Saturday, June 10, 2023

Would possibly 1, 2023 – iRunFar


This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRIt used to be some other giant weekend. The Canyons via UTMB leveled up, the Sunapee Scramble went up and down in serving because the USATF Mountain Operating Championships, and the Marathon des Sables wrapped up.

Additionally taking place have been the Calamorro Skyrace in Spain, and the Swedish 24-Hour Championships. Phew, snatch a cup of espresso for this one!

USATF Mountain Operating Championships – Sunapee Scramble – Sunapee, New Hampshire

The primary-year Sunapee Scramble used to be each the vertical and vintage up/down USATF Mountain Operating Championships, and a U.S. groups qualifier for either one of the ones disciplines. The nationwide groups will race on the Path and Mountain Operating Global Championships in June in Austria, and there used to be $6,500 in prize cash too.

USATF Vertical Mountain Championships

iRunFar one by one coated the larger race dynamics.

The Saturday race went 4 miles up Mount Sunapee, gaining 1,900 ft. Allie McLaughlin, the 2022 Global Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race champion, already had a place at the U.S. girls’s group for this yr’s worlds, and so the top-four males and the top-three girls earned group spots.


It used to be the U.S. championships, however Canadian Alexandre Ricard stole the display and led everybody with a 32:12 end. That intended that the following U.S. 4 finishers received group spots. Ricard used to be tenth finally yr’s Global Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race.

Joseph Grey used to be moment, first American, in 32:23. Grey’s historical past on the peak of the U.S. ranks stays improbable, and it used to be his twenty third nationwide championships throughout a couple of distances and disciplines. Grey used to be 6th within the ultimate yr’s Global Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race.

Alexandre Ricard and Joseph Gray - 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships - men's winner and national champ

Alexandre Ricard (foreground) the 2023 Sunapee Scramble Vertical Race males’s winner, and Joseph Grey (background) the 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships winner. Photograph: Joe Viger

Dan CurtsEddie Owens, and Garrett Corcoran adopted in 32:28, 32:40, and 32:43 because the 1/3 via 5th total finishers. It’ll be Curts’s second-straight yr at the U.S. males’s vertical group. Owens ran 2:13 on the December 2022 California Global Marathon, and Corcoran gained ultimate yr’s JFK 50 Mile.

  1. Alexandre Ricard (Canada) – 32:12
  2. Joseph Grey – 32:23
  3. Dan Curts – 32:28
  4. Eddie Owens – 32:40
  5. Garrett Corcoran – 32:43


Grayson Murphy ignored maximum of ultimate yr’s path season with damage, however she completely beaten the ladies’s race. Her 35:47 end used to be virtually 5 mins higher than everybody else. Murphy gained the 2019 Global Mountain Operating Championships.

Grayson Murphy - 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships - women's winner

Grayson Murphy on her option to profitable the 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships. Photograph: Joe Viger

2d, and at the group for the second-straight yr, Rachel Tomajczyk completed in 40:28. Nordic ski ace Alexandra Lawson took the ultimate group spot with 1/3 in 41:03. Canadian Karley Rempel took fourth in 42:13, and Laurel Moyer completed 5th in 42:28 run.

Ultimate yr’s international champion on this race class Allie McLaughlin sat this one out, having already secured her group position, and 2022 group member Lauren Gregory ignored the race with damage.

1 – Grayson Murphy – 35:47
2 – Rachel Tomajczyk – 40:28
3 – Alexandra Lawson – 41:03
4 – Karley Rempel (Canada, lives within the U.S.) – 42:13
5 – Laurel Moyer – 42:28

USATF Mountain Operating Championships

Sunday’s race put the top-four women and men at the U.S. group for this yr’s vintage up/down international championships races. It used to be a two-lap race with 3,400 ft of elevation achieve that went a little below 9 miles in distance. iRunFar detailed the vintage up/down race previous too.


Curts doubled again and flipped issues on Ricard. Curts gained in 1:01:04 and Ricard took moment in 1:02:43. Assuming he accepts each group spots, that implies Curts is on two U.S. groups for worlds.

Morgan Elliott received a measure of revenge. 5th American an afternoon previous and simply off the U.S. group, he raced to 3rd total, moment American, on this race with 1:02:51 at the clock.

