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Braden Currie from Wanaka, New Zealand and Lesley Paterson from Sterling, Scotland won the 10th annual XTERRA Southeast Championship triathlon at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Ala. this morning.
Read the recap from XTERRA:
The men’s race came down to a sprint finish between Currie and last year’s champion, Josiah Middaugh from Vail, Colo. The two ran stride for stride for the entire six-mile trail run, the final stage of the race, with Currie taking the tape in 2:18:23, just three seconds ahead of Middaugh.
In the women’s race two-time XTERRA world champion Lesley Paterson was the sixth pro woman after the one-mile swim in Double Oak Lake. From there, she took the lead about a one-third of the way through the 20-mile mountain bike stage and won comfortably in 2:39:13, more than four minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Garrard of Park City, Utah.
Today’s race also doubled as the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race. As such, the top American finishers Middaugh and Garrard were honored as the USAT Elite National Champions.
XTERRA Southeast Championship
Pelham, Ala. – May 16, 2015
1.5km swim, 30km mountain bike, 10km trail run
1. Braden Currie (NZL) 2:18:23
2. Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:18:26
3. Chris Ganter (USA) 2:24:32
4. Craig Evans (USA) 2:25:49
5. Olly Shaw (NZL) 2:27:14
1. Lesley Paterson (SCO) 2:39:13
2. Emma Garrard (USA) 2:44:10
3. Suzie Snyder (USA) 2:46:52
4. Catherine Sterling (USA) 2:49:17
5. Christine Jeffrey (USA) 2:50:51