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April 24, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRProperly shoot, the place to start out? There was the Madeira Island Extremely-Path in Portugal, Extremely-Path Mt. Fuji in Japan, and Penyagolosa Trails in Spain all on the record, and so it was a reasonably bigtime weekend of racing.

Madeira Island Extremely-Path – Madeira, Portugal

iRunFar earlier reported on the larger race dynamics. French runners dominated the rostrum within the occasion’s 14th 12 months.


5 large climbs spiked on the 115-kilometer (72 miles) course to whole 7,090 meters (23,260 ft) of elevation acquire.

Manon Bohard (France) raced out manner forward and completed in 15:48, practically an hour higher than everybody else. Luzia Buehler (Switzerland) and Lucie Jamsin (France) have been second and third in 16:40 and 16:47, respectively. For perspective, Courtney Dauwalter (USA) gained final 12 months’s race in 14:40.

Manon Bohard - 2023 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail champion

Manon Bohard of France feeling all of the feelings because the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path champion. Photograph: Madeira Island Extremely-Path/Joao M. Faria

Lambert Santelli (France) bought to the entrance and gained in 14:01. Benoît Girondel (France) adopted second in 14:13, and Luís Fernandes (Spain) was third in 14:23. The highest six males completed beneath 15 hours. As with the ladies’s race, the lads additionally didn’t method final 12 months’s quick finishes when Jim Walmsley (USA) ran 12:58.

Lambert Santelli - 2023 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail champion 2

Lambert Santelli of France on his approach to profitable the 2023 Madeira Island Extremely-Path. Photograph: Madeira Island Extremely-Path/Joao M. Faria


Audrey Virgilio (Switzerland) and Thibaut Garrivier (France) gained the 85k (53 mile) island journey in 11:31 and eight:59, respectively.

Full outcomes.

Penyagolosa Trails – Castellón, Spain

It was the occasion’s twenty fourth 12 months and 40 nations have been represented on the beginning line in far japanese Spain. The 106k race gained 5,560 meters and the 60k went for 3,300 meters. That’s roughly 66 miles with 18,241 ft of acquire and for the shorter race, 37 miles and 10,826 ft.


Each the ladies’s and males’s course information fell.

Mercedes Pila (Ecuador) went 13:12 for the ladies’s win. It was a brand new course document and it was her second win right here, including to victory in 2016. Camilla Spagnol (Italy) and Jocelyne Pauly (France) bought on the rostrum with 13:49 and 13:56 finishes.

Mercedas Pila at the finish line holding the tape

Mercedas Pila, the 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 106k girls’s winner. Photograph: David Gil

Ben Dhiman (USA), who is that this man? Dhiman vaulted onto the worldwide radar final 12 months with a third-place end at Diagonale des Fous, and he took down a Hannes Namberger course document at Penyagolosa. Dhiman’s 10:35 end was 14 minutes higher than the previous course finest.

Noel Yannick (France) and Hirokazu Nishimura (Japan) have been second and third in 10:54 and 11:37, respectively.

Ben Dhiman - 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 106k - men's winner

Ben Dhiman celebrates profitable the 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 106k. Photograph: David Gil


Gemma Arenas (Spain) has an extended historical past with Penyagolosa. She’d earlier gained the lengthy race twice, and had different podium finishes, and a brief course win, and she or he added a second gold on the shorter course. Her 6:20 was a brand new private finest for the course.

Gemma Arenas - 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 60k - women's winner

Gemma Arenas, the 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 60k girls’s winner. Photograph: David Gil

Behind the winner, Sara-Rebekka Faro Linde (Norway) and Kelly Wolf (USA) adopted in 6:28 and 6:34.

José Ángel Fernández (Spain) enthusiastically leapt throughout the end after which crouched to the bottom with the end tape throughout his neck. His 5:12 run was a brand new course document, breaking a benchmark that had stood since 2011. And Fernández wanted nearly each minute to win.

José Ángel Fernández - 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 60k men's winner

José Ángel Fernández the 2023 Penyagolosa Trails 60k males’s winner. Photograph: David Gil

Mario Olmedo was solely 4 minutes again in 5:16, and Ionel Cristian Manole made it an all-Spanish podium with 5:16 and 5:27 runs.

It was maybe a tough begin to the 12 months for Namberger, the previous lengthy course document holder. He was simply eighth in 5:38.

Full outcomes.

Extremely-Path Mt. Fuji – Fujisan Kodomo-no-Kuni, Japan

It’s been 4 lengthy years since UTMF final occurred. And an enormous discipline of three,450 runners from 30 nations celebrated the race’s return. The majority of that group — practically 2,400 runners — began the 100-mile race and its difficult route with 6,452 meters (21,168 ft) of elevation acquire.

