Sunday, September 24, 2023

2023 UTMB Males’s Preview – iRunFar


Hoka - 2023 Western States 100

It’s August and everyone knows what that suggests in path ultrarunning: UTMB is upon us!

What does this yr’s version have in retailer within the males’s race? Some attention-grabbing storylines which are certain to stay us entertained, that’s what. Sadly, remaining yr’s champion, Kilian Jornet, has just lately withdrawn from the race because of a bone harm, from which we want him a rapid restoration. However for the instant a minimum of, that also leaves 9 of the top-10 males from remaining yr in this yr’s entrants checklist.

Subsequent we’ve a lot of 100-mile debutants with a wide variety of cred at shorter mountain ultras, a couple of guys with monumental UTMB prospective who’ve no longer but discovered it, and an extended line of chasers who’ll fill within the gaps as some height runners inevitably falter. All in all, we’re having a look at a showy race.

The now-iconic route most often covers 171 kilometers (106.2 miles) and has nearly 10,000 meters (32,700 ft) of hiking because it encircles the Mont-Blanc massif in a counterclockwise course from Chamonix, France, via Italy and Switzerland, sooner than completing again in Chamonix once more. On August 23, the race group introduced a route trade to the remaining phase of the path, which seems to be love it’ll building up the gap through slightly below 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles).

Whilst the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant has expanded to fill every week with 8 races, 3 of which — the CCC, TDS, and OCC — are themselves a number of the best path ultras on the earth, UTMB stays the queen race of the pageant and the crown jewel of the path ultramarathon yr.

Curiously, the race is beginning every week later than same old. What does this imply for its stipulations? Who is aware of, but it surely creeps the development nearer to fall, which may also be wonderful every now and then and stormy in others.

A distinct due to HOKA for making our protection of UTMB imaginable!

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Music in to our reside protection of UTMB beginning at 6 p.m. CEST (10 a.m. MDT within the U.S.) on Friday, September 1 proper right here on iRunFar. Keep tuned!

You’ll wish to additionally learn our in-depth 2023 UTMB ladies’s preview for a take a look at the ladies’s race.

You’ll be able to additionally see the race group’s height runners checklist.

2022 UTMB start

The beginning of the 2022 UTMB. Picture: iRunFar/Kirsten Kortebein

The 2023 UTMB Males’s Favorites for the Win

Let’s start this preview through having a look on the males who we predict have the most efficient prospective to win this yr’s race.

Mathieu Blanchard

Mathieu Blanchard - 2023 Marathon des Sables

Mathieu Blanchard

When it was once all stated and achieved, there was once only one guy who gave remaining yr’s UTMB champion an actual run for the cash, and that was once Mathieu Blanchard. The Frenchman completed not up to six mins again of winner Kilian Jornet to take 2d, and that was once a follow-up to a 3rd position on the 2021 UTMB. Whilst Blanchard was once reputedly at the fence on whether or not he’d race this yr’s UTMB, he just lately introduced that he’s in. Blanchard is a prolific racer who, since remaining yr’s UTMB, took 6th on the 2023 Western States 100 and 3rd on the 2023 Marathon des Sables. In our minds, there’s just one factor a man who’s taken each 2d and 3rd at UTMB sooner than may just nonetheless need, and that’s victory.

Tom Evans

Tom Evans - 2023 Western States 100

Tom Evans

Tom Evans may just really well change into the 2023 UTMB champion. Whilst the U.Okay. athlete has been within the higher echelon of path ultrarunning for a pair years, he could also be getting into the height of his profession presently. Ten weeks in the past, Evans received the 2023 Western States 100 with a methodical, skilled method. Closing yr at UTMB, he used the similar preparation and race-day ways to solidly protected 3rd position, even though he was once just a little far away at 45 mins again from the winner. Whilst getting the Western States 100-UTMB double proper is difficult, Evans has were given some other yr of constant coaching and racing beneath his belt and can undoubtedly placed on a just right display.

