The XTERRA America Tour’s 70-race regular season that stretched across the continental United States and into Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan came to a close on Sunday, and as such it’s time to recognize the regional champs.
All told, 159 athletes won a regional title this year. Winners are invited to race in the XTERRA USA Championship (along with other top age group finishers – see full qualifiers list here), and will be honored at the Night of Champions dinner at Union Station on Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden, Utah on Friday, Sept. 20.
Topping the list once more is 2011 Mr. XTERRA and 55-59 division XTERRA USA Champion Steve Cole, a pilot living in Alpharetta, Georgia. Cole remains the only racer in XTERRA history to win all 13 regional championships since the inception of the America tour back in 2001. He was the best age group racer in the South Central’s 45-49 division from 2001 to 2005, won the SC 50-54 division from 2006-2010, and just captured his third straight 55-59 division title.
While Cole is the only 13-time regional champ, Beverly Enslow of Metamora, Illinois is the most prolific female age grouper with 12 regional titles in the Midwest region.
Kyle Grieser, Barbara Peterson, and Cindi Toepel joined Casey Fannin with 11 this year, while Linda Usher and Russell Clark joined Kathy Frank in the double-digit club with 10.
Also of note, there are three athletes who won their region this year – a full 13 years after winning their region in the inaugural 2001 season: Steve Cole, Kathy Couthino, and Lorenn Walker.
Congratulations to one and all in the 2013 class of XTERRA Regional Champs!