 1:20:25 $400
4 Travis Morrison South Salt Lake, UT 1:20:55 $300
5 David Kilgore New York, NY 1:21:05 $200
Place Women Hometown Time Purse
1 Liz Stephen Park City, UT 1:31:08 $1,000
2 Amber Schultz Ogden, UT 1:39:35 $600
3 Selina Sekulic Farmington, NM 1:40:37 $400
4 Sarah Graves Ballantine, MT 1:42:23 $300
5 Penelope Freedman Salt Lake City, UT 1:43:19 $200

Complete Results

UTAH’S TUCK WINS EIGHTH TITLE

Although the elite runners chase the overall crown at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the event remains an age-group race.

Twenty-five runners representing 10 different states took home age-group titles at the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

The home-state Utah runners led the way with 10 champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Phoenix, AZ).  Tuck, 60, was an impressive 21st overall, and this was his unprecedented eighth Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.

Bob Evers (men 65-69) from Park City, Utah won his sixth straight XTERRA National title.  It was the fourth national crown for Stephen (25-29), Hans Unger (70-74) and Tamara Tabeek (55-59), who also won the XTERRA Pan America Championship off-road triathlon championship yesterday.  Donnie Gray (45-49), Patrick Smyth (30-34), and Adrian Wolford (75-79) won their third crowns, while Andy Lee (40-44) and Micala Schultz won their second.

All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 4 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Champs
   
Division Name Hometown Time
10 – 14 Joseph Schultz Fort Collins, CO 3:15:20
20 – 24 Ben Dickshinkski Salt Lake City, UT 1:20:25
25 – 29 Anthony Costales Salt Lake City, UT 1:19:30
30 – 34 Patrick Smyth* (3) Santa Fe, NM 1:14:48
35 – 39 Joshua Merrick Tabernash, CO 1:31:38
40 – 44 Andy Lee (2) Lakeway, TX 1:32:02
45 – 49 Donnie Gray (3) Layton, UT 1:36:27
50 – 54 Blake Sacha Gilbert, AZ 1:46:08
55 – 59 Michael Fussell Grapevine, TX 1:47:03
60 – 64 Kevin Tuck (8) Tucson, AZ 1:37:23
65 – 69 Bob Evers (6) Park City, UT 1:54:35
70 – 74 Hans Unger (4) Sylmar, CA 2:43:44
75 – 79 Adrian Wolford (3) Mustang, OK 3:17:35
Women
   
Division Name Hometown Time
10 – 14 Hannah Lutzker Park City, UT 2:18:06
15 – 19 Micala Schultz (2) Fort Collins, CO 2:54:26
20 – 24 Molly Metivier New York, NY 1:56:28
25 – 29 Liz Stephen* (4) Park City, UT 1:31:08
30 – 34 Selina Sekulic Farmington, NM 1:40:37
35 – 39 Sarah Graves Ballantine, MT 1:42:23
40 – 44 Lizzie Brenkus Park City, UT 1:53:49
45 – 49 Anne Bonkowsky Salt Lake City, UT 2:01:49
50 – 54 Lina Haggard Salt Lake City, UT 2:21:18
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek (4) Ramona, CA 2:12:45
60 – 64 Nicky Humphrey Reno, NV 3:19:39
65 – 69 Deborah Wagner Park City, UT 2:37:00
* TOP AMATEURS

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MIDDAUGH FINISH

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Pan American Championship

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Titles

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Snowbasin Resort/Ogden, UT – Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the tape by 7/100th of a second and win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship race on a beautiful day at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah this morning.  It’s the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year-history, 2:20:23.57 to 2:20:23.64.

In the women’s elite race Suzie Snyder came out of the water with Julie Baker, was first out of the swim-to-bike transition, took a five-minute lead onto the run and won the race in 2:51:51, exactly three minutes ahead of runner-up Lizzie Orchard of New Zealand.  With the wins both Middaugh and Snyder also secured the elite XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles.

“I don’t think it could have gotten any closer than that,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champion from Eagle-Vail, Colorado who finished 26-seconds ahead of Currie at the USA Championship held on this same course last year.

The race combined a one-mile swim in the 65-degree waters of Pineview Reservoir, an 18-mile mountain bike that climbed 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak at 7,400-feet, and finished with a grueling 6-mile trail run.

Currie came out of the water with a big pack of strong swimmers led by Brad Zoller, Alex Martinek, Felipe Barraza, and Leon Griffin – took the lead early on with Leon Griffin close behind, then started to pull away from everybody but Middaugh.  Currie came into the bike-to-run transition roughly 30-seconds up on Middaugh and held the lead until the last yard of the run.

