2016 Ultravasan 90k Results

VasaloppetThe 2016 Ultravasan 90k, with the replacement of 5 kilometers of dirt road with technical singletrack and rain leading up to and into the race, was set up to be slower than last year. That ended up being the case in the men’s race, but not so for the women with defending champ Jasmin Nunige (pre- and post-race interviews) setting a new course record. The men’s field saw numerous lead changes with Jarle Risa (post-race interview) coming home the victory. Keep reading to find out how both races played out.

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2016 Ultravasan Men’s Race

The men’s race at this Ultravasan 90k was incredibly dynamic. A pack of nine men–Jonas Buud (pre-race interview), Geoff Burns (pre-race interview), Fritjof Fagerlund, Emannuel Gault, Arnaud Perrignon, Steve Way, Wouter Decock, Elov Olsson, and Patrick Reagan–sprinted past the 13-kilometer mark together and onto the race’s singletrack-trail section. The next 10+ kilometers saw Ranno Erala and Jarle Risa make up two minutes to join the pack, while it dropped Burns, Wouter, and Way two-plus minutes off the lead group. Reagan led the group into the aid station to take home the ~€500 sprint prize at Mångsbodarna (23.5 km).

2016 Ultravasan 90k - Jarle Risa

Jarle Risa leading with 9 kilometers to go. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

By 31k, Olsson, Reagan, and Fagerlund were running off the front with Risa and Perrignon 40 seconds back. Another spot back, the reigning champ Buud was running awkwardly on an injured Achilles that would soon lead him to withdraw from the race.

Arnaud Perrignon took home the second sprint prize (~€1,000) in Evertsberg with less than 30-second lead on Reagan, Fagerlund, and Risa with Olsson still within a minute of the lead. Way and Erala were the next to chase with another couple minutes back to Decock. Burns hung around in ninth with Gault in tenth ahead of dropping.

2016 Ultravasan 90k - Frijof Fagerlund

Fritjof Fagerlund running in second with 9 kilometers to go. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

By Oxberg at 62k, Fagerlund had taken the lead and built an 80-second cushion on second-place Risa. Reagan, Perrignon, and Way ran 3-4-5, respectively, three, four, and five minutes off the lead with Wouter just behind Way. Further back, Patrik Gustafson Björkqvist and Patrik Wikström had worked there way up into ninth and tenth.

Fagerlund held onto his lead through the final ~€500 sprint prize 71k in at Hökberg. However, Risa followed a mere fifteen seconds back and the writing was on the wall. Reagan continued on a few minutes back in third, while Way moved up into fourth a bit over five minutes off the lead with Decock another minute back as Perrignon fell back through the field.

Ten kilometers later, Risa had a two-minute lead on Fagerlund and was flying along. Reagan and Way continued on in third and fourth with the biggest question among the top four being whether Reagan would pass Fagerlund on the way to the finish. He wouldn’t and the top four would finish in the same positions with Decock and Erala taking fifth and sixth.

2016 Ultravasan 90k - Patrick Reagan

Patrick Reagan (in black) runs with the lead group mid-race. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2016 Ultravasan Men’s Results

  1. Jarle Risa — 6:11:49 (pre- and post-race interviews)
  2. Fritjof Fagerlund — 6:16:05
  3. Pat Reagan (Compressport) — 6:18:12
  4. Steve Way — 6:21:40
  5. Wouter Decock — 6:23:23
  6. Ranno Erala — 6:25:41
  7. Patrik Gustafson Björkqvist — 6:28:08
  8. Elov Olsson (SCOTT) — 6:31:06
  9. Arnaud Perrignon (ASICS) — 6:36:48
  10. Patrik Wikström — 6:37:33
2016 Ultravasan 90k - Frijof Fagerlund - Jarle Risa - Pat Reagan

The men’s podium at the 2016 Ultravasan 90k: 2. Frijof Fagerlund, 1. Jarle Risa, 3. Pat Reagan.
Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2016 Ultravasan Women’s Race

[Women’s race narrative by Tim Peeters.]

In the women’s race, eventual winner Jasmin Nunige of Switzerland took control right from the start, never to let go, winning in 6:54:32 to break the course record by eight minutes. Jasmin led coming off the roads at 13 kilometers before heading onto the most technical stretch of Ultravasan and never ran outside the top two the whole day. That is not to say she had an easy race at all. Sweden’s marathon phenom Isabellah Andersson–in her debut ultra–gave her a serious run for her money, exchanging the lead with her numerous times, including coming through Evertsberg at 47k in first, before eventually dropping out at the Oxberg aid station at 62km with muscle cramps.

Jasmin Nunige - Isabellah Andersson - 2016 Ultravasan 90k

Jasmin Nunige and Isabellah Andersson running together at 31k. Photo: iRunFar/Tim Peeters

A few minutes off Jasmin’s pace, Seatlle’s Sarah Bard (pre- and post-race interviews) ran well throughout the race. With the lead duo obviously pushing each other she didn’t relinquish too much time, while running her own race in third for two thirds of the race. After Isabellah dropped out she consolidated her second place handily finishing in 7:07:34.

Sarah Bard - 2016 Ultravasan 90k

Sarah Bard running in third at 47k. Photo: iRunFar/Tim Peeters

Claiming the final podium spot at Ultravasan looked a long way off to Cassie Scallon (post-race interview) about 30km in, when a bad fall on the slick trails left her with a bloody and painful knee back in fifth place. It took her about 10 miles to regain her composure before she started chipping away at Sweden’s Åsa Lundin’s 10-minute cushion. After finally overtaking the Sweden at Hökberg (71km), Scallon comfortably retained third finishing in 7:27:55.

