Triathletes storm Tahoe
October 2, 2007
More than 350 qualified athletes representing 46 states and eight countries competed in the XTERRA USA Championship on a crisp and clear day in Incline Village on Sunday.
Conrad Stoltz of South Africa and Jamie Whitmore of California won the male and female championships and the XTERRA America Tour Pro Series titles.
Stoltz, who lives in Reno for six months of the year during the racing season, passed last year’s champion, Seth Wealing, early in the bike to take the lead and went on to set a new course record in 2:34:08.
Whitmore came into the bike-to-run transition tied with Jennifer Smith of New Zealand but outran the Kiwi by more than two minutes for a winning time of 2:59:18. Whitmore’s performance marked the first time in the seven-year history of the race that a female has broken the three-hour mark.
The race consisted of a 1-mile swim in Lake Tahoe ” which was 58 degrees ” a 21.7-mile mountain bike that traversed the Flume and Tahoe Rim Trails and a 6.1-mile forest trail run.
Truckee’s Emma Garrard, 26, won the women’s amateur division in 3:15:57 and was the 10th female finisher overall.
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Katrin Tobin of Santa Cruz, racing in the 45-49 age group, placed runner-up among amateur women in 3:19:10.
Reno natives Kent Robison and Tom Lyons won their sixth XTERRA National Championship crowns, and Ross McMahan of Incline Village was the first Nevada finisher, placing 22nd overall and third in the highly competitive 35-39 age group.
Matt Boobar, a 35-year-old from Plymouth, N.H., won the XTERRA men’s amateur national title for the second straight year in 2:49:02.
Truckee native Susan Bower won the women’s overall XTERRA Nevada off-road triathlon ” a race held in conjunction with XTERRA USA Championship that is open to the public ” in 3:07:25 on Saturday. Genevieve Evans from Carnelian Bay was the next woman to cross the line, finishing in 3:15:54.
The race consisted of a 750-meter swim in Lake Tahoe, a 32-kilometer mountain bike and a 5k forest trail rain.
Sami Inkinan, 31, of San Francisco won the men’s XTERRA Nevada in 2:33:04, nearly 10 minutes ahead of runner-up Erick Elgaaen of San Carlos, Calif.
David Noble of Incline Village was the top local, finishing fourth overall in 2:44:49.
Mario Gallardo, Ryan Gallardo and Andrew Dewey of Incline Village placed first in the relay competition.
The 12th XTERRA World Championship will be held at the Maui Prince Hotel at Makena Resorts in Maui on Oct. 28. The World Championship is the final stop on the XTERRA Global Tour ” the culmination of a worldwide series of races held in Argentina, Saipan, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Japan, Austria, Germany, Costa Rica, United Kingdom and the United States.
For complete results, visit http://www.xterraplanet.com.