2015 Transvulcania Ultramarathon Results

2015 Transvulcania Ultramarathon sq

If mountain running was a school, then Luis Alberto Hernando and Emelie Forsberg taught the men’s and women’s fields some solid lessons today as they won the 2015 Transvulcania Ultramarathon without challenge. Read on to hear more about how the race unfolded.

In addition to this results summary, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and preview on our Transvulcania Emelie Forsberg - Salomonlive-coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Transvulcania-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports. Be sure to check back!

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Men’s Race

Spain’s Luis Alberto Hernando (pre-race and post-race interviews) let others–including Zach Miller, Dimitris Theodorakakos, and Dakota Jones–do the leading, for at least the first 30k of the race, sitting on their heels and matching them step for step. He ran ahead of the lead pack now and again, seemingly testing the crowd to see who would or could chase. Between 30k and 50k, Luis turned on the afterburners and broke from his nearest competition by five minutes and the rest of the field by 20. Over the course of the race’s final 23k, he outpaced everyone else by more than a minute per kilometer, issuing a master class in finishing strong. His 6:52:39 is a new course record over the previous record held by Kilian Jornet by about 90 seconds.

Luis Alberto Hernando - 2015 Transvulcania champ

Luis Alberto Hernando, 2015 Transvulcania Ultramarathon champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

As evidenced by Dani Garcia’s, of Spain, high bib number, 660, I don’t think anyone expected him to finish in second place. Though the race tracker tells us he was hovering just outside the men’s top 10 for the race’s first half, Dani made a huge move between 30k and 50k, from outside the top 10 to sharing third place with Dakota Jones. He then moved into and held that second position from the top of the long descent all the way to the finish. We’d love to know more of Dani’s story!

Dani Garcia - 2015 Transvulcania second place

Dani Garcia on his way to finishing second. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Australia’s Blake Hose (post-race interview) has shined at races down under, and perhaps looking at his previous results, he fit into the category of guys who seemed primed to breakout. That said, breakout races are rare and difficult to put together. No matter, this guy nailed it. In the race’s first half, Blake shadowed the guys who were sharing the lead, a couple to several minutes back. As late as 52k, Blake was in sixth place. Then, he executed a super-solid race finish, moving up position by position until he found his way onto the podium by the end of the 8,000-foot descent with only a few kilometers to go. What’s next when you breakout like Blake did today? The sky is the limit now.

Blake Hose - 2015 Transvulcania third place

Blake Hose would go on to finish third. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Dakota Jones (pre-race interview) looked good early, suffered during the big climb after 30k, tolerated the second third of the race, and then got his shit together for a strong finish. The American was among the pace-setting crowd at the front of the race early on, but fell back from the leaders by 20 minutes between 30k and 50k, slowing by a minute per kilometer. During the last 10k of the race, things got real volatile between third and sixth place with positions constantly shifting. Dakota responded to that pressure, moving into fourth position on the final climb to the finish. He fought off a finish-chute sprint by fifth-place Zach Miller, but maintained position.

Watching the U.S.’s Zach Miller (pre-race interview) race was a little like watching a reality TV show. Intense, the plot continually changing, a guy just putting it out there despite everything else, and an end-of-story cliffhanger. Zach spent a lot of the first 30k of the race setting the pace, running off the front or at the front of the lead men’s group. Then, between 30k and 50k, he lost five minutes on leader Luis Alberto Hernando. After that, on the long descent between 50k and 65k-ish and the climb between 65k-ish and about 71k, he gave up a couple more positions and was as low as sixth place. He fought his way into fifth position, then pressed in the finish chute toward fourth, but Dakota Jones held him off.

Greece’s Dimitrios Theodorakakos, Spain’s Cristofer Clemente, Spain’s Pablo Villa, France’s Julien Coudert, and France’s Aurélien Donand completed the men’s top 10.

Men’s Results

  1. Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) — 6:52:39 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Dani Garcia (New Balance) — 7:21:28
  3. Blake Hose (Salomon) –7:25:23 (post-race interview)
  4. Dakota Jones (Salomon) — 7:28:59 (pre-race interview)
  5. Zach Miller (Nike) — 7:29:00 (pre-race interview)
  6. Dimitrios Theodorakakos (Salomon) — 7:29:38
  7. Cristofer Clemente — 7:32:47
  8. Pablo Villa (Salomon) — 7:37:10
  9. Julien Coudert (Saucony) — 7:49:22
  10. Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz (Compressport) — 7:57:37

Full results.

