2014 The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) Men’s Preview

Ultra-Trail du Mont-BlancThe 2014 The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc kicks off at 5:30 p.m. CEDT on Friday, August 29th from Chamonix, France before circling the Mont-Blanc Massif via Italy and Switzerland. As usual, there’s an incredibly talented men’s field at this year’s race with so many story lines to play out. Can François D’Haene continue crushing major 100 milers? How will Luis Alberto Hernando fare in his 100-mile debut? Can one of the incredibly strong American men’s contingent finally match the American women’s success here? We’ll find out soon! You’d be right in thinking that we’ll be provide round-the-clock live coverage of the race. Follow all the action on our UTMB live coverage page. We’ve published a women’s UTMB preview in case you’re interested. We’ve also published pre-race video interviews with

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As Xavier Thevenard showed us last year, even with a field stacked of international headliners a relative unknown can win a race like UTMB. That said, there is a group of guys who have the best shot at breaking the tape on Saturday afternoon. Here they are.

Francois D'haene - Pre-2014 Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji

François D’Haene

While there are certainly folks in the field who can beat him, François D’Haene is my favorite to win this year’s UTMB. He won a ~100k weather-shortened version of the race in 2012 (post-race interview) and has only gotten stronger since then. In the past 15 months, he’s won the Mont Blanc 80k, Ice-Trail Tarentaise, Diagonale des Fous, and Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji (post-race interview). Having witnessed that win at Fuji, I can attest to it being a controlled, methodical, and dominating effort.

From a pure top-end perspective, Luis Alberto Hernando might be the most fascinating contender in the field. This past Spanish Olympian in Nordic skiing (biathlon) has been crushing the trails for a few years now. Last year, he repeatedly played second chair to Kilian Jornet’s virtuosity at distances from the marathon to 80k. This May, however, Luis Alberto played his cards (and the schedule) right in beating Kilian and company to win Transvulcania (post-race interview). Two weeks after Transvulcania, Hernando ran to an incredibly fast third place at the Zegama Marathon. This will be his first attempt at a race over 100k (and only one of those), so anything could happen… including magic.

Mike Foote - 2013 TNF UTMB

Mike Foote

Mike Foote. Surprised to see him listed as the first American here? Don’t be. When Mike Foote focuses on a race like he’s focused on UTMB, you can count on that devotion paying off. That’s especially the case with UTMB, where he finished third in 2012 (~100k course) and fifth in 2013 (2012 and 2013 post-race interviews). Earlier in the year, he took third behind François D’Haene and Ryan Sandes at UTMF. He’s been training in Europe for weeks now, honing his Euro mountain running skill base.

Anton Krupicka’s health is always a concern. That’s no different heading into this year’s UTMB. He was away from racing for the better part of a year after having to drop late in last year’s UTMB due to injury after running most of the race in a top position. Then, in late May and June, he raced three times, including a course record at the Jemez Mountain 50 Mile and a win at the TNF Lavaredo Ultra Trail (post-race interview). I know that Anton has altered his racing schedule on the fly this season to maximize his chances at UTMB.

Timothy Olson - 2013 TNF UTMB

Timothy Olson

After two years of running incredible race after incredible race in 2012 and 2013 (including a pair of wins at Western States – 2012 & 2013 interviews), Timothy Olson has proven to be human after all. He was eighth at Transvulcania in May and then determinedly finished 13th in 30-plus hours at Hardrock in July. In a way, that rough go at Hardrock could lead to fresher legs and more fire for Timmy going into UTMB. Lest we forget, he did close hard to take fourth at Mont Blanc last year.

Someone get Miguel Heras some bubble wrap. He is seemingly always on the razor’s edge between peak performance (second at UTMB ’13, two wins at TNF ECS – San Francisco) and injury (many UTMBs, Western States ’14). Unfortunately, this year seems to be one dominated by injury. I look forward to chatting with Miguel in Chamonix to see how he’s feeling and whether he thinks he can repeat (or improve upon) his second-place finish at last year’s UTMB (post-race interview). [8/26 Update: Miguel Heras, second at the 2013 UTMB, will not start the 2014 edition due to injury.]

