2020 UTMB Events Top Runners

UTMB logoThe UTMB race administration has released results of the lottery draw for the 2020 edition of all its events. High-level athletes are considered separately, as the race administration holds many spots for them. In the weeks before the draw, the race administration made public the top runners who have been given entrance into the 2020 races. A few top runners may have 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. In this article we preview the most competitive four events. The 172-kilometer UTMB is the main event of the week, and will see the most competitive field. The CCC is 99k long, TDS tips the scales at 146k, and the OCC is significantly shorter at 56k.

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. We’ll update this article sporadically throughout the year.

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

2020 UTMB Top Men

We divide the top UTMB men’s entrants into a couple categories, the ‘Headliner Men’ 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.

Headliner Men

  • Pau Capell (Spain) – 1st 2019 & 6th 2017 UTMB; 3rd 2018 & 6th 2015 CCC; 1st 2016 TDS
  • François D’haene (France) – 1st 2017, 2014, & 2012 UTMB
  • Javi Dominguez (Spain) – 9th 2019, 10th 2018, 5th 2016, & 3rd 2013 UTMB
  • Tim Freriks (USA) – 1st 2017 The North Face 50 Mile Championships; 1st 2017 Transvulcania
  • Jordi Gamito (Spain) – 3rd 2018, 10th 2017, & 12th 2015 UTMB; 5th 2016 & 2014 TDS
  • Robert Hajnal (Romania) – 2nd 2018 UTMB; 4th 2019 Madeira Island Ultra Trail
  • Scott Hawker (New Zealand) – 3rd 2019 UTMB; 5th 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Jing Liang (China) – 2nd 2019 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji; 2nd 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Zach Miller (USA) – 9th 2017 & 6th 2016 UTMB; 1st 2015 CCC
  • Masatoshi Obara (Japan) – 8th 2019 UTMB; 4th 2019 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji
  • Diego Pazos (Switzerland) – 5th 2018 TDS; 5th 2015 CCC; 11th 2014 UTMB; 2019 Madeira Island Ultra Trail
  • Ludovic Pommeret (France) – 1st 2016 UTMB; 3rd 2019 TDS; 3rd 2017 CCC
  • Min Qi (China) – 2nd 2018 CCC; 1st 2018 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Hallvard Schjølberg (Norway) – 4th 2019 TDS; 4th 2018 UTMB
  • Marcin Świerc (Poland) – 1st 2018 TDS; 2nd 2017 CCC
  • Xavier Thévenard (France) – 2nd 2019, 1st 2018, 1st 2015, & 1st 2013 UTMB
  • Tim Tollefson (USA) – 3rd 2017 & 2016 UTMB; 1st 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Pablo Villa (Spain) – 1st 2019 TDS; 2nd 2019 Transgrancanaria
  • Jim Walmsley (USA) – 5th 2017 UTMB; 1st 2019 & 2018 Western States 100
  • Ho-Chung Wong (Hong Kong) – 7th 2019 UTMB; 1st 2019 The North Face Hong Kong 100k
  • Jia-Ju Zhao (China) – 11th 2019 CCC

