On Saturday in Chamonix, after years of making an attempt and failing to attain that elusive victory, Jim Walmsley, previously of Flagstaff, Ariz., however extra just lately a resident of France, lastly achieved his dream of crossing the end line first at Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). The three-time Western States winner and course file holder crossed the road in 19 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds. Walmsley was pushed laborious by Zach Miller of Colorado completed in second place solely minutes later, in 19:58:58; Germain Grangier of France rounded out the rostrum in 20:10:52.
That is the primary time an American has ever gained the boys’s race, and the primary time each males’s and ladies’s podiums have been topped by Individuals: the invincible Courtney Dauwalter was the highest feminine for the third time, crossing the road in 23:29:14, in twenty fifth place total, after breaking course data at each Western States and Hardrock earlier this season. Katharina Hartmuth of Germany crossed the road in second place in (24:10:52) and Blandine L’hirondel of France ending third (24:22:50) in her first 100-mile race and her first look at UTMB.
Dauwalter’s win is historic; that is the primary time in ultra-trail historical past that any runner has gained Western States, Hardrock 100 and UTMB in the identical season.
For Walmsley’s followers, it felt like a vindication, since they’ve been rooting for him to crack the code at this race ever since his first look, again in 2o17 (he was fifth that yr). Walmsley moved to the world in 2021 to immerse himself within the course of of coaching for the win, which had eluded him so many occasions. His mentor is four-time UTMB winner François D’haene, who additionally lives within the space and who didn’t race this yr.
Twin Canadian-French citizen Mathieu Blanchard, who completed second to Kilian Jornet in 2022, was fourth in the present day, in 20:54:25 (Jornet didn’t race this yr attributable to harm). Ailsa MacDonald, who completed second at Western States final yr, completed seventh within the girls’s race (25:48:54). Final yr’s second-place finisher, Marianne Hogan of Montreal, didn’t race this yr attributable to harm.
High 10 males
- Jim Walmsley USA 19:37:43
- Zach Miller USA 19:58:58
- Germain Grangier FRA 20:10:52
- Mathieu Blanchard FRA 20:54:25
- Ludovic Pommeret FRA 21:00:54
- Thibaut Garrivier FRA 21:10:38
- Tyler Inexperienced USA 21:19:21
- Hannes Namberger GER 21:20:46
- Arthur Joyeux Bouillon FRA 21:31:22
- Baptiste Chassagne FRA 21:38:11
High 9 girls
- Courtney Dauwalter USA 23:29:14
- Katharina Hartmuth GER 24:10:52
- Blandine L’hirondel FRA 24:22:50
- Fuzhao Xiang CN 24:50:33
- Maite Elizondo ESP 25:02:26
- Katarzyna Solińska POL 25:20:23
- Ailsa Macdonald CAN 25:48:54
- Leah Yingling USA 26:21:24
- Sabrina Stanley USA 26:58:53
(On the time of publication, solely 9 girls had completed.)
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