Women’s Race

The women’s race was the Emelie Forsberg (pre-race and post-race interviews) show, start to finish. Even from the first checkpoint at Los Canarios, just six kilometers in, the Swede had set herself apart from the field by minutes. From there until 62k, Emelie grew her lead to 30 minutes. Then, from 62k to the 73k finish, her lead neither expanded nor contracted. Though she seemed to suffer a bit with the afternoon heat at the lower elevations of the last part of the course, she did not give up any of her lead. At the finish, Emelie seemed both relieved to have arrived and proud of polishing off her first ultramarathon of 2015 so strongly.

Emelie Forsberg - 2015 Transvulcania champ

Emelie Forsberg, 2015 Transvulcania Ultramarathon champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Spain’s Anna Comet (post-race interview) appears to be a relatively new arrival on the trail-ultra scene, but her race today seemed calculated all the way through, as if she’s been at this for a long time. Early on, Anna ran in the back half of the women’s top five, slowly creeping up as the race progressed. Her stats went like this: fourth at 22k, fourth at 30k, third at 50k, second at 62k, and second at the finish. And, also like an experienced ultrarunner, she seemed in control all day, no matter the terrain. The smart-racing award of Transvulcania goes to second-place Anna.

Anna Comet - 2015 Transvulcania second place

Second place Anna Comet on the race’s 8,000-foot descent. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

France’s Myriam “Mimi” Guillot (post-race interview) is a crossover adventure racer who has sporadically raced ultra-trails over the last seven or eight years. Her adventure-racing team was world champions as recently as 2013, and her pepperings of ultra-trail finishes have always been podiums. Myriam took things out pretty hard and kept the guns firing all day long. Though she ran in second position for most of the day and gave that up to Anna Comet during the long descent between 50k and 62k, she was definitely pushing start to finish.

Myriam Guillot - 2015 Transvulcania third place

Myriam Guillot running her way into third place. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Alicia Shay spent the early part of the day in third position, and the latter part of the day in fourth. From the outside looking in, the American looked in her element on the climbs. As well as she looked climbing, our one glimpse of her descending at 62k, with some 6,500 feet of descent in just the previous 12k, she looked less strong on the descending. That said, she did not yield position and was fourth at the finish, holding her own all the way.

Today’s consistency award goes to Poland’s Magdalena Łączak who spent the early part of the race in a similar spot as the end of the race, right around the top five.

The U.S.’s Kristina Pattison, Portugal’s Ester Alves, Switzerland’s Corine Kagerer, Japan’s Kaori Niwa, and the Czech Republic‘s Hana Krajnikova rounded out the women’s top 10.

Women’s Results

  1. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) — 8:32:59 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  2. Anna Comet (Dynafit) — 9:02:57 (post-race interview)
  3. Myriam Guillot — 9:15:06 (post-race interview)
  4. Alicia Shay (Nike) — 9:17:49
  5. Magdalena Łączak (Salomon) — 9:23:45
  6. Kristina Pattison (La Sportiva) — 9:48:48
  7. Ester Alves (Salomon) — 9:58:24 (pre-race interview)
  8. Corine Kagerer — 9:58:39
  9. Kaori Niwa (Salomon) — 10:00:54
  10. Hana Krajnikova — 10:14:12

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Resultados Ultramaratón Transvulcania 2015

2015 Transvulcania Ultramarathon sqSi hubiese una escuela de carreras por montaña, entonces Luis Alberto Hernando y Emelie Forsberg le hubiesen dado duras lecciones a los carteles masculinos y femeninos hoy con sus contundentes triunfos en la Ultramaratón Transvulcania 2015. Sigue leyendo para enterarte como se dio la competencia.

