September 4, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRIt’s an extended one, let’s get going instantly!

First, for extra on the UTMB Mont Blanc competition of races, see iRunFar’s earlier reporting that covers the higher race dynamics.

TDS – Chamonix, France

A giant subject of 1,649 began the race simply after midnight and going into brutal circumstances. Snow pressured a course change, however that definitely didn’t reduce the problem. The brand new course added 5 kilometers of distance, pushing the entire as much as 150k (93 miles,) and incessantly on snowy and muddy trails. The race had a 39% drop charge, definitely partly as a result of climate.

French runners swept the ladies’s podium, and solely the race winner got here in below 24 hours. Maryline Nakache completed in 23:37, outpacing countrywomen Fiona Porte and Flavie Bruyneel. Porte and Bruyneel completed in 24:08 and 24:26.

Maryline Nakache - 2023 TDS champion

Maryline Nakache would go on to win the 2023 TDS. Picture: UTMB

Skilled cyclist-turned-ultrarunner Christian Meier (Canada) gained the boys’s lead close to 90k and pushed forward towards a 19:36 profitable time. Simen Wästlund (Sweden) chased to second in 19:57, and Yannick Noël (France) was third in 20:18.

Full outcomes.

Christian Meier - 2023 TDS champion

Christian Meier on his approach to profitable the 2023 TDS. Picture: UTMB

OCC – Chamonix, France

Climate was higher right here than for the day prior TDS, however a rock slide nonetheless pressured a slight reroute on the roughly 55k mountain observe from Switzerland to France.

Fifth a yr in the past, Toni McCann (South Africa) dominated the ladies’s race with a 5:18 end. She was eight minutes higher than everybody else. The 2022 UTMB winner Katie Schide (U.S.) stepped down in distance and held off Miao Yao (China) for runner-up honors. The 2 completed in 5:26 and 5:27, and solely 42 seconds aside.

2023 OCC womens podium - Toni McCann - Katie Schide - Miao Yao

The 2023 OCC ladies’s podium (l-to-r): 2. Katie Schide, 1. Toni McCann, and three. Miao Yao. Picture: UTMB

For the boys, already a two-time world champion, Stian Angermund (Norway) once more delivered on the massive stage. It was shut, however Angermund completed in 4:42. Second-place Francesco Puppi (Italy) edged out Antonio Martínez (Spain) late, and the 2 completed in 4:44 and 4:45.

Full outcomes.

Stian Angermund - 2023 OCC champion

Stian Angermund along with his son after profitable the 2023 OCC. Picture: UTMB

CCC – Chamonix, France

Over 2,200 runners began the race and went for 101k (63 miles) with 6,100 meters (20,000 toes) of elevation acquire.

Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) dominated the ladies’s race in 11:51. She was remarkably 37 minutes higher than the second-place lady. Kaspersen was seventh on the Black Canyon 100k within the U.S. earlier this yr. Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe) was second in 12:28, and rising star Helen Mino Faukner (U.S.) was third in 12:38.

Yngvild Kaspersen - 2023 CCC champion

Yngvild Kaspersen on the best way to profitable the 2023 CCC, a part of the UTMB Mont Blanc competition. Picture: UTMB

The 2022 CCC runner-up Jon Albon (U.Ok., lives in Norway) gained the boys’s win in 10:14. That’s two minutes sooner than his time from final yr. Jia-Sheng Shen (China), doubling again from a fourth-place run on the Western States 100 in June, was second in 10:22, and Dakota Jones (U.S.) was third in 10:41.

Full outcomes.

Jonathan Albon - 2023 CCC champion

Jonathan Albon, 2023 CCC champion. Picture: UTMB

UTMB – Chamonix, France


Followers world wide are nonetheless gasping at Courtney Dauwalter’s achievement. Dauwalter accomplished a once-in-a-lifetime triple. In June 2023, she received the Western States 100 in course file time. In July 2023 she received and broke the Hardrock 100 course file too. And he or she now earned her third UTMB win in 23:29 to cap a fully unbelievable summer time. The tally reveals three 100 milers, three wins, and two course data. Dauwalter’s UTMB course file stands at 22:30 from 2021.

Courtney Dauwalter - 2023 UTMB champion

Courtney Dauwalter, 2023 UTMB champion. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Behind the winner, it was shut for the 2 remaining podium spots. Katharina Hartmuth (Germany) edged out Blandine L’Hirondel (France) for second. The pair completed in 24:10 and 24:22, respectively. Hartmuth was second within the Path World Championships 80k in June.

