5TH ELLIPTIGO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS A HUGE SUCCESS!!!
October 7, 2014
September 27 & 28, 2014
The fifth annual ElliptiGO World Championships returned to Palomar Mountain in 2014 with 50 athletes and an elite field primed to set new records. Competitors came from across the country, as well as Canada, the UK, and Switzerland to test themselves on the mountain. Familiarity with racing ElliptiGOs on the steep 11.69-mile course turned out to be a key factor in two-time champion Rusty Snow winning for an incredible 3rd year in a row. This masters runner from Santa Barbara, California, successfully defended his title by charging ahead in the final yards and clocking 1:09:55 to set a new ascent record on Palomar and edge out elite cyclist Rick Bienias by just 30 seconds. In third, and hanging with Rusty and Rick for most of the race was former professional runner and ElliptiGO team member, Darren Brown, who clocked a 1:12:16 in his first World Championships race.
In the women’s race, it was professional distance runner and first-time racer, Deb Maier, who would not only ride to the win, but become the first woman to break 1 hour and 30 minutes by posting a new women’s record of 1:28:25. Less than a minute behind her, runner Drea McLarty, who trains with Rusty Snow, also broke the 1:30 barrier with a 1:29:19. In third place, three-time Olympian and running legend, Mary Decker Slaney, bettered her previous year’s time by 10 minutes and clocked a 1:31:22, a time which would have been good enough to win every previous World Championships.
More customers than ever before also qualified to participate in the race by completing another event within the qualifying time limits established. One customer, Jeff LeGore, who had been badly injured on his triathlon bike earlier this year, had also qualified to race on Palomar and was determined to complete it. Although agonizing, with his wife Jane and their friend, John Mistler, by his side, he made it to the top in a display of sheer will.
We were also pleased to welcome first-timer Jessie Graff of American Ninja Warrior fame to the field. Though she had less experience on the ElliptiGO than many of the others, her positive attitude and natural athleticism propelled her to the top.
As part of the weekend’s events, many of these same competitors came out to race in a flat, 8-mile, Time Trial on Fiesta Island on Sunday morning. Sunday proved ideal with very little wind, and it was Rick Bienias and Mary Decker Slaney whose speed finally lead them to victory, with Rick posting a new course record of 21:22 with an average pace of over 23 mph.
We’d like to congratulate our champions as well as everyone who came out to conquer Palomar and test themselves on Fiesta Island. Each year the bar keeps going up, the caliber of athletes keeps increasing, and the winning time keeps dropping. We’re thrilled that this event has continued to grow and we’re excited to continue the development of this new sport. See you in 2015!
Below are the race results and a few photos. To see more photos from both days of the Championships, check out these albums on Picasa:
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