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Eagle County athletes shine at Xterra Nationals

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Vail, CO Colorado

OGDEN, Utah – As the country’s top off-road triathlon, the Xterra Nationals was held this weekend as Lance Armstrong made his debut in the event.

Local fitness trainer and triathlete Tamara Donelson took top honors in the women’s amateur division. Fellow Eagle County athlete Josiah Middaugh finished third overall for the event and second overall for the series, and Brad Zoller of Avon finished ninth in the professional category.

Henry Reed, of Avon, was on the podium in third place for his age group. John Klish, from Eagle, was fourth in the 30-34 age group. Dawes Wilson, from Vail, was second in 55-59. Mike Stephanek, of Eagle, finished seventh in the 45-49 age category. Ryan Sutter, from Avon, finished 13th in the highly competitive 35-39 age group.-

The U.S. Series paid out $143,000 in prize money: $10,500 at each regional, $20,000 for the Nationals race, and $60,000 to the top overall point scorers in the series.

“I was thrilled to compete at such a high level as an amateur,” said Donelson, who is contemplating a switch to the professional level next year.-

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Donelson is a personal trainer at the Westin Riverfront Club and has an online training program called Donelson Coaching (www.donelsoncoaching.com). She initiated the program “Ells Angels” for underserved youth in the Vail Valley through the Youth Foundation.-

“This is an amazing wellness program that is giving young women in our community the ability to participate in outdoor activities,” Donelson said.

The mountain bike team raced in their first season this summer, and will start racing in snowshoes and trail running series in the next year.-

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