2019 UTMB Events Top Runners Announced

UTMB logoThe UTMB race administration has released results of the lottery draw for the 2019 edition of all its events. High-level athletes are considered separately, as the race administration holds many spots for them. About two weeks ahead of the draw, the race administration made public the top runners who have been given entrance into the 2019 races. A few top runners also gained entrance through the lottery.

Here you can search the full entrants lists for all the UTMB races, six events spread over about a week. Also on this page are lists of the ‘favorites’ singled out by the race administration.

The entrants lists are certain to evolve as the year progresses, as elites are allowed late entrance, and, of course, not all who intend to start will be able to.

For as long as this event has been taking place, it’s been the 170-kilometer UTMB race that’s the international-level headliner. But times they are a-changin’. This year, UTMB see less competition at the pointiest end of the field, with a long tail of what seems like normal competitive depth once you get past the very front. This effect is more prominent in the men’s race than the women’s.

For the third year in a row, the 101k CCC race remains competitive, perhaps about even to last year.

The TDS race has increased in distance to 145k, up from the 119k of the previous years. It looks like, for the second year in a row, the men’s TDS race is particularly interesting.

After its establishment a few years ago and competitive growth over those years, the 55k OCC looks like it’s going kind of big time this year, with strong competition in the women’s and men’s races.

Let’s take a look at how these four race fields are shaping up.

2019 UTMB Top Women

We divide the top UTMB women’s entrants into a couple categories, the ‘Headline Acts’ who have proven performances at long mountainous ultramarathons with deep international competition, and ‘More Top Women’ who have the capacity to finish in a top-20 position. We list each section in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result or two for each woman to help identify her.

Headline Acts

  • Delphine Avenier (France) – 6th 2017 CCC; 1st 2016 TDS
  • Cat Bradley (USA) – 8th 2018 UTMB; 1st 2017 Western States 100
  • Caroline Chaverot (France) – 1st 2016 UTMB; 1st 2017 Hardrock 100
  • Cecilia Flori (Italy but living in New Zealand) – 10th 2018 CCC; 5th 2018 Western States 100
  • Uxue Fraile (Spain) – 2nd at both 2018 and 2015 UTMB; 3rd 2016 UTMB; 5th 2014 UTMB
  • Kaytlyn Gerbin (USA) – 1st 2018 The Bear 100 Mile; 2nd 2018 Western States 100
  • Andrea Huser (Switzerland) – 2nd 2017 and 2016 UTMB
  • Mimmi Kotka (Sweden) – 1st 2017 TDS; 1st 2016 CCC
  • Magdalena Łączak (Poland) – 6th 2018 Trail World Championships; 1st 2018 Transgrancanaria
  • Emilie Lecomte (France) – 13th 2018 UTMB; 2nd 2017 Diagonale des Fous
  • Kaci Lickteig (USA) – 10th 2018 and 18th 2017 UTMB
  • Maite Maiora (Spain) – 2nd 2017 CCC; 1st 2017 Ultra Pirineu
  • Fernanda Maciel (Brazil) – 11th 2018 UTMB; 8th 2018 Lavaredo
  • Corrine Malcolm (USA) – 4th 2018 TDS; 9th 2018 Western States 100
  • Jo Meek (UK) – 19th 2018 UTMB; 2nd 2016 CCC
  • Ekaterina Mityaeva (Russia) – 5th 2018 Transvulcania; 3rd 2018 Transgrancanaria
  • Mariya Nikolova (Bulgaria) – 9th at both 2018 and 2017 UTMB
  • Maija Oravamäki (Finland) – 5th 2018 CCC; 11th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Beth Pascall (UK) – 4th 2018 UTMB; 11th 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Núria Picas (Spain) – 2017 UTMB champion; 2nd 2014 and 2013 UTMB
  • Alissa St Laurent (Canada) – 5th 2018 TDS; 6th 2017 UTMB
  • Stephanie Violett (USA) – 16th  2017 and 8th 2015 UTMB; 6th 2018 Western States 100
  • Ildikó Wermescher (Hungary) – 7th 2018 UTMB; 3rd 2017 TDS
  • Miao Yao (China) – 1st 2018 CCC; 2nd 2018 Lavaredo Ultra Trail

