2016 UTMB Top Entrants Announced

UTMB logoThe UTMB race administration recently released its list of top entrants. On Wednesday, it also released the results the lottery draws for the 2016 race editions. High-level athletes are generally considered separately, as the race administration holds a certain number of spots for them. A number of high-level athletes were additionally accepted into the race via the lottery.

Here you can search the full entrants list for the UTMB and its sister races, and below we’ve pulled together a list of top contenders for the UTMB, CCC, and TDS.

Please note that the race admin allows late entries for high-level athletes, so we’re certain that a number of elites whose names aren’t on the entrants list today will still start the race. This list, however, gives us a good baseline for who we’ll see at the pointy end of the field.

Top American Women – 2016 UTMB

Here are the speedy American women on the UTMB entrants list:

  • Rory Bosio — UTMB course-record holder
  • Stephanie Howe — 8th 2015 UTMB
  • Silke Koester
  • Aliza Lapierre
  • Sally McRae
  • Amy Rusiecki
  • Amy Sproston
  • Janessa Taylor
  • Joelle Vaught
  • Kerrie Wlad

Top American Men – 2016 UTMB

These fast American men are on the UTMB entrants list:

  • Jay Aldous
  • Dylan Bowman
  • Ryan Ghelfi
  • Ryan Kaiser
  • David Laney — 3rd 2015 UTMB
  • Jorge Maravilla
  • Steven Moore
  • Timothy Olson
  • Brian Rusiecki
  • Jason Schlarb
  • Ryan Smith (we’re claiming him :) — 9th 2015 UTMB
  • Seth Swanson — 4th 2015 UTMB
  • John Tidd (American but lives abroad) — 16th 2015 UTMB
  • Michael Wardian

Top International Women – 2016 UTMB

These are the women from around the globe who we expect will contend for the top-20 UTMB spots:

  • Ester Alves (Portugal)
  • Gemma Arenas Alcazar (Spain)
  • Cristina Bes Ginesta (Spain)
  • Federica Boifava (Italy)
  • Caroline Chaverot (France)
  • Pui-Yan (Wyan) Chow (Hong Kong)
  • Uxue Fraile (Spain) — 2nd 2015 UTMB
  • Sophie Grant (UK) — 12th 2015 UTMB
  • Andrea Huser (Switzerland)
  • Emilie Lecomte (France)
  • Fernanda Maciel (from Brazil)
  • Marie McNaughton (living in Hong Kong)
  • Luciana Moretti (Argentina) — 6th 2015 UTMB
  • Maria Nikolova (Bulgaria) — 16th 2015 UTMB
  • Kaori Niwa (Japan)
  • Jasmin Paris (UK)
  • Sylvie Quittot (France)
  • Lucinda Santos Souca (Portugal) — 20th 2015 UTMB
  • Susana Simoes (Portugal) — 21st 2015 UTMB
  • Nicky Spinks (UK)
  • Alissa St Laurent (Canada)
  • Jone Urkizu Mendiola (Spain) — 24th 2015 UTMB
  • Manuela Vilaseca (Brazil) — 10th 2015 UTMB
  • Ildiko Wermescher (Hungary)
  • Denise Zimmermann (Switzerland) — 3rd 2015 UTMB

Top International Men – 2016 UTMB

Here are the male competitors who we expect to vie for the top-30 spots at UTMB:

  • Fabien Antolinos (France) — 6th 2015 UTMB
  • Pau Bartolo (Spain)
  • Jordi Bes Ginesta (Spain)
  • Jez Bragg (UK)
  • Sébastien Camus (France)
  • Tòfol Castanyer (Spain)
  • Julien Chorier (France)
  • Cyril Cointre (France)
  • Aurélien Collet (France)
  • Bertrand Collomb-Patton (France)
  • Vincent Delebarre (France)
  • Pierre-Loic Deragne (France)
  • Takashi Doi (Japan) — 12th 2015 UTMB
  • Javi Domínguez (Spain)
  • Yeray Durán (Spain)
  • James Elson (UK)
  • Ivan Geronazzo (Italy)
  • Paul Giblin (UK)
  • Simon Grimstrup (Denmark)
  • Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania)
  • Miguel Heras (Spain)
  • Didrik Hermansen (Norway)
  • Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain) — 2nd 2015 UTMB
  • Stephan Hugenschmidt (Germany)
  • Sim Jae-Duk (South Korea)
  • David Jeker (Switzerland)
  • Juan Maria Jimenez Llorens (Spain) — 15th 2015 UTMB
  • Arnaud Lejeune (France)
  • Thomas Lorblanchet (France)
  • Alexandre Mayer (France) — 10th 2015 UTMB
  • Timo Meyer (Germany)
  • Gerard Morales Ramirez (Spain) — 21st 2015 UTMB
  • Masatoshi Obara (Japan)
  • Kazufumi Oose (Japan)
  • Ludovic Pommeret (France)
  • Jeremy Ritcey (Hong Kong)
  • Ryan Sandes (South Africa)
  • Sangé Sherpa (Nepal)
  • Francesc Solé Duocastella (Spain) — 8th 2015 UTMB
  • Andy Symonds (UK)
  • Armando Jorge Teixeira (Portugal) — 19th 2015 UTMB
  • Siu-Keung (Stone) Tsang (Hong Kong) — 18th 2015 UTMB
  • Andrew Tuckey (living in Australia)
  • Henrik Westerlin (Denmark)

