This Week In Running: August 19, 2019

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRThe column had been filled with European race results for a few weeks, but we came back home with Colorado’s Leadville Trail 100 Mile and TransRockies Run, and Oregon’s Waldo 100k. There’s a lot here, and it’s Monday again!

Leadville Trail 100 Mile – Leadville, Colorado

Men

Ryan Smith, the Ryan Smith who was eighth at UTMB in 2015 and won last year’s High Lonesome 100 Mile, won the Leadville Trail 100 Mile in 16:33.

Early leader Jared Hazen dropped near mile 45 on his first trip up 12,600-foot Hope Pass, and that shortly gave Chad Trammell the lead. Smith passed Trammell not long thereafter, and then the top-three positions were set for the rest of the race. Trammell finished second in 17:56.

Devon Olson did make a late bid to jump from third to second, but came 51 seconds short of catching Trammell. Olson finished third in 17:57.

Chasing the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning record, Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) was seventh in 19:22. Although Grinius had time on Ian Sharman’s record 2013 campaign after the Slam’s first two races, he lost a bunch here, stating afterward that the altitude was a challenge for him. Sharman ran Leadville in 16:30 in 2013.

Ryan Smith climbing Hope Pass at the 2019 Leadville Trail 100 Mile. Photo: Leadville Race Series

Women

The women’s race was a battle between past Western States 100 winners. In the end, 2015 WS 100 winner Magdalena Boulet outran 2017 WS 100 winner Cat Bradley with the pair finishing in 20:18 and 20:45, respectively. Boulet was 11th overall.

Third-place Samantha Wood finished in 23:52 and fourth-place Carrie Stafford grabbed the women’s last sub-24 spot in 23:55.

Full results.

Magda Boulet on her way to winning the 2019 Leadville Trail 100 Mile. Photo: Leadville Race Series

Ultravasan – Sälen, Sweden

Men

A week after finishing third at Switzerland’s Sierre-ZinalJim Walmsley won the Ultravasan 90k race in 5:47. Walmsley led throughout and collected all of the race’s primes, or prizes for intermediate sprints within the race. He raced ahead of Jonas Buud‘s course-record splits early, but ultimately finished two minutes back of that 2015 mark.

Joacim Lantz (Sweden) was a distant second in 6:07, and Charles Harpur (U.K.) was third in 6:09.

Deeper results included Johan Lantz (Sweden) and Elov Olsson (Sweden) in fourth and fifth at 6:16 and 6:18, and defending champion Fritjof Fagerlund (Sweden) was seventh in 6:31.

Jim Walmsley, 2019 Ultravasan 90k champion. Photo: Vasaloppet/Nisse Schmidt

Women

Alexandra Morozova (Russia) repeated her 2018 win with another in 7:11. She was 28 minutes back of her own course record, but still way up on the competition.

Swedish runners took the next nine positions. Second- and third-place Stina Höglund and Jenny Ramstedt finished in 7:39 and 7:56, respectively.

The race had 1,218 starters.

Full results.

Alexandra Morozova, 2019 Ultravasan 90k champion. Photo: Vasaloppet/Nisse Schmidt

Squamish 50 Mile – Squamish, British Columbia

Men

Chris Mocko won Saturday’s Squamish 50 Mile race over Nick Elson. Barely a minute separated the two with 7:39 and 7:40 finishes. Shaun Stephens-Whale was third in 8:13.

In the next-day 50k, Brendan Urlocker finished in front in 5:14.

Women

Jeanelle Hazlett won the women’s 50-mile race in 9:13, 15 minutes better than second-place Jenny QuiltyThird-place Catrin Jones finished in 9:33.

Tara Holland won Sunday’s 50k in 6:15. Quilty was third in 6:32 and won the combined 50 mile and 50k weekend double, and winning overall as well.

Full results.

Other Races and Runs

Waldo 100k

In Oregon, Drew Macomber and Janessa Taylor won the Waldo 100k. The two victors finished in 10:03 and 11:22. Full results.

TransRockies Run

The six-day, 120-mile TransRockies Run is more of a run than a race, but still had some competitors chasing top finishes across several divisions. The run went point to point from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Running solo and for all six days, Josh Ferenc edged Matt Cavanaugh, 17:52 to 17:54. Anna Comet (Spain) ran the whole thing by herself too, leading the individual six-day group in 18:59. In the mixed-gender, six-day class, Patrick Reagan and Camelia Mayfield won in 19:58. Full results.