More Top Women

  • Claire Bannwarth (France) – 9th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Kristin Berglund (Sweden but lives in Austria) – 11th 2017 CCC
  • Alessandra Boifava (Italy) – 13th 2018 CCC
  • Luzia Bühler (Switzerland) – 1st 2017 Wasatch Front 100 Mile
  • Sylvaine Cussot (France) – 8th 2018 TDS; 4th 2018 La SaintéLyon
  • Basilia Förster (Italy) – 13th 2017 UTMB
  • Nathalie Henriques (France) – 14th 2018 UTMB; 9th 2017 TDS
  • Sarah Keyes (USA) – 1st 2017 Ultra Trail Harricana
  • Martina Kirschner-Trimmel (Austria) – 1st 2018 Mozart 100k
  • Marie McNaughton (New Zealand but lives in Hong Kong) – 7th 2018 Eiger Ultra Trail; 4th 2018 Hong Kong 100k
  • Sally McRae (USA) – 1st 2018 Tarawera 100 Mile
  • Géraldine Prost (France) – 2nd 2018 MaXi-Race Annecy
  • Anna Straková (Czech Republic) – 9th 2015 Trail World Championships
  • Fu-Zhao Xiang (China) – 20th 2018 UTMB; 3rd 2018 Hong Kong 100k

2019 UTMB Top Men

We divide the top UTMB men’s entrants into a couple categories, the ‘Headline Acts’ who have proven performances at long mountainous ultramarathons with deep international competition, and ‘More Top Men’ who have potential to finish in a top-20 position. We list each section in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result or two for each man to help identify him.

Headline Acts

  • Pau Capell (Spain) – 3rd 2018 and 6th 2015 CCC; 6th 2017 UTMB; 1st 2016 TDS
  • Benoit Cori (France) – 14th 2017 and 4th 2016 Trail World Championships
  • Sylvain Court (France) – 1st 2018 Mont Blanc 90k; 3rd 2016 and 1st 2015 IAU Trail World Championships
  • Javi Dominguez (Spain) – 10th 2018, 5th 2016, and 3rd 2013 UTMB
  • Dani Garcia (Spain) – 3rd 2013 CCC; 5th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Florian Grasel (Austria) – 9th 2018 UTMB; 1st 2018 Mozart 100k
  • Robert Hajnal (Romania) – 2nd 2018 UTMB; 15th 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Mark Hammond (USA) – 3rd 2018 and 2017 Western States 100
  • Hayden Hawks (USA) – 1st 2017 CCC; 1st 2018 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Janosch Kowalczyk (Germany) – 10th 2018 and 11th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Andrew Miller (USA) – 1st 2018 Georgia Death Race; 1st 2016 Western States 100
  • Zach Miller (USA) – 9th 2017 and 6th 2016 UTMB; 1st 2015 CCC
  • Chris Mocko (USA) – 3rd 2017 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile; 7th 2016 Western States 100
  • Alex Nichols (USA) – 2nd 2018 Hong Kong 100k; 2nd 2017 Western States 100
  • Tom Owens (UK) – 20th 2018 TDS; 5th 2017 CCC
  • Min Qi (China) – 2nd 2018 CCC; 1st 2018 Hong Kong 100k
  • Andris Ronimoiss (Latvia) – 6th 2018 CCC; 11th 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Jason Schlarb (USA) – 4th 2014 UTMB; 1st 2018 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Ian Sharman (UK but lives in the USA) – 9-time top-1o Western States 100 finisher including 4th in 2018
  • Marcin Świerc (Poland) – 2nd 2017 CCC; 17th 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Andy Symonds (UK living in France) – 16th 2017 UTMB; 4th 2018 Les Templiers
  • Tim Tollefson (USA) – 3rd both 2017 and 2016 UTMB; 2nd 2015 CCC