Dakota Jones - 2014 Hardrock 100

Dakota Jones

Like Miguel, Dakota Jones is someone I’d consider moving up this list after chatting with him in Chamonix. He badly sprained his ankle at Hardrock, causing him to drop about 60 miles into the race. If he was able to bounce back quickly, he should have reasonably fresh legs for this point in the season. I just have a feeling, but it’s about time for Dakota to have another stellar race.

Iker Karrera is incredibly strong. He took second at UTMB back in 2011 and has plenty of top finishes since then. He did have a rough go before dropping at UTMF earlier this year, but he’s bounced back to win the incredibly tough 96k BUFF Epic Trail earlier this month… and that’s the only reason I don’t have him listed higher. Perhaps those 12-plus hours of racing will be good preparation for this weekend… or he could still be tired.

More Top Men

Fabien Antolinos is an incredibly fast French runner. Last year, he was sixth at the IAU Trail World Championships and won the Endurance Trail Templiers. This year he’s taken second at both Ice-Trail Tarentaise and the Annecy Maxi Race two minutes ahead of Xavier Thevenard.

Jez Bragg - UTMB 2010

Jez Bragg

The 2010 UTMB champ Jez Bragg (post-race interview) is once again back for the race. Since running New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail in early 2013, he’s been sitting right around 10th at top races such as UTMB last year as well as the Hong Kong 100k and Western States 100 this year. He could pop back into top form at any moment.

For all his strong runs, I don’t believe Tofol Castanyer has ever run a 100-mile race. He does, however, know the area having won the 86k CCC, a UTMB sister race, in 2012. Earlier this year, he was fourth at Transvulcania.

Javier Dominguez’s third place at last year’s UTMB was a huge surprise (post-race interview). Despite the fact that he’s already won races from 100k to 100 miles in Basque country this year, another podium finish would be a huge surprise for Javi. In late June, he was 11th at the Mont Blanc 80k at the Skyrunning World Championships.

Yoshikazu Hara won last year’s Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji. He’s not matched that result in major races since, having dropped from UTMB last year and finishing 38th at Western States in June. As a reminder, he’s run a 6:33 100k on the roads.

Hal Koerner

Hal Koerner

Hal Koerner races a bunch and his results are hit or miss. He’s not yet hit the mark at UTMB. In 2011, he suffered mightily in finishing in 38-plus hours. However, in addition to his multiple wins at the Western States 100, he did win the Hardrock 100 in less than 25 hours in 2012 (post-race interview). An ankle injury that took him out early in July’s Speedgoat 50k remains a question mark until we can learn more. Carlos Sa runs a ton of iconic races… and usually finishes quite high. He was fifth at UTMB in 2011 and fourth in 2012 (100k year). This year he was fourth at the Marathon des Sables.

Jason Schlarb had a very strong 2013 with a third place at the Speedgoat 50k and capped with a win at the Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile (post-race interview). This year, he’s taken his bohemian ways to Europe. He ran to a subpar (for him) 16th place at Transvulcania in May and has jumped into various Alpine races while based in the Alps the past few months.

Aite Tamang of Nepal has routinely won or reach the podium at major Asian races up to 100k over the past few years. Last year, Aite took 13th at UTMB.

This spring Nepal’s Tirtha Tamang won the Hong Kong 100k, his only race on an international stage.

Going from 18th to 14th to 10th at UTMB the past three years gets John Tidd on this list. He’s got nowhere near as high a ceiling as many found on the next list, but that’s quite the trend for this 50 year old. He’s also finished sixth and 12th at the past two UTMFs.

