Sierre-Zinal is one of the original mountain races, withthis year presenting its 44th edition. Point-to-point, 31 kilometers in length, and with a punishing 1,600-meter opening climb before falling into a runaway descent, it’s a real classic and delivers a world-class field year after year.
Lucy Wambui Murigi (Kenya), the race’s 2015 champion, and Michelle Maier (Germany), the race’s 2016 champion, met to settle the score. Murigi, fresh off a win at the World Mountain Running Championships, ran away with it, over six minutes better than Maier. Murigi finished in 2:58, and Maier was second in 3:05.
Third-place Ammandine Ferrato (France) came in at 3:09.
Here’s the rest of the women’s top 10:
Kilian Jornet (Spain) seemingly can do no wrong. Not a separated shoulder could keep him from winning last month’s Hardrock 100, and certainly not any of his competitors here. Racing ahead on the 10k downhill finish, Jornet earned his fifth Sierre-Zinal win in 2:33.
Second-place Rob Simpson (U.K.) was close, also in at 2:33, but 14 seconds behind. Following the MaXi-Race in May, Max King (U.S.A.) had another strong European race. He was third in 2:34.
Here’s the rest of the men’s top 10:
And here are some other notable finishers in the men’s field:
Megan and David Roche kept this one in the family. Megan’s 3:51 marked her second-straight win at the Aspen Backcountry Marathon, and David’s 3:23 vaulted him from second a year ago to first. The two each earned $600 in prize money.
Megan was most closely followed by Sandi Nypaver, second in 4:10. Jen Burn was a distant third in 4:43.
Josh Eberly and Timmy Parr were second and third in the men’s race in 3:31 and 3:34, respectively.
Eastern States 100 Mile
Kathleen Cusick and Jayson Kolb won Pennsylvania’s Eastern States 100 Mile in 27:51 and 21:13, respectively. Cusick also won in 2015 and 2014, and Kolb’s time ranks second fastest in the race’s four-year history. Full results.
Bigfoot 200 Mile
The Bigfoot 200 Mile in Washington state isn’t over yet but Van Phan won the women’s race in 72 hours and 22 minutes, and Jason Kinsella sealed the deal on the men’s race in a new course record of 55:49. Live tracking.
Bridger Ridge Run
Christi Richards and David Sinclair won the 33rd annual Ed Anacker Bridger Ridge Run, one of the U.S.’s original mountain runs, in 4:10 and 3:06, respectively. The 19.65-mile course traverses the crest of the Bridger Mountains outside of Bozeman, Montana from north to south. Full results.
Mount Ashland Hill Climb Run
This 13.3 miler packs a brutal punch of 5,600 feet of climbing on Mount Ashland in Oregon. The race celebrated its 40th edition this weekend–it’s the weekend of longstanding mountain races around the globe! Nataline Chirgwin won the women’s race in 2:29 and Nathan Einbinder bested in the men’s in 1:58.
The high-altitude Leadville Trail 100 Mile “Race Across the Sky” is expected to have an especially dynamic women’s race. With Gina Slaby no longer expected on the starting line, what was a big three is instead looked at as a prized match-up between Herron and Yanko. The two could threaten course-record pace, and Herron’s race in particular is likely to be won or lost on the midrace double 3,200-foot climb of Hope Pass and back. Though less known than those two, 2016 runner-up Maggie Walsh is perhaps best suited for the altitude and could be a surprise winner.
Look for Sharman to do what he does at Leadville. In addition to last year, Sharman also won in 2015 and 2013. Anything could happen over 100 miles, but methinks only Mocko could potentially match the defending champ in this one.
Though previously expected to race, Rob Krar is no longer listed among the entrants. Chris Mocko is on the entrants list but we don’t believe he’s running.