XTERRA Thriller in Utah comes down to 7/100th of a second

Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the tape by 7/100th of a second and win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship race on a beautiful day at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday. It’s the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year-history, 2:20:23.57 to 2:20:23.64.

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Josiah Middaugh out-stretched Braden Currie at the finish line to take the tape by 7/100th of a second and win the inaugural XTERRA Pan America Championship race on a beautiful day at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah on Saturday.  It’s the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year-history, 2:20:23.57 to 2:20:23.64.

In the women’s elite race Suzie Snyder came out of the water with Julie Baker, was first out of the swim-to-bike transition, took a five-minute lead onto the run and won the race in 2:51:51, exactly three minutes ahead of runner-up Lizzie Orchard of New Zealand.  With the wins both Middaugh and Snyder also secured the elite XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles.

“I don’t think it could have gotten any closer than that,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA World Champion from Eagle-Vail, Colorado who finished 26-seconds ahead of Currie at the USA Championship held on this same course last year.

The race combined a one-mile swim in the 65-degree waters of Pineview Reservoir, an 18-mile mountain bike that climbed 3,000-feet to the top of Sardine Peak at 7,400-feet, and finished with a grueling 6-mile trail run.

Currie came out of the water with a big pack of strong swimmers led by Brad Zoller, Alex Martinek, Felipe Barraza, and Leon Griffin – took the lead early on with Leon Griffin close behind, then started to pull away from everybody but Middaugh.  Currie came into the bike-to-run transition roughly 30-seconds up on Middaugh and held the lead until the last yard of the run.

“To be honest I was coming down that hill and I had about five seconds on him when I last looked and I knew I couldn’t afford to look back and so I didn’t really know how close he was until I saw him right on my shoulder which was right on the finish,” said Currie.  “I just did everything I could, and the last thing I thought was maybe if I get something across the line before him then I would win, but obviously that wasn’t quite right.”

Middaugh was hoping it wouldn’t be that close, but in his efforts to catch Currie he crashed twice on the run.

“I was not saving anything at any time today,” said Middaugh.  “I was putting everything into the course every minute of the day and I wanted to make the catch half-way through the bike and I didn’t do that, and I didn’t make the catch at the top of the climb. I got within 30-seconds going into the run. I was like ‘okay, I got to get close in this first mile’, and I got a little bit closer and thought ‘I got to make this catch by the top of this mile’ and I didn’t make the catch.  I was like 10-15 seconds behind with 2 miles to go and that last 2 miles I kept getting within 10 seconds of Currie then I would fall, because I was just like hanging it all out there and I caught my toe on some rocks, tumbled, got back up. I fell twice and with less than a mile to go I was just 5 seconds behind and then all of a sudden I started feeling tired and wasn’t sure if I had anything left and then I started working hard again and I came in with about 5 seconds and I was like ‘okay this is it’ one last full on kick and see if it’s enough.”

“Obviously I came here to win and I’m absolutely gutted not to,” said Currie, who was runner-up to Middaugh at XTERRA Worlds last year as well.  “Josiah has a massive stride on him and I knew if it was going to be a downhill sprint finish with Josiah that it wouldn’t be that easy, so I was just going to try everything that I could and if my toe got across first then I’ll take that as a win.”

Interestingly, in the pictures and videos it looks as if Currie slide his leg under the finish arch and over the timing mat ahead of Middaugh, but his timing chip was on his back trailing leg which was behind Middaugh’s timing chip.

“This is the deepest field that I have ever seen at this race, it was almost like a World Championship,” said Middaugh.  “We just had strong guys and it was just hardcore racing from start to finish, I mean the swim was fast, the bike was action packed the whole way, it was just full throttle the entire race.”

Leon Griffin came home third almost four minutes back, with Felipe Barraza in fourth and Rom Akerson in 5th.

