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Xterra Off Road Weekend comes to Washington County

Hagg Lake hosts a weekend of racing with triathlons, duathlon and half marathon


Hundreds of endurance enthusiasts converged on Henry Hagg Lake on Saturday and Sunday for a weekend of racing in the Xterra PDX Epic Off Road Weekend. by: COURTESY PHOTO: LEONARD JOHNSON/HOTFOOTPHOTO - Swimmers enter the water during the triathlon at Saturday's Xterra PDX Epic Off Road Weekend, held at Henry Hagg Lake in Gaston.

Saturday’s Xterra Portland events consisted of full-length and sprint triathlons and a duathlon, while Sunday’s events were a half marathon and a 10-kilometer run.

Portland’s Jeff Smith emerged as the big winner on Saturday, taking the full-length triathlon in a field of 95 competitors. The race consisted of a 1,000-meter swim in the lake, followed by a 25-kilometer mountain bike leg primarily on trails around the lake, and an 8K run on lakeside trails.

Thanks in part to posting the quickest bike split in the field, the 32-year-old Smith traversed the course in 2 hours, 39 seconds. Albany’s Ray Fiori was second in 2:04:00, followed by Luke Mckenzie, of Cardiff, Calif., in 2:04:36.

Beth Walsh, another Cardiff resident, was the first woman to cross the line in 2:27:04. Bend’s Solana Kline was not far behind in 2:29:01, and Portland’s Remy Maguire was third in 2:31:37.

Steve Brock was the only western Washington County participant to complete the race. He finished 93rd in 3:48:29.

Portland’s Jeremy Bauer was the victor in the sprint race. He finished the 500-meter swim, 21K bike leg and 5K run in 1:44:37, followed by Neil Hatler, of Beaverton, in 1:51:04 and Jon Evans, of Florence, in 1:53:42.

Three women finished the race. Kristine Artman, of Portland, posted the top time in 2:19:59. Annie Craig, of Orting, Wash., was second in 2:25:16, and Sara Pocklington, of Rye Brook, N.Y., took third in 2:40:39.

Tabor Waterstreet, of Banks, was 13th overall in 2:02:50.

Finishing in 1:46:44, Portland’s Jeff Hoppert was the overall winner of the duathlon. Mikela Kruger, of Beaverton, was the women’s winner in 3:02:53. The race consisted of a 21K mountain bike leg and an 8K run.

On Sunday, McMinnville’s Greg Mitchell won the half marathon, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1:26:29. Derek Scott was second in 1:32:52, and Mckenzie, doubling back from his triathlon the day before, was third in 1:38:54.

Cardiff pulled off the same race double and was the top female finisher. She took fourth place overall in 1:43:29. Portland’s Marianne Falk was not far behind in second in 1:44:38, and fellow Portland resident Susie Scott was third in 1:47:21.

Forest Grove’s Todd Mabee was 24th in 2:08:50 to lead western Washington County residents.

Portland’s Michael Cook took the 10K, running a time of 48:02 to beat 175 competitors to the finish line. Cornelius’ Shane Riddle was second in 49:10, and Portland’s Brad Cameron was third in 49:17.

In addition to Riddle, Hillsboro resident Matt Oglesby posted a top-10 result. He was eighth in 52:07.

Linnea Alvord, of Portland, topped the women’s division and finished 10th overall in 52:46. She was followed by Leah Brown, also of Portland, in 55:46 and Amber-Dawn Ingwerson, of St. Helens, in 56:14.

For complete results and information, go to xterrapdx.com.



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