As with prior years, we wish to spherical up everybody from the pre-race preview articles and share how they did. The complete group then is as follows:

1 – Courtney Dauwalter (U.S.) – 23:29
2 – Katharina Hartmuth (Germany) – 24:10
3 – Blandine L’Hirondel (France) – 24:22
4 – Fu-Zhao Xiang (China) – 24:50
5 – Maite Maiora (Spain) – 25:02
6 – Katarzyna Solińska (Poland) – 25:20
7 – Ailsa MacDonald (Canada) – 25:48
8 – Leah Yingling (U.S.) – 26:21
9 – Sabrina Stanley (U.S.) – 26:58
10 – Lucy Bartholomew (Australia) – 27:39
12 – Martina Klancnik Potrč (Slovenia) – 28:21
13 – Emily Vaudan (Switzerland) – 28:34
15 – Kimino Miyazaki (Japan) – 28:53
16 – Claire Bannwarth (France) – 29:12
19 – Amanda Basham (U.S.) – 29:29
22 – Elisabeth Borgersen (Norway) – 30:48
23 – Elisabeth Rios (Bolivia) – 31:32
40 – Veronica Ramirez (Argentina) – 33:56

Drops included Luzia Buehler (Switzerland),  Manon Bohard Callier (France), Eszter Csillag (Hungary), Elise Delannoy (France), Melanie Delasoie (Switzerland), Emily Gilmour-Walsh (Australia), Ida-Sophie Hegemann (Germany), Sarah Ludowici (Australia), Anna McKenna (Australia), Jo Meek (U.Ok.), Mariya Nikolova (Bulgaria), Taylor Nowlin (U.S.), Emma Pooley (Switzerland), Aroa Sio (Spain), Claudia Tremps (Spain), Martina Valmassoi (Italy), and Ildikó Wermescher (Hungary).

Cat Bradley (U.S.), Anna Carlsson (Sweden), Ruth Croft (New Zealand), Basilia Förster (Italy), Clare Gallagher (U.S.), and Kerry-Ann Marshall (South Africa) didn’t begin.

The largest overachiever — that’s, the primary finisher not named within the preview, was Eleventh-place Claire Heslop (Canada) in 28:05.

Women's podium - 2023 UTMB - Hartmuth, Dauwalter, L'Hirondel

The ladies’s podium (l-to-r): 2. Katharina Hartmuth, 1. Courtney Dauwalter, and three. Blandine L’Hirondel. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks


The wait is over. Jim Walmsley (U.S.) grew to become the primary American man to win UTMB, and he did it with a 19:37 course file end. Zach Miller (U.S.) improved on his earlier UTMB greatest too whereas pushing Walmsley late. Miller completed second in 19:58, and Germain Grangier (France) was third in 20:10.

Jim Walmsley - 2023 UTMB champion

Jim Walmsley, 2023 UTMB champion. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

As with the ladies’s race, the total group from the pre-race preview article is as follows:

1 – Jim Walmsley (U.S.) – 19:37
2 – Zach Miller (U.S.) – 19:58
3 – Germain Grangier (France) – 20:10
4 – Mathieu Blanchard (France) – 20:54
5 – Ludovic Pommeret (France) – 21:00
6 – Thibaut Garrivier (France) – 21:10
7 – Tyler Inexperienced (U.S.) – 21:19
8 – Hannes Namberger (Germany) – 21:20
9 – Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon (France) – 21:31
10 – Baptiste Chassagne (France) – 21:38
11 – Joaquin Lopez (Ecuador) – 21:47
12 – Daniel Jones (New Zealand) – 21:55
14 – Ji Duo (China) – 22:07
15 – Scotty Hawker (New Zealand) – 22:13
16 – Thomas Joly (U.Ok.) – 22:25
17 – Rod Farvard (U.S.) – 22:32
18 – Raul Octaviu Butaci (Romania) – 22:38
19 – Yan-Qiao Yun (China) – 22:41
20 – Sergio Pereyra (Argentina) – 23:01
24 – Diego Pazos (Switzerland) – 23:17
25 – Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) – 23:31
33 – Adrian Macdonald (U.S.) – 24:53
37 – Ryan Sandes (South Africa) – 25:17
53 – Jeff Colt (U.S.) – 26:15
61 – Tim Tollefson (U.S.) – 26:49
132 – Matt Daniels (U.S.) – 29:29

Drops included Gautier Airiau (France), Philipp Ausserhofer (Italy), Pau Capell (Spain), Abel Carretero (Spain), Francesco Cucco (Italy), Hugo Deck (France), Guo-Min Deng (China), Ben Dhiman (U.S.), Tom Evans (U.Ok.), Petter Engdahl (Sweden, lives in Norway), Tobias Dahl Fenre (Norway), José Fernández (Spain), Jordi Gamito (Spain), Robert Hajnal (Romania), David Hedges (U.S.), Miguel Heras (Spain), Didrik Hermansen (Norway), Moisés Jimenez (Venezuela), Anders Kjaerevik (Norway), Sebastian Krogvig (Norway), Beñat Marmissolle (France), Ionel Cristian Manole (Romania), Jeff Mogavero (U.S.), Tom Owens (U.Ok.), Jonas Russi (Switzerland), Jean-Philippe Tschumi (Switzerland), Josh Wade (U.Ok.), and Jia-Ju Zhao (China.)

