There were three races on the XTERRA America Tour and one massive event in Europe, XTERRA Belgium, last weekend.
In the historic city of Namur thousands upon thousands of racers and spectators took to the cobblestone streets and lush green forests surrounding the old Castle that dates back to the Roman era.
Francois Carloni and Morgane Riou won the main event, perhaps the most notable in the careers for both.
In the U.S., XTERRA Cameron Park doubled up as USA Triathlon’s Off-Road National Championship race, which awarded national titles and qualifying spots into ITU’s Cross Tri World Championship next year in Spain.
Deanna McCurdy won it again, and Nate Youngs took the amateur men’s title. Hans Ryham, who went pro after finished second amateur overall at XTERRA Oak Mountain last month, won the overall crown and wrote a detailed account of his race day. Read his account here.
Over in Hanna City, Illinois racers and race directors alike conquered some wicked weather that forced a re-route of the course and
Karl Stover and Mimi Stockton won the race, XTERRA Illinois Wilds, but organizer Laura Bertsch was credited with saving the day and keeping competitors safe by adjusting the route to keep everyone out of harm’s way – all while braving thunderstorms that ripped through the park.
And in Show Low, Arizona former elite Lewis Elliott and Maryanne Heald took the top spots at XTERRA Dueces Wild.
Elliott broke the tape in 1:54:10 with Sarikas behind him in 1:55:53. Kyle Herrig was third in 2:03:48. In the women’s division, Maryanne Heald took the title in 2:15:25, about four minutes ahead of Shawna Glazier, who finished in 2:19:02. Kristin Corbett was third in 2:19:36.
Glazier and Corbett also competed in XTERRA Renegade in May. Glazier was third in the 35-39 age group at XTERRA Renegade while Corbett was second in the 45-49 age group.