Ragnar Trail Relays Aug 16th – 17th

Snowbasin Resort is proud to host the first annual Ragnar Trail Relays on August 16th & 17th.  In this race you will be able to experience all that Snowbasin has to offer with rolling meadows, scenic canyons, and abundant wildlife. Whether you’re admiring the views of Pineview Reservoir , climbing the peaks above Earl’s Lodge or passing through the wildflowers in the sweeping meadow of Porcupine loop, each trail will give you a new and unique perspective of the Wasatch Mountains.

In between runs you will experience Ragnar Village at its finest, complete with a central fire, s’mores, live music, and dining at Earl’s Lodge. Join us for this unforgettable adventure in the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains.

For more information about the Ragnar Trail Relays click “HERE





Max King from Oregon continued his amazing streak of XTERRA Trail Run Championships with another amazing weekend.

King, 32, won the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday, September 23, at the Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah. The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship 21K has been staged five times, and King has won each one in convincing fashion.

“It means a lot,” he said. “I love coming back. This is actually one of the best courses for a trail run I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful course and XTERRA keeps putting on a great race. It’s a phenomenal event.”

King’s latest victory is all the remarkable when considering his weekend itinerary. During a 24-hour period, he completed 71 kilometers of trail running in two different states, traveled more than 1,000 flight miles, and won two national events.

On Saturday, he won the USATF 50K Trail Championship in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. He got on a flight shortly after that race and arrived in Ogden after midnight on Sunday morning.

“I didn’t get much sleep,” he said. “It was tough for me to get here. But I got a couple of hours of sleep and got here ready to race.”

Perhaps familiarity with such a hectic schedule helped — he also won those same two races on back-to-back days last year.

“It felt just like last year,” he said. “This morning on my warn-up it was tough, but once I got going and got my legs under me, it was alright.”

King took the lead for good midway through the 21K course. He finished with a time of 1:22:12, which was 1 minute, 36 seconds faster than the runner-up, J. Marshall Thomson. King said he knew Thomson was a good uphill runner, so he tried to push the pace before they hit the steep climb on the course called “Sardine Peak.”

Thomson, who is from Crested Butte, Colorado, said he was aware of King’s accomplishments prior to the race.

“I wanted to be within a few minues of him,” Thomson said. “That was kind of my goal and I think I did that.”

Thomson (pictured) actually was in the lead for a short portion of the race, but said he “stood still” as King passed him on a flat stretch just before the climb to Sardine Peark. “It was pretty impressive to see,” Thomson said. “He’s pretty awesome.”

Thomson said he enjoyed his first experience on the trails at Snowbasin Resort and will “definitely” return to chase after King’s crown next year.

“This could be the coolest trail I’ve ever been on for a race,” he said. “It was awesome. Up, down, up down. I love the climbing. I wish I had more time to look around.”

B.J. Christenson of Salt Lake City, Utah, placed with a time of 1:24:29. It was the second consecutive year that he placed third at this event.

Nick Mosey of California took fourth (1:24:41), followed by Will Christian (1:25:08) of Virginia.

Rounding out the top 10 were (in order): Calum Neff from Canada, Ron Tibaduiza from Nevada, Bret Ferrier from Ogden, Utah, Brandon Mader from Alabama, and David Clinger from Sandy, Utah.

Anderson takes women’s title in first try

Lindsey Anderson was the hometown hero in the women’s division. She placed 14th overall and was the top female with a time of 1:33:23.

Anderson was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympics team for the steeplechase, and this was her first trail run.

“I’ve practiced on trails before, but this is my first race,” she said. “My coach told me to try this race and it was great.”

Anderson, 27, resides in Ogden and is regarded as one of the top distance runners in the history of the track program at Weber State University, which is located in Ogden. She is currently an assistant coach at Weber State.

A lead pack women ran together for the first half of the race, then Anderson and Kerri Lyons took the lead up the climb to Sardine Peak. Anderson eventually broke away for the win and finished more than a minute ahead of Lyons (1:34:27).

“It was just a lot of fun,” said Anderson, who took most of the last year off from training due to the birth of her daughter. “I would encourage anybody to do this.”

Lyons is from Salt Lake City, and interestingly enough, this was her first trail run race as well. She registered for this race only an hour before it started. “It was kind of an impulsive decision,” she said.

“I’ve actually been cycling a lot, but I started running a bit more and my friends all said I’d like the trails,” said Lyons, 23. “I loved it. I had a little trouble on the downhills, but it was a great race.”

Amber Moran from North Carolina took third in 1:38:53, followed by Megan Kimmel of Colorado in 1:40:09.