Others to Watch

  • Sébastien Camus (France) — Over the past four CCCs, he has improved from 21st to eighth to fourth to second.
  • Guiliano Cavallo (Italy) — Ninth at Transvulcania in 2012.
  • Bertrand Collomb-Patton (France) — Surprise eighth-place finish at UTMB last year.
  • Erik Clavery (France) — 2011 IAU Trail World Champion and fourth at Diagonale des Fous in 2009 and 2012. Sub-par year in 2013.
  • Matthias Dippacher (Germany) — Top German entrant. 12th and 17th at UTMB in 2011 and 2012.
  • Yeray Duran (Spain) — Third and fourth at past two Transgrancanarias. Sxith at CCC last year.
  • Francois Faivre (France) — Ninth and seventh at the 2011 and 2012 UTMBs, respectively.
  • Emmanuel Gault (France) — 2011 CCC champ. Won 2014 EcoTrail de Paris 80k in 5:40.
  • Neal Gorman (US) — Former Grand Slam of Ultrarunning record holder. Has raced infrequently the past two years.
  • Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) — Third at TNF Lavaredo Ultra Trail and 11th at Transgrancanaria this year.
  • Scott Hawker (New Zealand) — Has run four Ultra-Trail World Tour races this year: Hong Kong 100k, Tarawera Ultramarathon, TNF 100k – Australia, and Lavaredo. He’s finished between fifth and seventh at each of them.
  • Jesse Haynes (US) — Two-straight top-10 finishes at the Western States 100.
  • Aaron Heidt (Canada) — Top Canadian entrant. 2013 Canadian Death Race champ. More experienced at shorter ultras.
  • Jeremy Humphrey (US) — Wins at Cascade Crest 100 Mile (2012) and, more important, The Bear 100 (2013). Good UTMB training grounds around home in Idaho.
  • Zigor Iturrieta (Spain) — Fourth Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2012 and Transgrancanaria 2013.
  • Clément Petitjean (France) — Fourth at 2013 CCC and 2014 Mont Blanc 80k.
  • Jean-Yves Rey (Switzerland) — 2009 CCC champ and sixth at shortened (~100k) UTMB in 2012.
  • Brian Rusiecki (US) — Prolific racer who set the Vermont 100 Mile course record in mid-July. If not his first go at a 100 miler with huge vert, I would include him above.
  • Siu-Keung “Stone” Tsang (China) — 18th at UTMB last year. This year, ninth at the Hong Kong 100k and 11th at UTMF.
  • Freddy Thevenin (France) — Second at last year’s Diagonale des Fous and fourth at Lavaredo this year.
  • Andrew Tuckey (Australia) — Third at TNF 100k – Australia in 2012 and 2013 before taking second this year. 36th at UTMB last year.
  • Michael Wardian (US) — Multiple USATF national championships and countless top finishes.

Entered But Not Racing

  • Mohamad Ahansal (Morocco) — Many wins at the Marathon des Sables. [8/26 Update: Moved here from ‘Others to Watch’ list.]
  • Dylan Bowman (US)
  • Dave James (US)
  • Arnaud Lejeune (France) — Ninth at UTMB 2013.
  • Jorge Maravilla (US)

Notable Non-Entries

  • Sébastien Chaigneau (France) — After many years of running UTMB, Seb is taking a break this year.
  • Topher Gaylord (US) — Topher has started nearly every UTMB and finished high in the rankings in the early years. He’s giving his first go at a UTMB sister race this year in the form of the TDS.
  • Xavier Thevenard (France) — Last year’s TNF UTMB champ will be running the TDS this year.

Call for Comments

  • So who’s gonna’ win UTMB this year?
  • Who are your podium picks?
  • With so many talented Americans in the race, who’s your pick for the top American finisher and in what place?
  • Anyone that you’d add to the preview?
  • Let us know who we’ve included in the preview might be injured or otherwise off their game. Likewise, who’s totally trained, focused, and ready to go?

Previa Masculina de The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc parte el viernes 29 de Agosto a las 5:30 p.m. CEST desde Chamonix, Francia, para realizar la vuelta al macizo del Mont-Blanc, atravesando Italia y Suiza. Como siempre, hay un increíble lote de hombres talentosos esperando en la competencia de este año. ¿Podrá François D’Haene continuar destrozando grandes carreras de 100 millas? ¿Cómo le irá a Luis Alberto Hernando en su debut en 100 millas? ¿Podrá alguno de los integrantes del fuertísimo contingente Estadounidense empatar el éxito de sus mujeres compatriotas aquí? ¡Lo sabremos pronto! Estas en lo cierto si piensas que haremos cobertura en vivo de la competencia. Puedes seguirnos en nuestro twitter en Español, @iRunFarES! También, publicamos la previa de las chicas, en caso de que te interese.

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Tal como nos enseñó Xavier Thevenard el año pasado, aunque haya un lote de competidores repleto de figuras internacionales, un corredor relativamente desconocido puede ganar UTMB. Habiendo dicho esto, presentamos al grupo de muchachos que tienen el favoritismo pensando en romper la cinta el sábado por la tarde. Si bien hay algunos chicos que pueden ganarle en el resto del lote, François D’Haene es mi favorito al triunfo en la UTMB de este año. Ya ganó la versión acortada a causa del clima de 100k~  en el 2012, y se ha vuelto mucho más fuerte desde entonces. Los últimos 15 meses, ha triunfado en los 80k de Mont Blanc, Ice-Trail Tarentaise, Diagonale des Fous, y Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji. Habiendo sido testigo de su triunfo en Fuji, puedo dar fe que fue controlado, metódico y dominante.

Luis Alberto Hernando - 2014 Transvulcania Ultramarathon

Luis Alberto Hernando

Luis Alberto Hernando podría ser el candidato más fascinante del lote. El ex Esquiador Nórdico Olímpico Español, ha estado aplastando senderos en los últimos años. El año pasado, se adjudicó varios segundos lugares detrás del talento de Kilian Jornet en distancias que iban del maratón a los 80k. Sin embargo, en mayo pasado, Luis Alberto jugó sus cartas (y calendario) correctamente al vencer a Kilian y compañía en Transvulcania (Entrevista post-carrera). Dos semanas después de Transvulcania, Hernando corrió a un increíblemente veloz tercer puesto en Zegama. Este será su primer intento en una carrera mayor a 100k (distancia en la que participó solo una vez), así que cualquier cosa puede suceder…incluyendo también, algo mágico. Mike Foote. ¿Sorprendido de verlo listado como el primer Estadounidense aquí? No te sorprendas. Cuando Mike Foote se enfoca en una carrera como lo está este año en UTMB, pueden contar que esa devoción tendrá su resultado. Ese es el caso especial con UTMB, donde finalizó tercero en 2012 (Circuito de 100k aprox.) y quinto en 2013. Hace unos meses, fue tercero detrás de François D’Haene y Ryan Sandes en la UTMF. Ha estado entrenando en Europa por algunas semanas, perfeccionando sus habilidades para moverse por las montañas Europeas.

2013 Speedgoat 50k - Anton Krupicka

Anton Krupicka

Siempre es una preocupación la salud de Anton Krupicka. Eso no cambio de cara a la UTMB de este año. Estuvo fuera de las competencias por su salud la gran parte del año, luego de abandonar en la UTMB del año pasado por lesión, tras correr la mayor parte de los kilómetros en cabeza de carrera. Luego, a fines de mayo y principios de junio, compitió tres veces. Una de ellas incluyó récord de circuito en las 50 millas de Jemez Mountain y un triunfo en TNF Lavaredo Ultra Trail. Sé que Anton altero su calendario de competencias sobre la marcha para poder maximizar sus chances en la UTMB. Luego de dos años de correr increíblemente carrera tras carrera en 2012 y 2013 (incluidos un par de triunfos en Western States), Timothy Olson ha demostrado que también es humano. Fue octavo en Transvulcania en mayo y luego término a puro coraje en más de 30 horas, y en puesto trece, las 100 millas de Hardrock en julio. De cierto modo, ese día duro en Hardrock lo llevo a que sus piernas se refresquen rápido y que el fuego interno en Timmy se avive para UTMB. Sin olvidarnos, el año pasado empujo fuerte para terminar cuarto en Mont Blanc el año pasado. [Actualizado el 26/08Miguel Heras, segundo en UTMB 2013, no comenzará la edición 2014 debido a una lesión.]

Miguel Heras - 2013 TNF UTMB

Miguel Heras

Dakota Jones es alguien a quién subo a esta lista luego de charlar con él en Chamonix. Se lastimo fuertemente un tobillo en Hardrock, obligándolo a abandonar la prueba alrededor de las 60 millas de carrera. Si fue capaz de volver rápidamente, debería tener las piernas razonablemente frescas en este punto de la temporada. Tengo la sensación de que es hora de otra carrera espectacular para Dakota. Iker Karrera es increíblemente fuerte. Fue segundo en UTMB en 2011 y ha sumado un montón de podios desde entonces. Si tuvo algunos días duros, como su abandono en UTMF hace unos meses, pero volvió a tope con un triunfo en los increíblemente duros 96k de la BUFF Epic Trail a principios de mes….y esa es la razón por la cual no lo enliste más arriba en este listado. Quizás esas 12 horas y más de competencia fueron buena preparación para este fin de semana…o quizás todavía este cansado.

Más Favoritos

Fabien Antolinos es un corredor Francés increíblemente rápido. El año pasado fue 6º en los Campeonatos del Mundo de Trail de la IAU, y ganó la Endurance Trail Templiers. Este año fue segundo tanto en la Ice-Trail Tarentaise como en la Maxi Race de Annecy dos minutos delante de Xavier Thevenard. El campeón de la UTMB 2010 Jez Bragg vuelve una vez más a la carrera. Desde que completó el recorrido de Te Araroa en Nueva Zelanda a principios del 2013, ha completado varios top 10 en grandes carreras como la UTMB del año pasado como también en los 100k de Hong Kong y la Western States 100 de este año. Puede volver a su mejor forma en cualquier momento.

Tofol Castanyer - 2012 Giir di Mont

Tofol Castanyer

Considerando todas sus excelentes carreras, cuesta creer que Tófol Castanyer no haya hecho una carrera de 100 millas nunca. Sin embargo, conoce la materia habiendo ganado los 86k de la CCC, la hermana menor de la UTMB, en 2012. Hace unos meses fue cuarto en Transvulcania. El tercer puesto de Javier Dominguez el año pasado en UTMB fue una gran sorpresa. A pesar de haber ganado este año carreras de 100k a 100 millas en el País Vasco este año, otra actuación de podio para Javi sería una gran sorpresa. A fines de Junio, fue 11º en los 80k de Mont Blanc en los Campeonatos del Mundo de Skyrunning. Yoshikazu Hara ganó la Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji del año pasado. No ha vuelto a ese resultado en grandes carreras desde entonces, habiendo abandonado en la UTMB del año pasado y terminando 38º en la Western States en junio. A modo recordatorio, ha corrido 100k en carretera en 6:33. Cuando Hal Koerner corre, sus resultados son aciertos o pérdidas. No ha logrado la marca en UTMB. En 2011 sufrió mucho, terminando en algo más de 38 horas. Sin embargo, como agregado a sus múltiples triunfos en Western States 100, ha ganado en Hardrock 100 en menos de 25 horas en 2012. Una lesión en el tobillo lo dejo fuera al principio de Julio en Speedgoat 50k deja una pregunta abierta hasta que podamos saber más. Carlos Sa corrió varias carreras ícono, y usualmente termina en puestos altos. Fue quinto en la UTMB del 2011 y cuarto en 2012 (versión de 100k). Este año fue cuarto en la Marathon des Sables.

Jason Schlarb - 2013 Run Rabbit Run 100

Jason Schlarb

Jason Schlarb tuvo un 2013 muy sólido que incluyó un tercer puesto en Speedgoat 50k y un triunfo en la Run Rabbit Run de 100 millas. Este año, llevó su estilo bohemio a Europa. Fue 16º en Transvulcania en Mayo, y ha participado en varias carreras durante su estadía en los Alpes los últimos meses. Aite Tamang de Nepal ha sido rutinariamente ganador o podio en las mayores carreras Asiáticas hasta 100k en los últimos años. El año pasado, fue 13º en UTMB. En la primavera pasada, Tirthe Tamang triunfo en los 100k de Hong Kong, su única carrera en el plano internacional. Yendo del 18º al 14º y al 10º puesto en la UTMB en los últimos tres años, John Tidd hace su ingreso a esta lista. Aún no ha encontrado su techo al igual que varios en esta lista, lo cual es algo para destacar a sus 50 años. También ha finalizado sexto y 12º en las últimas dos UTMFs.