Lean Horse 100 Mile

The Lean Horse 100 Mile runs on the non-technical Mickelson Trail through South Dakota’s Black Hills. It was the race’s 15th year and Don Reichelt won in 17:16. Women’s winner Jennifer St. Amand was fourth overall in 21:19. Full results.

Habanero Hundred

The Trail Racing Over Texas Habanero Hundred is Texas’s hottest 100 miler. Ryan Fecteau and Nancy Gutierrez led the race in 20:44 and 27:36. Fecteau’s finish was a new course record. Full results.

Resort to Rock 50k

Anthony Jacobs won Idaho’s Resort to Rock 50k in 4:33. It was the fourth-annual run’s second-fastest time ever. Women’s winner Briana Ulanowski Smyer did set a new course best with her 5:18 finish. Full results.

Kodiak 100 Mile

California’s Kodiak 100 Mile celebrated wins by Rod Farvard and Maria Rivera in 19:31 and 28:06, respectively. Full results.

Next Weekend – Six Days in the Dome – The Redux – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The second Six Days in the Dome fun gets started on Friday, August 23 with a 48-hour race. A 24-hour contest starts the next day and the big six-day race begins on Sunday, August 25.

Olivier Leblond will target his own 48-hour American record (262 miles) at the start of the event, and Zach Bitter and Pam Smith are both racing 24 hours.

Top six-day competitors include Budjargal Byambaa (Mongolia), Ed EttinghausenJoe FejesConnie GardnerJohnny Hällneby (Sweden), Bob Hearn, David Johnston, Val Nunes (Brazil), Dave Proctor (Canada), Mick Thwaites (Australia), and Sandra Villines.

Byambaa won the six-day race at this year’s Across the Years week with 489 miles, and Villines ran across American in 54 days in 2017, among other accomplishments for this competitive group.

Full entrant list.

Next Weekend – Pikes Peak Ascent – Manitou Springs, Colorado

Saturday’s Pikes Peak Ascent runs 13.3 miles and 7,815 feet up to the 14,115-foot summit. In past years the Ascent had been the weekend’s marquee race, but that’s flipped this year with Sunday’s Pikes Peak Marathon being part of the Golden Trail Series.

Men

  • Seth DeMoor – 3rd 2017 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Joe Gray – 1st 2017, 2016 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Simon Gutierrez – 1st 2008, 2006, 2003 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Tate Lagasca – 6th 2018 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Alex Pilcher – 3rd 2018 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Jeff Rome – 2nd 2018 Hardrock 100

Women

  • Kim Baugh – 4th 2018 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Addie Bracy – 3rd 2017 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Ashley Brasovan – 1st 2019 Barr Trail Mountain Race
  • Kim Dobson – 1st 2018, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Anna Mae Flynn – 2nd 2017 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Amy Leedham – 5th 2017 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Kathryn Ross – 5th 2017 Pikes Peak Ascent

Full entrant list.

Next Weekend – Pikes Peak Marathon – Manitou Springs, Colorado

Sunday’s round trip up and down Pikes Peak stretches to the full marathon distance, and thanks to its Golden Trail Series inclusion, is probably the year’s most competitive trail race here in the U.S. iRunFar is going to be all over the mountain with live coverage, and will shortly publish in-depth previews. (Women’s preview now published.)

Men

Two weeks ago Kilian Jornet (Spain) ran a course record at Sierre-Zinal, and that’s generated thoughts of a similar effort at Pikes Peak. Jornet ran 3:40 when he won this race in 2012, and Matt Carpenter‘s course record from 1993 stands at 3:16.

Top American contenders will be former Pikes Peak Ascent winner Sage Canaday and 2018 third-placer Darren Thomas.

International standouts will include Jan Margarit (Spain), Bartłomiej Przedwojewski (Poland), Francesco Puppi (Italy), and Aritz Egea (Spain), among others.

Despite being on the entrants list, we believe defending champion Dakota Jones is not running due to injury recovery.

Women

Just last year Megan Kimmel set a new course record in winning the Pikes Peak Marathon and the high-altitude ace will return to defend that title.

We understand 2017 winner Kristina Mascarenas is not running, despite being on the entrants list.