100 Mile

Fu-Zhao Xiang (China), the race’s 2019 winner, championed the race once more. She completed the difficult route in 24:14. Chen Rongrong (China) and Chihiro Osaka (Japan) have been subsequent in 25:28 and 26:37.

Fu-Zhao Xiang - 2023 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji 100 Mile - womens winner v2

Fu-Zhao Xiang, the 2023 Extremely-Path Mt. Fuji 100 Mile girls’s winner. Photograph: Fuji Path Runners Membership

As for the lads, barely two hours into the race Jia-Ju Zhao (China) led Yuya Kawasaki (Japan) by seven minutes, and the 2 held those self same positions for all the remainder of the race. Much more, the hole solely barely grew. On the end Zhao was first in 19:35 and Kawasaki second in 19:54. Zhao gained the Doi Inthanon Thailand by UTMB 100-mile race in Thailand every of the final two years too. Tomonori Onitsuka (Japan) was third in 20:59.

Jia-Ju Zhao - 2023 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji 100 Mile - mens winner

Jia-Ju Zhao, the 2023 Extremely-Path Mt. Fuji 100 Mile males’s winner. Photograph: Fuji Path Runners Membership


UTMF’s 68k (42 miles) raced on a course with 3,064 meters (10,052 ft) of elevation acquire. Chihiro Aibara (Japan) gained the ladies’s race in 8:46 and, ending with arms large open, Kento Tamura (Japan) led the lads in 6:45.

Full outcomes.

Marathon des Sables – Morocco

The six-day 250k stage race started on Sunday, April 23. As of this text’s publishing on Monday, the second stage of the race’s thirty seventh 12 months is in progress, with the ladies’s and males’s leaders throughout the road.

Ragna Debats (The Netherlands, lives in Spain) led the ladies with a 3:26 opening stage win on Sunday. Maryline Nakache (France) and Aziza El Amrany (Morocco) have been second and third in 3:36 and three:53.

This trio completed in the identical order on Monday’s Stage 2 as nicely, this time with Debats 17-plus minutes up on Nakache in second and El Amrany in third and just below 10 minutes again on second place. Debats gained the race in 2019 and is setting herself up nicely for a repeat in 2023.

After two levels of racing, issues are tight between three Moroccan males. First, there’s nine-time Marathon des Sables winner Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) who’s in search of his tenth victory. There’s his youthful brother Mohamed El Morabity (Morocco) who has quite a few podium finishes at this race, although all the time behind is older brother. After which there may be additionally Aziz Yachou (Morocco) who has beforehand completed on the race podium.

For Stage 1, older brother Rachid gained with a 0ne-minute margin, whereas youthful brother Mohamed took second with Yachou ending only a second behind Mohamed for third place. On Stage 2, younger brother Mohamed got here house with a 33-second victory, with older brother Rachid in second and Yachou simply 4 seconds again from Rachid in third. Cumulatively, this implies older brother Rachid leads his youthful brother by 27 seconds, and Yachou is simply 1:05 off the lead. Past that, it’s a far 27 minutes again to the subsequent man in fourth, France’s Mathieu Blanchard.

Let’s see what the subsequent three aggressive levels of racing carry.

Full outcomes.

Extra Races and Runs

Promise Land 50k++ – Bedford, Virginia

Sawyer Magnet and Michael Owen took high spots in 4:58 and 4:55. Owen’s win was by a margin of six seconds, whereas Magnet was greater than 40 minutes away from her nearest rival. Her win marks a brand new course document, forward of Sarah Biehl’s 2021 document of 5:02. Full outcomes.

Sawyer Magnett and Michael Owen - 2023 Promise Land 50k winners

Sawyer Magnett and Michael Owen, the 2023 Promise Land 50k++ winners. Photograph: David Horton

Nimble Bear 50k – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Andrea Pask (Canada) and Michael Nangle (Canada) have been race winners in 6:06 and 5:01. Full outcomes.

Capitol Peak 50 Mile – Olympia, Washington

Hannah McLean and Ian Van Dusen led the sphere with 9:42 and eight:19 profitable marks. Full outcomes.

Hyner View Path Problem – Hyner, Pennsylvania 

Full outcomes have but to look on-line, however Michelle Kent and Ben Linne reportedly took high spots within the 50k, whereas Keri Venarchick and Ben Robinson gained the 25k.

Full outcomes (when obtainable.)

Orcas Island 50 Mile – Orcas Island, Washington

Each course information have been threatened, however race winners Marisa Pasnick and Lon Freeman didn’t fairly get there. They did win although with 10:16 and eight:44 finishes. Full outcomes.