“To be honest I was coming down that hill and I had about five seconds on him when I last looked and I knew I couldn’t afford to look back and so I didn’t really know how close he was until I saw him right on my shoulder which was right on the finish,” said Currie.  “I just did everything I could, and the last thing I thought was maybe if I get something across the line before him then I would win, but obviously that wasn’t quite right.”

Middaugh was hoping it wouldn’t be that close, but in his efforts to catch Currie he crashed twice on the run.

“I was not saving anything at any time today,” said Middaugh.  “I was putting everything into the course every minute of the day and I wanted to make the catch half-way through the bike and I didn’t do that, and I didn’t make the catch at the top of the climb. I got within 30-seconds going into the run. I was like ‘okay, I got to get close in this first mile’, and I got a little bit closer and thought ‘I got to make this catch by the top of this mile’ and I didn’t make the catch.  I was like 10-15 seconds behind with 2 miles to go and that last 2 miles I kept getting within 10 seconds of Currie then I would fall, because I was just like hanging it all out there and I caught my toe on some rocks, tumbled, got back up. I fell twice and with less than a mile to go I was just 5 seconds behind and then all of a sudden I started feeling tired and wasn’t sure if I had anything left and then I started working hard again and I came in with about 5 seconds and I was like ‘okay this is it’ one last full on kick and see if it’s enough.”

It was enough, but by the slimmest of margins.

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“Obviously I came here to win and I’m absolutely gutted not to,” said Currie, who was runner-up to Middaugh at XTERRA Worlds last year as well.  “Josiah has a massive stride on him and I knew if it was going to be a downhill sprint finish with Josiah that it wouldn’t be that easy, so I was just going to try everything that I could and if my toe got across first then I’ll take that as a win.”

Interestingly, in the pictures and videos it looks as if Currie slide his leg under the finish arch and over the timing mat ahead of Middaugh, but his timing chip was on his back trailing leg which was behind Middaugh’s timing chip.

“This is the deepest field that I have ever seen at this race, it was almost like a World Championship,” said Middaugh.  “We just had strong guys and it was just hardcore racing from start to finish, I mean the swim was fast, the bike was action packed the whole way, it was just full throttle the entire race.”

Leon Griffin came home third almost four minutes back, with Felipe Barraza in fourth and Rom Akerson in 5th.

“I had a great swim, me and Braden tried to get away but he was just too strong over the top of the first climb,” said Griffin. “I thought that if I would have kept him in check I would have been a little bit closer on the downhill because that is where I lose a lot of time.  In the end, I was just stoked to come in third off the bike, I just needed to hold that. My running is coming back and I picked up a few things from the last race in Beaver Creek that I could work on and the half a dozen runs that I did between Beaver Creek and this one on the mountain were all just pure mountain climbing style.”

Elite men’s results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:20:23.57 100
2 Braden Currie, NZL 2:20:23.64 90
3 Leon Griffin, USA 2:24:10 82
4 Felipe Barraza, CHI 2:25:50 75
5 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:25:59 69
6 Karl Shaw, GBR 2:26:00 63
7 Sam Long, USA 2:27:50 58
8 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:28:28 53
9 Brian Smith, USA 2:32:04 49
10 Matt Lieto, USA 2:33:32 45
11 Alex Modestou, USA 2:33:36 41
12 Branden Rakita, USA 2:36:01 37
13 JP Donovan, USA 2:36:13 34
14 Cody Waite, USA 2:37:39 31
15 Ryan Ignatz, USA 2:37:47 28
Also:  Chris Ganter, Cameron Paul, Alex Martinek, Brad Zoller, Will Kelsay, Joshua Merrick, Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, Ian King, Alex Roberts, Patrick McKeon, Michael Nunez, Eduardo Marcolin, Barret Fishner

SUZIE SNYDER

SNYDER WINS 5TH OF THE YEAR, TOUR TITLE

For Suzie Snyder today’s win put an exclamation point on a superb season that included five wins and the XTERRA Pan America Championship race and XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles.

