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XTERRA Canadian National Championships

McQuaid and Vine win National titles.

Victoria’s Melanie McQuaid and American Josiah Middaugh earned top spots at the XTERRA Canadian Open Championships in Whistler, British Columbia on Sunday.

McQuaid easily won the XTERRA Canadian Women’s National title by covering the 1.5 km swim course in 20:03, riding the challenging 30 km bike in 1:41:00, and finishing off the 12 km run in 1:04:02 for a winning time of 3:05:41. Brandi Heisterman of Brackendale, British Columbia used a strong bike ride to move into second and hold that position to the finish line (3:15:37), and Calgary’s Danelle Kabush had the only sub one hour woman’s run of 59:18 to take third (3:17:34).

Middaugh came out of the water in 20:03, but it was his top bike ride of 1:27:32 that put him in front and his run of 51:12 kept him there for the overall victory in 2:38:46. Edmonton’s Mike Vine was the only one to cycle anywhere close to Middaugh (1:28:34) but that helped him secure second place (2:40:34) and the Canadian National Men’s title. American Seth Wealing lost too much ground during the bike but had the fastest run of 50:34 to finish third (2:43:26).

Top 10 Men

1. Josiah Middaugh USA  2:38:46

2. Mike Vine Edmonton AB  2:40:34

3. Seth Wealing USA  2:43:26

4. Branden Rakita USA  2:46:46

5. Kelly Guest Victoria BC  2:47:44

6. Ben Allen North Wollongon NS  2:51:59

7. Cody Waite USA  2:53:46

8. Simon Pulfrey North Vancouver BC  2:53:58

9. Adam Wirth USA  2:54:55

10. Calvin Zaryski Calgary AB  2:55:07

Top 10 Women

1. Melanie McQuaid Victoria BC  3:05:41

2. Brandi Heisterman Brackendale BC  3:15:37

3. Danelle Kabush Calgary AB  3:17:34

4. Emma Garrard USA  3:24:01

5. Mical Dyck Victoria BC  3:24:10

6. Sara Tarkington USA  3:33:56

7. Tanis Tomlin Cranbrook BC  3:34:07

8. Katie Button Stouffville ON  3:36:14

9. Melissa Laflamme Vancouver BC  3:40:55

10. Michelle Mark Vancouver BC  3:44:21