The XTERRA Elite power couple of Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack Allen each claimed the top podium spot at XTERRA Indian Peaks at Eldora Nordic Center, August 5th.
Located just outside - and above - Boulder, Colorado, XTERRA Indian Peaks is a high-altitude race. The 1,000m swim is pretty chilly at 9,000 feet, but the scenery is incredible. The 22k bike course is on Eldora's phenomenal single track, and the 7k run took place on the eastern trails of the Eldora Nordic Center.
Allen finished the race in 1:50:03, almost four minutes ahead of the amateur winner, Pan Am Champ Nelson Hegg, who had a strong race and the fastest bike split of the day. Pro Brad Zoller was less than a minute back from Hegg in third.
In the women's race, Jacqui Slack Allen finished in 2:09:35, almost five minutes ahead of runner-up and amateur winner Whitney Barrett. XTERRA Pan Am Champ Deanna McCurdy was third in 2:22:57. McCurdy had a phenomenal race, considering she has been taking time off to recover from some health issues. On Facebook, she said this wasn't an A, B, or even C race on her schedule. Instead, she and her coach "labeled it an F race... as in, go out and remember why this sport is Fun."
Specifically, McCurdy called it "gruelingly fun" which sounds just about right for XTERRA.
You can view the complete results for XTERRA Indian Peaks at www.racedirectorsolutions.com.