Jim Walmsley

2022 UTMB - Jim Walmsley

Jim Walmsley

For those who’re no longer accustomed to American Jim Walmsley’s dating with UTMB, get comfortable. It all started in 2017 when Walmsley debuted on the tournament with a 5th position, which he then adopted up with two DNFs in 2018 and 2021. Forward of the 2022 tournament, he went all in through shifting to France to provide race arrangements his very best. What that yielded remaining yr was once a fourth position. Since remaining yr’s UTMB, Walmsley received the 2023 Istria 100 Mile and the 2022 Les Templiers. A related reminiscence for us all, Walmsley is the Western States 100 route file holder, a file he earned via a multi-year dedication to seeing in the course of the highs and lows that reaching this sort of outcome comes to. His UTMB dedication seems to be so an identical, and we’re so curious of what Walmsley can do after some other yr of residing and coaching within the French Alps.

Zach Miller

Zach Miller Sprint - 2022 UTMB - feature

Zach Miller

Whilst I’m sure that all of us race with our middle and minds deeply dedicated to the reason, Zach Miller of the U.S. wears his middle on his sleeve when he races, which simply undeniable makes observing him race stress-free. Like countrymate Jim Walmsley, Miller’s were given an concerned UTMB historical past. He’s taken 6th and 9th on the 2016 and 2017 UTMB respectively, then he DNFed the following two years in 2018 and 2019. He turned around again remaining yr, after operating via an extended harm duration that incorporated foot surgical procedure, to take 5th position, exceeding his previous leads to the development. How will he fare with a complete yr of constant coaching and racing? Thus far this yr, he’s had  some just right luck, together with taking 6th on the 2023 Path Global Championships 80k and successful the 2023 Tarawera 100 Mile.

Petter Engdahl

2022 CCC mens champion - Petter Engdahl

Petter Engdahl

Profitable UTMB as one’s debut 100 miler has been achieved sooner than within the males’s race, even though within the tournament’s extra far away and not more aggressive historical past. If there’s somebody who can do it on this trendy technology, we predict it’s Petter Engdahl. Closing yr, the Swede who lives in Norway shredded the CCC historical past books in successful and atmosphere a route file. He’s had another actual sturdy performances in recent times, together with successful the 2022 Transvulcania Ultramarathon and taking 3rd on the 2021 OCC. Possibly greater than previous performances, even though, is the assured, but affected person, mindset with which he’s raced one of the most longer ultras he’s achieved thus far. This mindset is important to luck at UTMB and 100 milers typically, so Engdahl might be actual a laugh to look at.

2022 UTMB mens podium - Kilian Jornet - Matthieu Blanchard - Tom Evans

The 2022 UTMB males’s podium (l-to-r): 2. Mathieu Blanchard, 1. Kilian Jornet, and three. Tom Evans. Picture: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

The Remainder of the Returning 2022 UTMB Males’s Most sensible 10

With such a lot of of remaining yr’s height 10 returning, right here’s a take a look at the sixth- via Tenth-place males from remaining yr who’re again for the 2023 version.

Beñat Marmissolle

Benat Marmissolle - 2023 Hardrock 100 - Maggie gulch

Beñat Marmissolle

Beñat Marmissolle of France is making an attempt to drag off relatively the difficult 100-miler triple in 2023: the Hardrock 100 in July, UTMB in September, and Diagonale des Fous in October. Within the first of the ones demanding situations, Hardrock, he took 2d. In 2022, his height effects had been a 6th at UTMB after which a win at Diagonale des Fous, which is in and of itself, relatively the double. If we return to 2021, he was once 3rd at Diagonale des Fous. As time is going on, we wouldn’t be shocked to look Marmissolle proceed to strengthen at 100-mile racing. At Hardrock, we noticed Marmissolle as a happy-go-lucky, calm, and gifted mountain ultrarunner, all of the qualities wanted for this distance. Let’s see what he does at UTMB after a seven-week smash since Hardrock.

Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon

In our UTMB preview remaining yr, we stated that France’s Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon “certain brings his very best self to the UTMB [Mont Blanc festival] races …” and he did it once more. He was once the 7th guy on the 2022 UTMB, and sooner than that he was once 3rd on the 2021 TDS, and 9th on the 2018 CCC. In 2023, Joyeux-Bouillon was once 7th on the Path Andorra 100k in the back of a number of males he’ll see once more on this race, and he took 2d on the Istria 100 Mile, an hour far away from winner Jim Walmsley. Will he once more carry out extremely at this pageant?

