On Sunday, September 30th, Mike Hermanson and Kristen Wade captured the titles at XTERRA Fort Custer. The points earned at the race counted towards the 2019 XTERRA race season.
Wade, who was named 2018 Ms. XTERRA at the XTERRA Pan Am Championship last month in Utah, won the women’s race in 1:38:51, about three minutes ahead of runner-up Megan James. Marie Deline was third in 1:45:02. XTERRA 2018 America Tour Regional Champs Chrissy Halioris and Bev Enslow were also in the race and finished fifth and tenth respectively.
In the men’s race, Mike Hermanson finished first in 1:24:21. 2018 XTERRA Regional Champ Ralph Nurse was less than two minutes back in 1:26:46 while Brandon Vanoosten finished third in 1:27:05. Other 2018 XTERRA Regional Champs who were competing included Brad Scholtz, Steve Cole, and Alan Moore, who finished fourth, 23rd, and 29th.
Wade’s win promises another great season for the Braveheart coach who won her age group in this race last year as well. In the 2018 season, Wade finished first at XTERRA Illinois Wilds, XTERRA DINO North, and XTERRA DINO South, and was second in her age group at XTERRA Oak Mountain.
Another successful athlete at XTERRA Fort Custer was Russell Dockery (oictured), who accomplished his goal of making the age group podium in the 45-49 age group. He’s been coached for the last year and a half by Kristen and Al Wade of Braveheart Coaching.
“You have races that are hard and miserable and you don’t do well,” said Dockery. “And you have good races where everything flows. That’s what happened on Sunday. Everything flowed. At the end of those kinds of races, you are still worn out, but you are happy about it.”