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Los Hombres

El Español Luis Alberto Hernando (entrevistas pre-carrera y post-carrera) dejo que los demás –Zach Miller, Dimitrios Theodorakakos, y Dakota Jones- lideren la prueba al menos por los primeros 30k de competencia, cómodo detrás de ellos y siguiéndolos paso a paso. Por momentos se adelantaba, quizás testeando al lote para ver quién podría perseguirlo. Entre el kilómetro 30 y 50, Luis encendió las turbinas y se escapó de sus perseguidores abriendo una diferencia de 5 minutos a los más cercanos, y 20 al resto de lote. En los 23 kilómetros finales del circuito, se alejó de los demás con una ventaja de casi un minuto por kilómetro, dando una clase maestra y finalizando muy fuerte. Sus 6:52:39 establecieron un nuevo récord de circuito, anteriormente de Kilian Jornet, superándolo por casi 90 segundos.

Luis Alberto Hernando - 2015 Transvulcania champ

Luis Alberto Hernando, campeón la Ultramaratón Transvulcania 2015. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Como lo evidencia el dorsal de número alto, 660, Dani García de España no era uno de los candidatos a quedarse con el segundo lugar. ¿Puede alguien contarnos sobre este muchacho? Además de saber que se mantuvo fuera del top 10 por la primer mitad de carrera, Dani hizo su esfuerzo entre el kilómetro 30 y 50, de estar fuera del top 10 a compartir el tercer lugar con Dakota Jones. Luego avanzó y mantuvo esa segunda posición desde el principio del descenso largo hasta la meta. ¡Muero por saber más de Dani!

Dani Garcia - 2015 Transvulcania second place

Dani Garcia rumbo a finalizar segundo. Foto: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

El Australiano Blake Hose (entrevista post-carrera) ha brillado en carreras de Oceanía, y quizás mirando a sus resultados previos, encaja en la categoría de chicos que están listos para dar el salto. Dicho eso, las carreras en las que se da el salto no son usuales y son difíciles de conseguir. Sin importar esto, este chico lo hizo. En la primer mitad de competencia, Blake se movió en la sombra de los chicos que compartían el liderato, algunos minutos detrás. Aún en el kilómetro 52, Blake se encontraba en sexta posición. Luego, se lanzó hacia un final de carrera súper sólido, escalando posiciones poco a poco hasta encontrarse dentro del podio tras finalizar el descenso de 2500 metros, con sólo unos kilómetros para la meta. ¿Qué queda por delante cuando logras dar el salto como hizo Blake hoy? Sólo el cielo es el límite ahora.

Blake Hose - 2015 Transvulcania third place

Blake Hose seguiría su camino al tercer lugar. Foto: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Dakota Jones (entrevista pre-carrera) se vio bien al principio, sufrió durante el primer gran ascenso luego de 30k, tolero el segundo tercio de la carrera, y luego junto todas sus partes para finalizar de manera fuerte. El norteamericano se mantuvo con el lote de punta al principio de la carrera, pero cayó del mismo por casi 20 minutos entre el kilómetro 30 y el 50, perdiendo casi un minuto por kilómetro. Durante los últimos 10k de carrera, las cosas se tornaron muy volátiles entre el tercer y el sexto lugar, con las posiciones cambiando constantemente. Dakota respondió a esa presión, moviéndose al cuarto lugar en el último ascenso hacia la meta. También batalló un sprint final con quien terminaría quinto, Zach Miller, pero mantuvo su puesto.

Ver la Carrera del Estadounidense Zach Miller (entrevista pre-carrera) fue como ver un Reality Show de televisión. Intenso, con la trama cambiando constantemente, con un tipo dejando todo a pesar de todo, y con un melodrama para finalizar la historia. Zach paso la mayoría de los primeros 30k de carrera estableciendo el ritmo, corriendo con el lote de punta. Luego, entre el kilómetro 30 y el 50, perdió cinco minutos con el líder Luis Alberto Hernando. Después de eso, en el descenso largo entre el kilómetro 50 y el 65, y en el ascenso entre el kilómetro 65 y el 71, perdió algunas posiciones y quedó relegado al sexto lugar. Dio batalla hasta llegar a la quinta posición, luego apretó hasta el sprint final por el cuarto lugar, pero Dakota Jones no se lo permitió.

Dimitrios Theodorokakos de Grecia, Cristofer Clemente de España, Pablo Villa de España, Julien Coudert de Francia, y Aurélien Donand de Francia completaron el top 10 masculino.

