A look back and a preview of the upcoming races on the XTERRA America Tour.
This weekend the XTERRA America Tour heads to Bellevue, Colorado for XTERRA Lory on June 15th. One of the most eponymous XTERRA events, XTERRA Lory will feature a half-mile swim in the clear waters of Horsetooth Reservoir (Eltuk Bay), which is one of the most scenic swims in the state with canyon walls on both sides. Then it's on to a two-lap (beginner friendly) 12.2-mile single-track bike course over rolling terrain, and across valley bridges at Lory State Park. Finally, athletes will finish things off with a fun and challenging 4.8-mile (8k) run through the clouds on single-track trails. This is the perfect off-road triathlon. It’s designed so that anyone can have fun, and everyone will be challenged.
Not to disappoint, but the race has been sold out for months already. Last year, Robbie Day and Kat Marks took the titles, but as we all know, XTERRA is anything but predictable. Stay tuned to see who takes the podium steps.
Last weekend XTERRA headed up to the mountains of Arizona for XTERRA Deuces Wild in Show Low. Starting at 6300 feet and heading up to 7000 feet, the race was a great warm-up for the XTERRA Mountain and West Region races, many of which are held at altitude.
Caleb Guest, of Phoenix, Arizona was the overall champ at Deuces in 2:00:09. George Mainas from Santa Fe, New Mexico was second in 2:03:00, and David Guenthardt from Gilbert, Arizona was third in 2:04:35.
For the women, Laura Haley from Tucson, Arizona was the overall winner with a time of 2:16:18. Kristin Corbett of Lake Arrowhead, California was second with a time of 2:19:09. San Diego’s Heather Wilson was third in 2:25:03.
While XTERRA’s Katarina Marks didn’t podium, she deserves to be commended for making her comeback at XTERRA Deuces Wild. The age-group runner-up at both the 2017 XTERRA Pan Am Championship and XTERRA World Championship, Marks had health and overtraining issues last year.
“Overtraining really messes with your body,” posted Marks to Instagram. “But today was special. I made it to the start and I made it to the finish line and managed an age group win in there too. Still far from where I’ve been but it’s a start. Onwards and upwards!”
XTERRA also headed to Hanna City, Illinois for XTERRA Illinois Wilds. While this was definitely a sea level race, it was held at Wildlife Prairie State Park, just 10 miles west of downtown Peoria. The park contains animals native to Illinois including bison, elk, cougars, otters, owls, snakes, and more.
For the human animals competing in the XTERRA, they swam for 800 meters, rode for 15 miles, and ran for four.
Chicago’s Juan Gonzalez was the overall champ with a time of 1:56:00. Karl Stover from Saint Louis, Missouri and Ralph Nurse from Crown Point, Indiana were close behind in second and third with times of 1:58:13 and 1:58:46, respectively.
In the women’s race, Emma Coakley, from Louisville, Kentucky was the women’s champ with a time of 2:22:37. True to form, she was the first out of the water overall. Lara Houseman from Wildwood, Illinois was second in 2:39:52 and Saint Louis’ Julia Grunloh was just behind her in 2:40:34. XTERRA age-group World Champ and 16-time Regional Champ, Bev Enslow, who has been racing XTERRA for almost 20 years, was also in the mix with a time of 2:42:32.
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