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Hayden Hawks captures Black Canyon 100K course report

After a really uncommon two-hour delay as a consequence of snow accumulation on the course, the Black Canyon 100K close to Phoenix, Ariz. acquired underway on Saturday, with a stacked area on each the lads’s and ladies’s sides. 2020 winner Hayden Hawks confirmed the ultra-trail world he’s again on high on the first main North American occasion of 2024, crossing the end line in a speedy seven hours, half-hour and 18 seconds, a brand new course report by two and a half minutes.

Black Canyon 100K is the primary North American occasion within the new World Path Main Collection, which kicked off with the Hong Kong Extremely on Jan. 21. All three podium finishers on each the lads’s and ladies’s sides obtained Golden Tickets into Western States 100, to be held in Olympic Valley, Calif. on June 29. The race traverses a point-to-point route on the Black Canyon Path, starting within the city of Mayer and descending towards Phoenix, with 1,581 metres of elevation acquire on a web downhill course.

This was Hawks’s first race after an injury-plagued 12 months in 2023 culminating in knee surgical procedure. Jupiter Carera Casas of Mexico took second in 7:39:56 and Chris Myers was third, in 7:43:02. “It was a really big day for me. Getting back from knee surgical procedure and having the ability to do what I like to do on the stage I do know I’m able to was unimaginable,” Hawks advised Canadian Operating post-race. “I had a fantastic day and am very completely happy concerning the efficiency. That being mentioned, this was the semifinal for me and the championship is on the finish of June at Western States.”

Fernie, B.C.’s Ethan Peters was the highest Canadian, ending twenty eighth total (twenty seventh male) in 8:52:15, and Reid Burrows of New Brunswick was forty third total (thirty sixth male), in 9:31:38.

After quite a few modifications of place, the equally shut girls’s race was received by Rachel Drake in 8:47:23; she was twenty fourth total and solely two minutes over Keely Henninger‘s 2023 course report of 8:45:30. Oregon-based Drake received the 60K race at Black Canyon in 2021, and has a powerful path operating resume, most just lately taking fourth on the Kodiak Ultramarathons by UTMB in October. Becca Windell was second in 8:52:46, with Lauren Puretz rounding out the rostrum in 9:06:58.

“It was so laborious!” Drake advised Canadian Operating after her 100K triumph.”Becca Windell and I ran laborious collectively for about 20 miles and it was unimaginable. I used to be operating scared the final 12 miles and am so grateful to her for making me get essentially the most out of myself.”

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Picture courtesy of Rachel Drake

Vancouver’s Kat Drew was the highest Canadian girl, ending fifth in 9:15:20, with fellow Canadian Geneviève Asselin-Demers shut behind in sixth place (9:17:38), and Canmore’s Arden Younger in eleventh (9:46:37). “I cherished my expertise within the desert,” mentioned Asselin-Demers. (Anne-Marie Madden of Vancouver, who was third in 2022 and who received the masters division on the California Worldwide Marathon in December, was thought-about a possible podium finisher, however didn’t begin as a consequence of damage.)

Males’s 100K high 10

  1. Hayden Hawks – 7:30:18
  2. Jupiter Carera Casas (Mexico) – 7:39:56
  3. Chris Myers – 7:43:02
  4. Craig Hunt – 7:46:39
  5. Stephen Kersh – 7:47:33
  6. Tracen Knopp – 7:48:04
  7. Eric LiPuma – 7:48:48
  8. Gabriel Kline – 7:51:28
  9. Nate Jewkes – 8:03:55
  10. Hans Troyer – 8:03:58

Girls’s 100K high 10

  1. Rachel Drake – 8:47:23
  2. Becca Windell – 8:52:46
  3. Lauren Puretz – 9:06:58
  4. Jenna Bensko – 9:11:18
  5. Kathryn Drew – 9:15:20
  6. Geneviève Asselin-Demers (Canada) – 9:17:38
  7. Tara Dower – 9:19:25
  8. Anna McKenna (Australia) – 9:28:24
  9. Riley Brady – 9:33:53
  10. Marci Klimek – 9:41:02

For full outcomes, click on right here.

Black Canyon 60K

The sphere of elite athletes within the 60K race was nearly as deep because the 100K distance. Brief-course path operating star Eli Hemming led from begin to end, setting a brand new course report of 4:06:39 in what was solely the second extremely of his profession. Brad Miles took second in 4:35:14, and Brett Hornig was third in 4:41:22.

Elena Horton led a extremely aggressive girls’s area, profitable (and putting seventh total) in 4:57:19, solely two minutes shy of Mimmi Kotka’s 2023 course report (Georgia Porter and 2023 100K champ Keely Henninger ran intently to complete in 5:00:06 and 5:04:37, respectively.

Jenny Quilty BC 60K
Jenny Quilty takes 4th at Black Canyon 60K Picture: Keeley Milne

B.C.’s Jenny Quilty was the highest Canadian and fourth girl in 5:05:39. Quilty ran in second place for a lot of the race: “I went out manner too laborious,” she mentioned post-race. “My quads left me about 10 minutes in the past.”

For full outcomes, click on right here.

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