“Amazing day, I had a great swim. I know Julie is a strong swimmer and she does water polo so she is great at sighting so I just kept her on my right where I was breathing to my right, so I could keep her there.  I let her sight and just stayed on her and stayed comfortable because I knew I could ride with her,” said Snyder.  “We were together during the swim and there was another girl, Amanda Felder. I was first on the bike and I felt like I just wanted to go for it but I was trying to be smart and not trying to blow, or go too hard to early but it’s so hard to keep your effort in check and your heart rate in control because your climbing right away intensively and so I was trying to stay smart and relax and I rode really well. Technically smooth, I wasn’t making mistakes, I was just trying to stay calm and relaxed and I just felt good. As I hit the Sardine Peak I felt fine at the start then I started to feel it at the top but I just settled in, pulled back a little bit. So I road really smooth and I was really just feeling confident after the downhill. I came off the bike and as always the first climb friggen sucked, but I just kept thinking that you can lose it here, and you are not going to win by going all out. Someone told me I had a minute and a half, but I really had five, I guess it’s good that I didn’t know that I had five, I was trying not to go too hard, but at the same time I was trying to go hard enough. With a minute and a half you can still get caught if you’re not careful so you can’t settle in too much, but I didn’t want to go crazy, then I started cramping and I was like oh no! about half way I was like okay, you’re half way, you got this, just stay smooth and let it roll downhill then my legs started cramping and I was like NO! don’t eat it, you could lose it right here if you eat it, so I just tried to keep my cadence going and my feet under me and then that last half-mile I just tried to enjoy it.”

Lizzie Orchard, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champion, passed Felder and Baker to move into second by the end of the bike and was able to take a couple minutes out of Snyder on the run but it wasn’t enough.

“So I think I heard I was down about five minutes at T2, and I thought ewww, that is a bit of an ask, but you never know, so I went my pace and I think I pulled back a couple of minutes,” said Orchard.  “I am really excited and I am pleased with how good I felt with the cold and the altitude. It was a really, really great day I really enjoyed it. I think there was a little batch that got away on the swim so I could see them ahead of me. I still tried to hang on a little bit but not too much really because I didn’t want to blow at the swim, especially at altitude for me so I was fourth out of water which was good. I jumped into third pretty quick along the lake, then I was pretty cold in the canyon so I’m relieved that I put my thermal on, and there was a heap of people on the course yelling time splits so I knew I was in touch throughout the bike ride and it was really fun. I caught up with Julie Baker at the top of the climb, so I hung back about 20 meters and we did the decent together pretty much, I just faster coming into transition and hit it out on the run.”

Baker, who upset Snyder to win XTERRA Beaver Creek in Colorado back in July, was happy to have a good day on such a big stage and finish third.

“I am super happy with today, I can’t believe I am competing in a pro race and doing so well, it’s just awesome,” said Baker.  “Lizzie and Suzie are amazing and I am super psyched to be up there with them, Suzie had an awesome, awesome swim so I am super psyched for her.”

Maia Ignatz had the fastest run split of the day to finish fourth and Kara LaPoint held on for fifth.

ELITE WOMEN’S RESULTS

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:51:51 100
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:54:51 90
3 Julie Baker, USA 2:57:57 82
4 Maia Ignatz, USA 3:00:26 75
5 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:01:43 69
6 Annie Bergen, CAN 3:13:03 63
7 Amanda Felder, USA 3:17:16 58
8 Katharine Carter, CAN 3:17:18 53
9 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:18:00 49
10 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:20:11 45
11 Sarah Graves, USA 3:20:37 41
12 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:24:13 37
13 Lisa Leonard, GBR 3:25:27 34
14 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:31:57 31

Complete Results

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UTAH START

MIDDAUGH, SNYDER WIN XTERRA PAN AMERICAN TOUR

With their respective wins today at Snowbasin Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder locked down the inaugural Pan Am Pro Series.  They also earned the titles of XTERRA USA Champions as the top Americans.
Rom Akerson finished fifth today to secure the second spot in the standings for the men, and Maia Ignatz finished fourth on the day to finish 2nd in the Series.  Here’s a look at the final standings:

