This Week In Running: June 17, 2019

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRIt’s a big one, ladies and gentlemen. This week we’ve got Skyrunning’s Livigno Skymarathon, the Ultra-Trail World Tour’s Mozart 100k, the Leadville Trail Marathon and Mount Washington Road Race in the U.S., and 100-mile wins by both Pam Smith and Seth Swanson. Happy Monday! Let’s make it happen.

Livigno Skymarathon – Livigno, Italy

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High-country snow has impacted races both stateside and abroad, and the Livigno Skymarathon was the latest one forced into a reroute. While not getting to the natural high point, the revised 31k (19 miles) course still gained 2,650 meters (8,700 feet) and had sections so steep that ropes and chains were required. And there were snow-covered ridges too. The race was the year’s sixth Skyrunner World Series contest.

Women

Sheila Avilés (Spain) and Elisa Desco (Italy) seesawed until Avilés gained the ultimate lead with a final rocket downhill. Avilés won in 3:52 and Desco followed in 3:56. Avilés doubled back after taking third at last weekend’s Trail World Championships. From 2010 to 2012, Desco served a two-year ban from the IAAF after she tested positive for EPO at the 2009 World Mountain Running Championships.

Third-place Gisela Carrion (Spain) dipped under the four-hour mark too, running 3:58. Oihana Azkorbebeitia (Spain) and Holly Page (U.K.) were fourth and fifth in 4:07 and 4:12. For Page, it was her first race on the 2019 circuit following injury.

Desco now leads the women’s series rankings.

Sheila Avilés on her way to winning the 2019 Livigno Skymarathon. Photo: Skyrunner World Series

Men 

Ruy Ueda (Japan) starts fast, and it worked. He went wire-to-wire in leading the men’s race in 3:22. It was his second Skyrunner World Series win of the year.

The next four men all finished under 3:30. Daniel Antonioli (Italy) and Oriol Cardona (Spain) were second and third in 3:24 and 3:26, and Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain) and Zaid Ait Malek (Spain) were fourth and fifth, both in 3:28. Both Hernando and Ait Malek also doubled back after last weekend’s Trail World Championships.

Ueda and Cardona now share the lead atop the men’s series rankings.

Full results.

The next Skyrunner World Series race is the June 29 Olympus Marathon in Greece.

Ruy Ueda, 2019 Livigno Skymarathon champion. Photo: Skyrunner World Series

Mozart 100k – Salzburg, Austria

Women

The running world was greatly saddened when professional runner Gabe Grunewald died at age 32 last week after a lengthy battle with cancer. A number of runners carried Gabe’s #bravelikegabe message and emotion into their weekend races, including Sally McRae at the Mozart 100k, and she won the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT) race in 14:38.

It was close, as second-place Aysen Solak (Turkey) was only four minutes back. Third-place Colette Coumans (Sweden) was right there too, running 14:49.

The 2019 Mozart 100k women’s podium. Photo: Mozart 100k

Men

Pau Capell (Spain) is all about the Ultra-Trail World Tour this year. He won Transgrancanaria in February, the Patagonia Run in April, and you guessed it, here too for the year’s third UTWT win. Like the women’s race, this one was pretty dang close. Capell finished in 10:54 and Andris Ronimoiss (Latvia) chased to second in 11:05. Gerald Fister (Austria) was third in 11:49.

Full results.

The next Ultra-Trail World Tour races are the Lavaredo Ultra Trail on June 27 in Italy and the Western States 100 on June 29 in the USA.

Pau Capell, 2019 Mozart 100k champion. Photo: Mozart 100k

Zugspitz Ultratrail – Leutasch, Germany

The likelihood of heavy rain and hail moved the Zugspitz Ultratrail to a shorter route. It’s believed that the race ran 64k (40 miles), versus the traditional 100k.

Women

Two-and-a-half hours into the race, Magdalena Łaczak (Poland) opened a lead that she’d hold the rest of the day in the vicinity of Germany’s highest peak. She finished in 7:29. The next five women were all German with Simone Schwarz and Juliane Totzke running 7:44 and 7:50 for second and third.

