This Week In Running: September 9, 2019

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRLongtime 100 milers Wasatch Front 100 Mile and Superior 100 Mile filled the U.S. calendar; in Europe there was the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, the Jungfrau Marathon, and Tor des Géants; and then next weekend $15,000 will go the Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile winners back in the U.S. We’ve got all of that on this Monday-morning edition.

Wasatch Front 100 Mile – Kaysville, Utah

The Wasatch Front 100 Mile race turned 40, and Andy Jones-Wilkins wrote about that history late last week. The race course runs point-to-point and with 24,000 feet of elevation gain.

Women

Teresa Kaiser won the San Diego 100 Mile earlier this summer, and bookended the end of the summer season with another first-place finish. Kaiser triumphed here in 24:13. Abby Rideout and Jessi Morton-Langehaug were second and third in 25:12 and 25:55.

Men

Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) capped off the summer-long Grand Slam of Ultrarunning with a win, his second win of the four races. Grinius finished first in 20:55. When Ian Sharman set the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning record in 2013, he ran 21:01 at Wasatch. Grinius though missed Sharman’s overall mark after a challenging Leadville 100 Mile race last month.

Carlos Ruibal and Ryan Weibel finished the mountain run in 21:44 and 22:45 for second and third.

Full results.

Jungfrau Marathon – Interlaken, Switzerland

The point-to-point Jungfrau Marathon is all uphill, gaining 6,000 feet, and in super-scenic mountain country. It was the race’s 27th year.

Women

Less than two minutes separated the front-three women. Simone Troxler (Switzerland) edged Theres Leboeuf (Switzerland) and Sara Willhoit (U.K.). The trio ran 3:36:13, 3:37:47, and 3:37:57, respectively.

Simone Troxler on her way to winning the 2019 Jungfrau Marathon. Photo: Jungfrau Marathon

Men

Robbie Simpson (U.K.) repeated as men’s winner in 2:59:29. Just like in the women’s race, the second- and third-place men sprinted it out with only 13 seconds between 3:02 runners Abdelhadi El Mouaziz (Morocco, lives in the Netherlands) and Will Herrera (Colombia).

Full results.

Ultra-Trail Harricana – La Malbaie, Canada

The 125k (77 miles) Ultra-Trail Harricana race was again part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour. The race takes place in Quebec’s wild backcountry in northeastern Canada, and had over 2,000 runners across its group of races, though just 254 started the 125k.

Women

Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe) was way out in front in the women’s race. Her 17:53 finish was almost three hours better than anyone else.

Second- and third-place Annie-Claude Vaillancourt (Canada) and Marie-Josee Hotte (Canada) followed in 20:47 and 21:02.

Emily Hawgood, 2019 Ultra-Trail Harricana champion. Photo: Ultra-Trail Harricana/Louis Laliberte

Men

Guillaume Barry (Canada) surprised the men’s field and took the win in 13:55. It was his longest race to date. Aurélien Collet (France) edged Johan Trimaille (Canada) for second, 14:21 to 14:23.

Full results.

The next Ultra-Trail World Tour race is the October 19 Cappadoccia Ultra-Trail in Turkey.

Guillaume Barry, 2019 Ultra-Trail Harricana champion. Photo: Ultra-Trail Harricana/Sebastien Durocher

Superior 100 Mile – Two Harbors, Minnesota

Women

Third at last year’s Superior 100 Mile, Kelly Teeselink vaulted to the top position in this year’s contest. Her 25:23 finish was over an hour better than in 2018. April Anselmo, the race’s 2013 winner, was second in 26:19. That time was only 16 minutes back of what she ran six years ago. Third-place Tina Koplinski finished in 28:18

Men

Not too much unlike the women’s winner, Mick Jurynec was second in 2018 and came back to even the score. Jurynec was victorious in 20:15, and also just like in the women’s race, that made him an hour-plus winner. Second-place Ben Drexler and third-place Joe Laue finished in 21:34 and 22:35, respectively.

Full results.