Resultados Masculinos

  1. Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) — 6:52:39 (entrevistas pre-carrera y post-carrera)
  2. Dani Garcia (New Balance) — 7:21:28
  3. Blake Hose (Salomon) –7:25:23 (entrevista post-carrera)
  4. Dakota Jones (Salomon) — 7:28:59 (entrevista pre-carrera)
  5. Zach Miller (Nike) — 7:29:00
  6. Dimitrios Theodorokakos (Salomon) — 7:29:38
  7. Cristofer Clemente (Land) — 7:32:47
  8. Pablo Villa (Salomon) — 7:37:10
  9. Julien Coudert (Saucony) — 7:49:22
  10. Aurélien Donand (Compressport) — 7:57:37

Resultados completos.

Las Mujeres

La Carrera de las mujeres fue el show de Emelie Forsberg (entrevistas pre-carrera y post-carrera), de principio a fin. Incluso en el primer avituallamiento en Los Canarios, sólo seis kilómetros dentro de la carrera, la Sueca se había cortado del resto del lote por minutos. Desde allí al kilómetro 62, Emelie aumento su diferencia a 30 minutos. Luego, del kilómetro 62 a la meta en el 73, su liderato ni se aumentó, ni decreció. A pesar de que se la vio sufrir con el calor de la tarde en las partes finales del circuito, no regaló nada de su liderato. Ya en la meta, Emelie parecía estar relajada por haber finalizado y orgullosa de haber pulido de esta forma su primer ultramaratón del 2015 de manera tan sólida.

Emelie Forsberg - 2015 Transvulcania champ

Emelie Forsberg, campeona de la Ultramaratón Transvulcania 2015. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Anna Comet (entrevista post-carrera) de España pareciera ser una protagonista relativamente nueva en la escena de las ultra trail, pero su carrera hoy pareció estar calculada de principio a fin, como si hubiese estado en este asunto por mucho tiempo. Al principio, Anna corrió detrás del top cinco femenino, escalando posiciones lentamente con el progreso de la carrera. Sus estadísticas fueron las siguientes: cuarta a los 22k, cuarta a los 30k, tercera a los 50k, segunda a los 62k y segunda en meta. Y, al igual que una corredora con vasta experiencia en ultramaratones, se la vio controlada todo el día, sin importar el terreno. El premio a la performance más inteligente de Transvulcania va al segundo lugar de Anna.

Anna Comet - 2015 Transvulcania second place

Anna Comet, segundo escalón del podio, en el descenso de 2500 metros. Foto: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Myriam “Mimi” Guillot (entrevista post-carrera) de Francia es una corredora híbrida que en los últimos 7 u 8 años, corre carreras de aventura y esporádicamente ultra trails. Su equipo de Carreras de Aventura fue campeón del mundo de la especialidad en el 2013, y sus resultados en ultra-trail siempre fueron arriba del podio. Myriam se tomó las cosas duramente y apretó todo el día. A pesar de haber corrido todo el día en segunda posición, y haber cedido la posición a Anna Comet durante el último descenso entre el kilómetro 50 y el 62, definitivamente apretó desde el principio al final.

Myriam Guillot - 2015 Transvulcania third place

Myriam Guillot corriendo hacia el tercer puesto. Foto: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Alicia Shay paso la mayor parte del día en tercera posición, y la última parte del día en cuarta. Viéndolo desde afuera, la norteamericana se sintió cómoda en los ascensos. Así como se la vio bien trepando, la única vez que la vimos descender fue en el kilómetro 62, ya con 2000 metros de desnivel negativo en los 12 kilómetros previos, y no la vimos tan fuerte en bajada. Dicho esto, no cedió la posición y fue cuarta en meta, sosteniendo el paso durante todo el camino.

El premio a la constancia va para la Polaca Magdalena Łączak, quién desde temprano en la carrera hacia el final, paso los kilómetros en la misma posición en la que terminaría, rondando el top cinco.

La Estadounidense Kristina Pattison, Ester Alves de Portugal (entrevista pre-carrera), Corine Kagerer de Suiza, Kaori Niwa de Japón, y la Checa Hana Krajnikova, cerraron el top 10 femenino.