Liam Meirow, a sub-14-minute 5,000-meter runner at the monitor, completed simply in the back of Elliott within the vertical race and once more adopted. This time despite the fact that he used to be 1/3 American at 1:03:16.

Canadian Remi Léroux broke up the American string and used to be 5th in 1:03:26 and Owens, like Curts, received a moment U.S. group in 6th at 1:03:27.

Daniel Curts - 2023 USATF Mountain Running Championships winner

Daniel Curts on his option to profitable the 2023 USATF Mountain Operating Championships. Photograph: Joe Viger

  1. Daniel Curts (USA) – 1:01:04
  2. Alexandre Ricard (Canada) – 1:02:43
  3. Morgan Elliott – 1:02:51
  4. Liam Meirow – 1:03:16
  5. Remi Léroux (Canada) – 1:03:26
  6. Eddie Owens – 1:03:37


Murphy doubled again within the vintage up/down race, and world-class Allie McLaughlin stepped into the race as a possible rival. McLaughlin gained respective gold and bronze within the 2022 Global Mountain Operating Championships Uphill and Global Mountain Operating Championships Up and Down races.

It wasn’t that shut despite the fact that and Murphy took her moment nationwide championships of the weekend, operating 1:08:56 to McLaughlin’s 1:11:53.

Tomajczyk picked up a moment U.S. group with a third-place 1:16:35, and Kasie Enman, Global Mountain Operating Championships winner again in 2011, used to be fourth in 1:16:40.

Grayson Murphy - 2023 USATF Mountain Running Championships winner

Grayson Murphy, 2023 USATF Mountain Operating Championships winner. Photograph: Joe Viger

  1. Grayson Murphy – 1:08:56
  2. Allie McLaughlin – 1:11:53
  3. Rachel Tomajczyk – 1:16:35
  4. Kasie Enman – 1:16:40
  5. Megan Lacey – 1:17:05

Complete effects.

Canyons via UTMB – Auburn, California

iRunFar previous reported at the 100-mile and 1000-kilometer races.

Some 1,900 runners have been cut up between the race’s a couple of distances. Top nation snow modified the historic classes and all race distances as an alternative completed in downtown Auburn. The 100k used to be a Golden Price tag race with two computerized entries to the Western States 100 up for grabs.

100 Mile

The boys’s podium ran global, and the ladies’s podium required an “A” as a primary preliminary.

Can-Hua Luo, of China, went to the lead early, after which Mathieu Clément, from Switzerland, joined him there and the 2 stayed in combination till the general strides. They sprinted it out and Clément completed two-tenths of a moment in entrance of Luo. Each have been credited with 17:05 finishes.

Canyon Woodward ran a powerful moment part to get again at the podium in 1/3 at 17:46.

Mathieu Clement and Can-Hua Luo - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100 Mile

Mathieu Clément outsprints Can-Hua Luo in the house stretch of the 2023 Canyons via UTMB 100 Mile. Photograph: Patrick McDermott – Getty Photographs for Canyons Staying power Runs via UTMB

Alyssa ClarkAlexis Crellin, and Annie Hughes completed at the girls’s podium with ultimate occasions of 20:13, 20:55, and 21:26, respectively. The trio held the ones positions for lots of the race. Clark gained the 2023 HURT 100 Mile and ultimate yr’s Moab 240 Mile, a race that Hughes gained in 2021.

Alyssa Clark - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100 Mile champion

Alyssa Clark, 2023 Canyons via UTMB 100 Mile champion. Photograph: Patrick McDermott – Getty Photographs for Canyons Staying power Runs via UTMB


Cole Watson and Adam Merry earned prized Western States 100 Golden Tickets with their first- and second-place 8:34 and eight:50 finishes. Merry simply handed third-place Justin Grunewald within the ultimate stretch, and Grunewald ran 8:53.

Cole Watson - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100k champion

Cole Watson wins the 2023 Canyons via UTMB 100k. Photograph: Patrick McDermott – Getty Photographs for Canyons Staying power Runs via UTMB

Ida Nilsson, from Sweden however dwelling in Norway, in a similar fashion earned a long-wanted Western States 100 Golden Price tag in main the ladies’s race in 9:51. It used to be shut with Canada’s Priscilla Forgie and Spain’s Aroa Sio operating 10:00 and 10:11 for moment and 1/3, respectively. We perceive Forgie continues to be taking into account whether or not she’ll settle for the Golden Price tag.

