Heather Horton

XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champions

Amateur racers from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand and all over the U.S. captured inaugural XTERRA Pan America Tour titles in Utah last Saturday.

The 10-stop series for amateurs started back on March 20th at XTERRA Costa Rica and concluded at the XTERRA Pan American Championship in Utah.

Amateurs competing in the Tour counted their best four scores from the first nine events plus whatever they got, or didn’t get, at the XTERRA Pan American Championship. In addition, amateur athletes needed to race at least two (any two) XTERRA Pan American Tour majors to qualify for Tour honors.

Heather Horton (pictured above) led all racers with 440 points en route to winning the 15-19 division. Horton won her division at four races (two in Canada, two in the U.S.) and was second at the Pan Am Champs on Saturday.

Luiz Escudero from Brazil was one of the most well-traveled racers, winning 50-54 division titles at XTERRA Dominican Republic, XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Brazil, and taking second-place at XTERRA Mexico and the Pan Am Champs in Utah for a total of 365 Points.

Here is a look at all of this year’s amateur XTERRA Pan America Tour Champions:

WOMEN
Division – Name – Hometown
F15-19 – Heather Horton – Sandy, UT, USA
F25-29 – Heather Wilson – Temecula, CA, USA
F30-34 – Megan Riepma – Lafayette, CO, USA
F35-39 – Whitney Barrett – Golden, CO, USA
F40-44 – Deanna McCurdy – Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
F45-49 – Julie Robb – North Vancouver, Canada
F50-54 – Margo Pitts – Raleigh, NC, USA
F55-59 – Tamara Tabeek – Ramona, CA, USA
F60-64 – Martha Buttner – Boulder, CO, USA
F65-69 – Libby Harrow – Fruita, CO, USA

MEN
Division – Name – Hometown
M15-19 – Lewis Ryan – Rotorua, New Zealand
M20-24 – Nelson Hegg – Boulder, CO, USA
M25-29 – Alfredo Valdes – Corona, CA, USA
M30-34 – Gaston Fischer – Bariloche, Argentina
M35-39 – Andrew Knutsen – Lakewood, CO, USA
M40-44 – Garren Watkins – Boulder, CO, USA
M45-49 – Joost Van Ulden – North Vancouver, Canada
M50-54 – Luiz Escudero – Sao Paulo, Brazil
M55-59 – Cliff Millemann – Davis, CA, USA
M60-64 – Steve Cole – Alpharetta, GA, USA
M65-69 – David Rakita – Durango, CO, USA
PC – Craig Vogstberger – Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

Middaugh, Snyder

Golden Week for XTERRA Greats

There was something sweet in the air this week on the XTERRA Planet.

While much of the XTERRA Tribe gathered in Ogden, Utah for the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship two of our sports biggest’ stars were making dreams come true all on their own.

In Mexico, Flora Duffy upset gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen to win the season-finale in Cozumel and the ITU World Triathlon Series Championship.

In Brazil, Jamie “J-Dawg” Whitmore won the women’s C1-3 road race Rio Paralympics Gold medal to compliment the Silver she captured at the C1-2-3 3,000-meter individual pursuit earlier in the week.

In Utah, Suzie Snyder captured the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Championship race and Pan America Tour titles, walking away with her single biggest payday after 12 years of racing XTERRA.

And perhaps just as exciting for the XTERRA Tribe was seeing last year’s USA Champ Emma Garrard at the race on Saturday – not in spandex – but with a bulging belly signaling her second child is coming soon.

Then on the men’s side we witnessed one of the greatest spectacles in all of sports as Josiah Middaugh and Braden Currie fought to a photo-finish that was so good it made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays.

The mild-mannered Middaugh took home the race and the Pan America Tour title with that last lunge to the finish.

Now we start building towards Maui, and off-road triathlon’s greatest day.  It’s just a little more than one-month away on October 23, and rest assured more dreams will be coming true…

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Mr. XTERRA 2016, Marcus Barton

Mr. XTERRA 2016, Marcus Barton

On Saturday night in Ogden, Utah Marcus Barton was named the 2016 Mr. XTERRA award winner.

The perpetual honor is given annually to recognize a member of the XTERRA Tribe that exemplifies the spirit of XTERRA – the challenge, commitment and camaraderie that is the essence of our sport.

It is a prestigious club, filled with men and women who have made XTERRA what it is today, and Marcus is clearly a worthy inductee.