New Sierre-Zinal course-record holder Maude Mathys (Switzerland) is entered, and Meg Mackenzie (South Africa), Amandine Ferrato (France), Eli Gordón (Spain), Holly Page (U.K.), and Silvia Rampazzo (Italy) are among the other contenders.

In 2015, Mathys received a warning without suspension from the Disciplinary Chamber for Doping Cases of Swiss Olympic for two positive tests for clomifene (previously clomiphene) after it was determined that she was mistakenly taking the drug without first obtaining a World Anti-Doping Agency Therapeutic Use Exemption.

Full entrant list.

Call for Comments

What races did you run or spectate this weekend? Leave a comment to share race results and information from your part of the world! 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 32 comments

    1. Mark M

      The information about her in the article is relevant, interesting, and factual. The writer left it up to the readers to decide whether we care or not. There was no recommended action or opinion given on it. That’s good journalism, not a witch hunt.

      1. SageCanaday

        I don’ know the details of the story with Maude and this comment is not about her personally. However, there is a very good reason that Clomiphene is considered a banned agent/drug. Whether it is hormonal in modulation or it is used as a masking agent for something else for example (perhaps more likely the reason it is banned) it is strong enough to break the rules that are clearly set in place. There are lots of drugs that I could get legally (i.e. DHEA, testosterone, HGH) that would be terribly illegal when it comes to WADA code and adhering to their rules competitive endurance athletic events. Heck, if I got some cold medicine for a sinus infection you better believe I would check the label. Its not that hard.

        If you are a world-class athlete in your sport (sponsored and competing) for a career, sponsorship, prize money and records/titles then you should know exactly what is on that WADA drug list and what would trip a possible drug test. You should also know exactly what you are putting in your body.

        The thing is we hardly ever get actual real drug testing (the only real test I’ve ever had personally is after the Pikes Peak Ascent way back in 2014…under USADA)….and it would be easy to micro dope/taper around known race day tests anyway. Better would be a random testing program between races….I’d be willing to pay my own money for that personally (i.e. a group of top sponsored runners all pay a fee each year to fund the project).

        The sport is definitely not clean at the top end and there are people knowingly cheating with powerful banned substances that could easily provide a 3%-8% boost in performance for an elite. Obviously I’m biased because this is my job and there is money on the line for me personally. Money aside though, I think dopers ultimately act out of ego though…I think age groupers are getting cheated sometimes. One of my favorite things about distance running is that it usually promotes and celebrates honest hard work and things like integrity and mutual respect and fair play. Lets try to keep those values in check. I do not want to see a sport I love turn more into something like cycling. #cleansport

        1. Carrie

          Clomid is an estrogen blocker, and taken over a period of time will …well block estrogen. There’s a reason it’s on the list of banned substances. When taking Clomid to get pregnant, it’s usually taken for 3-5 days starting on day 1 of your cycle. It’s also not recommended that you do any high intensity exercise when taking Clomid trying to get pregnant.

        1. Jamie Hobbs

          I don’t think its irunfar’s responsibility to add the runner’s alleged explanation or reasons or excuses. I wouldn’t expect irunfar to try to evaluate and verify every explanation a runner gives, and unverified explanations aren’t very informative. A warning is a warning. It’s relevant info, and we can weigh it for what it’s worth, knowing that there may be a mitigating explanation.

            1. Jamie Hobbs

              I don’t know if the article above has been modified, but it says “she was mistakenly taking the drug” without getting a TUE. If a reader inferred intent to cheat from that, that’s clearly the reader’s error.

    2. Meghan Hicks

      Hello Mike and everyone,

      You can find iRunFar’s policy on athlete coverage and doping here, https://www.irunfar.com/irunfar-policy-on-doping-and-athlete-coverage. With regard to Maude Mathys, first, she received an official sanction (a guilty ‘verdict,’ the annulment of related race results, and a warning without suspension) from a sport governing body, which means that, according to our policy, we will mention this fact. Second, we use the following specific wording in our mention of her case, “warning without suspension” and “…after it was determined that she was mistakenly taking the drug without first obtaining a World Anti-Doping Agency Therapeutic Use Exemption.” because we believe this wording both briefly and fairly describes the extenuating circumstances of Mathys’s case that were recognized by the governing body.

      1. Mike H

        Clomiphene clearly has performance-enhancing aspects in increasing testosterone to unnatural levels in men, by stimulating Leydig cells in the testes. It is not FDA-approved for men. When abused, it is taken regularly, and can be detected for months afterward. For women, the FDA-approved usage is to stimulate ovulation to increase chances of pregnancy. Although it would increase testosterone levels in women, I cannot find (but welcome) a source describing the commensurate testosterone increase. When used (not abused), it would be prescribed and taken for a fraction of the menstrual cycle.

        It appears Maude was stripped of several titles, and had to pay ~$2000 for the testing and appeals process. Presumably, she would have also had to have proven the prescribed use (which would have been limited in duration and dosage), and she did so successfully. She then had her second child.
        Also, from an interview:
        “Q: How do you manage to juggle elite sports and two children? What are your tips for mums who also have kids at home and would like to race?

        First of all, I stopped working as a nurse and that helped a lot to combine the two, and especially to be present at home. Then, in order to train with kids, you have to be organised according to their rhythm, be flexible (for example changing your training in relation to the situation and the day’s programme) and sometimes being a bit imaginative (cross-country skiing while pulling the kid along on a sled).”

        So, at that time, she was a mom, working as a nurse, and athlete, in that order. I empathize with those with difficult and private family planning challenges. That may not be as apparent or relatable to those with a different lifestyle.

        Now, from the irunfar ‘Policy on Doping:’
        “An athlete’s previous or current negative judgements will be noted….We feel that such an extreme form of cheating is an absolute departure from the spirit of our sport and the intent of our sport’s competitions. iRunFar believes that convicted dopers should not be allowed to return to sporting competitions.”

        So, then, a direct question:
        Do you consider Maude to be a ‘convicted doper’ that should ‘not be allowed to return to sporting competitions?’

        It is unfortunate for a women with family planning challenges to be so adversely affected by the abuse potential that predominantly favors men. This is especially interesting to consider the amount of discussion regarding challenges unique to women in this sport.

        The irunfar policy (currently) also specifies ‘denying such athletes written or recorded interviews.’ We wouldn’t learn from irunfar directly, then, about any chance of discussion of the successful appeal, nor the inspirational balance of a working mom athlete. While I agree this is an exceptional case among a problem of doping within the sport, I also find the policy and attitude in this specific case to be short-sighted.

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        1. I come in peace

          Mike,

          These were all excellent points. Valid points we all agree on, doping in the elite fields in competitive sports with prize money/sponsorships at stake is a big NO. So, how do we as a sport evolve with proper testing, probably even more important and hasn’t been noted, maybe it has in other threads, but more thorough education and awareness to the real life dangers of PEDs.

          We’re living through a big transition period in sport, more prize money, sponsorships and overall competitiveness. There’s no signs of it slowing down either. I’ve thought about this a lot, going back to my competitive sport days.

          I begrudgingly accepted that when we’re referring to competitive athletics, it’s impossible to expect that some won’t play with that razor’s edge of what they can get away with to enhance their recovery and game day performance. I was fortunate to meet a lot of athletes that came from some rough, rough backgrounds, they viewed sports as an opportunity to get out to the other side. Gave me life long perspective. Whether they went pro or not, it gave many a vision and a path to follow. Now, I believe it goes hand in hand, some of those athletes will do whatever it takes to get to the top. Doesn’t mean it’s right, but when dealing with an alpha elite athlete, man or woman, you can’t dismiss it. Let’s be honest too, this sport is full of extreme personality types.

          Idk what the answer is, but the conversations are happening and that’s good. More education, more medical interventions in a seminar setting for athletes could help bring more transparency to the topic.

  1. Jamie Hobbs

    Saturday was the 5th running of the Twisted Branch 100k in the Finger Lakes region of NY. Notable results included a new women’s course record set by Rachel Bainbridge in 12:50. That was the best time since Jackie Meritt ran 13:10 in the inaugural year. Men’s course record holder and 2 time winner, Jim Sweeney, finished in second behind Andrew Simpson. Full results and splits: https://www.opensplittime.org/events/2019-twisted-branch-trail-run/spread

    The point to point course is rugged and hilly, with over 10,000 feet of gain. Torrential downpours the day before and during the afternoon of the race added a bit of mud and humidity.

  2. Jonathan Gardner

    Walmsley was only an hour and some behind the guys who put glide wax on the entire length of their skis and double pole the length of that trail ….