Jonas Russi

On paper, Switzerland’s Jonas Russi is poised to be the lads’s breakout performer. His 2022 racing season represented a vital growth over his prior years of racing and incorporated taking 8th at UTMB along with successful the Tor des Géants and taking 6th on the Lavaredo Extremely Path. He adopted that up into 2023 with a win on the Lavaredo Extremely Path some 45 mins quicker than in 2022. If he improves at UTMB to the similar stage as he did at Lavaredo, this places him in 20:30 completing time territory, very most likely a podium efficiency.

Robert Hajnal

2018 UTMB - Robert Hajnal

Robert Hajnal

We don’t assume our group must ever disregard when Robert Hajnal, of Romania, took 2d on the 2018 UTMB. It was once a breakout race for Hajnal through an extended shot, however what’s maximum memorable was once that he crossed the end line in pants (!!!) whilst thriving in that yr’s terrible climate stipulations which chewed up and spit out such a lot of. Closing yr, Hajnal completed 9th at this race, even though sandwiched in between those two in reality sturdy UTMB performances are a couple of DNFs and an off-potential end. Additionally on his resume from the remaining couple years are a 2d and a 7th position on the 2023 and 2022 Lavaredo Extremely Path, respectively, the previous in the back of winner Jonas Russi, who additionally beat him through a place finally yr’s UTMB. In 2022, he received the Istria 100 Mile.

Thibaut Garrivier

Thibaut Garrivier - 2023 Trail World Championships 80k - fourth place

Thibaut Garrivier

Frenchman Thibaut Garrivier rounds out the returning top-10 males from remaining yr’s UTMB. He additionally has a lot of different effects from the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant, which come with a win on the 2021 CCC and a 2d position on the identical race in 2019. He’s been in large part on a roll since UTMB remaining yr, since then successful the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path 85k and taking 6th on the 2022 Path Global Championships 80k.

2022 UTMB - top 10 men - top 10 women

The highest-10 women and men of the 2022 UTMB. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Doable Most sensible-10 Males on the 2023 UTMB

We expect those males have nice prospective to complete within the height 10 this yr.

Germain Grangier

At this level, Germain Grangier of France has an concerned historical past with the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant races. He’s were given two finishes, a 5th in 2021 and 9th in 2019 at UTMB, a 5th on the 2018 CCC, and a 3rd on the 2015 OCC. Whilst he DNFed UTMB remaining yr, that appears like a blip in his working radar as since then he’s received the 2023 Mont-Blanc 90k and completed 5th at each the the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon and 2022 Diagonale des Fous. There’s no explanation why Grangier can’t run into the end 5 like he did two years again.

Hannes Namberger

Hannes Namberger - 2021 UTMB sixth place - feature

Hannes Namberger

Germany’s Hannes Namberger has two visits to UTMB in his pocket, a DNF remaining yr and a 6th position in 2021. Since UTMB remaining yr, he received the 2023 Eiger Extremely Path 100k, took 14th on the 2023 Path Global Championships 80k, and shared the win on the 2022 Extremely-Path Cape The town 100k. If we pass into somewhat deeper historical past, we discover two wins on the Lavaredo Extremely Path in 2022 and 2021, one win on the 2021 Madeira Island Extremely-Path, and a lot of different sturdy international-level performances. Namberger’s prospective is inside the height 5 of this race.

Jean-Philippe Tschumi

Jean-Philippe Tschumi, of Switzerland, involves the 2023 UTMB with a seventh-place end finally yr’s CCC. A pair months in the past, he tied for the win with Ben Dhiman on the 2023 Path Andorra 100k, and remaining fall he took 2d on the 2022 Diagonale des Fous, in the back of winner Beñat Marmissolle and forward of 3rd position Dhiman. Amongst his different height finishes over the years are a win on the 2023 Extremely-Path Snowdonia 100k, 2d position on the 2022 Eiger Extremely Path 100k, and two podiums on the Madeira Island Extremely-Path in 2022 and 2021.

Ben Dhiman

We adore following the storylines of this game, and will’t wait to look Ben Dhiman’s UTMB tale spread. An American residing in France, every passing race sees Dhiman bettering relative to the fields by which he runs. In 2022 on the Diagonale des Fous, he completed 3rd position in the back of champ Beñat Marmissolle and 2d position Jean-Philippe Tschumi. In 2023 thus far, he tied for the win on the 2023 Path Andorra 100k with Tschumi and received the 2023 Penyagolosa CSP 106k. Dhiman’s prospective at UTMB is top, so let’s see how shut he presses as much as it.