Notable Women Not Currently on the 2016 UTMB List

Here are the women from last year’s top 10 who are not currently on the 2016 UTMB entrants list, or the entrants lists of any of its sister races. In short, half of the women’s top 10 are not on the list to return, including last year’s champ:

  • Nathalie Mauclair (France) — 2015 UTMB champion
  • Silvia Trigueros (Spain) — 4th 2015 UTMB
  • Darcy Piceu (USA) — 5th 2015 UTMB
  • Bernadette Benson (Australia)— 7th 2015 UTMB
  • Melanie Rousset (France) — 9th 2015 UTMB

Notable Men Not Currently on the 2016 UTMB List

Here are the men from last year’s top 10 who are not currently on the 2016 UTMB entrants list, or the entrants lists of any of its sister races. This includes last year’s winner:

  • Xavier Thévenard (France) — 2015 UTMB champion
  • Gonzalo Calisto (Ecuador) — 5th 2015 UTMB
  • Erik Clavery (France) — 7th 2015 UTMB

Notable Women on the 2016 Sister Races Entrants Lists

These are the women we expect to see at the front of the CCC and TDS sister races:

CCC

  • Tracy Dean (UK)
  • Lydia Gaylord (USA)
  • Mimi Kotka (Sweden)
  • Elisabet Margeirsdottir (Iceland)
  • Caroline McKay (UK)
  • Jo Meek (UK)
  • Teresa Nimes Peres (Spain)
  • Manikala Rai (Nepal)
  • Holly Rush (UK)

TDS

  • Lisa Borzani (Italy)
  • Ruth Croft (living in Taiwan)
  • Gemma Game (UK)
  • Carmen Maria Perez Serrano (Spain)
  • Delphine Roux (France)

Notable Men on the 2016 Sister Races Entrants Lists

These are the men we expect to see at the front of the CCC and TDS sister races:

CCC

  • Moritz Auf der Heide (Germany)
  • Robbie Britton (UK)
  • Sage Canaday (USA)
  • Kim Collison (UK)
  • Jamil Coury (USA)
  • Michel Lanne (France)
  • Sébastien Nain (France)
  • Tim Tollefson (USA)
  • Zach Violett (USA)
  • Jeremy Wolf (USA)

TDS

  • Sondre Amdahl (Norway)
  • Patrick Bohard (France)
  • Jordi Gamito Baus (Spain)
  • Anthony Gay (France)
  • Travis Macy (USA)
  • Nuno Manuel Mendes Da Silva (Portugal)
  • Mathieu Motsch (France)
  • Csaba Nemeth (Hungary)

Call for Comments

  • Which top entrants did we miss? With so many names to sift through, we’re sure we missed a couple top runners. Let us know if you think someone should be included on these lists.
  • Who do you think will be competing for men’s and women’s wins?
  • Who would you most like to see added to the field?
  • Did you gain entry to this year’s UTMB or one of its sister races? Tell us what you’re looking forward to most about your visit to the Alps.
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. Andrew

    I just assumed that Krar would race UTMB this year after the injury kept him from running in 2015. Anyone know what his 2016 plans are?

    1. Meghan Hicks

      Dennis, he was on my list at some point when I was drafting this article, as I watched his very strong race at UTMF. I’m not sure how his name got dropped off between drafting and publishing, perhaps a copy-paste or cut error? He’s back on the list now, though. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Brendan

    How about the ultra trail women’s champion, Nuria? I know she DNF’d last event but she still won the tour, does she get an automatic entry not through the lottery?

    1. Meghan Hicks

      Brendan, the UTMB race admin considers elite entrants separately. Most elites entirely bypass the lottery and receive entrance to the race. Núria Picas would certainly be placed in this category. She is not currently on the entrants list for UTMB so this is most likely by her own choice.

  3. Steven Moore

    Flattered to be mentioned with all these impressive names but I doubt you’ll find me at the pointy end this time! Hope to have a blast and a new experience racing overseas. Can’t get fired up just yet however, too early!

  4. NB

    Meredith Edwards is running TDS. 10th at CCC last year and top 10 US Skyrunning Ultra series last year. For sure deserves a mention!

  5. Runninglynxjess

    I am going all out: Jasmin Paris with a new CR, her staggering Bob Graham round shows what she can do on an unmarked fell course, imagine what she could be capable of here on a good day…. seriously exciting runner!

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