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Miller School of Albemarle Hosts Successful XTERRA Charlottesville Off-Road Triathlon


After months of preparation, Miller School of Albemarle hosted an XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon on Saturday, May 20. The event, which featured a 1000 meter open-water swim, 18 mile mountain bike, and 6.2 mile run, also offered duathlon and trail run options for competitors.

With its scenic 1600 acre campus it was only a matter of time before MSA held an event of this caliber, but it was truly a school-wide effort that saw it come to fruition. Students in the Campus Trails service group have been constructing world-class trails over the past five years, and nearly every inch of them was utilized for the race. In addition, the Land Management class constructed several needed bridges for the course out of wood that they milled themselves, and Endurance Team members were instrumental in making sure the trails were clear and well-marked for race day. The Facilities Department also went above and beyond in creating a brand-new beach entry at Alumni Lake, along with steps to exit the lake safely. The dozens of spectators were treated to an immaculate campus, and the sight of well over 100 swimmers entering the lake was a dazzling spectacle.

While there were nearly 150 competitors from around the East Coast participating, Miller School of Albemarle students and teachers had several standout performances. Dean of Faculty and Endurance Team coach Peter Hufnagel not only won the Individual Male category, but in the process bested every relay team to be the day’s top finisher. Two MSA-based teams also occupied the top steps of the podium: swimmer Jay Kaufman (English Department), cyclist Lucas Mariutti (Sophomore), and runner John Macdonald (Math Department) took the win, while swimmer Dr. Jason Nabi (Dean of Academics), cyclist Gus Myers (Junior), and runner Penghui Zong (Junior) were a close second place. Thomas Mariutti (Senior), Pedro Martins (Senior), and Marshall Eanes (Sophomore) also completed all three legs as individuals and took first through third, respectively, in the Male 16-19 category.

Feedback about the event and course was overwhelmingly positive, and plans are already in the works for a larger, and even better, 2018 edition of the race.

Results can be found here. Photos courtesy XTERRA Charlottesville can be found here.


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