Ludovic Pommeret

Ludovic Pommeret - 2022 TDS men's winner - feature

Ludovic Pommeret

We must be expecting not anything not up to France’s Ludovic Pommeret completing within the height 10. It’s arduous to summarize his profession accomplishments, however let’s take a look at. Starting with the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant races and dealing backward, he received the 2022 TDS, took fourth on the 2021 UTMB, was once 3rd on the 2019 TDS, was once 3rd once more on the 2017 CCC, received the 2016 UTMB, was once twentieth on the 2012 UTMB, and took some other 3rd on the 2009 CCC. Having a look in different places during the last couple years, he’s been twelfth and 6th on the 2023 and 2022 Western States 100, respectively, he received the 2021 Diagonale des Fous, and he’s run at the French nationwide crew on the Path Global Championships a minimum of six instances. Now 48 years outdated, Pommeret’s longevity on the higher echelon of the game as a masters runner is ancient.

Pau Capell

2022 UTMB - Pau Capell

Pau Capell

If we glance into Pau Capell’s working historical past, we see a deep set of effects on the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant, which incorporates his UTMB win in 2019 and a sixth-place end in 2017. The Spanish runner has a podium end on the 2018 CCC and likewise received the 2016 TDS. Closing yr at UTMB, he DNFed, however we recall he was once pushing up in opposition to a horny speedy restoration from knee surgical procedure. Since then, he was once 3rd on the 2023 Path Andorra 100k, 5th on the 2023 Transgrancanaria Vintage 128k, and 3rd on the 2022 Extremely Pirineu 100k. In all the ones races he was once combined among a number of the boys he’ll see once more at this yr’s UTMB.

Jeff Mogavero

Everyone knows that the UTMB is a difficult nut to crack, and Jeff Mogavero, of the U.S., made it glance lovely simple remaining yr when he debuted to complete sixteenth. He’s again and wearing with him some other yr’s value of enjoy. His height outcome since remaining yr’s UTMB was once 7th position on the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the place he completed among one of the most males he’s racing once more at this tournament. Amongst his different sturdy effects from the remaining couple of years are a couple of podiums on the 2023 and 2022 Damaged Arrow Skyrace in addition to 3rd position on the 2021 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile. Oh, and he simply took 14th on the 2023 Sierre-Zinal, 3 weeks sooner than UTMB.

Arlen Glick

Arlen Glick - 2023 Western States 100

Arlen Glick

Arlen Glick has withdrawn from the race and plans to run Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile as a substitute. [Updated August 28, 2023] Arlen Glick of the U.S. is some other guy in the course of a difficult trio of 100 milers in 2023: the Western States 100 in June the place he completed thirteenth, the Hardrock 100 in July the place he was once fourth, and now UTMB. Sooner than Hardrock, Glick was once maximum identified for excelling on the extra runnable 100 milers, however that Hardrock efficiency tells us he too can transfer smartly within the mountains. His 26:43 Hardrock completing time, if in comparison to other folks who’ve run about that there, may convert to one thing like a 22-hour UTMB. And a 22-hour UTMB places you in the second one part of the end 10, which might be some other very good mountain efficiency for Glick.

Tim Tollefson

The place to place the U.S.’s Tim Tollefson on this preview? His prospective is top, as evidenced through two previous UTMB podiums, 3rd position in 2017 as in addition to some other 3rd position in 2016. However since then he’s been beneath one thing of a UTMB curse, racking up 4 DNFs, together with remaining yr. A couple of of Tollefson’s height effects from the remaining couple years come with 8th position on the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon, a win of the 2022 American River 50 Mile, and 5th position on the 2021 Western States 100. May just this be the yr that reverses Tollefson’s UTMB development?

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones - 2023 Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB 102k champion - feature

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is on a quick upward trajectory in ultrarunning. The New Zealander, like a couple of different males within the box, is making an attempt the Western States 100-UTMB double, the previous of which he took 5th at some 10 weeks in the past. Jones’s credentials additionally come with successful the 2023 Tarawera 100k, completing Tenth on the 2022 Canyons 100k, and successful his house nation’s well-known mountain race, the Kepler Problem, a lot of instances. This seems to be to be Jones’s first time turning out to the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant, and we’ll be observing to look what he does with all that prospective.