2016 Ultravasan 90k - Cassie Scallon

Cassie Scallon at 62k. Photo: iRunFar/Tim Peeters

Throughout the first half of the women’s race we saw a bunch of women trading places in the top 10, but Sweden’s Sofia Smedman (7:47:05) and Norway’s Aud Elisabeth Stuhr (7:58:57) ran smart throughout eventually claiming 4th and 5th.

Sofia Smedman - 2016 Ultravasan 90k

Sofia Smedman on her way to fourth. Photo: iRunFar/Tim Peeters

2016 Ultravasan Women’s Results

  1. Jasmin Nunige (adidas) — 6:54:32 (pre- and post-race interviews)
  2. Sarah Bard (Altra) — 7:07:34 (pre- and post-race interviews)
  3. Cassie Scallon (Salomon) — 7:27:55 (post-race interview)
  4. Sofia Smedman — 7:47:05
  5. Aud Elisabeth Stuhr — 7:58:57
  6. Stina Höglund — 8:07:39
  7. Kerstin Rosenqvist — 8:08:07
  8. Sylvaine Cussot — 8:11:30
  9. Eva Öhlund — 8:24:04
  10. Jenny Ramstedt — 8:28:01
2016 Ultravasan 90k - Sarah Bard - Jasmin Nunige - Cassie Scallon

The women’s podium from Ultravasan 90k 2016: 2. Sarah Bard, 1. Jasmin Nunige, 3. Cassie Scallon.
Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Coverage Thanks

Thanks to Tim Peeters for his field work in reporting the women’s race at Ultravasan. Thanks also to Reine Karlsson and Johan Eriksson for their excellent guidance along the course on race day.

There are 11 comments

  1. Roger

    Really… extensive coverage of Ultravasan instead of the Leadville 100?
    Politics aside, it’s surprising, and somewhat disturbing that irunfar provided zero coverage of one of the world’s most renown ultra’s, but there were endless amounts of interviews and recaps of Ultravasan. Hmmm.

    1. Markus

      I had the same thought Roger.

      How does irunfar pick their races they cover? Did they pay for the airfare to get more coverage?

      I can see why you don’t want to cover the Leadville 100 but there are a lot of US races out there and Ultravasan is not exactly a very important race in Europe. (It’s probably a very nice race)

      From a readers perspective irunfar tries to cover too many areas and from the small amount of comments on the Ultravasan race you can see how big the interest is.

      1. Roger

        Not sure, and not necessarily criticizing the solid coverage of Ultravasan, but to your point, coverage should be based somewhat on reader interest, and I am certain that there are a lot more readers (even non runners) interested in following Leadville. It’s all over the “regular” news here in Colorado.

    2. Meghan Hicks

      Roger and all,

      There were many races to choose from when we chose which race to cover this past weekend. In my opinion, when we made the choice/made travel plans, in mid-July, the order of the most-competitive races went like this: Ultravasan, Pikes Peak, Matterhorn Ultraks, Leadville, Squamish. By race weekend, Pikes Peak had gained some more top entrants and it may very well have been the most competitive set of events of the weekend, but there’s nothing we can do once we’ve booked international tickets and committed to covering a certain race. Ultravasan remained a very competitive race. We try our very best to cover the most globally competitive races, irrespective of the actual global popularity of either the race or the runners within it. With deepest respect to Leadville as an event and those who raced it this weekend (and all the other great races we also weren’t at and runners competing in them), it wasn’t the most competitive race of this past weekend. I’m sure we’ll be at Leadville again–we’ve been there four out of the five years previous to this one. Please see our ‘This Week in Running’ column for our Leadville wrap-up, http://www.irunfar.com/2016/08/this-week-in-running-august-22-2016.html.

      1. Markus

        “We try our very best to cover the most globally competitive races, irrespective of the actual global popularity of either the race or the runners within it. ”

        Wow that is a big goal. I would not even know where to start to find the globally most competitive trail races. There are some races who attract more great runners than others but a lot of times lotteries decide who is racing or not.

  2. Nate Blouin

    Ultravasan was far more competitive than LT100. Sharman won by almost 2 full hours. Seems like they picked the right race to me, fascinating with sprints and such thrown in like a bike race. Good work guys.

    1. Ian Sharman

      For a race to be competitive and interesting just needs 2 runners to do something. A lot of speedy guys doesn’t necessarily make it better unless there are some rivalries and head-to-head battles. Who wouldn’t prefer Zach Miller v Jim Walmsley with nobody else fast in a race, compared to 100 speedy runners who don’t do anything particularly interesting?

      1. Jon

        Not sure if you would agree or not but LT100 had some pretty cool storylines this year between the frontrunners hitting record pace for a strong portion of the race, an absolutely incredible women’s winner and the Leadman record falling. I suppose in IRF’s defense, a lot of the storylines started formulating after it was too late to cover the race.

      2. Nate Blouin

        I’d much rather see a bunch of speedy runners. Good coverage should bring out the storylines. Ultravasan is a pretty unique race, drawing national/world class road racers like Steve Way and more established ultra guys like Buud. Irunfar can choose to cover whatever they want and considering that UTMB is this week it probably made sense for them to be in Europe. You guys whine too much, go for a run (not you Ian, take a couple days off!).

        1. Jon

          Haha. I’m by no means whining. Actually, I absolutely agree with you but may not have articulated it very well. Fortunately I ran LT100 and got to witness most of those storylines in person..so didn’t really need iRun’s coverage ;)

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