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Could 1, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRIt was one other large weekend. The Canyons by UTMB leveled up, the Sunapee Scramble went up and down in serving because the USATF Mountain Operating Championships, and the Marathon des Sables wrapped up.

Additionally occurring have been the Calamorro Skyrace in Spain, and the Swedish 24-Hour Championships. Phew, seize a cup of espresso for this one!

USATF Mountain Operating Championships – Sunapee Scramble – Sunapee, New Hampshire

The primary-year Sunapee Scramble was each the vertical and basic up/down USATF Mountain Operating Championships, and a U.S. groups qualifier for each of these disciplines. The nationwide groups will race on the Path and Mountain Operating World Championships in June in Austria, and there was $6,500 in prize cash too.

USATF Vertical Mountain Championships

iRunFar individually coated the larger race dynamics.

The Saturday race went 4 miles up Mount Sunapee, gaining 1,900 ft. Allie McLaughlin, the 2022 World Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race champion, already had a spot on the U.S. girls’s staff for this yr’s worlds, and so the top-four males and the top-three girls earned staff spots.


It was the U.S. championships, however Canadian Alexandre Ricard stole the present and led everybody with a 32:12 end. That meant that the subsequent U.S. 4 finishers gained staff spots. Ricard was tenth eventually yr’s World Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race.

Joseph Grey was second, first American, in 32:23. Grey’s historical past on the high of the U.S. ranks stays unbelievable, and it was his twenty third nationwide championships throughout a number of distances and disciplines. Grey was sixth within the final yr’s World Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race.

Alexandre Ricard and Joseph Gray - 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships - men's winner and national champ

Alexandre Ricard (foreground) the 2023 Sunapee Scramble Vertical Race males’s winner, and Joseph Grey (background) the 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships winner. Picture: Joe Viger

Dan CurtsEddie Owens, and Garrett Corcoran adopted in 32:28, 32:40, and 32:43 because the third by way of fifth total finishers. It’ll be Curts’s second-straight yr on the U.S. males’s vertical staff. Owens ran 2:13 on the December 2022 California Worldwide Marathon, and Corcoran received final yr’s JFK 50 Mile.

  1. Alexandre Ricard (Canada) – 32:12
  2. Joseph Grey – 32:23
  3. Dan Curts – 32:28
  4. Eddie Owens – 32:40
  5. Garrett Corcoran – 32:43


Grayson Murphy missed most of final yr’s path season with damage, however she completely crushed the ladies’s race. Her 35:47 end was virtually 5 minutes higher than everybody else. Murphy received the 2019 World Mountain Operating Championships.

Grayson Murphy - 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships - women's winner

Grayson Murphy on her option to profitable the 2023 USATF Vertical Mountain Championships. Picture: Joe Viger

Second, and on the staff for the second-straight yr, Rachel Tomajczyk completed in 40:28. Nordic ski ace Alexandra Lawson took the final staff spot with third in 41:03. Canadian Karley Rempel took fourth in 42:13, and Laurel Moyer completed fifth in 42:28 run.

Final yr’s world champion on this race class Allie McLaughlin sat this one out, having already secured her staff place, and 2022 staff member Lauren Gregory missed the race with damage.

1 – Grayson Murphy – 35:47
2 – Rachel Tomajczyk – 40:28
3 – Alexandra Lawson – 41:03
4 – Karley Rempel (Canada, lives within the U.S.) – 42:13
5 – Laurel Moyer – 42:28

USATF Mountain Operating Championships

Sunday’s race put the top-four women and men on the U.S. staff for this yr’s basic up/down world championships races. It was a two-lap race with 3,400 ft of elevation achieve that went a bit below 9 miles in distance. iRunFar detailed the basic up/down race earlier too.


Curts doubled again and flipped issues on Ricard. Curts received in 1:01:04 and Ricard took second in 1:02:43. Assuming he accepts each staff spots, which means Curts is on two U.S. groups for worlds.

Morgan Elliott gained a measure of revenge. Fifth American a day earlier and simply off the U.S. staff, he raced to 3rd total, second American, on this race with 1:02:51 on the clock.

