Smyth Dominates XTERRA Trail Run Champs

Patrick Smyth, seen here running the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

He set the fastest time for the Snowbasin course.

It was Patrick Smyth’s race to lose at the XTERRA Train Run Championships yesterday at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.

Running USA posted the race report and detailed the former University of Notre Dame standout’s commanding win. Smyth ran the fastest time ever recorded for Snowbasin’s 21K course: 1:16:38.

“I’ve never actually been to Snowbasin, but always wanted to, so this was a good excuse to get up here and get on the trail system here,” he said.

By the halfway point of the course, Smyth had established a 30-second lead, and the only runner within striking distance was Joseph Gray.

“He set the pace early and let people know it was going to be on from the start of the race,” Gray said of Smyth. “I respect him for that. He ran a great race.”

Smyth continued to build his lead during the second half of the course, and even had time to get up and recover from a fall in the final two miles.

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