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Courtney Dauwalter and Jim Walmsley win 2023 Path Runner of the Yr

Path working media group Freetrail have introduced the winners of the Path Runner of the Yr (TROY), and the epic champions weren’t actually a shock: People Courtney Dauwalter and Jim Walmsley, each winners of the 2023 version of UTMB.

TROY is a worldwide award supposed to acknowledge professional athletes throughout the sport by rating their performances in the course of the 2023 racing season. “It’s our hope that TROY will turn into an annual capstone, celebrating the yr in competitors,” Freetrail mentioned after they created TROY in 2022.

Historically, contests like this one have been country-based, so Freetrail is taking a step towards inclusivity by making the competitors worldwide. “TROY is an extension of Freetrail’s mission to raise the profile of the skilled athletes in our sport whereas serving to informal observers and most people really feel linked to their tales – hopefully creating diehard followers within the course of,” Freetrail shares on its web site.

We had some stellar Canadian athletes on the checklist, together with Ailsa MacDonald of Cochrane, Alta., Edmonton’s Priscilla Forgie, Chilliwack’s Ihor Verys and Montreal’s Marianne Hogan. People took the lead, nonetheless, after outstanding performances in 2023.

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2023 UTMB Girls’s podium. Left to proper: Katharine Hartmuth, Courtney Dauwalter, Blandine l’Hirondel. Photograph: Paul Brechu


Courtney Dauwalter

Ultrarunner and coach Corinne Malcolm says within the Freetrail announcement that “we live within the Courtney Period and we aren’t mad about it.” The path and ultrarunning group witnessed a historic chapter in 2023 as Dauwalter conquered the elusive triple crown of 100-mile races (Western States 100, Hardrock 100 and UTMB 171K) turning into the primary particular person to win all three in a single season.

Malcolm captures the essence of Dauwalter’s outstanding journey in 2023 when she says, “We’ve reached peak Courtney.” Earlier than the triple was even an concept, Dauwalter kicked off her season with wins (setting new course information) at Bandera 100K, Transgrancanaria 128K basic, and a record-breaking efficiency at Western States 100 (WSER).

Three issues extremely beast Courtney Dauwalter can train all runners

Dauwalter’s 2023 season unfolded as a rare narrative of triumphs. Followers watched in awe when she ran to victory at WSER, breaking Canadian Ellie Greenwoods long-standing file by 77 minutes, and three weeks later, dominated the Hardrock 100, setting one more course file.

The sudden revelation of Dauwalter’s pursuit of the triple crown at UTMB provides a surreal dimension to her already illustrious season. “Whereas she would go on to convincingly win her third world-class 100-mile of the season, finishing a triple that may probably by no means occur ever once more, she would additionally present us she was human, gritting by way of the ultimate 50 km of the course… Leaving us completely speechless within the course of,” Malcolm writes.

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Males’s podium at 2023 UTMB. Left to proper: Zach Miller, Jim Walmsley, Germain Grangier. Photograph: Paul Brechu

Jim Walmsley

Walmsley is a beloved fixture within the path group, identified for his immense expertise and devoted work ethic. Followers have adopted the evolution of his ultrarunning profession. Walsmsley’s journey is considered one of steady development, from three consecutive wins at WSER to a strategic transfer to Arêches, France, to be taught from the likes of Francois D’Haene methods to conquer UTMB.

“Similar to for a lot of of his mountain colleagues, that may additionally imply coming into the primary spring race of the season off of largely ski health,” Malcolm says. “To qualify for the UTMB Finals Jim ran, received, and set the course file on the Istria by UTMB 100-mile race—within the course of successful his first 100-mile race that wasn’t WSER.”

Jim Walmsley and Zach Miller Photograph: UTMB

Whereas briefly sidelined with an ankle harm, Walmsley’s dedication prevailed as he clinched victory at Path La Frison Roche and, finally, UTMB. Followers watched a nail-biting race, with some doubts as as to if Walmsley would finest compatriot Zach Miller, however “a change flipped at Champex Lac,” and Walmsley secured his win in underneath 20 hours. Jim’s subsequent triumph at Good Côte d’Azur by UTMB 100K not solely cements his legacy but additionally earned him a golden ticket to WSER 2024, leaving the ultrarunning group in keen anticipation.

Remaining standings 


(1) Courtney Dauwalter
(2) Katie Schide
(3) Sophia Laukli
(4) Toni McCann
(5) Grayson Murphy
(6) Judith Wyder
(7) Claire Bannwarth
(8) Leah Yingling
(9) Ruth Croft
(10) Blandine L’hirondel


(1) Jim Walmsley
(2) Rémi Bonnet
(3) Zach Miller
(4) Tom Evans
(5) Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz
(6) Jonathan Albon
(7) Germain Grangier
(8) Stian Angermund
(9) Tyler Inexperienced
(10) Anthony Costales

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