USA Triathlon recently announced the first ever Off-Road Triathletes of the Year and two Suunto athletes recieved top honors in the Elite category. USA Triahlon honored athletes for outstanding performances on challenging courses featuring an open water swim, mountain bike and a trail run. The Suunto athletes who recieved the honors were Josiah Middaugh from Vail, Colorado and Emma Garrard from Park City, Utah. They were each named Elite Off-Road Triathlete of the Year for 2013. Congrats Emma and Josiah! Read the entire article here.
Excerpt from the USA Triathlon press release announcing the winners:
Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) and Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah) were named Elite Off-Road Triathletes of the Year for 2013. Middaugh was the winner of the XTERRA Southeast and XTERRA West Championships, and he was the first American finisher at the XTERRA USA Championships, where he was second overall, and XTERRA Worlds, where he finished fourth in the field. Garrard returned to racing in 2013 after giving birth to her son, and she was the top American finisher at the XTERRA USA Championships and XTERRA Worlds, finishing fourth and fifth overall, respectively.
Josiah Middaugh photo credit: XTERRA
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Suunto's headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, Mavic and Nikita.