“I had a great swim, me and Braden tried to get away but he was just too strong over the top of the first climb,” said Griffin.  “I thought that if I would have kept him in check I would have been a little bit closer on the downhill because that is where I lose a lot of time.  In the end, I was just stoked to come in third off the bike, I just needed to hold that. My running is coming back and I picked up a few things from the last race in Beaver Creek that I could work on and the half a dozen runs that I did between Beaver Creek and this one on the mountain were all just pure mountain climbing style.”

XTERRA Pan America Championship Elite Men
Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:20:23.57 100
2 Braden Currie, NZL 2:20:23.64 90
3 Leon Griffin, USA 2:24:10 82
4 Felipe Barraza, CHI 2:25:50 75
5 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:25:59 69
6 Karl Shaw, GBR 2:26:00 63
7 Sam Long, USA 2:27:50 58
8 Karsten Madsen, CAN 2:28:28 53
9 Brian Smith, USA 2:32:04 49
10 Matt Lieto, USA 2:33:32 45
11 Alex Modestou, USA 2:33:36 41
12 Branden Rakita, USA 2:36:01 37
13 JP Donovan, USA 2:36:13 34
14 Cody Waite, USA 2:37:39 31
15 Ryan Ignatz, USA 2:37:47 28
Also:  Chris Ganter, Cameron Paul, Alex Martinek, Brad Zoller, Will Kelsay, Joshua Merrick, Jean-Philippe Thibodeau, Ian King, Alex Roberts, Patrick McKeon, Michael Nunez, Eduardo Marcolin, Barret Fishner

SNYDER WINS 5TH OF THE YEAR, TOUR TITLE

For Suzie Snyder today’s win put an exclamation point on a superb season that included five wins and the XTERRA Pan America Championship race and XTERRA Pan Am Pro Series titles.

“Amazing day, I had a great swim. I know Julie is a strong swimmer and she does water polo so she is great at sighting so I just kept her on my right where I was breathing to my right, so I could keep her there.  I let her sight and just stayed on her and stayed comfortable because I knew I could ride with her,” said Snyder.  “We were together during the swim and there was another girl, Amanda Felder. I was first on the bike and I felt like I just wanted to go for it but I was trying to be smart and not trying to blow, or go too hard to early but it’s so hard to keep your effort in check and your heart rate in control because your climbing right away intensively and so I was trying to stay smart and relax and I rode really well. Technically smooth, I wasn’t making mistakes, I was just trying to stay calm and relaxed and I just felt good. As I hit the Sardine Peak I felt fine at the start then I started to feel it at the top but I just settled in, pulled back a little bit. So I road really smooth and I was really just feeling confident after the downhill. I came off the bike and as always the first climb friggen sucked, but I just kept thinking that you can lose it here, and you are not going to win by going all out. Someone told me I had a minute and a half, but I really had five, I guess it’s good that I didn’t know that I had five, I was trying not to go too hard, but at the same time I was trying to go hard enough. With a minute and a half you can still get caught if you’re not careful so you can’t settle in too much, but I didn’t want to go crazy, then I started cramping and I was like oh no! about half way I was like okay, you’re half way, you got this, just stay smooth and let it roll downhill then my legs started cramping and I was like NO! don’t eat it, you could lose it right here if you eat it, so I just tried to keep my cadence going and my feet under me and then that last half-mile I just tried to enjoy it.”

Lizzie Orchard, the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champion, passed Felder and Baker to move into second by the end of the bike and was able to take a couple minutes out of Snyder on the run but it wasn’t enough.

“So I think I heard I was down about five minutes at T2, and I thought ewww, that is a bit of an ask, but you never know, so I went my pace and I think I pulled back a couple of minutes,” said Orchard.  “I am really excited and I am pleased with how good I felt with the cold and the altitude. It was a really, really great day I really enjoyed it. I think there was a little batch that got away on the swim so I could see them ahead of me. I still tried to hang on a little bit but not too much really because I didn’t want to blow at the swim, especially at altitude for me so I was fourth out of water which was good. I jumped into third pretty quick along the lake, then I was pretty cold in the canyon so I’m relieved that I put my thermal on, and there was a heap of people on the course yelling time splits so I knew I was in touch throughout the bike ride and it was really fun. I caught up with Julie Baker at the top of the climb, so I hung back about 20 meters and we did the decent together pretty much, I just faster coming into transition and hit it out on the run.”