The rest of the top 10 were (in order): Jamie Pilkington from West Haven, Utah, Michele Suszek from Colorado, Nicole Hunt from Deer Lodge, Montana, Malaika Homo from Ogden, Utah, Alyssa Larsen from Jackson, Wyoming, Rachel Cieslewicz from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Selina Sekulik from Park City, Utah.

The top five men and top five women received cash prizes, including $1,000 each to champions King and Anderson.

Hildebrand wins fifth age-group title

Max King keeps winning XTERRA National Championships, and so does Don Hildebrand.

He won his fifth consecutive age-group title, this time taking first place in the 80-older division. At 80, Hildebrand was the oldest runner in the field.

The youngest runner in the field was 10-year-old Heather Welsch from Texas. She placed second in the 10-14 female division. Her sister, 12-year-old Kaytlynn, took first in the division, and placed 30th overall among all females with a time of 2:08:29.

Other runners who won age-group championships for the second or more time were Kevin Tuck from Utah (2 titles), Bob Evers from Utah (2), Hans Unger from California (2) and Amy Galbraith from California (3).

“It’s a beautiful course, and what I really like is you bring all these runners from different parts of the country here to Utah for this race,” said Evers, who resides in Park City. “It’s great competition.”

All the other age-group winners were first time XTERRA National Champions. Each age-group champion received a free entry to the 2012 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, which is scheduled for December 2 at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

For complete results CLICK HERE.

XTERRA Utah 10K / 5K Races

The XTERRA Trail Run National Championship also included 10K and 5K courses for runners of all ages.

Tom Ato from Deer Lodge, Montana, was the overall winner of the 10K, finishing in 42:02. He ran way from the rest of the field, as runner-up Carlo Cappellano from Salt Lake City came in next at 47:29.

Vania Grandi from Salt Lake City was the first female finisher in the 10K with a time of 51:42.

Ross Marabella from Brigham City, Utah, finished first in the 5K with a time of 25:16. Dylan Matlock from Ogden was second (26:43). Bob Marabella, Ross’ father, was fourth.

Sarah Taylor from Salt Lake City was the first female for the 5K with a time of 34:07.


Josiah Middaugh of Colorado and Lesley Paterson from Scotland earned long-awaited victories at the XTERRA USA Championship on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Middaugh was the overall winner, breaking a string of frustratingly-close performances in this event. Paterson took the women’s title after back-to-back runner-up showings in 2010 and 2011.

Conrad Stoltz of South Africa placed fourth, but earned enough points to win his unprecedented 10th XTERRA U.S. Pro Series championship. Paterson captured her first XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title in the women’s division.


Middaugh, 34, has been the top-ranked American male in the XTERRA Series for seven of the past eight years, but until today, had never placed higher than third at the USA Championship. He finished with a winning time of 2:26:34.

“Finally,” said Middaugh, who resides in Eagle-Vail, Colorado. “More relief than anything. This is a really special win for me to pull this off for the first time.”

He did it in impressive fashion, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Ben Allen of Australia. Middaugh’s lead was large enough for him to grab his two children in his arms just before he crossed the finish line. “It was just a special day for me,” he said. “I felt good, my training has been good for the last three months and it showed today.”

Middaugh is regarded as one of the fastest runners on the XTERRA circuit, so when he took the lead midway through the bike course, it was a matter of him staying upright the rest of the way.

“I caught the leaders early, about mile 6 or 7,” he said. “That first downhill Conrad (Stoltz) got back ahead of me, and it wasn’t until about mile 9 that I passed him again for the second time. But I was so tentative on the downhill, I was just so worried about flatting, or having something ruining a good performance. I knew my fitness was good, I just had to be careful everywhere. I was a little bit too nervous, but it worked out.”

Allen placed second in 2:28:46 for his best showing at the USA Championship. He was the first out of the swim, and stayed with the lead pack throughout the bike.

“On the bike, I just tried to stay in a nice rhythm,” Allen said. “Last year, that’s sort of where I lost it, so I was really determined to bounce back from last year and have a strong ride.”

Despite a crash on one of the downhills, Allen still managed to enter the run in third place, behind Middaugh and Stoltz.

“I caught Conrad (on the run) and I was trying to catch Josiah, but he was too strong today,” Allen said.

France’s Nico Lebrun, who won the XTERRA USA Championship race last year, also passed Stoltz during the run to take third place in 2:29:02.

“I felt more of the altitude, I don’t know why,” Lebrun said. “I was not feeling really good (on the bike) and then on the run I felt better again.”