  3. Alex Swenson

    Watch for some other amazing performances at the Dome. Jean-Louis Vidal is in his 60s and will definitely be in the Top 10. I’ve run with him in Europe a couple of times and he is a beast. He knows how to race long — starts slow and then gets faster and faster. He just took the win at Holland Ultra Tour (900 km over 14 days) earlier this month. Not sure what the 6-day record is for 60+ years old, but I’d say it’s within his sights.

    1. Bob Hearn

      I would agree with your assessment. The 60+ WR is, however, very stout: 874.294 km, set by Wolfgang Schwerk at EMU three years ago. Vidal’s best is 800.832 km, set at EMU a year later. But course and conditions should be an advantage at the Dome, so it does seem like a definite possibility.

      1. Alex swenson

        Wow, that is a strong WR. I had no idea it was quite that high. I can see JLV maxing out over 800 km but breaking that record could be a real stretch. Also, I believe he is running without any crew — no problem for an experienced multiday runner like him to still do very, very well but it could handicap his ability to eke out that last extra few % of his ability/effort. Maybe he can camp out next to another runner and get a little side help from his/her crew. He’s flying in from France, so he is no doubt serious about throwing down with the other terrific runners at the Dome..

    2. Bob Hearn

      The big question on everyone’s mind about the Dome is, with this collection of talent (unfortunately, though, with last-minute scratches of Johan Steene, Guillaume Calmettes, and Johan Van Der Merwe), and theoretically optimal conditions, is Kouros’ WR of 644.24 mi / 1,036.8 km in play? I think the smart money says NO – nobody in the world has even broken 1,000 km since 2007. But you never know.

      On the women’s side, Connie Gardner has a large number of records, but this is her first try at 6-day: I think the women’s AR (475 miles) is in play. Likewise with Villines.

      1. SteelTownRunner

        Hardly. The big question is if anyone will surpass 600 miles. Fejes was redlining when he ran his 606 and that was still less than 1000 km. There’s a lot of talent in the race, but 1000 km is rarefied air.

  4. Silke Koester

    Ryan Smith was actually 8th (not 9th) at UTMB after Gonzalo Calisto (who crossed the line 5th) was disqualified for doping.

  5. Mike B

    I got the sense from the SZ broadcast on YouTube that Killian is scaling back the quantity of races to focus more on quality, and would really hope the same focus and intent he brought to SZ can be approached at Pikes. Carpenter’s record is absurd, but I think if Killian is willing to push hard for the entire length of the race, then he has a shoot at it. I don’t know if he could get the uphill record, but I believe has the ability to take the marathon on a close uphill time and a faster downhill. Would love to see him finish Pikes the way he finished SZ – totally spent and pushing for every second. Killian looked like he was channeling his inner Zach Miller with the display of relentless effort! Inspiring!

  6. Keith Laverty

    Just a little more clarification on the men’s top finisher at Waldo 100k… or should I say, finishers! Drew Macomber and Tomonori Onitsuka of Japan crossed the line together in 1st in 10:03:32.

  7. Sarah Arnold

    You missed the Berlin 100 mile https://www.100meilen.de/
    I was a spectator. It’s not just an ultra. It’s a memorial to the all the people who died at the Berlin Wall. The route follows the 100 miles along where the Wall stood. It’s a big deal in Berlin. It’d be great if you would cover it.

    1. Bryon Powell

      Hi Sarah,
      TWIR is not intended to me a complete compilation of all events around the world every week. With that in mind, we always invite folks to add information about other events. Thanks for pointing out the Berlin 100.

  8. John Vanderpot

    Kodiak, a pretty tough course here in SoCal (if Big Bear is SoCal?) was this weekend too, results for all 3 distances are up at usu…

  9. Ian M

    I ran the 100K at the Capes 100 in Spencer’s Island , Nova Scotia. Race directors Jodi and Karine Isenor put on a top notch event with 3 distances to choose from: 50K, 100K and 100 miles. “Frozen” Ed Furtaw (of Barkley Marathons fame) was in the 50K event. It was the first 100 miler ever held in Atlantic Canada.

  10. SteelTownRunner

    Of note, Zach is entered into the 24 hour race, but as I understand it (and as he’s been posting on social media) his intention is to chase the WR of 11:30, or at least improve his 11:40:55 AR, and stay on the track for 12 hours. Anything beyond that will be a bonus.

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