Baker, who upset Snyder to win XTERRA Beaver Creek in Colorado back in July, was happy to have a good day on such a big stage and finish third.

“I am super happy with today, I can’t believe I am competing in a pro race and doing so well, it’s just awesome,” said Baker.  “Lizzie and Suzie are amazing and I am super psyched to be up there with them, Suzie had an awesome, awesome swim so I am super psyched for her.”

Maia Ignatz had the fastest run split of the day to finish fourth and Kara LaPoint held on for fifth.

Elite Women’s Results

Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:51:51 100
2 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 2:54:51 90
3 Julie Baker, USA 2:57:57 82
4 Maia Ignatz, USA 3:00:26 75
5 Kara LaPoint, USA 3:01:43 69
6 Annie Bergen, CAN 3:13:03 63
7 Amanda Felder, USA 3:17:16 58
8 Katharine Carter, CAN 3:17:18 53
9 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:18:00 49
10 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:20:11 45
11 Sarah Graves, USA 3:20:37 41
12 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 3:24:13 37
13 Lisa Leonard, GBR 3:25:27 34
14 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:31:57 31

MIDDAUGH, SNYDER WIN XTERRA PAN AMERICAN TOUR

With their respective wins today at Snowbasin Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder locked down the inaugural Pan Am Pro Series.  They also earned the titles of XTERRA USA Champions as the top Americans.

Rom Akerson finished fifth today to secure the second spot in the standings for the men, and Maia Ignatz finished fourth on the day to finish 2nd in the Series.  Here’s a look at the final standings:

2016 XTERRA PAN AM PRO SERIES FINAL STANDINGS
Men S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX USA
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 442 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75 x56 DNS 100
2 Rom Akerson, CRC 391 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 100 100 69
3 Karsten Madsen, CAN 375 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS DNS DNS 53
4 Branden Rakita, USA 314 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS x47 90 51 37
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 284 DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS 61 x21 82 90 DNF
6 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS DNS DNS DNP
7 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP DNS DNS DNP
8 Leon Griffin, USA 151 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS 82
9 Sam Long, USA 148 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS 58
10 Karl Shaw, GBR 138 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
11 Cody Waite, USA 120 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31 DNS DNS 31
12 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
13 Ryan Ignatz, USA 97 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 28
14 Brian Smith, USA 94 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS 49
t15 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t15 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNP
t15 Braden Currie, NZL 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
18 Ramon Penagos, COL 86 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS
t19 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t19 Francisco Serrano, MEX 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
t21 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t21 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS
t21 Esteban Rosas, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
t21 Felipe Barazza, CHI 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
26 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t27 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t27 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t29 Fabian Roman, PUR 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS DNS
t29 Leonardo Ramirez, MEX 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63 DNS
31 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t32 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t32 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS
t32 Leandro Sanchez, DOM 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS
t32 Leonardo Saucedo, MEX 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS
t36 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t36 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t38 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t38 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t40 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNP
t40 Eduardo Padilla, MEX 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS
t42 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t42 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
t46 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t46 Anibal Sanchez, MEX 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS
t48 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t48 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Victor Arenas, COL 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t51 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP DNS DNS DNP
t51 Matt Lieto, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
t54 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t54 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t54 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Alex Modestou, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
t58 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t58 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
60 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37 DNS DNS DNS
t61 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
t61 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNF
t63 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34 DNS DNS DNP
t63 JP Donovan, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
65 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
66 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
67 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
68 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
69 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
70 Well Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women S G S G S S G G G
PL NAME TOT CRC ARG BRA ALA MOM VIC COL DOM MEX USA
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 450 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS x67 100 75 100
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 364 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82 56 DNS 75
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 347 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 47 82 DNS 69
4 Myriam Guillot, FRA 332 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90 67 DNS
5 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 311 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS 69 x47 37
6 Katharine Carter, CAN 283 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75 63 36 53
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 276 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58 43 x43 49
8 Caroline Colonna, USA 247 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45 DNS DNS 45
9 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 241 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 39 DNS
10 Rebecca Blatt, USA 215 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37 DNS DNS 31
11 Sarah Graves, USA 191 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49 DNS DNS 41
12 Julie Baker, USA 182 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100 DNS DNS 82
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 172 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82 DNS
14 Amanda Felder, USA 97 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS 58
15 Lizzie Orchard, NZL 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
16 Lisa Leonard, USA 85 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS 34
17 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
18 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Maria Barrera, MEX 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
20 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS DNS DNP
21 Dunia Gomes, MEX 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS
22 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Annie Bergen, CAN 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 63
25 Isabella Ribeiro, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
28 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
30 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53 DNS DNS DNS
31 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Ana Leidys, CUB 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS
34 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Annie Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
36 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS
38 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
40 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

