JP Donovan from Incline Village, Nevada and Bree Thorpe from Las Vegas, Nevada won the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Lake Las Vegas half-marathon on a beautiful blue sky day in Henderson, Nevada.
Donovan, just a day removed from finishing 11th overall in the pro race at yesterday’s XTERRA West Championship triathlon, crushed the field with a winning time of 1:19:32, almost four minutes ahead of runner up Jorge Mejia.
“I was hurting out there, but didn’t want anybody to notice,” said Donovan, who was last year’s overall XTERRA amateur national triathlon champion.
In the women’s race Thorpe took the tape in 1:33:02, almost 10 minutes ahead of previous winner Aimee Balzer.
“I didn’t know how I would feel today because I did a long run yesterday, but my coach is Max King and I figured he knew what he was doing,” said Thorpe.
King, of course, is the “King of XTERRA Trail Running” with four World Titles to his credit. He’s trying to get Thorpe in a position to chase the Olympic Trials in the marathon distance.
There were also 5K and 10K races today. James Grovom and Mercy Ray won the 10K while Andrew Dixon and Ashley Millhouse captured the 5K. More than 400 runners from around the nation took part in today’s run, which is part of the 100-race Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series.
Every division winner in the 21K race earned a free entry into the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running World Championship to be held December 6, 2015 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu.
Learn more at www.xterratrailrun.com.