Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Canadians smash at Hawaii’s Harm 100-miler


Two Canadians ruled the ultra-trail scene closing weekend, with Ihor Verys and Andrea Tarras (either one of Chilliwack, B.C.) crushing the notoriously gruelling Harm 100 race in Honolulu, Hawaii. 29-year-old Verys conquered the entire spot in a difficult box of competition, completing in 20 hours and 50 mins, and Tarras, 40, received the ladies’s box in 26 hours (and striking 7th general). Fellow B.C. runner Oskar Michalak of Squamish additionally cracked the highest 10, taking 9th in 26:41.

Canadians and crew at Hurt 100 2024
Canadians and team contributors at Harm 100 2024 Picture courtesy of Ihor Verys

Harm 100 is a famously difficult (each to get into and to finish) race on tough, rooty trails in Hawaii’s semi-tropical rainforest, finished over 5 laps (with partial out-and-backs). Runners traverse 7,468 metres of cumulative elevation acquire and loss over the process the race. Members are required to run a qualifying race and take part in a lottery, in addition to whole path paintings, with the intention to compete. 

Ihor Verys at Hurt 100 2024
Picture courtesy of Ihor Verys

Path and extremely lovers around the globe know Verys from his record-breaking yard extremely lend a hand (to American runner Harvey Lewis) in October, when he ran greater than 717 kilometres over 5 days at Giant’s Yard Extremely Global Championships in Tennessee. With best 3 years of aggressive ultrarunning below his belt, Verys (who moved to Canada from Ukraine in his early 20s) has already racked up a frightening record of accomplishments that come with wins at B.C.’s gruelling Fats Canine 120 and Alberta’s Canadian Demise Race (the place he additionally confronted off in opposition to Lewis, beating him by means of greater than two hours).

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Tarras (who, like Verys, makes her house in Chilliwack) can boast a outstanding win at Fats Canine 120 in 2023, an match the place she received the 107K race and was once 2nd general in 2022. Fats Canine 120 is a 120-mile race within the Cascade mountain vary of B.C., traversing an elevation over 8,000 metres—very similar to that of Mount Everest. In 2022 Verys received the 120-miler at Fats Canine, and in 2023 he paced Tarras throughout the ultimate stretch of her win.

Tarras described the Harm 100 revel in to Canadian Operating as “implausible,” expressing her love for the path group.

“The direction certainly lives as much as its identify,” Verys advised Canadian Operating. “It’s 100 miles of hopping, skipping and leaping whilst going both up or down. The most efficient a part of HURT is its implausible group that makes you wish to have to come back again for extra HURT-ing time once more.”

“I knew Andrea would win it,” Verys added. Each runners are must-watch Canadians, standouts in a world box in opposition to seasoned execs.

Tarras, Verys and Michalak had been joined by means of Erik Chook of Challenge, B.C. (twenty third, 30:17), Squamish’s Tricia McKeowan (sixth girl, 33:42), Charlotte Vasarhelyi of Cambridge, Ont. (ninth girl, 34:37) and Alberta’s Sabina Tolean, who was once the twelfth girl in 35:04. Harm 100 reported 23 Canadians on their get started record, however the race has a prime DNF charge, with 57 members out of 132 starters now not finishing.

For complete result of the 2024 Harm 100, head right here.


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