Liam Meirow, a sub-14-minute 5,000-meter runner on the observe, completed simply behind Elliott within the vertical race and once more adopted. This time although he was third American at 1:03:16.

Canadian Remi Léroux broke up the American string and was fifth in 1:03:26 and Owens, like Curts, gained a second U.S. staff in sixth at 1:03:27.

Daniel Curts - 2023 USATF Mountain Running Championships winner

Daniel Curts on his option to profitable the 2023 USATF Mountain Operating Championships. Picture: Joe Viger

  1. Daniel Curts (USA) – 1:01:04
  2. Alexandre Ricard (Canada) – 1:02:43
  3. Morgan Elliott – 1:02:51
  4. Liam Meirow – 1:03:16
  5. Remi Léroux (Canada) – 1:03:26
  6. Eddie Owens – 1:03:37


Murphy doubled again within the basic up/down race, and world-class Allie McLaughlin stepped into the race as a possible rival. McLaughlin received respective gold and bronze within the 2022 World Mountain Operating Championships Uphill and World Mountain Operating Championships Up and Down races.

It wasn’t that shut although and Murphy took her second nationwide championships of the weekend, operating 1:08:56 to McLaughlin’s 1:11:53.

Tomajczyk picked up a second U.S. staff with a third-place 1:16:35, and Kasie Enman, World Mountain Operating Championships winner again in 2011, was fourth in 1:16:40.

Grayson Murphy - 2023 USATF Mountain Running Championships winner

Grayson Murphy, 2023 USATF Mountain Operating Championships winner. Picture: Joe Viger

  1. Grayson Murphy – 1:08:56
  2. Allie McLaughlin – 1:11:53
  3. Rachel Tomajczyk – 1:16:35
  4. Kasie Enman – 1:16:40
  5. Megan Lacey – 1:17:05

Full outcomes.

Canyons by UTMB – Auburn, California

iRunFar earlier reported on the 100-mile and 1000-kilometer races.

Some 1,900 runners have been break up between the race’s a number of distances. Excessive nation snow modified the historic programs and all race distances as a substitute completed in downtown Auburn. The 100k was a Golden Ticket race with two automated entries to the Western States 100 up for grabs.

100 Mile

The lads’s podium ran worldwide, and the ladies’s podium required an “A” as a primary preliminary.

Can-Hua Luo, of China, went to the lead early, after which Mathieu Clément, from Switzerland, joined him there and the 2 stayed collectively till the ultimate strides. They sprinted it out and Clément completed two-tenths of a second in entrance of Luo. Each have been credited with 17:05 finishes.

Canyon Woodward ran a robust second half to get again on the rostrum in third at 17:46.

Mathieu Clement and Can-Hua Luo - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100 Mile

Mathieu Clément outsprints Can-Hua Luo within the residence stretch of the 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100 Mile. Picture: Patrick McDermott – Getty Pictures for Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB

Alyssa ClarkAlexis Crellin, and Annie Hughes completed on the ladies’s podium with closing occasions of 20:13, 20:55, and 21:26, respectively. The trio held these positions for many of the race. Clark received the 2023 HURT 100 Mile and final yr’s Moab 240 Mile, a race that Hughes received in 2021.

Alyssa Clark - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100 Mile champion

Alyssa Clark, 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100 Mile champion. Picture: Patrick McDermott – Getty Pictures for Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB


Cole Watson and Adam Merry earned prized Western States 100 Golden Tickets with their first- and second-place 8:34 and eight:50 finishes. Merry simply handed third-place Justin Grunewald within the remaining stretch, and Grunewald ran 8:53.

Cole Watson - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100k champion

Cole Watson wins the 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100k. Picture: Patrick McDermott – Getty Pictures for Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB

Ida Nilsson, from Sweden however dwelling in Norway, equally earned a long-wanted Western States 100 Golden Ticket in main the ladies’s race in 9:51. It was shut with Canada’s Priscilla Forgie and Spain’s Aroa Sio operating 10:00 and 10:11 for second and third, respectively. We perceive Forgie continues to be contemplating whether or not she’ll settle for the Golden Ticket.