Other Races and Runs

Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

On Thursday, the 170k (105 mile) Ultra Tour Monte Rosa race in Switzerland was halted after 82k (50 miles) due to early winter conditions. Corine Kagerer (Switzerland) was the first woman to reach that makeshift finish, running 13:52. Lizzie Wraith (U.K.) and Sarah Hansel (USA) followed in 16:09 and 16:19. In the men’s race, Damian Hall (U.K.) finished in front of Petter Restorp (Sweden) and Christian Insam (Italy). The group ran 11:30, 11:53, and 11:54. The next day 100k race was canceled entirely. Full results.

Tor des Géants 

Winter weather is socking the start of the 205-mile Tor des Géants race in Italy too. Sixteen hours into the run at the time of this article’s writing and both defending champions are leading the race, Silvia Trigueros (Spain) for the women and Franco Collé (Italy) for the men. Live tracking.

Imogene Pass Run

The 17-mile Imogene Pass Run goes from Ouray, Colorado, 10 miles up to 13,000 feet, and drops seven miles for a finish in Telluride. Taylor Nowlin won the women’s race in 2:44, and Timmy Parr, a frequent winner here over the last decade, was first overall in 2:18. Full results.

Taylor Nowlin on her way to winning the 2019 Imogene Pass Run. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Timmy Parr, 2019 Imogene Pass Run champion. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Mountain Rats 50k

In Eagle, Colorado, Genevieve Harrison and Jeremy Bradford won the Mountain Rats 50k. Harrison set a new course best in 6:25, and Bradford raced in at 6:12. Full results (when available).

Cirque Series

The year’s final Cirque Series race was at Utah’s Snowbird Resort on an 8.7-mile course with 3,566 feet of elevation gain. Frequent series winner Morgan Arritola bested the women’s field again, finishing in 1:29, and recent Pikes Peak Ascent runner-up Seth Demoor was the overall winner in 1:20. Full results.

NUT 100k

Molly Schmelzle won Oregon’s NUT 100k on the North Umpqua Trail in 12:47. She was third overall and not that far behind men’s winner Drew Roberts and his 12:24 finish. Full results.

Drew Roberts, 2019 NUT 100k champion. Photo: NUT 100k

McKenzie River Trail Run 50k

The McKenzie River Trail Run 50k races along its namesake river on a nearly point-to-point path in Oregon. Race winners Heather Johnson and Asher Catterall finished in 4:23 and 3:43. Full results.

Backcountry Rise Trail Run

Kim Carmel and Evan Williams won Washington’s Backcountry Rise Trail Run 50k race in 6:20 and 4:42. Williams’s run broke Max King’s course record from 2018. Full results.

Breaks Ultra

The 45-mile Breaks Ultra happens at Breaks Interstate Park on the Kentucky-Virginia border, an area called “the Grand Canyon of the South” for its sometimes 1,600-foot canyon depth. Alondra Moody led the women’s race in 10:27, while the men’s winner was Scott Buser in 9:25. Full results.

Next Weekend – Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The 8th-annual Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile race has an incredible $75,000 prize purse with $15,000 going to each of its men’s and women’s winners.

Women

  • Becky Bates (Canada) – 2nd 2018 HURT 100 Mile
  • Melissa Beaury – 5th 2018 The Bear 100 Mile
  • Riley Brady – 1st 2019 UROC 100k
  • Tessa Chesser – 2nd 2019 Penyagolosa Trails 108k
  • Jeanne Cooper – 4th 2019 Bighorn 100 Mile
  • Whiley Hall – 1st 2019 Telluride Mountain Run
  • Salynda Heinl – 1st 2016 San Juan Solstice 50 Mile
  • Jana Willsey – 1st 2019 Tahoe Rim 50 Mile
  • Michele Yates – 1st 2018 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile

Men

  • Yew Ferrara – 2nd 2019 Tahoe Rim 50 Mile
  • Mike Foote – 1st 2019 River of No Return 55k
  • Tyler Fox – 1st 2018 The Bear 100 Mile
  • Hannes Gehring – 1st 2019 Never Summer 100k
  • Mark Hammond – 60th 2019 UTMB
  • Alex Ho – 1st 2017 Bighorn 100 Mile
  • Gabe Joyes – 9th 2019 Leadville Trail 100 Mile
  • Anthony Kunkel – 4th 2019 Black Canyon 100k
  • Jeff Mogavero – 8th 2019 Speedgoat 50k
  • Kyle Pietari – 10th 2019 Western States 100
  • Jim Rebenack – 1st 2017 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Catlow Shipek – 2nd 2019 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile
  • Dave Stephens (Canada) – 2nd 2018 Javelina Jundred
  • Scott Traer – 2nd 2016 Cascade Crest 100 Mile
  • Michael Versteeg – 1st 2019 Telluride Mountain Run
  • Charlie Ware – 26th 2019 Western States 100

Full entrant list.

Call for Comments

There was a lot more regional-level racing this weekend, too. Can you tell us what you raced or what else you saw?

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 16 comments

  1. Alex

    Teanaway Country 100 in WA was canceled midway through and runners pulled at the 100k mark due to a major thunderstorm. It’s a mega course, with 33k feet of gain for the full length. I don’t know how finishers ranked for the shorter course, still mostly social media chatter at this point. Somebody who was at the aid station might know.

  2. Sarah

    Nice work Kelly Teeselink! That’s some pretty fantastic running on a tough course. And what a fabulous inspiration you are to the girls in your programs at Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa. Great job!

    1. Mallory

      Agreed, Sarah! At the 2018 pre-race briefing, the race director described the conditions as ideal. This year, it rained in the days before the race so the rocks and boardwalks were a bit slippery… and yet Kelly improved on her 2018 time by a solid margin. So much respect! It looked like she ran a strong and smart race.

  3. Oleg

    Meanwhile in Canada…
    Lost Soul Ultra races happened this past weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta, with a new 200K distance introduced to celebrate LSU’s 20th anniversary. The one-off 200K was won by Patrick Humenny (29:36) and Anna Duda (34:54), the 100M – by Jerry Hughes (20:57) and Brenda Dryer (25:15). Stefan Schreiber (10:07) and Svenja Espenhahn (10:59) both set new CRs in the 100K, while Michael Moore (5:11) and Ashley Tremblay (6:12) were victirious in the 50K distance.

  4. John Vanderpot

    I don’t know how many people are following along, but it looks like Wasatch was Walt’s 33rd 100M finish this year (!) of a projected 50 (!!), and he’s done some very respectable courses — Bighorn, Ouray, AC, LV, CC, etc., I think the record’s 41, so he’s certainly on track to challenge it!

  5. SteelTownRunner

    The inaugural invitation Centurion Track 100 mile race in Kent, UK was held. It’s a pure 100 mile track race with no 24 hour option. Long-time sub-elite British marathoner Tom Payne won in 12:25:30, and Debbie Martin-Consani won the womens race in 16:21:03. Full results: https://www.centuriontrack100.com/races/centurion-track-100-2020

    The databases I’ve relied on for the basis of my list is incomplete aside from missing some fast 100 mile splits in longer efforts , but as things stand I have Tom Payne’s run as the 20th fastest 100 mile run in history.

  6. Whatajoke

    Teanaway 100, which is billed as the low altitude hard rock by its RD (see quote below) was canceled after a small thunderstorm. Lol.. what a soft move. Ultra runners should think twice about signing up for this race.

    RD brags about hard his race is then cancels the entire thing after a small thunderstorm

    “To be fair, there are some tough 100-milers out there. Yet, the Teanaway Country 100 stands toe-to-toe with those that are notoriously hard. Though blasphemous to some that I’d even suggest it, I think that in time, it will be viewed as a low altitude Hardrock.

    1. Tara

      It was an incredibly large thunderstorm. And with flash flood warnings on an extremely exposed course. He made the right call. Many of us who were there were incredibly impressed with his making such a hard call. He did not make it lightly.

  7. Chris

    Brian Morrison puts on the Teanaway 100 and has a lot of experience in ultrarunning. I assume that there’s an extremely good reason why it was cancelled – more than just a small thunderstorm. Portland, a couple hundred miles south, got at least one confirmed tornado from that storm.

  8. KittitasCounty

    Teanaway Country is an out and back course and in two tries, it has never been run at the full distance. The weather was quite heinous from about 11pm-2am, and runners and volunteers shouldn’t have been out in it. But…it was known to be on its way before runners ever left the start. The flash flood warning was released early Saturday AM and point forecasts all along the course showed high probability of lightning and up to half an inch of rain.

    The only blame is for letting the race even start. Oh…and then for not emailing or publicly addressing any of the runners after it was cancelled. And…for not having runner tracking via SPOT/inReach on a course with no cell service. Maybe less social media chatter, op-eds to magazines, double booking with other local races (as in 2018), and more proactive planning for contingencies in the future?

    Yeah, the Teanaway is nice, but if you want the Forest Service to consider letting you put on another race in a remote place, cover your bases with emergency services, communication, and then limit traffic that can clog narrow roads in case of possible (or in this case probable) emergency. I can’t think of any other race that has let hundreds of people and cars head into burned drainages during forecasted flash floods. Y’all ain’t in Seattle anymore!

    1. Armchair Quarterbacks

      The arm chair quarterbacking here about Teanaway is astounding. As mentioned above, the RD is extremely experienced in ultras, and there is no way he took the decision lightly, as seen in social media posts. And a majority of runners agreed with the decision, disappointed or not at the outcome. Perhaps those complaining are not aware of what intense late summer thunderstorms can do in the North Cascades in terms of flooding, debris flows, and mudslides, which can wipe out a trail and quickly severely injure, or worse, a runner. Not to mention the 1000+ recorded lightning strikes that hit the western slopes of the mountains, including where runners were.

      Complaining that there is no email sent to runners afterwards? It’s Monday, for a race that went was on Saturday. Really?
      Runner tracking with SPOT or other devices? Sure, lets take another big ultra and completely put it out of reach financially of many runners.
      Point forecasts? Ever seen weather in the PNW? Good luck with point forecasts and them being 100% right.
      The race has never been run the full distance in two years? I guess last year the runners should have just gone through the fire and smoke.
      …Give some credit to someone starting up a phenomenal, hard, complicated 100 miler in a very remote location, from scratch. I guess if you truly want it to be like Hardrock, it can be one more race that all but a lucky few get to run.

      1. Alex

        I mostly agree with you, but I do just want to mention one point I don’t, and that’s on SPOT rental. SPOT rental is $45 for the Bigfoot 200, I don’t think that’s an extra cost that makes or breaks the ability for people to afford a race were it to be added to TC100. 100s are a big commitment and are expensive already, I don’t think it makes a huge difference while adding an element of safety for what is a wild and relatively remote race. I generally don’t like required gear lists and I think runners in this sort of race should be expected to know how to take care of themselves in the mountains and bring what they need, but SPOT or InReach or another satellite tracker is a different matter for me, I have no issue with those being required on big and remote courses.

  9. KittitasCounty

    The main critique is that the race should not have ever started in the first place given the obvious weather, the fact the course runs through burned terrain (flash flood), and lack of preparation for the elements. There were forty miles of point forecasts showing flash flooding and thunderstorms. This wasn’t an Alabama hurricane forecast.

    Being an experienced runner doesn’t give a race director the right to be underprepared or exercise poor judgment. Not addressing your runners in person or electronically, Instagram aside, after you pull the plug is pretty lame. If you want to claim you’re the “low altitude Hardrock,” then you’d better have the same organization, class, and accountability. The permit granting land management agencies will gladly hold him accountable while the Seattle running hipsters are busy “giving credit.”

  10. Dan F

    I spent all year training for Teanaway, put in countless hours of mountain runs, spent nearly my entire years’ vacation traveling to Seattle and put my 100% into the race. When it ended at mile 70 I was devastated (initially relieved as my body and quads were destroyed). But, the call to end the race was Bryan’s and for the runners’ safety, it was obviously the right call. Many mentioned what happened at Bigfoot this year and how they didn’t want a repeat of that. Also, the forecast for storms didn’t really pop up until a couple days prior though it did look worse and worse the closer we got to race start. This as the SAME as what happened to me at Tahoe last year however, the storm never panned out as forecasted. I don’t know how you can blame an RD for weather, that’s ridiculous.

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