The last two races on the 50-stop 2018 XTERRA America Tour regular season schedule were held over the weekend, final points were tallied, and the regional champions list is out.
Click here to view the 11x17 PDF listing all 150 athletes who won their region this year.
Winners have been invited to race at the XTERRA World Championship and will be honored on the eve of the XTERRA Pan American/USA Championship race in downtown Ogden, Utah on Friday, Sept. 14.
Topping the list once again is 2011 Mr. XTERRA and former National Champ Steve Cole, a pilot living in Alpharetta, Georgia, who is also one of the original racers from the first-ever XTERRA back in 1996.
Cole is the only man in XTERRA history to win all 18 regional championships since the inception of the America tour 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, swept through the 55-59 division from 2011-2015, and just captured his third straight division title in the 60-64 division by amassing 675 points over the course of 10 races (he won six of them).
It also seems appropriate to acknowledge Anthony Benedict, the latest runner-up to Mr. Cole’s amazing string of victories. Benedict was one of just 14 men to score at least 500 points this year, but unfortunately, in Steve’s age group, that’s only enough points for second-place.
On the women's side, Beverly Enslow was the Midwest Regional Champ in the 60-64 division. It's her 17th title and makes her the winningest female in Regional Champ history. Linda Usher, in the Northeast Region, won her 15th and Barbara Peterson, in the West Region, won her 14th, while Lucia Colbert won her 11th in the Southeast 60-64 age group.
Prolific winners on the men’s side include GL Brown in the Midwest 75-79 division and Russel Clark in the Northeast 65-69 division who both picked up their 14th titles, and Mike Carter who won his 12th South Central crown, this time in the 55-59 division.
Historically, other athletes who have collected 10 or more regional championship crowns include Cindi Toepel with 14; Errol Lassiter and Kyle Grieser with 12; Casey Fannin, Kathy Frank, Hans Dieben, Ron Hill, and Ken Robins with 11, and Charlotte Mahan has 10.
2018 was the second season under the rules in which "Every Race Counts." As such, athletes could enter as many races as they wanted to score the most points - by gender, age group, and residence to win the crown.
Tyler Guggemos from Dewitt, Michigan did the most races (11) and scored the most points (745) on his way to winning the Midwest 30-34 crown. Chrissy Halioris did the most races (9) and scored the most points (609) among women to capture her third title in the Midwest 50-54 division.
Find complete standings at xterraplanet.com (use the filter tab and header buttons to sort by points, division, region, etc…).