Men

Less than 10 minutes separated the top-four men, but Florian Reichert (Germany) was off the front for the race’s second half. He won in 6:04. Tòfol Castanyer (Spain) ran 6:10 for second and Marcin Świerc (Poland) was third in 6:13. Świerc won the Ultra-Trail Australia 100k less than a month ago.

Ten months since his last race and 10 weeks since an ankle injury, Dylan Bowman (USA) was fourth in 6:14, and young American Patrick Caron was fifth in 6:34.

Full results.

Leadville Trail Marathon – Leadville, Colorado

Snow forced the Leadville Trail Marathon off its high point this year–didn’t we say that once already this week? The alternate course still went 26.2 miles and gained 4,033 feet of elevation, but topped out at just 11,710 feet and not the normal 13,185-foot Mosquito Pass.

Women

Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Tara Richardson dominated the women’s run with a start-to-finish lead. She finished in 3:22, a time good enough for 10th overall. Jana Willsey was second in 3:36 and Corinne Shalvoy was third in 3:48.

Tara Richardson winning the 2019 Leadville Trail Marathon. Photo: Leadville Race Series

2012 Olympian Kara Goucher’s much-anticipated trail debut perhaps proved challenging. She was fifth in 3:54 and said afterward on social media that the race was difficult.

Brittany Charboneau is an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier too–and an improv comic–and she won the accompanying 15-mile ‘half marathon’ in 1:54.

Men

Josh Lund stormed the men’s course in a speedy 3:03. Leadville’s own Pat Cade was second in 3:08 and Chad Trammel, all the way from Alaska, was third in 3:09.

Race local Timmy Parr won the men’s 15-mile ‘half marathon’ in 1:39, finishing just 20 seconds ahead of Brad Miles.

Full results.

Josh Lund, 2019 Leadville Trail Marathon champion. Photo: Leadville Race Series

Mount Washington Road Race – Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire

Women

Never in 59 years had there been a tie at the Mount Washington Road Race. That all changed when Heidi Caldwell charged the final steeps to match race-long leader Brittni Hutton. That’s right, it was a legit tie with no hand holding and verified by both chip times and video. Caldwell and Hutton both finished the 7.6-mile auto-road climb in 1:16:17.

For the record, like the Leadville ladies, Hutton too is an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

Kim Nedeau was third in 1:16, only 31 seconds behind the winners.

Men

“Quadzilla” Eric Blake topped out in 1:02, adding to earlier wins in 2006, 2008, and 2013. He was second in 2018. Francis Kamiri (Kenya) climbed in 1:03 for second, and recent USATF Trail Half Marathon Champion Lee Berube was third in 1:05.

Full results.

Other Races and Runs

TransAtlas Marathon

Morocco’s TransAtlas Marathon is a six-day stage race that totals 250k (155 miles), all in the High Atlas mountains. Race rookies, but experienced stage racers Elisabet Barnes (Sweden, but living in Norway) and Sondre Amdahl (Norway) won in a combined 34:15 and 30:14, respectively. It was the first time in the race’s seven years that non-Moroccan runners had won. Full results (when available).

The 2019 TransAtlas Marathon women’s and men’s podiums. Photo: TransAtlas Marathon

Bighorn 100 Mile

The Bighorn 100 Mile course held, but start times were changed because of course conditions in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, giving runners extra time to finish in the slow conditions. Jessi Morton-Langehaug and Seth Swanson won the wild one in 26:58 and 19:30, respectively. Full results.

Mohican 100 Mile

I don’t think there was any snow at Ohio’s Mohican 100 Mile, but there was plenty of rain. The course is four laps inside of state-forest land. Pam Smith won the women’s race in 19:44, and Arlen Glick won the men’s race in 17:24. Full results.

Wy’East Wonder 50 Mile

In Oregon, around Mt. Hood, Devon Yanko won the Wy’East Wonder 50 Mile in 7:52. She was third overall and set a new course record by well over an hour. Men’s winner Michael Nanaszko finished in 7:20. Full results.