Stoltz finished fourth (2:30:47), which was enough to edge Middaugh for the U.S. Series title. If Stoltz had placed fifth, Middaugh would have won the series.

“I’ve been racing XTERRA for 12 years now, so being able to win 10 series titles means a lot to me. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Middaugh entered the race with a full beard on his face – part of his strategy a few months ago to stop shaving until he won a race (he shaved immediately after the race). It prompted Stoltz to say: “All I can say is I think I’m going to grow a beard for Maui.”

The XTERRA World Championship will take place at Kapalua, Maui, next month.


Paterson’s performance continued an amazing run over the past 11 months. In that span, she has won the 2011 XTERRA World Championship, the 2012 ITU Cross Tri World Championship, and now the 2012 XTERRA USA Championship.

“It was awesome,” said Paterson, 31. “I did a lot of prep for this – came out 10 days early. It’s the first time in an XTERRA race that I went into the lead on the bike and held it. So I went into the run actually in the lead, which is very unusual for me, so I think my bike is finally coming together.”

Paterson had finished second at the USA Championship in 2011 and 2010, and third in 2009. She is considered the fastest female runner in XTERRA races, so it was all but over when she completed the bike course with the lead.

Paterson said she passed Melanie McQuaid for the lead on one of the steep bike climbs and and stayed in front the rest of the way. She then started the run with a cautious confidence.

“You’re always a bit nervous,” Paterson said. “Even though I’m a runner and I’ve got that pedigree, you still think ‘oh my gosh, did I push it too hard on the bike.’ ”

She did not relent during the run, and finished with a time of 2:49:09 – more than three minutes ahead of Suzie Snyder of Virginia (2:52:43).

It was also a breakthrough performance for Snyder, who had previously won an age-group amateur title at the USA Championship, but had never finished higher than ninth as a professional in this event.  She came two weeks early and stayed with a local family to help acclimate for the race.

“It was definitely the best race of my life,” Snyder said. “Everything was cramping and it hurt worse than any race I’ve ever had, but I’m so happy, I don’t care.”

Snyder completed the bike in third place, but passed McQuaid for second early in the run.

Danelle Kabush from Canada had a strong run and finished third in 2:52:56. She also placed third last year.

“I’m definitely satisfied,” she said. “Second would have been better, but I’ll take third. This was a good test of fitness.”

McQuaid, last year’s winner of this event, was fourth in 2:54:56. Renata Bucher from Switzerland was fifth in 2:56:10.

Pl Name Age Hometown Time Purse
1 Josiah Middaugh 34 Vail, Colorado 2:26:57 $2,500
2 Ben Allen 27 North Wollongong, Australia 2:28:46 $2,000
3 Nicolas Lebrun 39 Digne-les-Bains, France 2:29:02 $1,500
4 Conrad Stoltz 38 Stellenbosch, South Africa 2:30:47 $1,200
5 Branden Rakita 31 Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:34:01 $900
6 David Henestrosa 35 Manresa, Spain 2:35:24 $700
7 Will Kelsay 30 Boulder, Colorado 2:36:29 $500
8 Ryan Ignatz 33 Boulder, Colorado 2:36:44 $350
9 Cody Waite 33 Lakewood, Colorado 2:36:49 $200
10 Sam Gardner 37 Surrey, Great Britain 2:40:05 $150
Also: Adam Wirth (41), Will Ross (37), Craig Evans (34), Damian Gonzalez (31), Scott Gall (28), Denis Giovannetti, Simone Calamai
Pl Name Age Hometown Time Purse
1 Lesley Paterson 31 San Diego, California (Scotland) 2:49:09 $2,500
2 Suzie Snyder 29 Fredericksburg, Virginia 2:52:43 $2,000
3 Danelle Kabush 36 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2:52:56 $1,500
4 Melanie McQuaid 38 Victoria, B.C., Canada 2:54:56 $1,200
5 Renata Bucher 34 Lucerne, Switzerland 2:56:10 $900
6 Christine Jeffrey 39 Guelph, Ontario, Canada 3:01:03 $700
7 Jacqui Slack 29 Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain 3:03:01 $500
8 Carina Wasle 28 Kundl, Austria 3:09:33 $350
9 Kim Baugh 32 Colorado Springs, Colorado 3:09:55 $200
10 Tamara Donelson 36 Edwards, Colorado 3:11:08 $150
Also: Heather Holmes (41), Caroline Colonna (37)


