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December 11, 2023 – iRunFar

December 11, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRI’ve been on the lookout for some sunshine and located it on this week’s race schedule. We’re dropping into Thailand, New Zealand, Hawai’i, and elsewhere for the weekly rundown.

We even have the schedule of the 2024 Golden Path World Collection.

Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The tip-of-year UTMB Asia-Pacific main had three extremely distances, all with a stunning quantity of vertical. I assume it is smart although, the race’s namesake nationwide park is nicknamed the “roof of Thailand” for its mountain peaks.


The occasion’s longest race stretched 175 kilometers (108 miles) and with 10,030 meters (32,906 toes) of elevation achieve by the jungle.

Ji Duo (China) was on their own on the finish of the boys’s race. His 23:58 end squeaked underneath the 24-hour mark and was practically 90 minutes higher than everybody else. Duo was 14th at this 12 months’s UTMB, and this was at the very least his fourth extremely end since then. Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) and Beñat Marmissolle (France) had been second and third in 25:25 and 25:44. For perspective on this course’s problem, or on the problem of Marmissolle’s particular person day, Marmissolle positioned second on this 12 months’s Hardrock 100 in 23:50. He was nearly two hours slower right here.

Chinese language runners took everything of the ladies’s podium, and nobody was higher than 30 hours. Lin ChenAnna Li, and Yuan-Yuan Wu all completed in 30:05, 30:11, and 30:54 to steer the group.

The race served as a Western States 100 Golden Ticket Collection race as properly, and there’s no official announcement but on-line of who has accepted the tickets. It appears like from social media that Ji Duo and males’s fourth-place finisher Robert Hajnal (Romania) might have unofficially accepted the boys’s Golden Tickets. We see no information but concerning the ladies’s Golden Ticket winners.


The roughly 59-mile race gained 5,860 meters (19,225 toes) for an enormous mountain problem too. Chinese language runners once more led the boys. The highest eight all completed underneath 11 hours, however Guang-Fu Meng (China) gapped everybody with a ten:09 end that introduced him dwelling 33 minutes earlier than anybody else. Pei-Quan You and Hui Bai had been subsequent in a string of shut finishes at 10:42 and 10:43.

Hau Ha Thi (Vietnam) dominated the ladies’s run in 12:09. She was quietly fourth at OCC this 12 months, and received final 12 months’s Doi Inthanon 50k. Ragna Debats (The Netherlands, lives in Spain) was second in 12:43, and Emilie Maroteaux (Réunion Island) ran 13:26 for third.


The shortest of the occasion’s extremely programs was fairly stout too. There was 2,870 meters (9,416 toes) of elevation achieve on this course, and of the practically 1,400 starters, solely three might end in underneath 5 hours.

Revenge recreation! Tao Luo (China) avenged a drop finally 12 months’s race and received massive this 12 months in 4:16 for the boys. Meikael Beaudoin-Rousseau (U.S.) chased to a 4:39 second-place end and Ai-Ai Shi (China) was third in 4:44.

Girls’s winner Elisa Desco (Italy) edged Marina Cugnetto (Italy) for the ladies’s win in 5:17. Cugnetto was barely two minutes again in 5:19, and Rui-Fang Zhou (China) was third in 5:31.

[Editor’s Note: From 2010 to 2012, Elisa Desco served a two-year doping ban from the IAAF after she tested positive for EPO at the 2009 World Mountain Running Championships.]

Full outcomes.

The WILD Epic Mountain Runs – Arrowtown, New Zealand

The 2-day occasion occurred in far southern New Zealand’s South Island. The programs included a mixture of sooner terrain and mountain ups and downs.

85k V5000

The official course was lower brief to simply 75k (46 miles) and with 3,900 meters (12,795 toes) of elevation achieve because of climate.

Cullen Rhind (New Zealand) was a runaway winner within the males’s race at 8:24. No different man got here in underneath 9 hours. Benje Patterson (New Zealand) and Matthew Gummer (New Zealand) had been up subsequent in 9:09 and 9:32.

Cullen Rhind - 2023 The WILD V5000 - men's winner

Cullen Rhind, the 2023 The WILD V5000 males’s winner. Picture: Photos4sale

Girls’s chief Alison Wilson (U.Okay., lives in New Zealand) was manner out entrance in 8:59, and that positioned her second total too. iRunFar’s personal Eszter Horanyi (U.S.) was second in 10:05 and Hannah Wall (New Zealand) was third in 10:17.

Alison Wilson - 2023 The WILD V5000 - women's winner

Alison Wilson wins the 2023 The WILD V5000. Picture: Photos4sale

64k V3000

The 40-mile race additionally went throughout one massive mountain loop. Vajin Armstrong (New Zealand) led Dai Lawson (New Zealand) and Jaco Du Plessis (New Zealand) to the highest of the rostrum. The group completed in 7:05, 7:29, and seven:32, respectively.

Vajin Armstrong - 2023 The WILD V3000 - men's winner

Vajin Armstrong, the 2023 The WILD V3000 males’s winner. Picture: Photos4sale

Louise Murray (Eire, residing in N.Z.) edged out Delphine Touzouli (France) for the ladies’s victory. The 2 completed in 8:18 and eight:25, and Alexandra Knights (New Zealand) was third in 8:58.

Full outcomes.

Louise Murray - 2023 The WILD V3000 - women's winner

Louise Murray takes the win on the 2023 The WILD V3000. Picture: Photos4sale

Kosciuszko by UTMB – Snowy Mountains Nationwide Park, Australia

The second-year occasion ran by Australia’s alpine wonderland, the Snowy Mountains, and featured three totally different extremely distances. Uniquely and oddly, each the 100-mile and 100k races seem to have had a 4k, no sooner than 45 minutes, required strolling part throughout a pointy metallic grate. Somebody nearer to the occasion can maybe make clear, however this metallic walkway should be throughout a delicate terrain space?

100 Mile

The 100-mile race had 231 starters and 160 finishers. The highest three males got here in underneath 20 hours, and solely two minutes separated the entrance two. Chris Lenkic (Australia) edged out Takumi Sawayanagi (Japan) for the win. Lenkic completed in 19:23 and Sawayanagi ran 19:25. It was Lenkic’s 100-mile debut. Hayato Nishikata (Japan) was third in 19:46.

Chris Lenkic - 2023 Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB 100 Mile men's winner

Chris Lenkic wins the 2023 Extremely-Path Kosciuszko by UTMB 100 Mile. Picture: Korupt Imaginative and prescient

Girls’s winner Manuela Soccol (Belgium) avenged a drop finally 12 months’s race to earn her first 100-mile end. She broke the end tape in pouring rain in 22:24. Final 12 months’s 100k race winner Stephanie Auston (Australia) was second in 23:02 and Claire O’Brien-Smith (Australia) was third in 23:19.

Manuela Soccol - 2023 Ultra-Trail Kosciuszko by UTMB 100 Mile - women's winner

Manuela Soccol, the 2023 Extremely-Path Kosciuszko by UTMB 100 Mile ladies’s winner. Picture: Extremely-Path Kosciuszko by UTMB


Ruy Ueda (Japan) stepped up in distance, his first 100k in 5 years, and received the boys’s race in 9:46. Rhett Gibson (Australia) and Adrian de la Nougerede (U.Okay.) had been second and third in 10:09 and 11:32.

Girls’s winner Patricia McKibbin (Australia) led for all of her race and completed in 12:22. She was third right here a 12 months in the past. Second-place Hannah McRae (Australia) ran 12:46 and Sophie Broome (U.Okay.) was third in 13:00.


Practically 1,000 runners took on the 50k course. It was the largest race of the occasion’s 4 distances. (The occasion had a 27k race along with the three ultras.) Tuomas Kari (Finland) and Madison Reynolds (Australia) received in 4:17 and 5:14, respectively.

Full outcomes.

Hellgate 100k – Fincastle, Virginia

A midnight begin provides to the problem of the 66.6-mile path by the Blue Ridge Mountains in winter. Climate circumstances had been reportedly delicate this 12 months.

Brian Culmo and Aaron Slabach dueled on the entrance of the boys’s race and had been the one sub-11-hour finishers. Culmo completed in 10:10, a brand new course report, and Slabach trailed in 10:25. Jordan Chang was off the lead tempo however on the rostrum in 11:08. Culmo and Chang had been second and third a 12 months in the past, and Chang was remarkably third in 2021 too.

Shannon Howell led three ladies underneath 14 hours. Howell was the quickest at 13:02, and Jennifer Mawn and Laura Davis completed subsequent in 13:43 and 13:59.

Full outcomes.

Shannon Howell and Brian Culmo - 2023 Hellgate 100k winners

Shannon Howell and Brian Culmo, the 2023 Hellgate 100k winners. Picture courtesy of Hellgate 100k/David Horton.

