XTERRA Jade Mountain, the first-ever XTERRA VR competition, engaged more than 400 participants from 36 countries in a virtual race around the island of Taiwan over the weekend.
In the men’s full-distance race that combined a 5K run with a 26K bike and 10K run, Simon Osborne from the U.K. finished atop the leaderboard. He posted a 21:07 5K, went 47:11 on the bike, and 43:31 on the 10K for a combined time of 1:51:49, just 21 seconds ahead of Moises Monreal from Arizona.
Anna Andrzejewska-Hil from Illinois had the fastest women’s time at 2:09:19, more than nine-minutes ahead of Kelly Henry, and the Performance Tri Club from Chennai Tamilnadu, India had the best relay team time in 2:08:01.
In the XTERRA Jade Mountain Sprint races Bernd Weis from Germany and Jodie Tester from Australia captured the individual titles, while Team NIKIFE from Taiwan posted the quickest sprint relay times.
Special recognition goes out to the youngest participant in the competition, 10-year-old Aylin McIlvaine from Virginia, and the most experienced, Bruce Greene from Alabama, who at 80-years-young put in 2 hours and 58 minutes of solid work to finish the sprint race.
The event was a benefit for the Taiwan Thousand Miles Trail Association, a non-profit organization which aims to preserve Taiwan’s natural beauty and create an eco-friendly environment by building and maintaining a network of hiking trails around the entire island.
Find complete results at https://www.xterraplanet.com/jade-mountain.
Up Next: XTERRA VR2 – the XTERRA Trail Blaze 5K/10K/21K and 5x5K relay races, Sept. 10-14
Featured Photo: Jesse Peters