Conrad Stoltz fourth-place finish was just enough to hold off Middaugh and win his unprecedented 10th XTERRA U.S. Pro Series crown while Lesley Paterson captured her first.  Craig Evans and David Henestrosa tied for third in points but Henestrosa took third-place money due to the tie-breaker (best showing at this race).  The same happened in the women’s field, with Melanie McQuaid and Renata Bucher tying for 2nd, but McQuaid finisher just ahead of the Swiss Miss today.  Here’s a look at the final standings…

2012 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series Standings (Final – 9.22.12)
Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Conrad Stoltz, RSA 100 100 100 d100 75 375
2 Josiah Middaugh, USA 90 d75 90 90 100 370
3 David Henestrosa, ESP 63 d53 63 75 63 264
4 Craig Evans, USA 58 90 82 d37 34 264
5 Branden Rakita, USA 69 d49 69 53 69 260
6 Will Kelsay, USA DNS 63 75 45 58 241
7 Cody Waite, USA d37 45 53 69 49 216
8 Adam Wirth, USA 41 DNF 49 34 41 165
9 Will Ross, USA 45 37 41 DNS 37 160
10 Chris Legh, AUS 75 82 DNS DNS DNF 157


Pl Name West S’East East Mtn USA Totals
1 Lesley Paterson, GBR 90 100 82 DNS 100 372
2 Melanie McQuaid, CAN d69 90 100 69 75 334
3 Renata Bucher, SUI 100 d45 90 75 69 334
4 Danelle Kabush, CAN 75 d63 69 100 82 326
5 Suzie Snyder, USA d63 75 63 82 90 310
6 Tamara Donelson, USA 41 DNP 45 63 45 194
7 Heather Holmes, USA DNS 34 58 58 41 191
8 Sara Tarkington, USA 49 37 DNS 90 DNS 176
9 Caroline Colonna, USA DNF 28 49 49 37 163
10 Shonny Vanlandingham, USA DNS 69 75 DNS DNF 144

Complete Standings

The Kid Custer 10k and 25k Trail Run Fundraiser

Snowbasin will be hosting “The Kid Custer” 10k and 25k trail run event on June 23rd to raise money for The Livastride Foundation’s scholarship and grief counseling funds.  Additionally Livastride will also have the ”Custer Cup” race offering a corporate challenge for those who would like to get a team together to run.  The “Custer Cup” will include a group of 4 runners, each runner will be running the 25k and winners will be determined by overall aggregate time.  Each team must belong to the same business or organization, or have a corporate sponsor.  All races are hosted by the Livastride Foundation in memory of Brody Johnson. For a full list of details and race times click on the URL below:



Xterra Nationals Event Overview Sept 24-25th

Snowbasin Resort andOgden,Utah transform intoXTERRA Title TownUSA September 24-25 as all 140 of XTERRA’sU.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events culminate at Nationals in one magical weekend on the mountain. 


The two events will bring more than 1,200 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.


The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 24, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 25, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs.  Both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty ofUtahto millions.


In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtownOgdenwith free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously,Ogdenhosts its 10th annual Harvest Moon Festival with more than 25 family-friendly activities planned for all ages including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown criterium races.


“We are excited to bring our entire XTERRA Tribe together in Utah this September, the energy level is going to be off-the-charts,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are proven winners – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”


While the USA Championship off-road triathlon is an invite only race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to the public, so one and all can challenge the best-of-the-best trail runners and race for a national championship.


Both events finish at Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and most recently served as the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour.  Located just 35 miles north ofSalt Lake City, and just up the road from the adventure capitol of Ogden, Snowbasin is an easy get to and increasingly popular adventure travel destination. It has an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.

For more information and links to registration visit xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.


The XTERRA USA Championship weekend is sponsored by the Utah Sports Commission, and Paul Mitchell. Sponsors include GU, Gatorade, Zorrel, Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, MediaOne of Utah, U.S. Forest Service, KSL TV, and the XTERRA Alliance – Wetsuits, Vitality, Cycling, Fitness, Flex, and Footwear.



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XTERRA National Championships of Triathlon and Trail Running Event Schedule

Sept 23-25, 2011 // Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah




Friday, September 23

Opening Festivities in downtown Ogden @ Ogden’s Amphitheater Park (corner 25th/Grant)


12-6pm                  Expo and XTERRA Kids Zone Challenge Stations Open

12-6pm                 Registration and Packet Pick-up (All events – XTERRA Utah/XTERRA USA Championship/

XTERRA Trail Run Nationals, 10K and 5K)

12-5pm                 Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation

3:00pm                  XTERRA Race Briefing (mandatory for USA Championship triathletes – also available at 6pm)

4pm                        XTERRA Kids Bike Race (free)

4:30-6pm               XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Art of XTERRA

5pm                        XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)

6:00pm                  XTERRA Race Briefing (mandatory for USA Championship triathletes, also available at 3pm)

6:30-9pm               “Night of Champions” Dinner, Grand Lobby, Union Station – Introduction of XTERRA Regional Champions & Mr/Ms XTERRA 2010.  Admission: complimentary for USA Championship competitors, $25 for guests/public.  Note that tickets are limited – first come, first served.