Leona Divide – Lake Hughes, California

Jian Springer and Clark Messman gained the 100k in 12:28 and 9:40, and Brianna Pagan and Makai Clemons gained the 50 miler in 9:34 and seven:09. Full outcomes.

Weiser River Path 50k – Boise, Idaho

Jenna Maffey and Ricky Roane gained large in 4:09 and three:39. Full outcomes.

Zane Gray 100k – Payson, Arizona

Little recognized truth, Zane Gray was born in Zanesville, Ohio, as a descendant of its namesake pioneer Ebenezer Zane. And that’s the place I’m from! Gray went onto turn into a celebrated Western novelist. And at his namesake race, Jessica Huppenthal and Jeffrey Arbeit gained the 100k in 15:42 and 12:59. Full outcomes.

Mad Metropolis 50k – Madison, Wisconsin

Autumn Ray took the ladies’s win in 3:23 and Tyler Jermann edged Adam Vadeboncoeur by 39 seconds for the lads’s win. Jermann ran 2:51 to Vadeboncoeur’s 2:52. Full outcomes.

Chippewa Path Races – New Auburn, Wisconsin

Some 119 runners completed the 50k, none sooner than Sarah Harrison and Scott Weispfennig in 5:24 and 4:17. Full outcomes.

Earth Day 50k – Crystal Lake, Illinois

Brianna Bower and Reese Slobodianuk celebrated the vacation with 5:39 and three:43 profitable instances. Slobodianuk went eight seconds higher than a decade-old course document. Full outcomes.

Neglect the PR Mohican 50k – Loudonville, Ohio

Alescia Roberto and Jacob Kuntz raced by the woods in 5:35 and 4:14 for the wins. Full outcomes.

Boston Marathon – Boston, Massachusetts

It’s been every week because the April 17 race, however there have been a couple of path runners and ultrarunners within the outcomes to focus on.


  • Nienke Brinkman (The Netherlands, lives in Switzerland) – 2:24
  • Des Linden – 2:27
  • Dani Moreno – 2:38


  • CJ Albertson – 2:10
  • Chad Corridor – 2:14
  • Zachary Ornelas – 2:20
  • Calum Neff (Canada) – 2:22
  • Fernando Cabada – 2:23
  • John Kinsella (Eire) – 2:27

Full outcomes.

Subsequent Weekend – Canyons by UTMB – Auburn, California

The 100k and 100-mile programs have modified as a consequence of a excessive snow 12 months in addition to final fall’s Mosquito Hearth, and the 100-mile race is more and more aggressive, however the 100k stays a Western States 100 Golden Ticket race with two automated entries obtainable.

100 Mile


  • Alex Borsuk – eleventh 2021 TDS
  • Heather Brooks – fifth 2021 Hardrock 100
  • Alexis Crellin – ninth 2022 Canyons by UTMB 100k
  • Annie Hughes – 1st 2022 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Manu Vilaseca (Brazil) – 1st 2022 Bryce Canyon 100 Mile

Jazmine Lowther (Canada) is on the entrants record however has mentioned on the socials she’s not planning to race.


  • Mathieu Clément (France) – ninth 2021 UTMB
  • Mark Hammond – fifth 2021 Rrun Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Gabe Joyes – third 2022 The Rut 50k
  • David Laney – seventh 2023 Black Canyon 100k
  • Can-Hua Luo (China) – eleventh 2019 UTMB
  • Mario Mendoza – 1st 2021 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Peter Mortimer – 1st 2022 HURT 100 Mile
  • Canyon Woodward – third at 2023 Bandera 100k

Canyon at Canyons, can all of us get behind that?

Whereas Erik Sorenson stays on the entrants record, social media appears to level to him not planning to start out as a consequence of harm.

Entrants record.



  • Amanda Basham – 4th 2023 Bandera 100k
  • Mary Baughman – third 2022 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Addie Bracy – 1st 2023 Behind the Rocks 50k
  • Naomi Model (South Africa) – sixth 2023 Tarawera by UTMB 100k
  • Ida Nilsson (Sweden, lives in Norway) – 2nd 2022 Path World Championships 80k
  • Aroa Sio (Spain) – eighth 2022 UTMB


  • Matt Daniels – 1st 2023 Gorge Waterfalls 50k
  • Justin Grunewald – 1st 2022 Antelope Island 50k
  • Eric Lipuma – seventh 2022 Path World Championships 80k
  • David Roche – 1st 2022 Blue Sky Path Marathon
  • Sébastien Spehler (France) – 2nd 2022 Path des Templiers 80k
  • Sean Van Horn – 4th 2021 JFK 50 Mile
  • Cole Watson – 4th 2022 Black Canyon 100k

Entrants record.

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