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Canadian runners shine at Canyons by UTMB


The 2023 Canyons by UTMB ultrarunning competition occurred in California over the weekend, and it noticed a number of thrilling races. The lads’s 100-miler featured a dash end for first place after 17 hours of racing, varied athletes booked their tickets to the Western States 100 and UTMB Worlds Sequence finals and a number of Canadians bumped into the highest 10 of their respective races. Priscilla Forgieof Edmonton completed second within the ladies’s 100K, Ethan Peters of Fernie, B.C. and Ryan Atkins of Sutton, Que., ran to fourth and sixth within the males’s 100-miler, Melodie Gilbert of Bromont, Que., posted an eighth-place outcome within the 50K and Alexandra Harriss of Vancouver received the ladies’s 25K. 

The 100-miler 

The Canyons by UTMB is a UTMB World Sequence occasion, and so the highest 10 female and male finishers within the 50K, 100K and 100-miler all booked their spots at August’s Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc in Chamonix, France. The lads’s race featured a two-runner battle between Switzerland’s Mathieu Clément and China’s Canhua Luo, who ran collectively for many of the race. 

The 2 began a tad slowly, sitting a number of spots again of the lead within the opening few kilometres. By the 23 km checkpoint, Luo had moved into first place and opened up a slight lead over Clément, however the hole solely ever bought as huge as a couple of minutes. By about 50 km, Clément had pulled Luo again in and overtaken him for the lead, however Luo ultimately drew even with him as soon as extra, after which level they remained shut collectively. They battled it out for the subsequent 110 km, by no means straying removed from one another, till they reached the ending stretch and needed to dash for the win.

Dash finishes are extremely uncommon in 100-milers and different ultramarathons, so this was an surprising deal with for followers ready on the end line. Clément ended up having only a bit extra left in his tank as he willed himself to the end, simply forward of Luo. The 2 males ended up with the identical time of 17:05:16, however it was Clément who took the win in an exciting end. 

Just a little beneath an hour again of Clément and Luo was Peters, who crossed the road in fourth place in 17:59:43. Atkins made it to the end at 19:16:12, locking in sixth place total. As top-10 finishers, Peters and Atkins each earned their spots at the beginning line in Chamonix later this 12 months. 

The ladies’s 100-miler was a lot much less dramatic, with American Alyssa Clark cruising to the win in 20:13:21. Clark’s fellow American Alexis Crellin was inside placing distance for a part of the race, however by across the 100K mark, Clark pulled away for good. Crelling remained in second, stopping the clock in 20:55:06. Annie Hughes made it an all-American ladies’s podium together with her 21:26:05 end. 

The 100K

Forgie had an amazing race within the 100K, not solely ending as second girl, however operating to seventh total. Sweden’s Ida Nilsson took the win within the ladies’s race, breaking the tape in 9:51:07, however Forgie was not far behind, ultimately crossing the road in 10:00:20. For some time early on within the race, Forgie had a lead over Nilsson, at one level operating near 10 minutes forward of the Swede. By the 65 km checkpoint, although, Nilsson had clawed her manner again, ultimately passing Forgie and charging up the course to the win. 

The 100K not solely provided spots on the UTMB World Sequence finals, but in addition a pair of WS100 Golden Tickets to the highest two women and men. Forgie booked her spot at each races together with her second-place outcome. Within the males’s race, American Cole Watson took the win in 8:34:38. 

The 25K and 50K

Within the males’s 50K, American Hayden Hawkes received with a remaining time of three:32:11. Hawkes’s compatriot Heather Jackson received the ladies’s race in 4:09:36, about half an hour forward of Canada’s Gilbert, who crossed the road because the eighth girl in 4:41:21. Within the ladies’s 25K, Harriss ran to the lone Canadian win of the weekend, posting a remaining time of 1:52:45. 

For full outcomes from the Canyons by UTMB, click on right here



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