RYAN, MCCURDY WIN AMATEUR TITLES

Lewis Ryan from Rotorua, New Zealand and Deanna McCurdy from Littleton, Colorado won the overall amateur XTERRA Pan America Championship titles today.  All of the age group winners below (aside from Lewis) won both the XTERRA Pan America and USA Championship crowns.  In the men’s 15-19 division, Bowen Satterthwaite – a 15-year-old from nearby Eden, Utah, won the XTERRA USA Championship crown.

XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONS (FEMALE)
Division Name Hometown Time
15  – 19 Rachel Anders Sandy, UT 3:15:50
20 – 24 Kaley Rehorn Rio Linda, CA 3:49:52
25 – 29 Janel Klug Avon, CO 3:29:58
30 – 34 Heather Zimchek Olympia, WA 3:20:42
35 – 39 Anne Usher Portland, OR 3:14:54
40 – 44 *Deanna McCurdy Littleton, CO 3:11:52
45 – 49 Laura Morris Costa Mesa, CA 3:32:59
50 – 54 Margo Pitts Raleigh, NC 3:31:20
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek Ramona, CA 3:36:38
60 – 64 Martha Buttner Boulder, CO 3:46:05
65 – 69 Libby Harrow Fruita, CO 6:23:26
PC Judith Abrahams Anchorage, AK 5:13:25
XTERRA PAN AM CHAMPIONS (MALE)
Division Name Hometown Time
15  – 19 *Lewis Ryan Rotorua, NZL 2:40:20
20 – 24 Nelson Hegg Boulder, CO 2:43:30
25 – 29 Steve Croucher Randolph, VT 2:51:13
30 – 34 Craig Daugherty Boulder, CO 2:47:31
35 – 39 Nate Youngs Boring, OR 2:44:05
40 – 44 Garren Watkins Boulder, CO 2:45:42
45 – 49 Rife Hilgartner Vail, CO 2:51:23
50 – 54 Darron Cox Toano, VA 3:08:02
55 – 59 Dennis Brinson Carson City, NV 3:11:07
60 – 64 Johnny Davis Boulder, CO 3:17:16
65 – 69 David Rakita Durango, CO 3:51:21
75 – 79 Ronald Hill Hayden, ID 7:17:05
PC Willie Stewart Boise, ID 3:22:27
* TOP AMATEURS

The 2016 XTERRA Pan America Championship and Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Running National Championship is presented by Paul Mitchell, the Utah Sports Commission, and XTERRA TV at Amazon Video.  Sponsors include PowerBar, Muscle Milk, Outrigger Resorts, the GOAL Foundation, Gatorade Endurance, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, XTERRA Wetsuits, Snowbasin Resort, XTERRA Fitness, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, XTERRA Travel, Greenlayer, Hub 801, and XTERRA Boards.

