Brett Hales wins xterra trail run 2018

Layton's Brett Hales lifts the finish-line banner after winning the 2018 XTERRA Trail Run National Championship held Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Snowbasin Resort. It was Hales' second-straight victory and third overall in the event.

Snowbasin Resort again played host to the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship (half-marathon) and the Pan-Am Championship (triathlon), with local athletes taking top spots in both events.

The 15th annual triathlon and 14th annual half-marathon were held Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16.

Layton's Brett Hales was an overall Trail Run winner for the second consecutive time and third overall. Former Weber State runner Kurt Ward, current WSU track coach Corbin Talley, Ogden resident Anna Judd and Huntsville resident Anders Johnson also took home various victories during the weekend.

The triathlon included a one-mile swim at Pineview Reservoir, an 18-mile mountain bike ride and a 7-mile run on trails around Snowbasin in both a professional/elite division, with top athletes from around the world, and an amateur division.

The Trail Run event is a half-marathon on trails around the resort.

Hales again took the Trail Run prize after 2017's title, completing the course in 1:22:25.

“Once I got to the top of Sardine Peak, I started feeling the fatigue set in,” Hales said in a release from XTERRA. “There were a lot of things going through my mind at that point because I didn’t know what Mauricio (Mendez) and David (Roche) were going to do. That’s when I decided to open up and use the downhill.”

The other two men took second and third, witnessing Hales pull away for the win.

“Brett was such a downhill runner,” Roche said. “His descents are like a work of art. He was monstrous on the last downhill.”

Hales' win advances him to the Trail Run World Championship held Dec. 2 in Hawaii.

The weekend's other overall title for local athletes came in the amateur division of the triathlon, where Huntsville's Johnson was supreme. He finished the grueling triathlon in 2:44:07, best in all age divisions.

The other winners came in age-division titles for the Trail Run half-marathon. Ward won the 25-29 men's group at 1:32:55 and Talley won the 40-44 men's group at 1:33:46. Ward's time was fourth overall and Talley's was sixth.

Judd won the 45-49 women's group with a time of 2:15:49 and was 69th overall (for both men and women in a field of 142).

The weekend also featured an amateur trail run 5K. Ogden's Tate Beasley took second overall (and first for age 15-19) and Seven Beasley was fourth overall (first for age 10-14).

In an impressive feat and for the second year in a row, Scotland/California athlete Lesley Paterson won the women's races in both the professional triathlon and the Trail Run half-marathon in consecutive days.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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