On Saturday in Chamonix, after years of attempting and failing to attain that elusive victory, Jim Walmsley, previously of Flagstaff, Ariz., however extra not too long ago a resident of France, in the end accomplished his dream of crossing the end line first at Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). The 3-time Western States winner and route file holder crossed the road in 19 hours, 37 mins and 43 seconds. Walmsley used to be driven laborious through Zach Miller of Colorado completed in moment position simplest mins 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 received the boys’s race, and the primary time each males’s and girls’s podiums had been crowned through American citizens: the invincible Courtney Dauwalter used to be the highest feminine for the 3rd time, crossing the road in 23:29:14, in twenty fifth place general, after breaking route data at each Western States and Hardrock previous this season. Katharina Hartmuth of Germany crossed the road in moment position in (24:10:52) and Blandine L’hirondel of France completing 3rd (24:22:50) in her first 100-mile race and her first look at UTMB.
Dauwalter’s win is historical; that is the primary time in ultra-trail historical past that any runner has received Western States, Hardrock 100 and UTMB in the similar season.
For Walmsley’s fanatics, 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 used to be 5th that yr). Walmsley moved to the world in 2021 to immerse himself within the procedure of coaching for the win, which had eluded him such a lot of 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 moment to Kilian Jornet in 2022, used to be fourth nowadays, in 20:54:25 (Jornet didn’t race this yr because of harm). Ailsa MacDonald, who completed moment at Western States ultimate yr, completed 7th within the ladies’s race (25:48:54). Final yr’s second-place finisher, Marianne Hogan of Montreal, didn’t race this yr because of harm.
Most sensible 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
Most sensible 9 ladies
- 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 newsletter, simplest 9 ladies had completed.)