Danièle Riendeau punctuated an astounding weekend for Canadian girls at Puerto Vallarta by UTMB by successful Sunday’s 20K in 2:03:30 and ending eleventh total.
Riendeau’s victory noticed Canadian girls shut out the second yr of UTMB’s race weekend in Mexico by capturing first place in three of the weekend’s 5 occasions. On Saturday, Montreal’s Geneviève Asselin-Demers topped the ladies’s podium within the 100K, whereas Saskatoon’s Caitlin Schindel took first within the 50K.
Just like the ultra-trail races, the 20K challenged runners with robust ascents, extremely technical trails and scorching warmth, though temperatures weren’t as constantly excessive as they had been on Saturday. “I feel that labored in my favour, for positive,” Riendeau mentioned following her win.
She added the course’s diversified terrain was each a problem and a deal with for runners eager to compete on a scenic course.
“It was hilly, proper up the primary six kilometres uphill on a winding street into the jungle—some trails, up and down cobble stones, bridges, after which simply lovely surroundings all the best way again, with lots of downhill on the finish.”
Riendeau mentioned she didn’t enter the 20K anticipating to win. “I didn’t know I used to be within the lead, however I used to be working alone for lots of it.”
Having triumphed in Mexico, Riendeau mentioned she’d wish to give attention to working a 50K. She mentioned she’d actually take into account tackling the space in Puerto Vallarta subsequent yr, calling it a “nice occasion” on a well-marked course with “nice selection and delightful surroundings” and excellent volunteers.
Becoming a member of Riendeau on the ladies’s podium had been Mexican runners Diana Darinka Zárate Díaz (2:10:51) and Paola Segura (2:18:40). In the meantime, Mexico dominated the lads’s race with Jose Luis Castel Ceja breaking the tape in 1:43:42, adopted by Alan Carzolio (1:43:56) and Ricardo Mejia Hernandez (1:45:32).
In Sunday’s 33K race, Mexico’s Jeff Rosas topped the lads’s podium in 3:38:54. Salvador Martínez, additionally from Mexico, took second in 3:40:55, and Colombia’s Jhoan Sebastian Rivera Alape positioned third (4:03:39). Canadian Greg Cruickshank ran 4:40:28 to prime the 40-44M class and place thirteenth total.
Mexicans swept the ladies’s 33K podium. Sabrina White ran 4:35:05 for the win and tenth place total, adopted by Mariela Silva (5:03:06) and Lorena de Luna Saucedo (5:37:40).