Devon Yanko, 2019 Wy’East Wonder 50 Mile champion. Photo: Wy’East Wonder 50 Mile

Next Weekend – Broken Arrow Skyrace 52k – Olympic Valley, California

The mountains meet the sky at the Broken Arrow Skyrace. Both the 52k and 26k races will be competitive, and the 26k is the U.S.’s second-ever World Mountain Running Association World Cup event. (We think it’s only the second WMRA World Cup event ever in the U.S. Can someone confirm?) These fields are deep, like the snow. The 52k happens on Saturday, and the 26k on Sunday.

Women

  • Rory Bosio – 3rd 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 52k
  • Kehr Davis – 1st 2019 The North Face Endurance Challenge Massachusetts 50 Mile
  • Ashley Hawks – 6th 2019 Chuckanut 50k
  • Keely Henninger – 1st 2018 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Megan Kimmel – 1st 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 52k
  • Rea Kolbl – 2nd 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 52k
  • Chris Lundy – 3rd 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k
  • Taylor Nowlin – 7th 2019 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Sandi Nypaver – 2nd 2019 Nine Trails 35 Miler
  • Kristina Pattison – 1st 2018 Old Gabe 50k
  • Kristina Trygstad-Saari – 2nd 2018 The Rut 50k
  • Joelle Vaught – 2nd 2016 Broken Arrow Skyrace 54k
  • Sarah Woerner – 1st 2019 Oak Mountain 50k

Men 

  • Ryan Atkins – 1st 2016 The North Face Endurance Challenge New York 50 Mile
  • Ryan Ghelfi – 1st 2019 Scout Mountain 100 Mile
  • Paul Hamilton – 1st 2015 Power of Four 50k
  • Hayden Hawks – 1st 2019 Chuckanut 50k
  • Duncan Hoge – 1st 2018 Waldo 100k
  • Cody Lind – 7th 2019 Way Too Cool 50k
  • Paddy O’Leary – 3rd 2018 Chuckanut 50k
  • Jorge Maravilla – 15th 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 52k
  • Patrick Parsel – 3rd 2017 Moab Trail Marathon
  • Catlow Shipek – 3rd 2019 Crown King Scramble 50k
  • Ben Stern – 7th 2018 Black Canyon 100k
  • Michelino Sunseri – 1st 2019 Silver State 50k
  • Darren Thomas – 1st 2018 Hellgate 100k
  • Tyler Wolfe – 3rd 2019 Canyons 100k
  • Coree Woltering – 1st 2019 Superior Spring Trail Race 50k

Full entrant list.

Next Weekend – Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k – Olympic Valley, California

Women

  • Morgan Arritola – 1st 2017 Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k
  • Kasie Enman – 24th 2019 Trail World Championships
  • Chris Lundy – 3rd 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k
  • Anne-Marie Madden (Canada) – 8th 2019 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Nicole Mericle4th 2017 Barr Trail Mountain Race
  • Denali Strabel – 10th 2017 Moab Trail Marathon

Men

  • Christian Gering 1st 2018 Tahoe 100k
  • Gus Gibbs – 5th 2019 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Chris Grauch – 12th 2017 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Joe Gray – 1st 2019 Spring Runoff 10k
  • Sam Sahli – 61st 2019 Trail World Championships
  • Michael Wardian – 10th 2019 HURT 100 Mile
  • Coree Woltering – 1st 2019 Superior Spring Trail Race 50k

Full entrant list.

Call for Comments

Whew, that’s our rundown!  What’s yours from the weekend? Leave a comment to share intel from a race you were at or further info on a race we covered here. Thanks!

Justin Mock

is a family man, finance man, and former competitive runner. He gave his 20s to running, and ran as fast as 2:29 for the marathon and finished as high as fourth at the Pikes Peak Marathon. His running is now most happy with his two dogs on the trails and peaks near his home west of Denver.

There are 18 comments

  1. Ben

    “Desco now leads the women’s series rankings.” :(

    Very unfortunate a former EPO cheat is still allowed to compete in top level competitions and take notoriety away from those racing clean.

    1. SageCanaday

      Desco is doing the Golden Trail Series as well I believe (there is quite a bit of money and prestige on the line in that series as well…$5,000 Euro for any top 10 and about equal that value in possible travel incentives). And the ITRA the “QUARTZ” blood test draws are not real drug testing before these races anyway…. #cleansport

  2. scott

    “and said afterward on social media that the race was difficult.”