Saturday, September 24

XTERRA TRIATHLON at Snowbasin Resort


6am                      Shuttle operating to/from Snowbasin to Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir

6:30am                 Late packet pickup at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir (no registration)

6:30am                 T1 open for set-up at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir

6:30am                 T2 open for Set-up at Snowbasin

6:30am                 Body marking at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir

8:20am                 Last shuttle from Snowbasin

9:00am                  XTERRA USA Championship Start at Port Ramp Marina (1.5k swim, 30k mtb, 10k trail run)

9:20am                  XTERRA Utah Start – Long Course at Port Ramp Marina (1.5k swim, 30k mtb, 10k trail run)                       

9:40am                  XTERRA Utah Start – Sport Course at Port Ramp Marina (750m swim, 16k mtb, 5k trail run)

10am-2pm            Expo area open at Snowbasin – exhibits, live music, food service

10am-3pm            Registration and packet pickup for XTERRA Trail Runs – Nationals, 10K and 5K

10:30am-2:30pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon - benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation

11am                     XTERRA Sport winner expected at Snowbasin

11:15/11:45am      XTERRAUSAChampionship Male/Female Winner Expected

12:00pm               XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Trail Running

1:50pm                  XTERRA Cut-off at T2

2pm                       XTERRA USAChampionship/XTERRA UtahAwards Ceremony at Snowbasin

After Party at Harvest Moon Festival in downtownOgden

12-10:00pm          Harvest Moon Festival on 25th Street  -  kids activities, farmer’s market, food and beverage booths,

                                live bands – Headliner “Old Californio”.

8:30pm                  XTERRA USA Championship highlight video showing and introduction of Champions – Main Stage



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Sept 23-25, 2011 // Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah




Sunday, September 25

XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING at Snowbasin Resort


7:00-8:00am         Late Registration

7:00-8:30am         Late packet pick up

8:00am                  XTERRA Expo open

9:00am                  XTERRA Trail Running National Championship Half Marathon Start

9:05am                  XTERRA 5km and 10km Trail Run starts

9:00am-2:00pm  Paul Mitchell Cut-a-Thon, a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation

9:20am/9:40am    5km/10km winners expected

10:06/10:19am     Men’s and Women’s National Championship male/female winners expected

11:00am               XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)

11:00am                                XTERRA 5km and 10km awards ceremony

11:45am                                XTERRA National Championship race awards ceremony

2:00pm                  XTERRA Expo closes


After Party in downtown Ogden

6:00pm                  XTERRA After Party (Location TBA)

7:00pm                  Video Highlights




2nd Annual Livastride Fall Festival Trail Run at Snowbasin Resort

The 2nd Annual LivaStride Fall Trail Run Festival will be hosted at Snowbasin on October 1st.  The trail run events are broken down to 5K, 10K, and 25K.  There will also be a festival area with plenty of fun activiites and food for the family. Registration for this even will be open March 1st, 2011. Early registration deadline is September 17th, 2011. Races limited to 300 total runners so don’t forget to sign up early. Come join Snowbasin in the support of this great event and organization.

Cost Before Deadline (9.17.11):
5K- $25
10K- $35
25K- $45

Cost after Deadline:
5K- $35
10K- $45
25K- $55

Day of Registration begins at 7:30 am, only checks and cash will be accepted.
Race times: 25K- 9:00 am
5K and 10K- 10:00 am

There will be pre-race food, hot chocolate and coffee. Runners will be able to hang out in the lodge before and after the race where they will have the grills fired up with delicious food for purchase.

Each runner gets a t-shirt and 1 free raffle ticket. Additional tickets will be sold for $2.

Proceeds from this event go towards a Scholarship Program for individuals who need assistance with Higher Education. College graduates are more likely able to earn twice as much as someone one with a high school diploma. Other statistics show, people who attend college tend to be healthier and a generally more rounded person than someone who has just got a high school education.

For students coming from a less wealthy background the large cost of going to college can seem daunting for themselves and their family. The statistics for college graduates do clearly show that investing in the students own future can pay off dividends in the future, both in monetary value and in social skills and pleasure.*

To Register before the race go to: