The high country of Europe and North America is opening up as summer sets in and snow melts, and this means the trail racing is going higher too. This week, we bring you results from the Vail Mountain Games in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Olla de Núria, which tops out on a 2,900-meter (9,500 feet) peak in Catalonia, Spain. We’ve also got plenty more results, including from America’s oldest trail race, the Dipsea Race in California. Buckle up, it’s Monday!
Vail Mountain Games – Vail, Colorado
Spring Runoff 10k
Dani Moreno picked up the high-altitude win and a $2,500 paycheck for her work. Moreno was out front on the up-and-down course in 48:29. Most of the action happens around 9,000 feet. Janelle Links charged to second in 49:34 and Ashley Brasovan was third in 49:40.
And on the men’s side, Joseph Gray won for an incredible eighth time. Gray finished this year’s track in 40:57, easily in front of second-place Joseph Demoor and third-place Ace Brown. Demoor and Brown finished in 42:22 and 42:51.
20k Anniversary Run
The first-year 20-kilometer race started at the same time as the 10k race, eliminating any potential for a double between the two prize-money-rich races. This race paid $12,000 to the top three finishers, whereas the 10k went five deep on money, but only totaled $11,500.
Tabor Hemming and Eli Hemming can pay some bills after this double win. The wife-and-husband team each won their respective races and a combined $6,000. Tabor ran away with the “W” in the women’s race in 1:49. That was well clear of Grace Morgan and Megan Board and their 2:00 and 2:01 finishes.
Eli had a closer race, but comfortably won in 1:28. Andy Walker was second in 1:31 and Jeff Cuno was a distant third in 1:39.
The third running race of the day started four hours after the other two, and so the chance to double and win more money was alive. This race runs as up-and-down laps on Vail Mountain. Runners have to finish the lap they’re on at 30 minutes and race back down.
All three of the top women got five laps in, but Janelle Lincks, second in the earlier 10k race, got hers in 35:02 to win. Karley Rempel and Jessica Fairless finished their five in 35:25 and 35:32 for second and third.
An impressive eight men finished six laps, and Cam Smith got back down at 31:51. Joseph Demoor doubled back and was second again, this time in 32:09, and Sullivan Middaughalso doubling back, was third in 32:33.
Additional Races and Runs
Man Versus Horse – Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, United Kingdom
Ricky Lightfoot (UK) ran 2:22 to beat the first horse, Invictuswith rider Kim German (UK) by two minutes. The race went for 23 miles. Claire True (UK) was first woman in 3:25. Full results.
Lake District Challenge – Lakeside, England, United Kingdom
There were shorter race distance options too, but Nicola Shaw (UK) Andy Wilkin (UK) did the full 100k loop the fastest, finishing at 12:47 and 11:20. Full results.
Olla de Núria – Queralbs, Spain
Oihana Kortazar (Spain) outpaced Malen Osa (Spain) and Nuria Gil (Spain) to win the competitive 21k race. The three finished in 2:42, 2:45, and 2:48. Men’s best Oriol Cardona (Spain) ran 2:12 to lead Antonio Martinez (Spain) and Ricardo Cherta (Spain). The chasers came through in 2:17 and 2:21, respectively. The race was part of the Golden Trail National Series for Spain/Portugal. Sarah Alonso (Spain), just off her third-place finish at the Zegama Marathonwon the 4k uphill race in 51:53, and so too did Albert Perez (Spain) in 45:21. Full results.
T3T Marathon – Basque Mountains, Spain
Mayi Mujika (Spain) and Robert Pkemboi (Kenya) won the marathon-distance mountain run in 4:54 and 3:56. Pkemboi was fifth at the Zegama Marathon two weeks ago Full results.
Trail Du Saint-Jacques by UTMB – Ville du Puy-en-VelayFrance
Adele Hadjali (France) and Aubin Ferrari (France) got their stones with a 123k (76 miles) win in 18:35 and 13:04, and Inês Marques (Portugal) and Clement Helier (France) led the 73k (45 mile) distance at 8:14 and 7:22, respectively. Full results.