    Trails isn’t the MLS. You can’t just come here to retire.

    1. EG

      What makes you think Kara is turning to trails to “retire?”
      By referencing the MLS, are you saying that she’s just turning to trails because they may be easier/less competitive than the elite road fields?
      If so, I think it’s a bit presumptuous (or maybe you know something about Kara’s intentions that we don’t?)
      Furthermore, my impression from how she’s occasionally documented her turn to the trails is that it’s been a humbling learning process. I have yet to see some kind of elitist/self-aggrandizing post that suggests she’s joining this aspect of the sport to get easy wins. Plus – what would be the benefit… money? Fame? In trail running? Give me a break.
      Should Walmsley and others, with all their talent and speed, ditch the trails and go on to running-equivalent Champions League since they’re leaving all us normal-MLS’ers in the dust?
      We should be welcoming any/all clean athletes to our sport who are willing to earn their finishes and grit their teeth through it all just like the rest of us.

    2. SageCanaday

      Pretty rude comment here by scott about Kara. This is exactly why many of us “roadies” view the trail-ultra running community as “unwelcome” and “elitist”

      Kara made the Olympics and ran like a 2:25 marathon. She can do whatever the heck she wants. It’s not like she was boasting about being able to smash trail-ultras in her debut or being disrespectful about it.

      You are quite disrespectful in your comment though.

      1. Devon Yanko

        I wholeheartedly agree with Sage. She did not come into trail running with anything but grace and humility, she has been very open about how hard the transition has been for her and how much learning she has to do. We should welcome her with open arms, there is not reason to be disrespectful to her.

      2. Pete

        Of course Sage you can’t just latch on to one person’s comments and use that to make a case against the entire “trail-ultra running community “. Well, people do that on letsrun.com but this IRF and different. If anything, the MUT community and IRF readers have warmly welcomed everyone trying out our sport from the road or track, including Hayden Hawks, Alicia Shay, Rob Krar, Mike Aish, Taylor Nowlin, Mike Wardian, Renee Metivier, and the list goes on. And the trail community was abuzz and delighted when Tyler McCandless won the Moab Red Hot 33K last year.

        The only fake road vs. trail divisiveness I’ve seen is from people hiding behind keyboards, not at races.

        Congrats on a strong Comrades finish at a tough event!

  3. Andy M

    This weekend saw the inaugural running of Run Ragged which, per the description on Ultrasignup, is a last-person-standing event “modeled off the Big’s Backyard Ultra (unaffiliated), but with a bit of CT blue blazed insanity thrown in. This isn’t a track or a rail trail – this is rugged, hilly, and technical Ragged Mountain.” The loop is roughly 5k of rock-strewn insanity with about 500 feet of vertical. Of 40 intrepid starters, by loop 22 there were just three runners who battled and bonded for the next 9 hours. After loop 32 — or roughly 99 miles — last person standing was NJ runner Scott Snell, who had just placed 12th at World’s End 100k two weeks earlier.

    1. SB

      Agreed! I ran the 50 this year and despite growing up in the Bighorns and being around the race my whole life, I was shocked how much damn mud there was once I got out there.

  4. Keely

    I will not be running Broken Arrow! Getting back on the horse, but not THAT horse post injury! Thanks for including me and stoked to watch the stacked ski, er, running race unfold!

    1. Meghan Hicks

      Thanks for the update, Keely. I thought maybe it was a little too soon in your recovery, but you were on the entrants list so we included you. :-) We updated the preview and good luck with your continued progression back from injury!

  5. Meghan Hicks

    Just one person’s opinion: Kara Goucher has been someone who I’ve looked up to and been inspired by for a long time. We’re the same age, we both lived in Minnesota growing up… and that’s where our similarities end, LOL. ;-) Until now–she’s finished her first trail race! It looks like via social media she’s got a chronic bum knee she needs to get fixed up, but I personally hope she decides to run more trail races in the future. It’s fun over here on the ‘dark’ side, Kara, welcome!

  6. Lindsay Hamoudi

    Rod Farvard seems worthy of a mention on Broken Arrow startlist. 4th at Nine Trails and demolished the Cuyamaca course record too…

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