Arlen Glick (U.S.), Cody Lind (U.S.), Min Qi (China), and Jason Schlarb (U.S.) didn’t begin the race.

The primary male finisher that was not within the preview article was Thirteenth-place Santos Gabriel Rueda (Argentina) in 21:59.

Full outcomes.

Men's podium Zach Miller Jim Walmsley Germain Grangier - 2023 UTMB

The 2023 UTMB males’s podium (l-to-r): 2. Zach Miller, 1. Jim Walmsley, 3. Germain Grangier. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Vertical Nasego and Trofeo Nasego – Casto, Italy

The 2 World Mountain Working Affiliation World Cup races occurred on back-to-back days.

Vertical Nasego

Saturday’s uphill race climbed 1,000 meters over 4.3k. Uphill all-timer Andrea Mayr (Austria) led the ladies and broke her personal course file with a 38:06 end. No different lady has ever run below 40 minutes on this course.

Frequent runner-up Philaries Kisang (Kenya) once more held that spot, ending in 40:27, and Scout Adkin (U.Ok.) was third in 40:35.

Andrea Mayr - 2023 Vertical Nasego champion

Andrea Mayr, 2023 Vertical Nasego champion. Picture: Marco Gulberti

Two-time World Mountain Working Uphill champion Patrick Kipngeno (Kenya) received the boys’s occasion in 34:25. Christian Allen (U.S.) charged late to overhaul Joe Steward (U.Ok.), flipping the end order from final week’s Problem Stellina race. Allen completed in 35:01 and Steward was third in 35:08.

Sierre-Zinal race winner Philemon Kiriago (Kenya) was fifth in 35:48.

Full outcomes.

Patrick Kipngeno - 2023 Vertical Nasego champion

Patrick Kipngeno wins the 2023 Vertical Nasego. Picture: Marco Gulberti

Trofeo Nasego 

Andrea Mayr doubled again the following day for the up-and-down race and gained the final word lead solely with 2k to go. She was victorious in 1:46:06. Longtime race chief Madalina Florea (Romania) was second in 1:46:52. The remainder of the highest 5 was Joyce Muthoni (Kenya), Philaries Kisang, and Susanna Saapunki (Finland) in 1:48:33, 1:49:44, and 1:50:06, respectively.

Andrea Mayr - 2023 Trofeo Nasego champion

Andrea Mayr en path to profitable the 2023 Trofeo Nasego. Picture: Marco Gulberti

Lots of the prime males doubled again too and Kiriago discovered this up-and-down terrain extra to his liking. In a repeat of their Sierre-Zinal finishes, Philemon Kiriago completed first in 1:31:00, simply forward of teammate Patrick Kipngeno in 1:31:45. Christian Allen impressed with a third-place 1:32:33, beating out Italian runners Cesare Maestri and Xavier Chevrier. Maestri and Chevrier completed in 1:34:43 and 1:36:17, respectively.

Full outcomes.

Philemon Kiriago - 2023 Trofeo Nasego champion

Philemon Kiriago on his approach to profitable the 2023 Trofeo Nasego. Picture: Marco Gulberti

Further Races and Runs

ETC Race – Courmayeur, Italy

Additionally a part of the UTMB Mont Blanc competition and an acronym for Expertise Path Courmayeur, this was a 15k race on Tuesday, August 29. Sara Alonso (Spain) led the ladies in 1:37 and Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) received in 1:19. Full outcomes.

Ben Nevis Race – Fort William, United Kingdom

Rose Mather (U.Ok.) and Finlay Wild (U.Ok.) received the race up and down Britain’s highest mountain in 1:59 and 1:35. Full outcomes.

Three Nook Rock PCT 50k – Carson, Washington

Allie Ostrander set a brand new course file in 4:43 on the point-to-point run, {and professional} triathlete Ari Klau received the boys’s race in 4:40.

(In 2023, Ostrander was suspended for 4 months after testing optimistic for canrenone, a metabolite of spironolactone, after it was decided that she mistakenly took the drug with out first acquiring a World Anti-Doping Company Therapeutic Use Exemption.)

Full outcomes.

Grand Traverse – Aspen, Colorado

The race ran 40 miles from Crested Butte to Aspen and paid $1,000 to its winners. Brook Handler and Keegan Oldani acquired to Aspen first in 7:07 and 6:14. Full outcomes.

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