2016 XTERRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

The XTERRA Pan America Championship was the last of 30 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

DATE WORLD TOUR EVENT LOCATION or WINNERS
7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Rom Akerson/Suzie Snyder
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Yeray Luxem/Helena Erbenova
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Mauricio Mendez/Helena Erbenova
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mauricio Mendez/Brigitta Poor
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui

SMYTH, STEPHEN WIN PAUL MITCHELL XTERRA TRAIL RUN NATIONALS

September 18, 2016 (Ogden, Utah) – Patrick Smyth of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Liz Stephen from Park City, Utah defended their Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship half-marathon titles on a picture-perfect day for running up and around Snowbasin Resort this morning.

Smyth clocked in at 1:14:48 (5:42 pace), nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Anthony Costales of Salt Lake City.  Stephen ran it in 1:31:08, more than eight minutes ahead of Ogden’s Amber Schultz.

It’s the third national title for Smyth and the fourth for Stephen, who has now won three in a row.

“Winning three is great, I think Max King has five so I’m chasing that legacy and have a couple more to go,” said Smyth.  “I love it out here, and my legs were feeling pretty fresh this morning so I was able to get a good rhythm going on the climb and really fly on the downhills.   I always savor those here, certainly one of my favorite downhill stretches is Sardine Peak to the bottom.”

Smyth had a 15-second lead on Costales and Noah Hoffman, a 2014 U.S. Olympic Ski Team member, at the one-mile mark then the course went vertical and he started pulling away and soon after he was running by himself.

“I like running alone, just me and my thoughts, no footsteps, nobody breathing hard behind me, that’s fine by me,” said Smyth.  “The trails are great; I say it every year.  It’s one of my favorite courses in the world.  The three miles from the top of Sardine to the bottom, I love that stretch.  As soon as you start descending the switchbacks you get in a special place mentally, your feet are landing in the right place, your moving quick, I think I was able to get down to some 4:50 miles.  It’s just fun and reminds you what running is all about, getting that high.”

Next up for Smyth is the New York City Marathon, where he has a goal of finishing in the top 10.  He was 8th at the Olympic trials this year, so you know it can be done.

For the women’s winner Stephen getting back on the trails by foot was a little bit of a shock to her system.

“It’s different muscles, I’m going to be sore,” said Stephen, a two-time Olympic cross country skier who returned from a three-week ski training camp in New Zealand on Thursday.

“It’s really nice to be back here in Utah, and this is such a beautiful venue, and wonderful course, it keeps me coming back.  And I really like getting the lei at the awards ceremony, I keep it in my room for weeks it smells so nice.”

It’s the sixth time Stephen has run this course.

“I always look forward to getting up to Sardine Peak, it’s so beautiful, and you can take a quick glance down and see how far away the lodge is.  I just think trail running is great because you’re not in the road with cars, and you get to see these beautiful places.  It’s so pure.  Plus, the people here are all so relaxed and their having fun and they’re all so pumped on running.”

Stephen is chasing her third Winter Olympics (South Korea 2018) with the goal of medaling in the 4 x 5k relay, saying “It’s where all my focus is right now.”

Pl Men Hometown Time Purse
1 Patrick Smyth Santa Fe, New Mexico 1:14:48 $1,000
2 Anthony Costales Salt Lake City, UT 1:19:30 $600
3 Ben Dickshinkski Salt Lake City, UT 1:20:25 $400
4 Travis Morrison South Salt Lake, UT 1:20:55 $300
5 David Kilgore New York, NY 1:21:05 $200
Pl Women Hometown Time Purse
1 Liz Stephen Park City, UT 1:31:08 $1,000
2 Amber Schultz Ogden, UT 1:39:35 $600
3 Selina Sekulic Farmington, NM 1:40:37 $400
4 Sarah Graves Ballantine, MT 1:42:23 $300
5 Penelope Freedman Salt Lake City, UT 1:43:19 $200

UTAH’S TUCK WINS EIGHTH TITLE

Although the elite runners chase the overall crown at the Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship, the event remains an age-group race.