Ida Nilsson - 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100k champion

Ida Nilsson wins the 2023 Canyons by UTMB 100k. Picture: Patrick McDermott – Getty Pictures for Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB


An enormous discipline of 457 completed the 50k.

Hayden Hawks overtook Jeshurun Small on the ultimate climb to win in 3:32, two minutes higher than Small. Eric LiPuma was third in 3:45.

Ladies’s winner Heather Jackson saved her path success going. The previous triathlon professional received in 4:09 and this follows a second-place end at February’s Black Canyon 100k. Caitriona Jennings, from Eire however lives in Hong Kong, edged EmKay Sullivan for runner-up honors by solely three seconds. Each clocked 4:17.

Full outcomes.

Marathon des Sables – Sahara Desert, Morocco

iRunFar earlier coated the seven-day, five-stage race that stretches some 150 miles.


This yr’s race will most be remembered for Moroccan nine-time champion Rachid El Morabity dropping from the race after receiving a penalty for outdoor help on the race’s fourth stage. El Morabity was second total at that time. You possibly can learn our in-depth information article on this story for extra.

It won’t have mattered although, as youthful brother Mohamed El Morabity already held the race lead at that time and finally received in 19:19.

Mohamed El Morabity - 2023 Marathon des Sables

Mohamed El Morabity on his option to profitable the 2023 Marathon des Sables. Picture: iRunFar/Jon Bromley

Even after such a protracted distance and throughout almost every week of operating, it was shut with second-place Aziz Yachou, of Morocco, operating 19:29.

France’s Matthieu Blanchard was third in 21:21.


The ladies’s race was marked by some in-race pleasure too. Ragna Debats, of The Netherlands however lives in Spain, the race’s 2019 winner, received every of the primary three phases, however struggled mightily on the lengthy 90k fourth stage. She trudged throughout that stage in 21:34, virtually 10 hours again of the stage winner. That left her off the rostrum and vaulted France’s Maryline Nakache to victory. Nakache was second on every of the primary 4 phases after which received stage 5 for a collective 27:02 end.

Morocco’s Aziza El Amrany and Japan’s Tomoni Bitoh have been second and third in 27:53 and 29:39, respectively.

Full outcomes.

Maryline Nakache - 2023 Marathon des Sables

Maryline Nakache, 2023 Marathon des Sables girls’s champion. Picture: iRunFar/Jon Bromley


Further Races and Runs

Calamorro Skyrace – Benalmádena, Spain

The race marked the beginning of this yr’s Skyrunner World Collection and occurred on a 27k course that gained 2,000 meters throughout three lengthy climbs and two mountain summits. It occurred in unseasonably sizzling climate. Spain’s Antonio Martínez made a late go to win and set a brand new course file in 2:39, and France’s Iris Pessey equally took the last word lead late and received in 3:21. Full outcomes.

Iris Pessey

Iris Pessey on her option to profitable the 2023 Calamorro Skyrace. Picture: Brian Sharp

Antonio Martinez

Antonio Martínez, the 2023 Calamorro Skyrace males’s winner. Picture: Brian Sharp

Swedish 24-Hour Championships – Växjö, Sweden

Torbjörn Gyllebring set a brand new nationwide file at 272.087 kilometers (169.1 miles) and Therese Fredriksson completed simply over the world-championships qualifier with 230.931 kilometers (143.5 miles). Full outcomes (when out there).

C&O Canal 100 Mile – Knoxville, Maryland

Each Mitch Ables and Brian Zickefoose went below 14 hours with 13:19 and 13:44 finishes, and ladies’s winner Mackenzie Nolan ran a fast 16:55. Full outcomes.

Extremely Race of Champions – Montebello, Virginia

Nathaniel Orders and Ashley Rancourt have been victorious over 100k in 11:32 and 13:42, and Thomas Mockridge and Mary Taylor received the 50k in 4:44 and 5:22. Full outcomes.

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