Layton’s Brett Hales earns ‘redemption’ at XTERRA National Championship, while Lesley Paterson grabs her second win in two days

Jesse Peters,

Layton’s Brett Hales won the men’s race at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship with a time of 1:17.45.

SNOWBASIN – Lesley Paterson may have had the most unique pre-race preparation of any of the runners competing in Sunday’s XTERRA Trail Run National Championship at Snowbasin.

That’s because the San Diego resident spent the day before the half marathon competing for – and winning – the XTERRA Pan Am/U.S. championship off-road triathlon.

“I like to do that sometimes,” said Paterson, who is originally from Stirling, Scotland. “It’s just sort of like a no-pressure race. I love the trails here in Utah, and any opportunity I can get to be out on them is just joyous. If I feel good, I feel good. If I don’t, no big drama.”

Paterson earned the national title with a time of 1:33.59, just a day after winning the off-road triathlon, which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 28k mountain bike section and finishes with a 10k trail run.

Paterson said she didn’t expect to feel as good as she did for Sunday’s race under cool, cloudy conditions.

“It was awesome,” she said. “I felt great. I did not expect to feel that good. I was feeling super tired this morning but got out there on the hill and just felt in the zone.”

The silver medal went to Gabrielle Slotboom, a former University of Utah track and cross-country standout. She finished in 1:36:48, while third place went to Salt Lake City’s Jeanette Mathieu, who crossed the finish line in 1:38:56.

On the men’s side, home-grown runner Brett Hales earned the victory in what he viewed as a ‘redemption race’, beating a talented pack with a time of 1:17:45. Anthony Costales of Salt Lake City was second with a time of 1:19:00. Third place was Montana’s Adam Wollant, who finished in 1:20:50.

Hales, an Ogden High alum who ran collegiate track at Weber State, now lives…

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