Otros a tener en cuenta

  • Sébastien Camus (Francia) – En las últimas cuatro CCCs, ha ido del puesto 21º al 8º al 4º y finalmente al 2º.
  • Giuliano Cavallo (Italia) – Noveno en Transvulcania 2012
  • Bertrand Collomb-Patton (Francia) – Sorpresivo octavo puesto en UTMB el año pasado.
  • Erik Clavery (Francia) – Campeón del Mundo de la IAU en 2011 y cuarto en la Diagonale des Fous en 2009 y 2012.
  • Matthias Dippacher (Alemania) – Corredor top Alemán. 12º y 17º en UTMB en 2011 y 2012.
  • Yeray Duran (España) – Tercero y Cuarto en las últimas dos Transgrancanarias. Sexto en CCC el año pasado.
  • Francois Faivre (Francia) – Noveno y Séptimo en las UTMBs del 2011 y 2012, respectivamente.
  • Emmanuel Gault (Francia) – Campeón de la CCC 2011. Gano la EcoTrail de Paris de 80k 2014 en 5:40.
  • Neal Gorman (EEUU) – Antiguo poseedor del récord del Grand Slam del Ultrarunning. No ha corrido frecuentemente los últimos dos años.
  • Gediminas Grinius (Lituania) – Tercero en TNF Lavaredo Ultra Trail y 11º en Transgrancanaria este año.
  • Scott Hawker (Nueva Zelanda) – Ha competido en cuatro carreras del Ultra-Trail World Tour este año: Hong Kong 100, Tarawera, TNF 100k – Australia y Lavaredo. Ha finalizado entre el 5º y el 7º lugar en cada una.
  • Aaaron Heidt (Canadá) – Corredor top Canadiense. Ganador de la Canadian Death Race 2013. Tiene mayor experiencia en distancias más cortas.
  • Jeremy Humphrey (EEUU) – Triunfos en las 100 Millas de Cascade Crest (2012) y, más importante, en las 100 Millas de The Bear (2013). Buenos lugares de entrenamiento para UTMB en su hogar en Idaho.
  • Zigor Iturrieta (España) – Cuarto en Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2012 y Transgrancanaria 2013.
  • Clément Petitjean (Francia) – Cuarto en la CCC 2013 y Mont Blanc 80k 2014.
  • Jean-Yves Rey (Suiza) – Campeón de la CCC 2009 y 6º en la acortada UTMB (100k aprox.) del 2012.
  • Brian Rusiecki (EEUU) – Gran competidor, recientemente estableció el récord de circuito en las 100 Millas de Vermont. Si no fuese su primer intento en una de 100 millas con tanto desnivel, lo pondría más arriba.
  • Siu-Keung “Stone” Tsang (China) – 18º en la UTMB del año pasado. Este año, 9º en Hong Kong 100k y 11º en la UTMF.
  • Freddy Thevenin (Francia) – Segundo en Diagonale des Fouse el año pasado, y cuarto en Lavaredo este año.
  • Andrew Tuckey (Australia) – Tercero en TNF 100k – Australia en 2012 y 2013 y segundo este año. 36º en UTMB el año pasado.
  • Michael Wardian (US) – Múltiple Campeón Nacional de la USATF e incontables podios.

