Congratulations to Brian Toncray for winning the Xterra West Regional Championship in the 25-29AG! Brian raced well enough in his Xterra triathlons over the past few months to gain enough points to win the title and qualify for the Xterra World Championships. This was his first full season of Xterra racing! Way to go Brian!
For those of you unfamiliar with Xterra racing, these tris consist of a 1,000-1,500m open water swim, a 30K mountain bike ride and a 10K rugged trail run. If you’re looking to add a new dimension to your triathlon racing and training you might consider Xterra races!
Here are some more photos from Brandon Welling’s adventure race, the Endeavor Team Challenge, that started on September 9th, 2017, in the Stanislaus National Forest. The event included a Crucible Road March (15+ miles), Night Navigation, rock climbing, orienteering, obstacle course, and more, as well as a Final Run (10+ miles). Brandon and his teammate finished 2nd overall!
Brandon Welling – Endeavor Team Challenge
Some great races from this past weekend! Congratulations especially goes out to Kyrsten Sinema, CJ Ketterer and Sharon Johnston who raced the 70.3 World championships in Chattanooga, TN!
Sharon Johnston – 7:07
CJ Ketterer – 6:19
Kyrsten Sinema – 7:58 – despite suffering from the stomach flu and only a few months after breaking her foot!
Dana Kennedy – 6:51 – 25th in AG only a couple week after racing IM Santa Rosa!
Endeavor Team Challenge Adventure Race (This race was completed over two days and included a 15-20 mile run, special challenges including rock climbing, night orienteering and hiking)
Brandon Welling (pictured) – His team finished 2nd overall!!
On a separate note, tonight’s IM lecture has been cancelled due to some scheduling conflicts. I’ll send a note before the next one.
Good luck to everyone racing at the Lifetime Tempe race this weekend! We will have our tent set up on race day. Feel free to store gear there and hang out before and after the race!
Race results from last weekend! Congratulations to Joan McGue (pictured) for finishing the iconic Santa Barbara Long Course Tri in 5:38. This race is one of the oldest in the US, comprising a 1-mile swim, a 34-mile bike and a 10-mile run in beautiful Santa Barbara. Nice job, Joan!
Heather Grahame raced the Maine 70.3 Aqua Bike and took an impressive 4th place overall female (1st in AG) with a time of 3:32. Heather averaged over 20mph for the bike leg!
At the Anthem Sprint Tri, Sorin Tohatan finished in 1:18 and took 4th in his AG. Sorin will be racing AZ 70.3 in Oct.
Sorry, we’re a week behind on posting race results after running off to view the eclipse! But here you go, from last weekend . . .
Congratulations to Adela Riehle (pictured) and Frank Smith for going long in August!
Adela raced the Michigan Titanium Man 140.6 race and finished in 15:36. Adela took first in her AG!
Frank Smith kept his marathon a month streak alive and finished the Backyard Classic 8 hour ultra-marathon run in KY. Frank covered 26.2 miles in 8 hours and took 33rd among the men.
Good luck to everyone racing the Anthem Sprint Tri!
David Hay – USAT Nationals
Hope you’re having a great week! We had some great results this past weekend! Our longtime athlete, Jona Davis, was first overall masters up in Flagstaff! That’s twice now in one summer!
USAT National Championship Sprint Tri
David Hay (pictured) – 1:30 – 21st in AG
Mountain Man Olympic Tri
Jona Davis – 2:40 – 1st overall female masters
Dana Kennedy – 3:08 – 6th in AG just two weeks after IM Santa Rosa!
Jennifer Talbot – 3:09 – 5th in AG
CJ Ketterer – 2:53 – 1st in AG!
Marc Suarez – 6:20 PR!! Marc will be racing IMAZ this fall.
Super racing last weekend! First, congratulations to Peter Lofquist who swam the Boston Light 8-mile open water swim. Peter covered the 8 miles (yes, 8 miles!) in 3:49! Peter will be racing AZ 70.3 in October. Note that BEAUTIFUL recovery in the photo!!! This is the swim coach smiling.
At Boulder 70.3, Kyrsten Sinema finished in 6:54 just 10 weeks after getting her foot out of a boot following surgery! She did this a week after racing the Solana Beach Sprint in 1:14 and taking 17th in her AG! Kyrsten will be racing 70.3 Worlds in September.
At the Free to Breathe 5K in San Diego, Melissa Samuelson finished in 22:32 and took 3rd in her AG!
Dana Kennedy – Ironman Santa Rosa
This past weekend was a great one for long course racing!
At Ironman Santa Rosa, Dana Kennedy (pictured) finished her third IM in 14:37 despite dealing with a broken front derailleur for most of the bike ride!
Further north, Sally Borg and Patrick Haenel raced in tough conditions at Ironman Canada in Whistler. Fighting strong winds on the bike, Patrick finished in 12:27 and Sally finished in 15:34. Sally’s day was strong enough to secure a spot on the podium with 5th place in her AG!
Sally Borg – Ironman Canada – 5th in her age group!
In the Ironman Canada 70.3, Mike Haenel finished in 7:30 and is now looking forward to his first IMAZ in Nov.
Enjoy the clouds!!
We had some nice results from this weekend and all out of state – Colorado, New York, and Illinois!
Xterra Beaver Creek Tri – CO
Brian Toncray (pictured) – 3:28 – 12th in AG
Xterra Beaver Creek 21K Trail run – CO
Tali Toncray – 2:00- 4th in AG
NYC Olympic Tri
Heather Grahame – 2:41 – 2nd in AG! Qualified for Lifetime National Champs next summer!
Christmas in July 12 hour Ultra Run – Chicago
Frank Smith – covered 50K – 42nd overall – this was the fourth year in a row at this race for Frank!