2021 UTMB - Saint-Gervais aid station

The Saint-Gervais support station all the way through the 2021 UTMB. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Nonetheless Extra Males to Watch within the 2023 UTMB

We’ll be having a look to those males to persuade the race for the end 20.

José Fernández 

Jose Fernandez - 4th 2022 Trail World Championships 80k

José Fernández

Spain’s José Fernández has a string of robust performances over a minimum of a part decade in races with regional to nationwide point competitiveness. A spotlight amongst those are a win, a 5th position, and a 2d position on the 2023, 2022, and 2021 Penyagolosa MiM 60k, an tournament that’s constantly nationally aggressive. Then, in 2022, he had an outlier efficiency when he took fourth on the Path Global Championships 80k, beating a number of height foreign athletes to the road that day. It doesn’t seem he’s completed a 100 miler but, even though it seems like he’s began a minimum of one.

Miguel Heras

Smartly, take a look at this, Spain’s Miguel Heras is again racing at UTMB! Heras was once a height ultrarunner circa 2010 to 2016, and in that point we imagine he had 3 begins and one end of the development, the latter being a 2d position in 2013. Longtime U.S. extremely fanatics may also keep in mind him as a two-time The North Face 50 Mile Championships winner — in 2012 and 2010. Whilst the years 2017 to 2022 noticed him working a pair path races a yr, it seems that they had been extra informal outings. That modified in October of 2022 the place in the similar month he took 2d on the Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the place he completed a couple of part hour in the back of Petter Engdahl, and he received the Extremely Pirineu 100k, forward of a number of gents he’ll see at this race. Previous this yr, he received the Valhöll Extremely Path 125k, appearing his shape has persevered into this yr.

Didrik Hermansen

Didrik Hermansen - 2016 Western States 100 - Foresthill

Didrik Hermansen

Let’s stay with the theme of longtime ultrarunners with Didrik Hermansen, who’s been working ultras for drawing near 15 years and excelling at them for many of that. Naturally, for any person who has been at this for goodbye, there were some ups and downs. Living proof, the Norwegian took 9th on the 2022 Path Global Championships 80k however completed off his prospective on the 2023 version of that tournament. In 2022, he was once 2d on the Great Côte d’Azur 100k and 7th on the Transgrancanaria Vintage 128k. For a fast reminder of his height profession runs, he took 2d on the 2016 Western States 100.

Scotty Hawker

Scotty Hawker, of New Zealand, is a type of examples of the place the UTMB Index set of rules doesn’t paintings as it should be. How is a man who took 2d on the 2021 CCC, 3rd on the 2019 UTMB, and eleventh on the 2017 UTMB close to the ground of the UTMB Index-ranked height runners starters checklist? Anyway, whilst Hawker DNFed his most up-to-date strive at UTMB remaining yr, he’s additionally taken 5th on the 2022 Doi Inthanon 103k and 2d on the 2022 Extremely-Path Australia 100k.

Tom Owens

The U.Okay. runner Tom Owens is again to the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant. His previous accolades at this pageant come with fourth position on the 2019 UTMB, twentieth on the 2018 TDS, and 5th position on the 2017 CCC. He just lately took a detailed 2d on the 2023 Extremely-Path Snowdonia 100k to Jean-Philippe Tschumi. That early 2023 just right shape plus his historical past at this tournament collection may well be a recipe for luck.

Thomas Joly
Any other attention-grabbing contestant is the U.Okay’s Thomas Joly, who took eleventh on the 2023 Path Global Championships 80k again in June, which was once additionally indubitably a breakout race amongst a string of robust performances. Possibly the most efficient of the ones has been a 6th position on the 2022 Doi Inthanon 100 Mile, which drummed up pageant from a couple of continents.

Sebastian Krogvig

Erik Sebastian Krovig - 2021 TDS Champion

Sebastian Krogvig

Sebastian Krogvig is a robust mountain ultrarunner from Norway, together with his very best outcome being a win on the 2021 TDS. Closing yr, he moved as much as the place to begin of UTMB, however DNFed. Having a look amongst his different height effects from the remaining two years, we see a 3rd position on the 2023 Val d’Aran 100k in the back of winner Raul Octaviu Butaci and a 2d position on the 2022 Path Andorra 100k in the back of winner Zach Miller.