Inscriptos que no competirán

  • Mohamad Ahansal (Marruecos) – Múltiples triunfos en Marathon des Sables [Actualizado el 26/08 – Movido aquí desde el listado de ‘Otros a tener en cuenta’]
  • Dylan Bowman (EEUU)
  • Dave James (EEUU)
  • Arnaud Lejeune (Francia) – Noveno en UTMB 2013.
  • Jorge Maravilla (EEUU)

No inscriptos destacados

  • Sébastien Chaigneau (Francia) – Luego de muchos años corriendo UTMB, Seb se toma un año de descanso.
  • Topher Gaylord (EEUU) – Topher ha participado en casi todas las UTMB y finalizado en puestos destacados en los primeros años. Por primera vez participará en la carrera hermana, la TDS.
  • Xavier Thevenard (Francia) – El campeón de TNF UTMB del año pasado correrá la TDS este año.

Déjanos tu comentario

  • ¿Quién ganará UTMB este año?
  • ¿Cuál es tu apuesta al podio?
  • Con tantos Estadounidenses en el lote, ¿Cuál es tu elección al mejor Estadounidense colocado?
  • ¿Algún corredor más para agregar a nuestra previa?
  • Haznos saber si hay algún corredor que hayamos incluido en nuestra previa que este lesionado o fuera del juego, como también, quién esté totalmente entrenado, enfocado y listo para dar batalla.

There are 45 comments

  1. Obstreperous12

    Karrera, D'Haene, Castanyer, Krupicka, Olson for me 1st – 5th. Should be a great race. Not to sound harsh, but I hope we have harder weather conditions than last year, just to see who reacts best.

  2. David_FL

    I would love to see Dakota and Anton have good races. Pulling for Anton to win and most of all to stay healthy for the duration and finish.

    1. David_FL

      My dark horse is Jeremy Humphrey. He is tough as nails and puts in the work. As long as he can find the confidence to challenge the better known names, I think he could surprise people. As he says: "Don't sleep on Idaho!"

  3. ashokdaniel

    Hi Bryon you've missed out on Robbie Britton of the UK – is part of the GB 24 hr team, has won several 100 mile races in the Uk and has run spartathlon too

    and Paul Giblin (Scotland) – Won the iconic West Highland Way race (95 miles, 15k of ascent) for the past 2 years and set the course record again this year at 14.30 hrs, is also part of the GB 100k team. They both have a great shot to place in the top 10 this year and Paul could even push for the podium as the west highland way took place in june a week before western states

    1. Obstreperous12

      Ed Catmur is a good shout as well. He has course records at the NDW100 and Winter100 races, both competitive races in the UK.

      1. ashokdaniel

        He's listed in the UTMB magazine as running the big one, not listed on TDS O.o but I guess they have an option to switch

  4. @MT_Anderson

    dakota, d'haene, krupicka, hernando, schlarb (mostly because he's had some great twitter pics on his euro vaca this summer)…

    hope Tony finishes so he has a Hardrock qualifier for next year

  5. RandySavaged

    Hi Bryon
    Sadly, a name missed on this list is Ricky Bobby. After retiring from NASCAR Ricky – aka El Diablo or The Fighting Chicken (Sponsored by Wonderbread & Unleaded 92 Energy Drink via his blog) set his sights on ultrarunning. Ricky will be running to cure snowblindness in cats….something that’s scares him. Ricky looked amazing in the Footloose 50 Miler beating a field of all-stars, including Kevin Bacon. He also won the Walker & Texas Ranger Memorial 100k against 3 other runners just to pump up his UltraSignup percentage. Ricky has been eating Paleo, doing his daily Crossfit routine for the last month, and is running like a lion. Many will start this race, but there is only one winner….. you gotta win to get love, because that’s just life. Look at Don Shula the legendary coach…look at Kabayashi who holds the record for eating all those hotdogs….look at Rue McClanihan from the Golden Girls – all three people, all great champions, all loved.

  6. David_FL

    Isn't Joe Grant running?

    If so, his 2nd at Hardrock a few years ago and is performance in a number of other races would warrant him being on this list somewhere.