Further Races and Runs

Honolulu Marathon – Honolulu, Hawai’i

Andy Wacker and Sage Canaday felt a necessity for pace on the roads and went to the roads for two:23 and a couple of:31 respective marathon finishes. Wacker, who completed fourth total and as high American, break up 1:10 for the primary half and Canaday ran a adverse break up after a 1:16 first half. Full outcomes.

Deception Cross 50k – Oak Harbor, Washington

Mike Sidic and Kat Drew received the Rainshadow Working occasion in 3:54 and 4:11. Full outcomes.

Frozen Path Run Fest 50k – Eugene, Oregon

Race winners Ethan Hardacre and Rachel Hawkins coated the 50k course in 4:23 and 4:50. Full outcomes.

Doomsday 50k – Cool, California

Time’s up on the Doomsday 50k. Danny Murphy and Nicolette Del Sarto beat the clock in 5:13 and 6:03. Full outcomes.

Joshua Tree Traverse FKT – California

We haven’t had eyes on quickest recognized instances these days, however the North American winter’s a good time for such efforts. Jade Belzberg ran 4:40 on the 37-mile Joshua Tree Traverse and that was two minutes higher than Keely Henninger’s former ladies’s supported FKT from December 2022.

Tucson 50k – Oro Valley, Arizona

The 50k street race was held as a part of the better Tucson Marathon occasion and, just like the marathon, on a downhill course. Ferdinand Clovis Airault and Tara Kaur rolled to three:20 and three:43 profitable instances. Full outcomes.

Hitchcock Expertise Endurance Runs – Honey Creek, Iowa

Nate Cannon and Kaci Lickteig received the 50 miler in 9:49 and 9:28, respectively. Full outcomes.

Bigfoot 50k – Lore Metropolis, Ohio

Salt Fork State Park is the place for Bigfoot in Ohio. There have been at the very least 36 reported sightings because the Eighties, and one as lately as 2020. The 50k race contained in the park was a three-lap 10.4-mile loop and J.R. Luyster was 24 minutes higher than everybody else in 4:39. Olivia Watson received the ladies’s race in 5:55. Full outcomes.

Shakori 40 Mile Extremely – Pittsboro, North Carolina

Alex Drozd and Makayla Florez led a small group to the end in 4:55 and 6:55. Full outcomes.

Tallahassee Ultradistance Traditional – Wakulla Springs, Florida

It was the longtime race’s forty second 12 months. Ryan Woodward and Jenny Early had been 50k champs in 4:31 and 5:05. Full outcomes.

USATF Membership Cross Nation Championships – Tallahassee, Florida

The occasion maybe didn’t get the path runner participation that it has prior to now, however we noticed a couple of acquainted names. It’s been some time, however Renee Metivier used to extra usually race on trails. She was the USATF path marathon nationwide champion again in 2017. On the USATF Membership Cross Championships, within the Masters Girls’s 6k, Metivier was second in 21:40. Chris Grauch, who has raced for the U.S. on the World Masters Mountain Working Championships, was twelfth within the Masters Males’s 10k in 35:02. Liam Meirow had a full 12 months on the paths, and completed sixteenth within the Open Males’s 10k in 31:59. He raced as a part of the Bowerman Observe Membership crew. Full outcomes.

Daytona 100 Ultras – Jacksonville, Florida

It was an enormous weekend for Florida. The 100-mile winners Marc Burget and Caryn Lubetsky completed in 15:16 and 16:30, and over 50 miles it was Armand Riehl and Myriah Tisch at 8:00 and 9:53. Alexander Thomas and Bethany Bradshaw received the 50k in 4:27 and 5:21. Full outcomes.

2024 Golden Path World Collection

There’s some new races in new locations because the Golden Path World Collection expands to eight collection races.

  • April 20-21, 2024 – Kobe Path (Japan)
  • April 27, 2024 – 4 Ladies Mountain Path (China)
  • Might 26, 2024 – Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon (Spain)
  • June 30, 2024 – Marathon du Mont Blanc (France)
  • August 10, 2024 – Sierre-Zinal (Switzerland)
  • August 17, 2024 – Tatra Sky Marathon (Poland)
  • September 14-15, 2024 – Headlands (U.S.)
  • September 22, 2024 – Mammoth Path Fest (U.S.)
  • October 17-20, 2024 – Grand Last (TBD)

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  • The Pikes Peak Ascent fell out of the International Path World Collection. Do you are feeling okay about that?
  • What different information do it’s a must to report from the weekend in working?

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