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES FINAL STANDINGS                  
FINAL                      
Men     S G S G S S G G G  
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX USA
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 442 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75 x56 DNS 100
2 Rom Akerson, CRC 391 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 100 100 69
3 Karsten Madsen, CAN 375 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
4 Branden Rakita, USA 314 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS x47 90 51 37
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 284 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 61 x21 82 90 DNF
6 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP
7 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP DNS DNS DNP
8 Leon Griffin, USA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 82
9 Sam Long, USA 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS 58
10 Karl Shaw, GBR 138 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
11 Cody Waite, USA 120 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 31
12 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
13 Ryan Ignatz, USA 97 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 28
14 Brian Smith, USA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 49
t15 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t15 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNP
t15 Braden Currie, NZL 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
18 Ramon Penagos, COL 86 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
t19 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t19 Francisco Serrano, MEX 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
t21 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
t21 Esteban Rosas, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
t21 Felipe Barazza, CHI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
26 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t27 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t27 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t29 Fabian Roman, PUR 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS
t29 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
31 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t32 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t32 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
t32 Leandro Sanchez, DOM 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
t32 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
t36 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t36 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t38 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t38 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t40 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNP
t40 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
t42 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t46 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t46 Anibal Sanchez, MEX 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
t48 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Victor Arenas, COL 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNP
t51 Matt Lieto, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
t54 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t54 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t54 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Alex Modestou, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
t58 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t58 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS
t61 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t61 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNF
t63 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNP
t63 JP Donovan, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
65 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
67 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
69 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
70 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S G S G S S G G G  
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX USA
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 450 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS x67 100 75 100
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 364 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82 56 DNS 75
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 347 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 47 82 DNS 69
4 Myriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 332 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 67 DNS
5 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 311 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS 69 x47 37
6 Katharine Carter, CAN 283 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75 63 36 53
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 276 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58 43 x43 49
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 247 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
9 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 241 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 DNS
10 Rebecca Blatt, USA 215 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37 DNS DNS 31
11 Sarah Graves, USA 191 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49 DNS DNS 41
12 Julie Baker, USA 182 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS 82
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 172 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
14 Amanda Felder, USA 97 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 58
15 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
16 Lisa Leonard, USA 85 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 34
17 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Maria Barrera, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
20 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNP
21 Dunia Gomes, MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
22 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Annie Bergen, CAN 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
25 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
31 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Ana Leidys Arias Macias, CUB 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
34 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
38 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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RYAN, MCCURDY WIN AMATEUR TITLES
Lewis Ryan from Rotorua, New Zealand and Deanna McCurdy from Littleton, Colorado won the overall amateur XTERRA Pan America Championship titles today.  All of the age group winners below (aside from Lewis) won both the XTERRA Pan America and USA Championship crowns.  In the men’s 15-19 division, Bowen Satterthwaite – a 15-year-old from nearby Eden, Utah, won the XTERRA USA Championship crown.

XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (FEMALE AGE GROUP)  
Division Name Hometown Time
15  – 19 Rachel Anders Sandy, UT 3:15:50
20 – 24 Kaley Rehorn Rio Linda, CA 3:49:52
25 – 29 Janel Klug Avon, CO 3:29:58
30 – 34 Heather Zimchek Olympia, WA 3:20:42
35 – 39 Anne Usher Portland, OR 3:14:54
40 – 44 *Deanna McCurdy Littleton, CO 3:11:52
45 – 49 Laura Morris Costa Mesa, CA 3:32:59
50 – 54 Margo Pitts Raleigh, NC 3:31:20
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek Ramona, CA 3:36:38
60 – 64 Martha Buttner Boulder, CO 3:46:05
65 – 69 Libby Harrow Fruita, CO 6:23:26
PC Judith Abrahams Anchorage, AK 5:13:25
XTERRA PAN AMERICA CHAMPIONS (MALE AGE GROUP)  
Division Name Hometown Time
15  – 19 *Lewis Ryan Rotorua, New Zealand 2:40:20
20 – 24 Nelson Hegg Boulder, CO 2:43:30
25 – 29 Steve Croucher Randolph, VT 2:51:13
30 – 34 Craig Daugherty Boulder, CO 2:47:31
35 – 39 Nate Youngs Boring, OR 2:44:05
40 – 44 Garren Watkins Boulder, CO 2:45:42
45 – 49 Rife Hilgartner Vail, CO 2:51:23
50 – 54 Darron Cox Toano, VA 3:08:02
55 – 59 Dennis Brinson Carson City, NV 3:11:07
60 – 64 Johnny Davis Boulder, CO 3:17:16
65 – 69 David Rakita Durango, CO 3:51:21
75 – 79 Ronald Hill Hayden, ID 7:17:05
PC Willie Stewart Boise, ID 3:22:27
* TOP AMATEURS

The 2016 XTERRA Pan America Championship and Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship is        presented by Paul Mitchell, the Utah Sports Commission, and XTERRA TV at Amazon Video.  Sponsors include PowerBar, Muscle Milk, Outrigger Resorts, the GOAL Foundation, Gatorade Endurance, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Snowbasin Resort, XTERRA Fitness, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, XTERRA Travel, Greenlayer, Hub 801, and XTERRA Boards.
Up Next: XTERRA World Championship (October 23, 2016 / Kapalua, Maui)

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Pan America Championship was the last of 30 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Yeray Luxem/Helena Erbenova
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Mauricio Mendez/Helena Erbenova
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mauricio Mendez/Brigitta Poor
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui