Josiah Middaugh and Emma Garrard were named the USA Triathlon Elite Off-Road Triathletes of the Year for the second straight year on Monday.
Middaugh, 36, of Eagle-Vail, Colorado, has been America’s best for more than a decade now. This year he placed 2nd at XTERRA Costa Rica (to Leonardo Chacon), won the U.S. Pro Series opener at Lake Las Vegas in April and the second stop in Pelham, Alabama in May. He was 3rd at the XTERRA East Championship, then won the Mountain Championship in his back yard at Beaver Creek. In Europe, he finished 2nd at both the XTERRA Czech and XTERRA Germany/ITU Cross Tri World Championship race. He placed 2nd at the XTERRA USA Championship race (top American) and won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series for the second season in a row. He was named the XTERRA National Champ for the 10th time as the fastest American in the Pro Series. Middaugh was also 2nd at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, crossing the line a little more than one-minute behind his nemesis Ruben Ruzafa from Spain (who also won the Czech, Germany, and USA races).
Middaugh has been the fastest American at XTERRA Worlds seven times since 2004.
Garrard had the best season of her career, placing 2nd at all four regionals, 5th at XTERRA Germany, won her first major at XTERRA England in August, and placed 4th at the USA and World Championship races where she was the top American at both for the second straight year. Emma was also honored as the XTERRA National Champ by virtue of finishing as the top American in the Pro Series.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).