Local triathletes fare well at XTERRA Worlds
Truckee and Tahoe City were well represented at the 20th XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon in Kapalua, Maui, on Nov. 1.
Robert and Wendy Kronkhyte of Tahoe City and Truckee’s Kara LaPoint, Sian Turner Crespo and Kimberly Larson held their own in a field of 800 triathletes from 43 countries.
LaPoint recorded a 13th-place finish in the pro women’s field and was the third American, crossing the finish in 3:26:18.
Turner Crespo placed fourth in women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 3:46:31, Larson was 12th in women’s 40-44 age group (4:07:30), Robert Kronkhyte was 27th in men’s 55-59 age group (4:15:22), and Wendy Kronkhyte was 28th in the women’s 45-49 age group (5:55:43).
Former Sierra Sun photographer Emma Garrard, who now resides in Park City, Utah, was the top American and third in the pro women’s field, posting a time of 3:03:28.
Josiah Middaugh of Vail, Colo, claimed the overall win in 2:35:32, and Flora Duffy of Bermuda was the top woman and 16th overall in 2:54:17.
The World Championship course started in the relatively calm waters off of D.T. Fleming Beach, continued with a 20-mile mountain bike that traversed the West Maui Mountains, and finished with a grueling 6.5-mile trail run. There was more than 4,000-feet of combined climbing on the bike and run courses.
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