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 this morning. It’s the closest finish in XTERRA’s 21-year-history, 2:20:23.57 to 2:20:23.64.
“I don’t think it could have gotten any closer than that,” said Middaugh, the reigning XTERRA world champion from Eagle-Vail, Colo. who finished 26 seconds ahead of Currie at the USA Championship held on this same course last year.
“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.”
See video of the finish, provided by XTERRA, below:
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.
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 a grueling 6-mile trail run.
Read the complete recap at Xterraplanet.com
XTERRA Pan Am Championships
Ogden, Utah – Sept. 17, 2016
1-mile swim, 18-mile bike, 6-mile run
1. Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:20:33.57
2. Braden Currie (NZL) 2:20:23.64
3. Leon Griffin (USA) 2:24:10
4. Felipe Barraza (CHI) 2:25:50
5. Rom Akerson (CRC) 2:25:59
1. Suzie Snyder (USA) 2:51:51
2. Lizzie Orchard (NZL) 2:54:51
3. Julie Baker (USA) 2:57:57
4. Maia Ignatz (USA) 3:00:26
5. Kara LaPoint (USA) 3:01:43