Stellar Elite Field Racing XTERRA Nationals

By XTERRA
Aug. 16, 2013

Nationals SwimmersThis year’s XTERRA USA Championship race at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on September 21, 2013 will feature perhaps the deepest pro field in event history with more than 40 elites from a dozen countries.

Josiah Middaugh, Conrad Stoltz, DanHugo, and the rest of the top 15 ranked men in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series will be joined by European greats and former XTERRA World Champions Nicolas Lebrun and Ruben Ruzafa, Olympian Leonardo Chacon (4th at Worlds last year), and Aussie Ben Allen who was 2nd in Utah last year.

In the women’s race current and former World Champs Lesley Paterson, Shonny Vanlandingham, and Melanie McQuaid and the rest of the top 10 racers in the Pro Series will be joined by Euro stars Renata Bucher, Jacqui Slack, and Carina Wasle, ITU standout Barbara Riveros (2nd at XTERRA Worlds last year), and American threat Heather Jackson (4th at Worlds last year).

Here’s a look at the tentative elite list
(Rank = position in 2013 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series)

PRO MEN
Rank Name
1 Josiah Middaugh – 35, Vail, CO
2 Dan Hugo – 27, Stellenbosch, South Africa
3 Branden Rakita – 32, Colorado Springs, CO
4 Ryan Ignatz – 34, Boulder, CO
5 Bradley Weiss – 24, Cape Town, South Africa
6 Craig Evans – 35, Hendersonville, TN
7 Nick Fisher – 27, Ogden, UT
8 Will Kelsay – 32, Boulder, CO
9 Cody Waite – 34, Lakewood, CO
10 Jason Michalak – 35, Lakewood, CO
11 Matt Mangen – 30, Ivins, UT
12 Andy Lee – 41, Lakeway, TX
13 Conrad Stoltz – 39, Stellenbosch, South Africa
14 Chris Ganter – 34, Boise, ID
15 Will Ross – 24, Anchorage, AK
28 Patrick Valentine – 27, Colorado Springs, CO
29 Damian Gonzalez – 36, Stockton, CA
NR Ben Allen – 28, Wollongong, Australia
NR Leonardo Chacon – 29, Liberia, Costa Rica
NR Nicolas Lebrun – 40, Digne, France
NR Bryan Rhodes – 40, Christchurch, New Zealand
NR Ruben Ruzafa – 29, Malaga, Spain
NR Adam Wirth – 35, Boise, ID

PRO WOMEN
Rank      Name
1 Lesley Paterson – 32, San Diego, CA
2 Shonny Vanlandingham – 44, Durango, CO
3 Melanie McQuaid – 40, Victoria, B.C., Canada
4 Suzie Snyder – 31, Fredericksburg, VA
5 Danelle Kabush – 38, Calgary, Alberta,Canada
6 Brandi Heisterman – 38, Squamish, B.C., Canada
7 Emma Garrard – 30, Park City, UT
8 Caroline Colonna – 49, Taos, NM
9 Kelley Cullen – 32, New Castle, CO
10 Christine Jeffrey – 40, Tucson, AZ
12 Jaime Brede – 36, Breckenridge, CO
13 Tamara Donelson – 38, Edwards, CO
18 Catherine Sterling – 36, West Boylston, MA
21 Rachel Challis – 37, Carlsbad, CA
NR Renata Bucher – 36, Lucerne, Switzerland
NR Heather Jackson – 29, Bend, OR
NR Barbara Riveros – 26, La Pintana, Chile
NR Jacqui Slack – 30, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
NR Kirsten Sweetland – 24, Victoria, B.C., Canada
NR Carina Wasle – 28, Kundl, Austria

Preview to XTERRA Nationals

Snowbasin Resort and Ogden, Utah will once again transform into “XTERRA Title Town USA” as the nation’s leading off-road triathlon and trail running series host USA Championship races on back-to-back days for the third straight year this September 21-22.

The two events attract more than 1,500 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to the Beehive State to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.

The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 21, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 22, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs.  Both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty of Utah to millions.

In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtown Ogden with free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously, Ogden hosts its 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival with a wealth of family-friendly activities planned for all ages including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown crit races.

“We love bringing the XTERRA Tribe together in Utah, the energy level is off-the-charts,” 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, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we can’t ask for a better venue.”

While the USA Championship off-road triathlon is an invite only race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to the public, so one and all can challenge the best-of-the-best trail runners and race for a national championship.

Both events finish at Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Located just 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, and just up the road from the adventure capitol of Ogden, Snowbasin is an easy get to and boasts an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.

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