Resultados Femeninos

  1. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) — 8:32:59 (entrevistas pre-carrera y post-carrera)
  2. Anna Comet (Dynafit) — 9:02:57 (entrevista post-carrera)
  3. Myriam Guillot — 9:15:06 (entrevista post-carrera)
  4. Alicia Shay (Nike) — 9:17:49
  5. Magdalena Łączak (Salomon) — 9:23:45
  6. Kristina Pattison (La Sportiva) — 9:48:48
  7. Ester Alves (Salomon) — 9:58:24 (entrevista pre-carrera)
  8. Corine Kagerer — 9:58:39
  9. Kaori Niwa (Salomon) — 10:00:54
  10. Hana Krajnikova — 10:14:12

Resultados completos.

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¡Gracias!

Gracias a Mauri Pagliacci, Rodrigo Lizama, Ian Campbell y Miguelito Rodriguez por su asistencia en el circuito. Gracias también a Travis Trampe y Leon Lutz por ayudarnos desde la oficina. ¡Se necesita un equipo para que la cobertura suceda!

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com’s Senior Editor, the author of ‘Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,’ and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world’s wildest places. For more information on Meghan and her adventures, please visit her personal website.

There are 24 comments

  1. MexiFast

    Thx for the coverage iRunfar! Love seeing all the runners giving it everything they have…. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not. At any rate, a day in the mountains beats any day inside.

  2. Runjog

    What sports are you guys used to cover? Dani is a TOP European Trail runner…. Oh and he did 3rd at CCC(UTMB) in 2013, was 2nd at 2014 Ultra Trail Spain Champs, etc, etc…. :p

    1. Meghan Hicks

      @Runjog,

      By his Transvulcania performance, Dani is clearly an outstanding runner who must have a decorated at least national-level history, or perhaps a lot of sports experience in another discipline. It is just that I haven’t yet seen him race, and haven’t run across his results before. I don’t see everything that comes across the plate, results-wise, but he’s not a runner I’ve yet run into. That’s all. :) It was a pleasure to watch him perform yesterday.

  3. Ben_Nephew

    Given the gaps between Luis Alberto and Emelie and the rest of the fields, I'm not sure there is much to be learned from the race itself. It seems that Luis Alberto and Emelie are at entirely different fitness levels. Sure, both ran smart, yet different races, but they probably could have won 10 different ways. The description of the time they put into the rest of the fields, minutes per kilometer for extended sections, that is like varsity vs. junior varsity. If you think of the duration of the race as three marathons, the equivalent gap for a marathon would be 10 minutes.

    1. AdamLawrence

      I don't know man…most things aren't THAT stacked in ultra trail yet, and as Ben points out, if you gap someone by 10 minutes in a 'thon, you really aren't even in the same race any more. The big road marathons are stacked. While the talent pool in ultra and mountain running is obviously much deeper than it was even just three years ago, there's still plenty of room for outliers. I seriously doubt we're at the limits of human ability with these kinds of races. In road marathons, on the other hand, it seems like we're probably seeing the limit of the possible, barring the development of new and better drugs .

      1. @Baristing

        As an instructive example: Lelisa Desisa won Boston this year, in 2:09:17. Sage Canaday, whom we all know around these parts, ran 2:19:12. Now, by our collective mortal standards, that's an amazing run for Sage, especially factoring in the weather. But I think he'd acknowledge that he and Desisa were running very different races. Desisa was going for the win, whereas he was aiming for the 2:18 Olympic Trials Qualifier. To be clear, I'm not using this example to knock Sage at all. He's a great runner with amazing range, in terms of both distance and terrain. But the depth at the top of elite road marathoning is another world.

        1. Ben_Nephew

          I was going to include that type of comparison, but yours is more relevant. My idea was to mention that someone running a 2:10 will be looking to win the US Olympic marathon trials, where a 2:20 runner won't even qualify to compete in the race. While where the race was stacked or not depends on whether you are comparing it to road marathons or ultras, the field was quite competitive by ultra standards. That is one thing that made the Luis Albero's race impressive; he didn't just put 30 minutes on 1-2 fast runners. If that had been the case, one could have made a comment about Luis having a good race, and the other guys having bad days. He put 30 minutes into several guys that had the potential to do well. If he has that type of day in Annecy, good luck to the rest of the field!

        2. AdamLawrence

          Exactly. Look also at someone like Krar, who can win three competitive 100 milers in a single summer. Most elite road marathoners wouldn't dream of racing three 'thons in an entire year, as far as I know, because they're pretty inevitably going to get tired or injured and fall to another elite of equivalent ability. That kind of unassailable dominance (Canaday's run at Speedgoat last summer would be another example) is indicative of a comparatively shallow competitive pool.

          1. @Speedgoatkarl

            there is no series in the US that brings out all the best at one race in Ultras, hence the competitive fields will always be thin. Still fun to watch, but not really something like road marathoning at all. US athletes are travelling too much to Euro races, making our home races less competitive. Who is Dakota Jones anyway? he races in Europe. I'd rather see Dakota run here, instead of running a good race in Europe to come in 5th. I dunno, it's a tough thing to turn down, free trips to Europe, and long ones at that, but our races are never going to be super competitive if this continues. And "skyrunning int the US" will have no merit as I suspected anyway, because everyone is spread thin. And hardly any European runners come here, especially to race on smooth easier trails.

            1. @SageCanaday

              I think this discussion is good. To further the Boston comparison of course I was only 16th place….so there were 14 guys between me and Lelisa… it's not like this 10 minute gap was between 1st and 2nd! I wasn't even in the realm of the "chase pack" really (it broke apart) and the lead pack was out of sight within 10 miles. We were running in different races (I was actually running alone for a good 7-8 miles). Those guys that run sub 2:10 are on a totally different level than me….actually about 3 levels better. I think a lot of people don't realize the difference between a 2:25 marathoner and a 2:18 guy/gal are on totally different levels as well. Boston

            2. @SageCanaday

              [continued from my comment above]
              Boston, NYC and Chicago can actually be spread pretty thin in terms of density/time gaps in the top 20 though as far as marathons can go too even though they are the "big 3" in the US and World Majors. Look at the last US Olympic Trials marathon (Americans only) and there were over 20 guys who ran sub 2:15:00 (with the winning time about 7 min faster) all in one race! You get a lot of DNFs at the big marathons with the top guns so it sometimes makes it a bit easier to sneak into the top 20 (but for sure not top 10!). But then again for someone like me it's really hard to sneak into the top 20 in these marathon races anyway….I had a pretty solid day at Boston and was lucky not to hit the wall too hard.

              But then you look on the world scene of MUT Running and I think by far Comrades is the most competitive and deepest ultra race (18,000+ runners in the event, with about 6:10min/mile pace for 54.6 miles with 6500' of climbing needed to win it!)…but it doesn't get as much press over here.

              But MUT Running events are all a different set of beasts compared to road marathons…the variety, the changes in distances, the terrain etc. So diverse that of course they won't be as crowded or attract the same types of runners all in one single event. Not many of the top runners want to run an event that doesn't suit their strengths.

              TNF50 in San Fran at the end of the year seems to pull in most of the US guys all into one race and at one time. Is it the prize money ($10,00 is a ton for any MUT race!)? Is it the location (pretty cool CA trails)? Is it the course (a pretty "fair" 50-mile distance with 10k of vert. and some diversity)? Probably a combination of all those factors but maybe more importantly it's likely the timing. Not as many other ultras to compete against in December!

              Karl, please tell all those guys to come out to Speedgoat in July! I'll be there and I'm bringing extra beers!

            3. @Speedgoatkarl

              I would love to get Dakota to the Speedgoat race, but I"m not so sure he cares, he's never shown interest in a hard 50k. Not sure why, he'd do great. I"ll work on it. :-)

            4. @SageCanaday

              Dakota, Krar, Zach, Max, Dani, Luis, Kilian et al…let's get the whole gang there! Same for the womens field as well.

              Also, to touch on the comments above I wanted to say that I think we are just scratching the surface of what is possible in MUT Running. There's no reason why course records at 50-milers in the US like White River, Lake Sonoma and TNF50 can't go under 6 hours….and I think Speedgoat can be run in under 5 hours. So much untapped potential is yet to be explored and discovered in the sport!

            5. steeltownrunner

              oh man – get all you guys on a track or road like the Metropolitan 50miler in Central Park, NYC as the US 50mi road championship in the days of old… with the likes of Frank Bozanich, Rae Clarke, Park Barner, Barney Klecker, (a young) Ted Corbitt, Jack Bristol, Stu Mittleman – racing balls out. That would make me a happy camper.

            6. @SageCanaday

              also, not to sell Claude Moshiywa short….