Geiranger Half Marathon – Geiranger, Norway
The all-uphill 21k road race was quite the husband-and-wife challenge. Emelie Forsberg (Sweden, lives in Norway) and Henriette Albon (Norway) ran 1:57 and 1:59 at the front of the women’s race, and for the men, Kilian Jornet (Spain, lives in Norway) separated from John Albon (UK, lives in Norway) in the final 5 kilometers and won in 1:29. Albon followed 25 seconds later. Are there other husband-and-wife teams that could’ve challenged for this podium? Full results.
Wy’east Wonder 50 Mile – Parkdale, Oregon
Stacey Marion and Dylan Bowman won the 50-mile race in 8:28 and 7:11, and Sarah Writer and Justin Ash slayed the 50k race in 4:31 and 4:16, respectively. Full results.
Dirty Half Marathon – Bend, Oregon
Local legends Renee Metivier and Max King were big winners in 1:24 and 1:17. Full results.
Holcomb Valley Trail Run – Big Bear Lake, California
Heather Huggins and Cory Mayfield won the longtime 33-mile race in 6:30 and 4:45. Full results.
Dipsea Race – Marin, California
It was the 111th edition of the age- and gender-graded 7.5-mile race, and Eddie Owens won the race to the finish line and posted the fastest split. That is, Owens overcame any age and gender handicaps. Clara Peterson was the first woman to finish. Full results.
Shadow of the Giants 50k – Fishcamp, California
Erica Jennison and Oscar Perez cruised through the redwoods first in 5:14 and 4:20. Full results.
Cool Moon 100 Mile – Cool, California
Nadia Haas and Eric Miya covered the multi-loop course in 29:50 and 21:49 for victory. Full results.
Trail Rail Run 50 Mile – St. Regis, Montana
Sara Tannenbaum and Nick Peterson went the distance at 9:06 and 7:53. Full results.
Flagstaff Extreme Big Pine Trail Runs 54k – Flagstaff, Arizona
Sawyer Magnett and Austin Horn were the first woman and man over 54 kilometers, winning in 4:47 and 4:07, respectively. Elyssa Bell topped the 27-kilometer race in 2:20, and Ruairi Moynahan kicked to a close men’s win at 1:53. Full results.
Sinks Canyon 50k – Lander, Wyoming
Hannah Jochem set a new course record in 5:41, and local runner Aaron Robson just missed the men’s mark in 4:25. Full results.
Ring the Springs 100 Mile – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Elizabeth Shell and Jesse Jones were the inaugural-year 100-mile winners in 26:36 and 26:54, respectively, and Denise Klatt was first home in the 50-mile race at 12:00, and Nicholas Logan was the first man in 13:03. Full results.
Kettle Moraine 100 Mile – Lagrange, Wisconsin
In the women’s race, Michelle Magna won and set a new course record at 17:03. It was nearly 70 minutes better than the old best. Reese Slobodianuk was first man at 17:18. Full results (when available).
Lighthouse 100 Mile – Petoskey, Michigan
Stephanie Bland and Travis McCathie went point-to-point for victory at 18:43 and 17:55, respectively. Full results.
War Hammer 100 Mile – London, Kentucky
The double out-and-back packs in waterfalls, boulder scrambles, river banks, bridges, and lakeside trails on a challenging course. 2022 winners Natalia Smerage and Benjamin Rush made it through in 29:54 and 29:10. Daisy Packard and Gavin Davis won the 50-mile race in 11:38 and 8:40, and Kimberly Goehring and Josh Elliott were the day’s best over 50 kilometers in 6:10 and 5:28. Full results.
New York Mini – New York City, New York
Trail-road-track crossover star Grayson Murphy ran 31:53 for 10k, placing 13th in the international road running field. It was a new personal best, and Murphy did it with a negative split after opening with a 16:05 5k. Full results.
Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie 50 Mile – Ellerbe, North Carolina
Michelle Gray championed the women’s group in 8:59, and on the men’s side, this is Ivaylo Benov‘s race. He’s won six times since 2016, and that includes 2022. The results currently show a 4:57 finish and that’s probably a bit too fast to be accurate, but let’s assume that Benov is indeed this year’s winner again. Leave a comment to let us know the men’s winner’s finish time. Full results.
Call for Comments
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