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Josiah Middaugh battled his way to an astounding 11th career XTERRA USA Championships victory this past weekend at Snowbasin Ski Resort in Ogden, Utah.132877-largest_XTERRAUSA_Middaugh

The XTERRA standout was gapped off the leaders exiting the swim in Pineview Reservoir but Middaugh is familiar with this position and made back the 1:30 deficit using his technical mountain bike skills and running strength. It didn’t take long for Middaugh to catch and move through the riders ahead but it wasn’t until the final mile on the hilly bike course that Middaugh was able to pass the leader, New Zealand’s Braden Currie. From that point on, the pair swapped the lead position multiple times and were neck and neck rolling into T2 together. The epic 2-man battle continued on throughout the run until Middaugh surged ahead opening a small gap on an uphill section around mile 4 which he was able to hold till he crossed the line first winning the championship race. Currie was 26 seconds back and together the duo had forged a 9-minute lead on the rest of the field. The two were in a similar battle earlier in the season at the South East Championships where Currie edged Middaugh by 3 seconds for the win but the outcome on this day favored Middaugh as he gave everything and dug deep to hold onto his lead for the victory.

A First Endurance athlete of 11 years, Middaugh has won the XTERRA USA Championships 11 times but was notably happy since this was the second time in four years that he won the race outright also cinching the XTERRA US Pro Series title.  Middaugh discusses his race prep, nutrition and the battle that ensued this year .



XTERRA USA Championships

1. Josiah Middaugh 2:21:21
2. Branden Currie 2:21:47
3. Brian Smith 2:30:46
4. Alex Modestou 2:32:44
5. Matt Lieto 2:33:42