More Top Men

  • Justin Andrews (USA but lives in China) – 17th 2017 CCC; 10th 2018 Hong Kong 100k
  • Ion Azpiroz (Spain) – 4th 2018 TDS; 13th 2015 UTMB
  • Guillaume Beauxis (France) – 3rd 2017 Diagonale des Fous
  • Victor Bernad (Spain) – 23rd  2018 and 13th 2017 UTMB
  • Sylvain Camus (France) – 2nd 2017 TDS
  • Julien Chorier (France) – 17th 2017 and 8th 2016 UTMB; 9th 2018 TDS
  • Francesco Cucco (Italy) – 5th 2018 Diagonale des Fous
  • Kyle Curtin (USA) – 1st 2018 Tahoe 200 Mile
  • Takashi Doi (Japan) – 11th 2015 UTMB
  • Ugo Ferrari (France) – 29th 2018 UTMB; 4th 2016 TDS
  • Ryan Ghelfi (USA) – 7th 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Paul Giblin (UK) – 22nd 2018 UTMB; 9th 2018 Western States 100
  • Yoshikazu Hara (Japan) – 7th 2016 Lake Saroma 100k
  • Scott Hawker (New Zealand) – 11th 2017 UTMB; 3rd 2017 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Moises Jiménez (Venezuela but lives in France) – 10th 2018 TDS
  • Harry Jones (UK but lives in Thailand) – 8th 2018 CCC; 5th 2018 Hong Kong 100k
  • Thorbergur Jonsson (Iceland) – 9th 2015 Trail World Champs; 6th 2017 CCC
  • Jing Liang (China) – Ran 267k/165 miles at 2017 Hangzhou Ultramarathon 24-Hour Race
  • Andrea Macchi (Italy) – 5th 2018 Lavaredo Ultra Trail; 3rd 2017 Tor des Géants
  • Jerome Mirassou (France) – 6th 2018 TDS
  • Masatoshi Obara (Japan) – 16th 2016 UTMB
  • Yun-Hui Yu (China) – 11th 2018 CCC

2019 CCC Top Women

[Editor’s Note: Starting with this CCC section, a narrower portion of top runners are listed and their exemplary results are truncated. This is a compromise with UTMB being the headline race and the practical necessity in keeping this article manageable in scope. Please feel free to share additional favorite entered for the CCC, TDS, and OCC in the comments!]

Here are the headliner CCC women’s entrants. We list them in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result for each woman to help identify her.

  • Gemma Arenas (Spain) – 4th  2018 and 5th 2015 Trail World Championships
  • Katie Arnold (USA) – 1st 2018 Leadville Trail 100 Mile
  • Lucy Bartholomew (Australia) – 3rd 2018 Western States 100
  • Amanda Basham (USA) – 4th 2018 and 2016 Western States 100
  • Laia Cañes (Spain) – 3rd both 2017 and 2015 CCC; 2nd 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Azara García (Spain) – 1st 2018 Les Templiers; 2nd 2016 Trail World Championships
  • Lucie Jamsin (France) – 8th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Ailsa Macdonald (Canada) – 1st 2018 Black Canyon 100k
  • Abby Mitchell (USA) – 6th 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mie
  • Maryline Nakache (France) – 3rd 2018 Les Templiers
  • Holly Page (UK) – 9th 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Brittany Peterson (USA) – 4th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Ajda Radinja (Slovenia) – 8th 2018 CCC
  • Katie Schide (USA but lives in Switzerland) – 2nd 2018 CCC
  • Anna-Marie Watson (UK) – 7th 2017 UTMB; 1st 2018 Oman by UTMB
  • Kelly Wolf (USA) – 5th 2017 CCC; 1st 2018 Tarawera 100k

2019 CCC Top Men

We list the headliner CCC men’s entrants in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result for each man to help identify him.

  • Jordi Bes (Spain) – 3rd 2014 TDS; 1st 2013 CCC
  • Ivan Camps (Spain) – 7th 2018 CCC
  • Jiří Čípa (Czech Republic) – 9th 2018 and 8th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Cristofer Clemente (Spain) – 2nd both 2018 and 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Marco De Gasperi (Italy) – 4th 2018 CCC; 4th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Tim Freriks (USA) – 1st 2017 TNF 50 Mile; 1st 2017 Transvulcania
  • Thibaut Garrivier (France) – 3rd 2018 Transvulcania
  • Benoit Girondel (France) – 1st 2018 and 2017 Diagonale des Fous
  • Germain Grangier (France) – 5th 2018 CCC
  • Jessed Hernandez (Spain) – 1st 2018 Ultra Pirineu
  • Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain) – 2nd 2015 UTMB; 1st 2018, 2017, and 2016 Trail World Championships
  • Johan Lantz (Sweden) – 6th 2018 Les Templiers
  • Jorge Maravilla (USA) – 4th 2-16 and 2015 TNF 50 Mile
  • Sam McCutcheon (New Zealand) – 3rd both 2018 and 2017 Tarawera 100k
  • Diego Pazos (Switzerland) – 5th 2018 TDS; 5th 2015 CCC; 11th 2014 UTMB
  • Cody Reed (USA) – 7th 2018 Western States 100; 2nd 2018 Tarawera 100k
  • Emerson Trujillo (Peru) – 4th 2017 Ultra Pirineu
  • Long-Fei Yan (China) – 2nd 2016 Hong Kong 100k

2019 TDS Top Women

We list the entrants in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result for each woman to help identify her.

  • Hillary Allen (USA) – 3rd 2017 Transvulcania
  • Meredith Edwards (USA) – 2nd 2016 TDS
  • Katrin Götz (Switzerland) – 3rd 2018 Lavaredo Ultra Trail; 6th 2016 Trail World Championships
  • Sophie Grant (New Zealand but lives in the UK) – Top 15 in last 4 UTMB editions
  • Holly Rush (UK) – 21st 2018 UTMB; 7th and 8th at 2017 and 2016 CCC
  • Audrey Tanguy (France) – 1st 2018 TDS; 2nd 2018 Diagonale des Fous
  • Manu Vilaseca (Brazil but lives in Spain) – 18th, 10th, and 8th at 2018, 2015, and 2013 UTMB
  • Leah Yingling (USA) – 2nd 2018 The Bear 100 Mile

2019 TDS Top Men

Here are the top TDS men’s entrants. We list the entrants in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result for each man to help identify him.

  • Pere Aurell (Spain) – 1st 2018 Transvulcania; 2nd 2018 Tromsø Skyrace
  • Patrick Bringer (France) – 3rd 2015 Trail World Championships; 1st 2018 Endurance Trail des Templiers
  • Tòfol Castanyer (Spain) – 4th 2018 TDS; 8th 2016 Trail World Championships
  • Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz (France) – 2nd 2018 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail
  • Yeray Duran (Spain) – 2nd 2016 TDS
  • Jimmy Elam (USA) – 1st 2018 Quad Rock 50 Mile; 1st 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 52k
  • Tom Evans (UK) – 1st 2018 CCC; 3rd 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Jordi Gamito (Spain) – 3rd 2018 UTMB; 5th 2016 TDS
  • Dmitry Mityaev (Russia) – 3rd 2018 TDS; 2nd 2018 Transvulcania
  • Paddy O’Leary (Ireland but lives in the USA) – 5th 2017 TNF 50 Mile; 14th 2017 CCC
  • Giulio Ornati (Italy) – 9th 2016 UTMB
  • Hallvard Schjølberg (Norway) – 4th 2018 UTMB
  • Francesc Sole (Spain) – 7th 2015 UTMB
  • Yan-Qiao Yun (China) – 1st 2017 Vibram Hong Kong 100k; 10th 2018 TDS

2019 OCC Top Women

We list the entrants in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result for each woman to help identify her.

  • Cristina Bes (Spain) – 2nd 2016 TDS; 2nd 2014 CCC
  • Anna Comet (Spain) – 2nd 2015 Transvulcania; 14th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Morgane Cretton (France) – 6th 2018 OCC
  • Ruth Croft (New Zealand) – 1st 2018 OCC; 1st 2018 Mont-Blanc Marathon
  • Maria Dalzot (USA) – 6th 2018 Chuckanut 50k
  • Anna-Mae Flynn (USA) – 3rd 2016 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile; 6th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Laura Kline (USA) – 11th 2016 TNF 50 Mile; 3rd 2016 Cayuga Trails 50 Mile
  • Nancy Jiang (New Zealand) – 5th 2018 OCC
  • Emily Schmitz (USA) – 4th 2018 Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Dominika Stelmach (Poland) – 20th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Dominique Van Mechgelen (Belgium) – 3rd 2017 Transgrancanaria Marathon
  • Mónica Vives (Spain) – 3rd 2018 OCC
  • Yuri Yoshizumi (Japan) – 4th 2017 CCC; 13th 2016 Trail World Championships

2019 OCC Top Men

We list the entrants in alphabetical order and additionally provide a recent and relevant result for each man to help identify him.

  • Gautier Airiau (France) – 8th 2018 OCC
  • Thibaut Baronian (France) – 4th 2018 Mont-Blanc Marathon; 2nd 2017 OCC
  • Pau Bartolo (Spain) – 1st 2014 CCC; 1st 2015 TDS; 11th 2016 CCC
  • Erenjia Jia (China) – 1st 2018 OCC
  • Juan Maria Jimenez (Spain) – 10th 2016 UTMB
  • Nico Martin (France) – 2nd 2016 Trail World Championships; 7th 2018 OCC
  • Adrien Michaud (France) – 5th 2017 Zegama Marathon; 4th 2018 Trail du Ventoux
  • Florian Neuschwander (Germany) – 1st 2018 Sean O’Brien 100k
  • Patrick Reagan (USA) – 1st 2017 & 2018 Javelina 100 Mile; 2nd 2017 & 2018 Vasaloppet 90k
  • Florian Reichert (Germany) – 13ht 2016 Transvulcania
  • Andreu Simon (Spain) – 5th 2018 Ben Nevis Ultra; 14th 2018 Zegama Marathon
  • Ruy Ueda (Japan) – 2nd 2016 CCC; 1st 2017 Hasetsune Cup
  • Alex Varner (USA) – 1st 2015 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile; 5th 2016 Way Too Cool 50k
  • Pablo Villalobos (Spain) – 4th 2018 OCC
  • Cole Watson (USA) – 1st 2018 Chuckanut 50k; 12th 2018 Transvulcania

Top Runners Not Currently on Any 2019 UTMB Event Entrants List

Notably, some of the superstars of recent history at the UTMB festival of races are not currently on the entrants list of any 2019 race. We list them in alphabetical order.

Women

  • Rory Bosio (USA) – 2nd 2018 TDS; 1st 2014 and 2013 UTMB
  • Francesca Canepa (Italy) – 1st 2018 UTMB
  • Nathalie Mauclair (France) – 1st 2015 UTMB
  • Jocelyne Pauly (France) – 3rd 2018 UTMB

Men

  • François D’haene (France) – 1st 2017, 2014, and 2012 UTMB
  • Kilian Jornet (Spain) – 2nd 2017 UTMB; 1st 2011 and 2009 UTMB
  • Ludovic Pommeret (France) – 1st 2016 UTMB
  • Xavier Thévenard (France) – 1st 2018, 2015, and 2013 UTMB
  • Jim Walmsley (USA) – 5th 2017 UTMB; 1st 2018 Western States 100

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 in the UTMB, CCC, TDS, and OCC events?

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing 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 trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

There are 28 comments

      1. SteelTownRunner

        That race is in Feb. UTMB festival races are in the summer. Participation in one shouldn’t preclude the other.

        It will be interesting though to see how Walmsley can effectively train for both the Houston Half Marathon and the The HK Fast 100.

  1. Daniel Burke

    Besides from those races, he also mentioned in one of his interviews last year he wants to focus on more flat and fast ultras. Perhaps Comrades or world records on the roads.

    1. SteelTownRunner

      Indeed he mentioned that. He alluded to Comrades and mentioned a 100km. The most obvious choice both for fast course and quality competition, save for worlds (for which he has no current qualifier) would be Lake Saroma. Both Comrades and Saroma are near WS on the calendar, so I would guess either one wouldn’t be terribly likely (of course, Camille Herron is famously trying to replicate the Ann Trason Comrades-WS double). The other long-time running 100km is in Winschoten in the Netherlands in the late summer/ early fall, but I don’t assume that’s likely. I guess we shall see.

    2. John Vanderpot

      The irony, perhaps, is it looks like he signed up for 9 Trails, which is neither fast nor flat, and is bringing half of Flagstaff with him? Looks like there’s 300 people there this yr., and I’m pretty sure a few years back we had like 40?

      Should be an interesting day in March!

    1. SteelTownRunner

      I can’t attest to her intentions, but another similarly timed race that intrigues CD is Joe Fejes’ indoor 6 Day Dome Redux.

  2. Sabine

    When I analyzed the numbers of elite runners, I found a huge discrepancy for the three long disciplines UTMB/CCC/TDS: For the UTMB, there are 150 elite registrations (2018: 77 elite runners at the start), so the elite field has nearly doubled in size, but some “big shots” are missing. Particularly on the male side, where none of the previous champions returns. For the CCC, the number stays about the same (2019: 155 vs. 2018: 143), while it dropped for the TDS (2019: 78, 2018: 129). However, we see this year some runners return to TDS, that finished the UTMB in the Top 10. Might be due to the longer and harder TDS course.

    Do you know, whether elite athletes can still register for the races? I found some changes in the list during the last week.

    1. Bryon Powell

      While I don’t know the criteria, I’d guess that some elite athletes (and a few other exceptions) could still get into next year’s UTMB.

      I don’t care enough to look, but did UTMB change their ITRA ranking criteria for what count as elite for either UTMB or TDS? Separately, the TDS is now a significant longer race time wise. That could certainly dissuade some people.

      1. Sabine

        Just had a look: At least for the UTMB the ITRA performance index points that defines the “elite runners” have stayed the same. Didn’t find information on TDS and CCC for 2018, but I guess that also was kept the same. I agree that most likely the longer course and the increased technicality discouraged runners from signing up for this event.

  3. Ben

    “Alex Nichols (USA) – 2nd 2018 Hong Kong 100k; 2nd 2018 Western States 100”

    It is 2nd at the 2017 Western States.

    Pumped for all these races! Thanks for the giant list.

  4. Raphael Sojer

    Walmsley said he will come back to UTMB until he or somebody else is the first male american to win the race.
    I have a feeling that it might be too late after 2019

  5. Frederick

    Are you able to guide us towards the application vs acceptance rate for each race? ie, if I qualify/apply, what are the chances of gaining admission to one of these races?

  6. Filip Jasinski

    Polish runner Marcin Świerc indeed was 2nd at CCC in 2017 but above all he won TDS in 2018. And in 2019 he won some key races: UltraTrail Australia and UltraTrail Cierro Rojo.

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