  7. Robert Purcha

    It is going to be an incredible race, very balanced line-up. I keep my fingers crossed for Tony. I know what very often injuries mean, struggle for health. The only thing I wish to see is he is healthy. "Be there, in front of the race, in the right place and time, all by oneself or with somebody, then switch on your hunting mood and I am confident of you…"

  8. 413NickT

    If Brian Rusiecki is as focused and determined at UTMB as he was at Vermont (and I think that he will be), he should finish in the top 10. While he might not have the raw speed of some of the other fast men, he is patient, very gritty and loves to climb… previous wins at Mountain Masochist and Pittsfield Peaks 50s, and a strong 2nd at Massanutten this year to name a few. Go Brian!!

  9. @astralboy15

    Am the only one who wants, and believes Foote can take the win? He's a straight beast. Because I love them so I'd love to see an American podium – krupicka, foote, and Olson – in any other.

    But who am I kidding. Hal's smile will eliminate everyone else and he will win. You just watch world, you just watch.

    Though I did hear Rob Krars beard has entered under a pseudoname. Beware the beards.

    And talk about Ashland connection this go around. Of course Hal and Olson, but, krupicka has put in time there too.

    Oregon baby!

    Forget the American podium. I want a Oregon, er, Ashland podium. So boss. Sorry mike.

    1. ctkohm

      I'm from Montana and with ya, astraboy! Foote has a scary chance to win this race, and so do several US runners. He's focused, trains in garbage weather (its pouring right now outside of my Chamonix digs!) and is made of titanium. He admitted that he felt terrible at UTMF from the get-go, and still ran to the podium. But I talked with Timmy O just yesterday, and he looks fresh and ready to have a good race after Hardrock. His conviction runs deep, and with Tony's good health – while unlikely – an all-American podium is certainly possible!

  10. CharlieDalziell

    Andrew Tuckey – had a 40 minute sleep last year and finished 36th. Made up over 100 places in the last 50 miles. Determined not to sleep this year:) He gets better as the race progresses.

    Had a great race at TNF 100 losing in a sprint finish.

    In great shape ATM and should be in the top 10 if he has a good day.

  11. sharmanian

    Should be a crazy race. Impossible to pick a winner from that list given all the variables and talent, but this could be the year an American wins.

      1. sharmanian

        Rory Bosio! But on the men's side I don't think so. I believe Topher Gaylord got 2nd in the early years (just from memory) and Mike Wolfe was 2nd in one of the shortened years (2010?).

  12. _hs_

    I believe Luis Alberto Hernando raced (and won) the 100K Ultra Pirineu last year. And in the Olympics he actually competed in biathlon didn't he?

  13. @ultrademus

    I can personally attest that Karrera is terrifyingly good I'm glad you he's at UTMB this year and not TDG :) Amazing amazing international field though! Would love see Tony Dakota Mike or Hal in the top three, Jesse Haynes I'm routing for top 20 for you!!

  14. trailrunningcroatia

    We would like to add Goran Lesjak from Croatia. He was in Top50 last year on UTMB, and he was the first Croatian to run Western States this year. He placed 37th. Good luck Goran!!

  15. deanger

    After last year's race, I have a hard time putting anyone besides Anton as the favorite. He was the class of the race last time until injury. Yes, I know injuries have haunted him… But after watching his interview with Bryon, I think this might be the year he has a healthy 100. And this course suits him very very well.

  16. LloydBelcher

    Some Nepalese runners to keep an eye on: Tirtha Tamang [winner of HK100 2014] & Aite Tamang [13th at UTMB last year. These young Nepalese are growing in experience to add to some serious raw talent. Their team mate Samir Tamang just came 2nd in the TDS

  17. wolfrunn

    With all you experts out there… Anyone know why US star Rob Krar and European star Kilian Jornet aren't running this UTMB – which many consider the most important ultra trail race in the world? Thanks.

    1. Bryon of iRunFar

      I'd guess it's because they wanted to run other events this year. Every athlete has her or his own desires and it's great when an athlete can follow those desires. For some that means running Leadville, for some that means KIMA, for some that means UTMB, and for some that means setting out on their own individual challenge outside of formal races.

  18. Ian

    I would love to see Anton or Timmy win but D’Haene dominated Fuji and Alberto is a beast! Paul Giblin would be a great top 10 as would Britten and Bragg. Also Rory Bosio for a top 5 spot!

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