Guo-Min Deng

China’s Guo-Min Deng could also be his nation’s most secure guess for a height end. Deng, who’s been racing ultras since round 2016, has two earlier studies on the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant, twentieth finally yr’s UTMB and an off-potential end on the 2018 TDS. He’s raced effectively in his house nation and in another country through the years, together with his maximum a hit effects being on the Vibram Hong Kong 100k, the place he took 3rd this yr, 3rd in 2020, and fourth in 2019.

Rod Farvard

2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k - Rod Farvard

Rod Farvard

Rod Farvard, from the U.S., is again for his 2d UTMB strive. Closing yr he yielded a powerful outcome, when he completed twenty second. He, too, is operating on that Western States 100-UTMB double this summer time, and took eleventh at Western States some 10 weeks in the past. Having a look again just a little additional, Farvard was once fourth on the 2022 Canyons 100k.

Josh Wade

The U.Okay. runner Josh Wade turns out poised to have a breakout race, in that his race effects are on a quick upward development of past due. Having a look backward, his height result of the remaining yr are 3rd position on the 2023 Eiger Extremely Path 100k, a win on the 2023 Extremely-Path Snowdonia 100 Mile, and a 9th position finally yr’s Transvulcania Ultramarathon. Closing yr, he had an off-par end on the CCC, in our minds which means he’s already paid his dues within the steep finding out curve that’s the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant of races. All this turns out like the root of an ideal efficiency this yr.

Raul Octaviu Butaci

Hailing from Romania, Raul Octaviu Butaci seems to be to be debuting at 100 miles, even though he has a lot of path cred at shorter extremely distances. Closing yr, he took 8th on the CCC in his first talk over with to the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant, completing amongst numerous males we’ll see on this race. Additionally in the previous few years, he received the 2023 Val d’Aran 100k, was once fourth on the 2023 Transgrancanaria Vintage 128k, and completed thirteenth on the 2022 Path Global Championships 80k.

Baptiste Chassagne

Baptiste Chassagne is a prolific racer who seems to have competed on the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant thrice, taking Tenth and 9th on the 2023 and 2022 CCC, and completing 6th on the 2019 OCC. The Frenchman was once additionally seventeenth on the 2023 Path Global Championships 80k and fourth on the 2022 Lavaredo Extremely Path. Even though he’s been working ultras for no less than six years, it seems like that is his first strive at a 100 miler.

Tyler Inexperienced

Tyler Inexperienced’s prospective at UTMB is top, as evidenced through his height effects at different lengthy ultras, together with a couple of 2d puts on the 2023 and 2021 Western States 100. That stated, the American has no longer but run to his prospective in Eu ultras. Inexperienced’s been to the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant two times now, remaining yr completing UTMB off his prospective and in 2021 taking Tenth at TDS. Inexperienced is a pupil of the game and has proven monumental endurance within the face of aggressive power, so it’s just a topic of time till he traces up the puzzle items for an on-par end, which we predict is within the height 10.

Jeff Colt

Jeffrey Colt - 2022 Black Canyon 100k third place

Jeff Colt

Jeff Colt, of the U.S., all the time contributes to a captivating race dynamic. He has two finishes on the Western States 100, 8th this yr and eleventh in 2022. He additionally took 14th on the 2022 Path Global Championships 80k by the use of an excellent past due race surge. It seems like he’s raced on the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant as soon as sooner than, DNFing the 2019 CCC, which indubitably way Colt is right here to place that outcome to its final relaxation.

Adrian Macdonald

We must all be observing for the U.S.’s Adrian Macdonald to make a touch at his first UTMB strive. Macdonald is a two-time champion of the Leadville 100 Mile, in 2022 and 2021. His different height performances of the remaining yr or so are 3rd position on the 2023 Speedgoat 50k in July and a win on the 2022 Extremely-Path Kosciuszko 100 Mile.

Jordi Gamito

2018 UTMB - Jordi Gamito

Jordi Gamito

Jordi Gamito has a storied historical past with the UTMB Mont Blanc pageant. Let’s recap, operating backward. Closing yr the Spaniard DNFed the CCC. His very best profession extremely efficiency must be his 3rd position on the 2018 UTMB. He additionally took Tenth on the 2017 UTMB and 5th on the 2016 TDS. Together with his working, Gamito both sticks the touchdown or abandons the regimen someplace alongside the way in which — he’s a cold and warm more or less runner. A brief month forward of race day, he received the 2023 Grossglockner Extremely-Path 110k. And remaining fall, he took 5th on the 2022 Extremely Pirineu 100k, among some males additionally on this race.

