Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Shonny Vanladingham - takes 2011 XTERRA Phiippines!

Shonny Vanlandingham

"Wide Open"

1st - ever XTERRA Philippines Championship!

In the women’s race Renata Bucher was first off the bike, followed 11 seconds later by reigning XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham.

Vanlandingham took the lead three kilometers into the run part of the race after riding and running side-by-side with Renata Bucher for a large portion of the run and biking part of the race. Vanlandingham said she got through the most difficult part of the race because of the support of locals who watched and supported the participants.

“You just got so much energy from the cheering of the community,” said Vanlandingham. “The kids who watched the bike and run part of the race were chanting and cheering. It’s great to come to a place like the Philippines.”

Vanlandingham’s winning time was 2:31:39, nearly two minutes ahead of Bucher who finished in 2:33:35.


Today’s XTERRA Philippines Championship race was the second event to qualify amateur athletes into the XTERRA World Championship to be held in Maui, Hawaii on October 23, 2011. A total of 34 slots were awarded to the top finishers in each age division. Next up, XTERRA Saipan Championship, and here’s a look at the rest of the 2011 XTERRA World Tour Championships.

Date – Event (Location)
Feb 26 – XTERRA South Africa Championship (Western Cape)
Mar 6 – XTERRA Philippines Championship (Cebu)
Mar 12 – XTERRA Saipan Championship (Northern Marianas)
Apr 9 – XTERRA New Zealand Championship (Rotorua)
May 29 – XTERRA Italy Championship+ (Orosei, Sardinia)
June 11 – XTERRA Brazil Championship (Manaus, Amazon)
June 25 – XTERRA Austria Championship+ (Carinthia)
July 10 – XTERRA France Championship+ (Xonrupt, Alsace)
Aug 6 – XTERRA Mexico Championship (Valle De Bravo)
Aug 13 – XTERRA Czech Championship+ (Spindleruv Mlyn)
Aug 20 – XTERRA European/Germany Championship+ (Zittau)
Aug 27 – XTERRA Japan Championship (Marunuma)
Sept 4 – XTERRA Canada Championship (Whistler)
Sept 10 – XTERRA Switzerland Championship+ (Prangins)
Sept 24 – XTERRA USA Championship (Ogden/Snowbasin, UT)
Oct 23 – XTERRA World Championship (Maui, Hawaii)

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