MANDJE, VANTASSEL WIN XTERRA LAKE LAS VEGAS HALF
Lake Las Vegas Resort – Henderson, NV - Roberto Mandje of Boulder, CO and Amy Vantassel from Portland, OR won the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas 12.5-mile trail run in 1:16:13 and 1:35:16, respectively, on a beautiful morning in Henderson, Nevada.
In winning today Mandje, a former Olympian from Equatorial Guinea, successfully defended his back-to-back weekend of wins. The 32-year-old won the XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain 12K Trail Run in Colorado just eight days ago for the second year in a row as well. Making it more impressive was the change in scenery between the two venues, not to mention the 12-plus hour drive from Boulder, Colorado, to Las Vegas. There was still snow on the ground (at 6,000-plus feet) in Colorado Springs, in stark contrast to the barren desert in southern Nevada.
“I knew what to expect after last year and everything really went well,” said Mandje, who took the lead from Forrest Boughner early on and never let go. “Bougner stuck with me the first few miles and that made it fun, but challenging. I got away a little but never really knew how big a lead I had so was still running scared and pressed the whole way. With Bougner being 6-foot-5 I could find him in the crowd, but felt confident if it came to a kick I’d have the strength as my training has gone really well this winter.”
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JOURNEY TO THE ROOF OF AFRICA
Michelle Regn is a regular at the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship on Oahu, but that’s certainly not where her adventures end. Here, she tells us of her journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro…
By Michelle Regn
The crazy hiker chick is at it again. That’s the moniker my friends have given me and I suppose it’s appropriate. I prefer to take long treks spanning several thousand miles & several months at a time. However, this time I set my sights on a short trek of about 50 miles up a really tall mountain. As triathletes and marathoners, we are no strangers to pushing ourselves to physical limits, but the oxygen poor air at the top of Kilimanjaro taught me a new lesson in determination.
Kili is the tallest mountain on the African continent and is comprised of three volcanic peaks, Shira, Kibo and Mwenzi. Kibo in the center is the highest at 19,340’. The summit, called Uhuru Peak, has been reached by many people, the youngest aged 7 and the oldest 87. That does not mean it’s easily achieved by any means. To stand on Uhuru and gaze out across the rapidly disappearing glaciers to the African Savannah far below, you need some very warm clothing, a sturdy pair of boots, the patience to walk slowly enough to acclimatize and a lot of luck. There are two dry seasons a year, but Kili’s height makes its own weather systems regardless of the season, as I found out first hand.
HITECHEW, WONG POWER TO THE TOWER
Matthew Hitechew (pictured above courtesy Fleet Feet Sports Kingsport) and Misty Wong won the XTERRA Power to the Tower 50K trail run in Kingsport, Tennessee on Saturday. Hitechew nearly broke the five-hour mark, and ran in with a comfortable lead of 18 minutes. The Power to the Tower 50K is one of the tougher races in the XTERRA family with a total elevation of 6,000-feet, sure to make even the most veteran runner dig deep down to get the best out of this run.
Mark Thomas and Stephanie Topping captured the half-marathon on the same day in 1:38:46 and 2:06:48, respectively. And in the 5-miler 14-year-old Porter Bradley and Shelly Van Wyhe took top honors. Complete Results | Photos
1. Matthew Hitechew 5:00:17
2. Steve Barber 5:18:47
3. David Lively 5:24:52
1. Misty Wong 5:58:13
2. Michelle McLellan 6:04:08
3. Sarah Miller 6:44:26
1. Mark Thomas 1:38:46
2. Ray Jones 1:45:00
3. Carl Epley 1:45:30
1. Stephanie Topping 2:06:48
2. Shelley Gadola 2:13:49
3. Sarah Richardson 2:23:48
1. Porter Bradley 33:20
2. Adam Chapman 34:46
3. Ian Bradley 39:22
1. Shelly Van Wyhe 49:13
2. Sarah Shuster 50:00
3. Katy Mink 51:20
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TABARES' RULE CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN 5K
It was a big day for the Tabares family at the XTERRA Cheyenne Mountain Trail Runs earlier this month. Travis and daughter Kayli Tabares won the 5K (Kayli was 3rd overall just 15 seconds after the runner-up) with Jalynn Tabares following a little less than two minutes after. Did we mention that they are 14 and 13-years-old? Look forward to see the Tabares family rule at future XTERRA races. Check out their post race interview.
In the men’s 12K a familiar face showed up in form of Roberto Mandje. Mandje who in November placed fifth at the XTERRA World Championships also won the 12K at Cheyenne Mountain last year. A week later Mandje would capture the title at the XTERRA West Championship in a new course record (he did it again this year!)
Lindsay Krause, whose husband Greg is a former XTERRA pro triathlete, won the women’s 12K title with a comfortable lead to Rebecca Blatt and Trudi Jackson in second and third.
In the 50K Jonathan Marsh and Nicole Clement had outstanding races and were far ahead of the competition. Marsh was four minutes ahead, while Clement had a massive 17 minute lead.
Tabares photo courtesy Pikes Peak Sports
Photos / 5K Results / 12K Results / 24K Results
1. Jonathan Marsh 1:31:05
2. Cory Rose 1:35:13
3. Darren Rapaport 1:36:52
1. Nicole Clement 1:40:41
2. Missy Ross 1:57:51
3. Laura Nichols 1:58:17
1. Roberto Mandje 41:44
2. Ron Thomasson 46:26
3. Rick Shoulberg 50:47
1. Lindsay Krause 47:32
2. Rebecca Blatt 52:44
3. Trudi Jackson 54:04
1. Travis Tabares 21:27
2. Alexander Eccles 23:02
3. Abraham Anderson 23:24
1. Kayli Tabares 23:17
2. Jalynn Tabares 25:02
3. Mackenzie Moss 26:48
FORD, BROWNE WIN XTERRA COURTHOUSE CREEK 15KM
Jason Ford and Robyn Browne won the XTERRA Courthouse Creek 15K in Maidens, VA earlier this month while Jon Dice and Lisa Alphen won the 7K on the same day.
“The Brady Saunders Boyscout Camp in Maidens VA is absolutely beautiful; it’s also private property,” wrote Michelle Baltz on her blog, Trail Running Rules. “I've been out there once before for a 10k in 2008. I had a blast that year and was disappointed when the event wasn't repeated. I've kept busy at the other great trail-running spots RVA has to offer and kept an eye out for any events out in Maidens. When the Courthouse Creek 15k popped up on the local running calendar, I was super excited and signed up right away.
The event was put together by the folks over at Run Ride Race (in conjunction with XTERRA); they have a great reputation for smooth and fun events for both runners and cyclists in the Richmond area; they didn't disappoint. The very well-marked course was both pretty and challenging; it was almost all single-track and definitely all FUN.”
MCGUIRE, HARRINGTON WIN XTERRA SENECA CREEK 10K
Peter McGuire (Bib 385) and Kacie Harrington (Bib 356) conquered the XTERRA Seneca Creek 10K on Saturday at the same site where The Blair Witch Project was filmed! It’s not clear whether either of the two recorded their experience on video!
The Adventure Geeks annual production at the 6,300-acre Seneca State Park is a great way to escape the urban grind and belt-way madness to unleash your inner Pre on to the trail. The event is part of the XTERRA Atlantic Trail Run Series and a great way to kick off the 2014 racing season.
Photo of Kacie Harrington courtesy David LaMay
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