This Week In Running: November 13, 2017

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRFolks, we’ve got a world record to talk about! After looking at Camille Herron‘s amazing Saturday at the Tunnel Hill 100 Mile, we give you results from some five other events around the U.S. and look at next weekend’s JFK 50 Mile and The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championships.

Tunnel Hill 100 Mile – Vienna, Illinois

We typically alternate men’s and women’s results at the top of each column each week, and this week should be men first and will be for the remainder of the column, but we’re breaking protocol on this one.

Women

Get knocked down, get back up. Or, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Or maybe just, third time’s a charm. However you lay it out, Camille Herron‘s performance at the Tunnel Hill 100 Mile in Illinois was exceptional.

In Herron’s first two 100-mile runs earlier this year, she didn’t make it past halfway, and she hadn’t finished her last three races. Leaving all that in the rearview and instead boldly targeting a super-fast time at the Tunnel Hill 100 Mile race, Herron delivered a stunning 12:42:39 world record.

It was over an hour better than Gina Slaby’s 13:45 100-mile run at the 2016 Desert Solstice track race, and similarly ahead of Ann Trason‘s 13:47 best from 1991. Held on a rails-to-trails course, Herron’s record is the best on any surface.

She averaged 7:38 per mile throughout, and split 6:07 for 50 miles and 6:35 for the second. The time is barely an hour slower than Zach Bitter‘s American men’s 100-mile record (11:40, 2015).

The course was USATF and IAAF sanctioned, pacers were not allowed, and Herron was drug tested afterward.

iRunFar has published an interview with Camille.

Second- and third-place Anne Wheatly and Jennifer Lockrem ran 16:06 and 17:26.

Alicia Heyne won the simultaneous 50-mile race in 7:26.

Camille Herron - 2017 Tunnel Hill 100 Mile champion

Camille Herron, 2017 Tunnel Hill 100 Mile champion and new 100-mile world-record holder. Photo: Kurt Schilling

Men

Second overall, first man, Mike Bialick ran 13:02. Clint George and Olaf Wasternack were second and third in 15:35 and 15:48, respectively. Bialick won in 2015 in 12:52.

Matt Hoyes won the accompanying 50-mile race in 5:54.

Full results.

Georgia Sky to Summit – Sky Valley, Georgia

The Georgia Sky to Summit race has some 20-plus waterfalls, 15 bridge crossings, a couple of water crossings, and touches the second-highest point in Georgia at over 4,700 feet. ‘They’ say it may be the most scenic 50k on the East Coast.

Men

Doug Daniel edged John Wiygul in a close one, 5:15 to 5:17. Third-place Wesley Ormond ran 5:24.

In the next day 25k, Matthew Johnson won in 2:16.

Matthew Johnson - 2017 Georgia Sky to Summit 25k winner

Matthew Johnson, 2017 Georgia Sky to Summit 25k winner. Photo: Run Bum Tours

Women

2015 race winner Emily Ansick returned to the top position with a 6:01 victory. She was followed by Alexi Gross and Allison Palmer in 6:40 and 6:44, respectively.

Cera Jones won the accompanying 25k in 2:52.

Full results.

Cera Jones - 2017 Georgia Sky to Summit 25k winner

Cera Jones, 2017 Georgia Sky to Summit 25k winner. Photo: Run Bum Tours

Other Races and Runs

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim FKT

One way across, Alicia Vargo completed a Grand Canyon single crossing in 3:19:23, breaking Bethany Lewis’s former FKT from 2011 by 27 minutes.

Colossal-Vail 50/50

Lets not confuse our Vails. Vail, Arizona, the site of the Colossal-Vail 50/50, is southeast of Tucson. Nick Coury and Brianna Grigsby won the 50-mile race in 8:11 and 9:04, and in the 50k race, Wouter Zwart and Shawna Bedoka were fastest in 4:42 and 5:42, respectively. Full results.

Rockledge Rumble 50k

In Texas, Jeff Ball and Melanie Rabb won the Rockledge Rumble 50k with 4:09 and 4:47 winning times. Full results.