Ida Nilsson - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100k champion

Ida Nilsson wins the 2023 Canyons via UTMB 100k. Photograph: Patrick McDermott – Getty Photographs for Canyons Staying power Runs via UTMB


A large box of 457 completed the 50k.

Hayden Hawks overtook Jeshurun Small at the ultimate climb to win in 3:32, two mins higher than Small. Eric LiPuma used to be 1/3 in 3:45.

Ladies’s winner Heather Jackson saved her path luck going. The previous triathlon professional gained in 4:09 and this follows a second-place end at February’s Black Canyon 100k. Caitriona Jennings, from Eire however lives in Hong Kong, edged EmKay Sullivan for runner-up honors via best 3 seconds. Each clocked 4:17.

Complete effects.

Marathon des Sables – Sahara Wilderness, Morocco

iRunFar previous coated the seven-day, five-stage race that stretches some 150 miles.


This yr’s race will maximum be remembered for Moroccan nine-time champion Rachid El Morabity shedding from the race after receiving a penalty for outdoor help at the race’s fourth level. El Morabity used to be moment total at that time. You’ll learn our in-depth information article in this tale for extra.

It will now not have mattered despite the fact that, as more youthful brother Mohamed El Morabity already held the race lead at that time and in the long run gained in 19:19.

Mohamed El Morabity - 2023 Marathon des Sables

Mohamed El Morabity on his option to profitable the 2023 Marathon des Sables. Photograph: iRunFar/Jon Bromley

Even after one of these lengthy distance and throughout just about per week of operating, it used to be shut with second-place Aziz Yachou, of Morocco, operating 19:29.

France’s Matthieu Blanchard used to be 1/3 in 21:21.


The ladies’s race used to be marked via some in-race pleasure too. Ragna Debats, of The Netherlands however lives in Spain, the race’s 2019 winner, gained every of the primary 3 levels, however struggled mightily at the lengthy 90k fourth level. She trudged throughout that level in 21:34, virtually 10 hours again of the level winner. That left her off the rostrum and vaulted France’s Maryline Nakache to victory. Nakache used to be moment on every of the primary 4 levels after which gained level 5 for a collective 27:02 end.

Morocco’s Aziza El Amrany and Japan’s Tomoni Bitoh have been moment and 1/3 in 27:53 and 29:39, respectively.

Complete effects.

Maryline Nakache - 2023 Marathon des Sables

Maryline Nakache, 2023 Marathon des Sables girls’s champion. Photograph: iRunFar/Jon Bromley


Further Races and Runs

Calamorro Skyrace – Benalmádena, Spain

The race marked the beginning of this yr’s Skyrunner Global Collection and came about on a 27k path that received 2,000 meters throughout 3 lengthy climbs and two mountain summits. It came about in unseasonably scorching climate. Spain’s Antonio Martínez made a past due move to win and set a brand new path file in 2:39, and France’s Iris Pessey in a similar fashion took without equal lead past due and gained in 3:21. Complete effects.

Iris Pessey

Iris Pessey on her option to profitable the 2023 Calamorro Skyrace. Photograph: Brian Sharp

Antonio Martinez

Antonio Martínez, the 2023 Calamorro Skyrace males’s winner. Photograph: Brian Sharp

Swedish 24-Hour Championships – Växjö, Sweden

Torbjörn Gyllebring set a brand new nationwide file at 272.087 kilometers (169.1 miles) and Therese Fredriksson completed simply over the world-championships qualifier with 230.931 kilometers (143.5 miles). Complete effects (when to be had).

C&O Canal 100 Mile – Knoxville, Maryland

Each Mitch Ables and Brian Zickefoose went below 14 hours with 13:19 and 13:44 finishes, and ladies’s winner Mackenzie Nolan ran a snappy 16:55. Complete effects.

Extremely Race of Champions – Montebello, Virginia

Nathaniel Orders and Ashley Rancourt have been victorious over 100k in 11:32 and 13:42, and Thomas Mockridge and Mary Taylor gained the 50k in 4:44 and 5:22. Complete effects.

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