You can find our full play-by-play of the 100k race (and a few photos/updates early on in the 85k and 60k races, too) as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and preview on our Tarawera Ultramarathon Live Coverage page.
[Editor’s Note: We’ve now posted all our best pics in a 2013 Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon Facebook album.]
As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Tarawera-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.
2013 Tarawera Men’s 100k Race
The men’s race was essentially an off-the-charts-fast group run for the first almost 20k. Together in a near-pack until that point included early leader/pace-pusher Brendan Davies as well as Sage Canaday, Timothy Olson, Mick Donges, and Vajin Armstrong. At the 19.5-kilometer aid station, Davies had opened a one-minute gap over Canaday, Armstrong, and Donges. And Olson and Scott Hawker together made a second chase pack at that point.
The game had changed at 37 kilometers into the race, though. There, Sage Canaday opened a six-minute lead over the rest of the field with Armstrong and Davies running second and third. Another 10 kilometers later, Sage’s lead was 10 minutes and, at kilometer 54.5, he was 12 minutes up. He ran through the kilometer 74.2 in 5:58 and kilometer 84.6 in 6:56, then finished in 8:53:30.
But then, there was a lurker, Olson. By 40 or so kilometers into the race, Olson settled into second position, though a decent distance back of Sage. Little by little, though, Olson cut into Canaday’s lead during the race’s second half. In the end, Olson ran out of territory and finished a super-strong second at just over three minutes back.
Vajin Armstrong took the elusive bronze spot on the podium along with the distinction of first Kiwi, representing his home turf well.
2013 Tarawera Men’s 100k Results
- Sage Canaday (Scott/Drymax – USA) – 8:53:30 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
- Timothy Olson (The North Face/Injinji – USA) – 8:56:45 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
- Vajin Armstrong (Macpac – New Zealand) – 9:39:45
- Brendan Davies (Inov-8 – Australia) – 9:51:50
- Mick Donges (Salomon – Australia) – 9:59:47
2013 Tarawera Women’s 100k Race
Ruby Muir played it cool, calm, and freaking fast in her Vibram FiveFingers all day long. She passed through the kilometer 13.5-aid station leading and in just 67 minutes, and the kilometer 19.5-aid station at 1:32 time elapsed. Shona Stephenson hung tough early on, however, as she was just three minutes off Ruby’s cruising pace at that point. And Beth Cardelli passed through in third position there, too. Shona later dropped down to the 85k.
2013 Tarawera Women’s 100k Results
- Ruby Muir (Vibram, UltrAspire – New Zealand) – 10:30:11 (post-race interview)
- Beth Cardelli (Salomon – Australia) – 11:43:56
- Kelly Harrington (USA) – 14:23:56
- Raewynne Blommerde (New Zealand) – 14:35:55
- Kate Townsley (New Zealand) – 15:54:13
To clear up any confusion, we thought we’d fill you in on a few other internationally-known runners associated with this year’s Tarawera ultras. First off, Anton Krupicka made the call not to start a few weeks ago due to a hip injury, but he’s doing better and intends to race Transvulcania in May. From the Salomon squad, Anna Frost and Rickey Gates paired up as a 60k-relay team as did Emelie Forsberg and François d’Haene. In the end, the two teams tied. Greg Vollet took off with the front of the 100k pack with an uncertain intention as to which distance he’d race, but ended up pulling with a hamstring tweak. The top two ladies in the 85k race, Shona Stephenson and Candice Burt, dropped from the 100k.
2013 Tarawera Articles, Race Reports, and More
Articles and Photo Galleries
- Official Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon photo gallery
- iRunFar Facebook gallery
- Salomon Running Facebook gallery
- Ultra168 Facebook gallery
- Ultra168 Wrap up article
- Lloyd Belcher athlete seminar and prize giving gallery