              He won Comrades in the last "up" year (2013) running an average pace of 6:05/mile (not 6:10 like i stated earlier)….that's for 54.6 miles with 6500' of climbing on a hot/windy day! Oh man this thing is going to hurt!

            7. Ben_Nephew

              Sage, and Karl, what are your thoughts on US runners actually going to races that suit their strengths? At least with international races, I don't see a strong connection. What seems to happen is that races invite runners that don't have much experience with their type of race, or sponsors offer trips to races to athletes where the athlete's strength does not match the course. There also seems to be this idea that race specific training is not all that important relative to training for general physiological fitness. Either US runners are not competing in international trail races that suit their strengths, or they are going to races that suit their strengths and not competing well.

            8. @SageCanaday

              First off, sample size is relatively small. It's a huge luxury for a US runner to be able to travel and compete internationally…not that many people get that kind of opportunity and support.

              Secondly, the variety in MUT Running is huge! So diverse from road champs (i.e. 100km, 24 hr, to multi-day and mountain races, sky running races, fell races and all sorts of trail races…IAU….SkyRunning… from vertical kms to 200+ miles in distance).

              So I don't think a lot of us even know what our "best type of course" actually is. It takes years to figure out your own strengths and weaknesses and it takes years of specific training to really reach your potential. Of course general fitness isn't going to cut it at the top end any more if one wants to reach their potential on a certain type of course. Specific course demands require specific training and I can personally tell you that "flat" road marathon and track speed training has hurt my mountain climbing/trail running ability already ( at least for now).

              There's a reason I wanted to try Comrades this year instead of Transvulcania (although I love it in La Palma and want to go back in the future)…but I'm also not chomping at the bit to enter the Hardrock lottery! Likewise, there are so many choices with races that sometimes it's hard to know exactly how your body is going to perform (i.e. whenever i race in Europe I've been blown-away by the course profiles and terrain….I feel like nothing in Boulder could've prepared me for Les Templiers or Sierre-Zinal or even Transvulcania)…likewise for UTMB I expect to be blown-away as well (but will try my best to prepare by going over to train on the course early).

              But specific demands require variable running economy…which of course some is genetic and some can be trained. Amazing athletes like Kilian wouldn't race something like Comrades (he hates the roads/smooth trails anyway) and 2:14 marathoner Max King is going to need more time adjusting to hills before a race like Lake Sonoma or Speedgoat to really perform their best because the transition period of specific training is too great.

              In the end, I think we all like to enter races that we are passionate about (which may or may not exactly fit our strengths if we even know them)…races that have meaning to us personally. For me I like to mix it up for with course variety and competition. Of course it's not fun to do something that may be "totally out of your wheel-house" and risk an epic blow-up… but if the challenge is ripe and the opportunity is there then you take it!

            9. Ben_Nephew

              I'm not sure I'd agree on the small sample size. If you look at US runners at Euro races over the past several years, the sample size is pretty substantial. I have no doubt I could get statistical significance comparing the success of US athletes at Euro races and Euro races at US races. As the years pass, it seems as though the excuses that folks don't know what race they are best at and/or what to expect at Euro races don't hold up. The variety of MUT races is huge, and male US runners do exceptionally well at the 100k, WMRA, and the 24hr race compared to ultra trail running. As far as Serre Zinal, there have been a few runners from CO and even MA that have done well at that race over the years.

      2. BryanPageRuns

        I mean stacked relatively speaking for ultras. You have two runners Alberto and Jones who have beaten Jornet. You also have two runners in Miller and Olson who have beaten Krar. For an ultra I would say that alone, not to mention the other contenders makes for a strong field. I'm not comparing it to Boston.

        1. Ben_Nephew

          If one agrees that the race was stacked for an ultra, that underscores the vast difference between 1st and the rest of the field. I'm on the same page as Sage, in that a 3-4 minute difference in the marathon, or a 10 minute difference in a 7 hour race, is a different level. Varsity and junior varsity are adjacent levels, so maybe I was downplaying the difference between Luis Alberto and the rest of the field.

      1. iRunFar - Bryon

        Dave,
        He's got an injury around his right tibia. He's not sure exactly what it is at the moment, but he suspects it's muscular. He's still thinking about running in Annecy at the end of the month.

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