Upchuck 50k

Bob Adams and Wendi Parker would appear to have defied the Upchuck 50k and kept their stomachs in check. Adams and Parker won the Chattanooga, Tennessee race’s 10th running in 4:26 and 6:11. Full results.

Next Weekend – JFK 50 Mile – Boonsboro, Maryland

Fifty-five years strong, the JFK 50 Mile rolls on. In case you missed it, iRunFar profiled its long-time race director Mike Spinnler (and past course-record holder!) a few weeks ago.

Men

  • Anthony Kunkel – 1st at 2017 Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile
  • David Lantz – 2nd at 2017 Eastern States 100 Mile
  • Tony Migliozzi – 2016 IAU 50k World Champion
  • Michael Owen – 3rd at 2017 Cayuga Trails 50 Mile
  • Jacob Puzey – 4:57 Treadmill 50 Mile in 2016
  • Eric Senseman – 7th 2017 Ultravasan 90k
  • Jim Sweeney – 5th at 2017 UROC 100k
  • Michael Wardian – He’s Michael Wardian.

Women

  • Liza Howard – 1st at 2017 Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile
  • Sabrina Little – 3rd at 2017 Cayuga Trails 50 Mile
  • Jackie Merritt – 7th at 2017 Western States 100
  • Ellie Pell – 15th 2016 TNF 50 Mile
  • Emily Torrence (née Harrison) – Winner 2013 JFK 50 Mile; winner 2016 Sean O’Brien 100k

Traci Falbo is on the entrants list, but recovering from injury and presumably not racing. Camille Herron is on the entrants list, but for obvious (see above) reasons, she’s also presumably not racing.

Full entrant list.

Next Weekend – The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championships – San Francisco, California

Is The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championships still the year’s climactic event? iRunFar will again be there to find out, and has previewed the men’s and women’s fields separately.

A win by Hayden Hawks could give him UltraRunning Magazine’s 2017 (North American) Ultrarunner of the Year prize. He’d have to overcome two-time defending champion Zach Miller for one though.

The women’s field is perhaps deeper with global stars Ruth Croft, Ida Nilsson, and Emelie Forsberg headlining. Megan Kimmel and Megan Roche are among the group of U.S. runners expected to challenge for the win.

Call for Comments

  • We haven’t made it past TNF EC 50 Mile, but my ballot is ready to go. Camille Herron and men’s Big’s Backyard Ultra winner Guillaume Calmettes are penciled in for this year’s Ultra Performance of the Year. Do you agree or disagree?
  • You scream, I scream, we all scream for results. We didn’t leave your friend out intentionally! Help us fill the gaps and add to the results commentary below.

[Editor’s Note: Columnist Justin Mock and editor Meghan Hicks spend many hours per week compiling this article, and often doing so well ahead of races posting their results online–that is, by combing social media. We simply cannot cover all the trail and ultra races that take place each week, so we do our best to provide results of the most competitive races as well as a spectrum of additional events from around the world. Please feel absolutely welcome to leave comments with the results of races not covered in this article, and to leave additional information about the races from which we have shared results. Thank you for your understanding.]

Justin Mock

overcame years of disappointment to finally win a burro race in 2014. He has also run as fast as 2:29 for the marathon and finished as high as fourth in the Pikes Peak Marathon. He also writes for Running Times.

There are 9 comments

  1. Ellie Greenwood

    Also racing JFK is Luzia Buehler on Switzerland – many solid performances this year, the best of which was a win at Wasatch.

  2. Matias Saari

    At the Run the Rock 50-miler near Bend, Ore., Cody Priest of Anchorage, Alaska, won his first attempt at the distance in 6:47:30, holding off Ryan Kaiser by 35 seconds. Molly Schmelzle took the women’s win in 7:57:09 and placed fourth overall.
    In the 50K, wins went to Justin Barth (4:10:36) and Gretchen Hurlbutt (4:40:12).

  3. Susan Cable

    Camille’s performance is beyond beyond amazing, amazingly beyond superlatives!

    I could use some help getting my mind around the math, though. Someone please use a few more words to elaborate on “She averaged 7:38 per mile throughout, and split 6:07 for 50 miles and 6:35 for the second.”

    So, so inspiring, Camille!

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