This season he was the first racer to score the max amount of 325 points in the XTERRA America Tour, and he was first in his division at all seven races he competed at during the regular season.  He is also the first car you’ll see in the parking lot on race morning, the first man into transition, and the first guy to offer to help zip up your wetsuit.

“He’s incredibly deserving of Mr. XTERRA,” said training buddy and XTERRA Pan Am 50-54 division champion Margo Pitts.  “He is passionate about XTERRA and shares his love with others, he is caring and helpful, a great leader and planner, and is super detail oriented.  I love trying to beat him to transition on race morning but that hasn’t happened yet :)”

Indeed, Barton races XTERRA with the same kind of precision he perfected while serving our country in the United States Air Force.

The 46-year-old computer whiz from North Carolina has been racing XTERRA since 2007, and did his first one on a $50 Mongoose he bought at a garage sale.  He started to get really fast in 2012 when he won the first of five straight regional championship titles, and has won an impressive 25 races in his division during that stretch.

All that said, Barton didn’t receive the Mr. XTERRA award because he’s fast.  He won it because he’s kind, friendly, helpful, and has lured a ton of people into racing XTERRA.

“Marcus is one of those people who always loves racing no matter what the conditions are,” said Caleb Baity, 20-24 Southeast Region Champ.  “He is a super fun and energetic person no matter if it is race day or if we are just going out training for the day.  He invests lots of time training and will drive hours during the day just to get a single short ride in because it is “similar” to an upcoming race course.”

Baity met Barton when he was leading a “how-to” transition clinic before XTERRA Whitewater last year, and said, “after meeting him at the transition clinic he has been a wonderful mentor helping me progress in every single aspect of the sport and I have come long strides from how I used to be.  He is always willing to help anyone in need and give advice where he can.”

And Barton gives out great advice. Someone posted a note to the XTERRA Facebook page earlier this year that asked if “there someone I can talk to for advice on my first-time XTERRA?”

She wanted to know what was the best course for a rookie, with easy travel, and warm water.  We immediately forwarded her note to Marcus, and in a matter of minutes he broke down every course in five states, five ways to Sunday for her.

Barton is also a fantastic writer, a gifted story teller, and he recounts races in vivid detail on his blog at speedylizard.com.  What makes his XTERRA stories so good is how he tells you how everyone else did, and is so quick to spread the praise around to his fellow athletes.  He even started a Facebook group for XTERRA Southeast Region athletes and has been a catalyst for that community, organizing group rides and runs and socials everywhere he goes.

More than just words, Barton is a man of action and integrity.  A few years back there was an XTERRA race held in really muddy conditions.  While the course wasn’t in great shape before the event, it was pretty worked over after the event.  So, even though he lived hours away, he organized a work crew to help repair it, and he gave up a weekend of XTERRA racing to go clean it up.

For all these reasons and many more, it’s our pleasure to welcome Marcus Barton to the club, as this year’s Mr. XTERRA Award Winner.

Tribute Video

ALL-TIME MR. AND MRS. XTERRA AWARD WINNERS

2016 – Marcus Barton

2015 – Janet Soule and Cliff Millemann

2014 – Craig Vogstberger

2013 – Brent Bieshaar

2012 – Jay Heller

2011 – Steve Cole

2010 – Casey Fannin

2009 – Brandyn Roark

2008 – Circ and Cindi Toepel

2007 – Will Kelsay

2006 – Courtney Cardenas

2005 – Tom Lyons

2004 – Anthony Snoble and Rick Byman

2003 – Billy Anderson and Barbara Peterson

2002 – Susi Chandler

2001 – Chris Shelley

2000 – Robert Hopper

1999 – Dennis Fox

 

MIDDAUGH FINISH

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Pan American Championship

Middaugh, Snyder win XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series Titles

Results | Photos

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

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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

Learn more at…

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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
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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
Josiah Middaugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Guide / Elite Photo Gallery / Men’s Elite Race Preview

XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIP ELITE START LIST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/16 – Karl Shaw – 36, Great Britain

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

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

15/45 – Dan Molnar – Bismark, North Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23/NR – Matt Lieto – 37, Bend, Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32/NR – Leon Griffin

33/NR – Joshua Merrill

34/NR – Will Kelsay

35/NR – Jimmy Archer

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XTERRA Pan Am Championship – Women’s Elite Race Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Guide / Elite Photo Gallery

 

Bib #/Rank – Name, Age, Hometown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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XTERRA Woolastook Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ogden

All About Ogden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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