The XTERRA America Tour was in full swing last weekend with races in Texas, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Maryland.
The XTERRA Northeast Region racing season got underway in Oxford, Massachusetts at XTERRA French River on Saturday near Carbuncle Pond and the adjoining high school grounds.
Josh Flanagan was the overall champ in 1:54:34. David Peters and David Dornaus completed the trifecta in 1:58:13 and 1:59:44, respectively. For the women, Kim Webster won it in 2:16:40. Stephanie Landy was next in 2:25:31 while Elaine Allen was third in 2:37:05.
Much further south in Texas on the same day, XTERRA Magnolia Hill in Navasota, Texas marked the third race in the South Central region this season. Kyle Grieser won the race with a time of 1:50:09 while Mark Saroni was second in 1:53:37. Jason Savill was third in 1:57 flat. Of note, Grieser was the recipient of the 2019 Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant along with XTERRA Magnolia Hill fourth-place finisher Jordan Winar. Grieser, a firefighter by trade, has been racing XTERRA for 15 years and won 12 regional titles, while Winar, a sales director, is in his third season and has won two regional titles in a row. Nominations for the 2020 Dave DeSantis XTERRA Legacy Grant are open now at https://www.xterraplanet.com/DeSantisLegacyGrant.
Also on July 13 in the heartland of the country in North Liberty, Indiana, XTERRA DINO North was the epitome of summer racing at Potato Creek State Park. Just a short jaunt outside Chicago, Ben Culve was the victor with a time of 1:53:29 while runner-up Adam Abudra was close behind in 1:53:49. XTERRA journeyman Ralph Nurse was third in 1:54:29. For the women, Kate Vermann was the champ with a time of 2:16:07. Nancy Whillock was running close in 2:16:31, while Kelly Paterson wasn’t far behind in 2:17:55.
The following day, on July 14th, XTERRA EX2 provided the perfect summer venue in Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, Maryland, just a short trip from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.
XTERRA native Daryl Weaver was the first one in with a time of 1:56:46. Zach Bittinger was next in 1:59:23 while Chris Harnish was third in 2:04:48. For the women, Susan Stephens was first across the line with a time of 2:26:52. Twenty-year XTERRA veteran Kate Lucas was next in 2:32:27 and Steph Landy was third in 2:36:18, which was even more impressive because she was also third at XTERRA French River just the day before in Massachusetts.
Find updated XTERRA America Tour standings and schedule of events at xterraplanet.com.