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The 2021 UTMB beginning line. Picture: Ben Clark

Sure, Even Extra Males to Stay Your Eye on on the 2023 UTMB

There are dozens of guys to look at at this yr’s UTMB, together with all of those:

  • Gautier Airiau (France) — sixth 2021 TDS; ninth 2023 Mont-Blanc 90k; sixth 2022 Les Templiers
  • Philipp Ausserhofer (Italy) — sixth 2023 Maremontana Path 60k; second 2022 Val d’Aran 100k
  • Abel Carretero (Spain) — thirtieth & eighth 2022 & 2021 CCC; ninth 2022 Extremely Pirineu 100k; seventh 2022 Penyagolosa MiM 60k
  • Francesco Cucco (Italy, lives in France) — 14th 2021 CCC; seventh 2023 Maremontana Path 60k; fifth 2021 Diagonale des Fous
  • Matt Daniels (U.S.) — sixth 2022 JFK 50 Mile; 4th 2019 Western States 100
  • Hugo Deck (France) — fifth 2021 CCC; third 2023 Mont-Blanc 90k; 1st 2022 Great Côte d’Azur 100 Mile
  • Ji Duo (China) — 1st 2023 Extremely-Path Ninghai 100k; third 2020 Panda Path 100 Mile
  • Tobias Dahl Fenre (Norway) — eleventh 2022 CCC; 1st 2022 Great Côte d’Azur 100k
  • Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) — eighth, second, & fifth 2017, 2016, & 2014 UTMB
  • David Hedges (U.S.) — Males’s supported Nolan’s 14 FKT in 2023; third 2023 Extremely-Path Snowdownia 100 Mile; second 2022 Breakneck Level Path Runs Marathon
  • Moisés Jimenez (Venezuela, lives in France) — sixteenth 2019 UTMB; ninth 2022 Lavaredo Extremely Path; Tenth 2018 TDS
  • Anders Kjaerevik (Norway) — seventeenth 2022 CCC; twentieth 2023 Path Global Championships 80k; Tenth & third 2023 & 2022 Penyagolosa MiM 60k
  • Joaquin Lopez (Ecuador) — second 2022 TDS; sixth 2023 Transgrancanaria Vintage 128k; 4th 2022 Transvulcania Ultramarathon
  • Cody Lind (U.S.) — sixteenth, ninth, & 4th 2023, 2022, & 2021 Western States 100
  • Ionel Cristian Manole (Romania) — nineteenth 2023 Path Global Championships 80k; 4th 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon; 4th 2022 & 2021 Extremely Pirineu 100k
  • Diego Pazos (Switzerland) — seventh 2021 UTMB; fifth 2018 TDS
  • Sergio Pereyra (Argentina) — nineteenth 2022 CCC; Tenth 2022 Extremely Pirineu 100k; eighth 2022 Lavaredo Extremely Path
  • Min Qi (China) — second 2018 CCC; fifth 2023 Chongli Extremely Path 45 Mile; 1st 2021 Mingyue Mountrain Extremely Path 50k
  • Ryan Sandes (South Africa) — eighth 2021 Madeira Island Extremely Path; eleventh, 1st, fifth, & second 2019, 2017, 2014, & 2012 Western States 100
  • Jason Schlarb (U.S.) — 51st, nineteenth, forty sixth, 4th 2022, 2019, 2017, & 2014 UTMB
  • Yan-Qiao Yun (China) — sixth 2019 & Tenth 2018 TDS; 1st 2023 Chongli Extremely Path 45 Mile; third 2022 Eiger Extremely Path 100k
  • Jia-Ju Zhao (China) — eleventh 2019 CCC; 1st 2023 Extremely-Path Mt, Fuji; fifth 2022 Eiger Extremely Path 100k

Males Prior to now Entered however No Longer Racing The 2023 UTMB

  • Kilian Jornet (Spain, lives in Norway) — 1st 2022 UTMB; 1st 2022 Hardrock 100

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2022 UTMB finish - kid gives high five

Prime fives throughout on the 2022 UTMB end. Picture: iRunFar/Kirsten Kortebein


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