Twenty-five runners representing 10 different states took home age-group titles at the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Nationals.

The home-state Utah runners led the way with 10 champions, not including Kevin Tuck (formerly from Salt Lake City but now living in Phoenix, AZ).  Tuck, 60, was an impressive 21st overall, and this was his unprecedented eighth Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship age-group win.

Bob Evers (men 65-69) from Park City, Utah won his sixth straight XTERRA National title.  It was the fourth national crown for Stephen (25-29), Hans Unger (70-74) and Tamara Tabeek (55-59), who also won the XTERRA Pan America Championship off-road triathlon championship yesterday.  Donnie Gray (45-49), Patrick Smyth (30-34), and Adrian Wolford (75-79) won their third crowns, while Andy Lee (40-44) and Micala Schultz won their second.

All of the age-group champions received a free entry to participate in the 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 4 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Champs (Male)
Division Name Hometown Time
10 – 14 Joseph Schultz Fort Collins, CO 3:15:20
20 – 24 Ben Dickshinkski Salt Lake City, UT 1:20:25
25 – 29 Anthony Costales Salt Lake City, UT 1:19:30
30 – 34 Patrick Smyth* (3) Santa Fe, NM 1:14:48
35 – 39 Joshua Merrick Tabernash, CO 1:31:38
40 – 44 Andy Lee (2) Lakeway, TX 1:32:02
45 – 49 Donnie Gray (3) Layton, UT 1:36:27
50 – 54 Blake Sacha Gilbert, AZ 1:46:08
55 – 59 Michael Fussell Grapevine, TX 1:47:03
60 – 64 Kevin Tuck (8) Tucson, AZ 1:37:23
65 – 69 Bob Evers (4) Park City, UT 1:54:35
70 – 74 Hans Unger (4) Sylmar, CA 2:43:44
75 – 79 Adrian Wolford (3) Mustang, OK 3:17:35
Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Champs (Female)
Division Name Hometown Time
10 – 14 Hannah Lutzker Park City, UT 2:18:06
15 – 19 Micala Schultz (2) Fort Collins, CO 2:54:26
20 – 24 Molly Metivier New York, NY 1:56:28
25 – 29 Liz Stephen* (4) Park City, UT 1:31:08
30 – 34 Selina Sekulic Farmington, NM 1:40:37
35 – 39 Sarah Graves Ballantine, MT 1:42:23
40 – 44 Lizzie Brenkus Park City, UT 1:53:49
45 – 49 Anne Bonkowsky Salt Lake City, UT 2:01:49
50 – 54 Lina Haggard Salt Lake City, UT 2:21:18
55 – 59 Tamara Tabeek (4) Ramona, CA 2:12:45
60 – 64 Nicky Humphrey Reno, NV 3:19:39
65 – 69 Deborah Wagner Park City, UT 2:37:00
* TOP AMATEURS

The 2016 Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run National Championship  is presented the Utah Sports Commission and XTERRA TV at Amazon Video.  Sponsors include PowerBar, Muscle Milk, Outrigger Resorts, the GOAL Foundation, Gatorade Endurance, Utah Media Group, the U.S. Forest Service, Snowbasin Resort, XTERRA Fitness, Optic Nerve Sunglasses, XTERRA Travel, Greenlayer, Hub 801, and XTERRA Boards.

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Jen has been doing triathlon for several years. She is a former bobsled pilot for America Samoa and has a passion for the outdoors; especially winter mountaineering. At home she is wife to a mountain obsessed husband and mother of three girls, but here at EnduranceReview, she is an author, Managing Editor and token chick.