More Top Men

  • Jon Aizpuru (Spain) – Top 3 last 4 editions of Ultratrail Ehunmilak
  • Manuel Anguita (Spain) – 8th 2019 & 6th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Pere Aurell (Spain) – 1st 2018 Transvulcania
  • Mathieu Blanchard (France, lives in Canada) – 10th 2019 CCC; 13th 2018 UTMB
  • Patrick Bringer (France) – 2nd 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k; 1st 2018 Les Templiers
  • Maxime Cazajous (France) – 4th 2019 & 3rd 2018 Diagonale des Fous
  • Franco Colle (Italy) – 1st 2019 DoloMyths Run Ultratrail; 1st 2018 Tor des Géants
  • Guo-Min Deng (China) – 6th 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail; 4th 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Cedric Fleureton (France) – 1st 2019 La SainteLyon; 3rd 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Dani Garcia (Spain) – 4th 2018 Reventon Trail; 5th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Florian Grasel (Austria) – 9th 2018 UTMB; 1st 2019 Grossglockner Ultra-Trail
  • Nicolas Gregoire Curmer (France) – 5th 2019 TDS; 1st 2019 Diagonale des Fous
  • Damian Hall (U.K.) – 5th 2018 & 12th 2017 UTMB
  • Moisés Jimenez (Venezuela, lives in France) – 16th 2019 UTMB; 10th 2019 TDS
  • Harry Jones (U.K.) – 15th 2019 UTMB; 8th 2018 CCC
  • Janosch Kowalczyk (Germany) – 1st 2018 Ultra-Trail Cape Town; 10th 2018 & 11th 2017 Trail World Championships
  • Can-Hua Luo (China) – 11th 2019 UTMB
  • Jim Mann (U.K.) – 15th 2018 UTMB; 2nd 2019 Dragon’s Back Race
  • Jerome Mirassou (France) – 6th 2018 TDS
  • Loren Newman (USA) – 11th 2019 The North Face 50 Mile Championships; 2nd 2019 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji
  • Giulio Ornati (Italy) – 11th 2019 TDS
  • Petter Restorp (France) – 11th 2018 UTMB
  • Ryan Sandes (South Africa) – 11th 2019 Western States 100; 5th 2019 Tarawera 100k
  • Seth Swanson (USA) – 4th 2015 UTMB; 1st 2019 Bighorn  100 Mile; 3rd 2018 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji

2020 UTMB Top Women

We divide the top UTMB women’s entrants into a couple categories, the ‘Headliner Women’ 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.

Headliner Women

  • Hillary Allen (USA, lives in France) – 2nd 2019 TDS; 3rd 2017 Transvulcania
  • Delphine Avenier (France) – 10th 2019 UTMB; 6th 2017 CCC; 1st 2016 TDS
  • Lucy Bartholomew (Australia) – 3rd 2018 Western States 100; 1st 2017 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Camille Bruyas (France, lives on La Réunion) – 3rd 2019 CCC; 8th 2019 Transvulcania; 5th 2018 Diagonale des Fous
  • Francesca Canepa (Italy) – 1st 2018 UTMB; 1st 2019 Oman by UTMB 130k
  • Courtney Dauwalter (USA) – 1st 2019 UTMB; 1st 2019 Madeira Island Ultra Trail; 1st 2019 Tarawera 100k
  • Ragna Debats (Netherlands, lives in Spain) – 1st 2019 CCC; 1st 2019 Transvulcania; 1st 2019 Marathon des Sables
  • Élise Delannoy (France) – 7th 2019 UTMB; 9th 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Azara García (Spain) – 2nd 2019 OCC; 1st 2018 Les Templiers; 1st 2017 Transgrancanaria
  • Kaytlyn Gerbin (USA) – 6th 2019 Western States 100; 6th 2019 Madeira Island Ultra Trail; 2nd 2019 Transgrancanaria
  • Katrin Götz (Switzerland) – 3rd 2019 TDS; 1st 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Camille Herron (USA) – Set new 24-hour world record of 270k in 2019; 1st 2019 Tarawera 100 Mile
  • Stephanie Howe Violett (USA) – 4th 2019 CCC; 16th 2017 & 8th 2015 UTMB
  • Andrea Huser (Switzerland) – 2nd 2017 & 2016 UTMB; 1st 2015 TDS
  • Mimmi Kotka (Sweden) – 1st 2017 TDS; 1st 2016 CCC; 1st 2018 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Maite Maiora (Spain) – 3rd 2019 UTMB; 2nd 2017 CCC
  • Ekaterina Mityaeva (Russia) – 4th 2019 UTMB; 4th 2019 Transvulcania
  • Kaori Niwa (Japan) – 16th 2018, 4th 2017, & 8th 2016 UTMB
  • Beth Pascall (U.K.) – 5th 2019 UTMB; 1st 2019 Ultra-Trail Cape Town; 4th 2019 Western States 100
  • Jocelyne Pauly (France) – 3rd 2018 UTMB; 2nd 2019 Tor des Géants; 1st 2018 Diagonale des Fous
  • Brittany Peterson (USA) – 2nd 2019 Western States 100; 4th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Katie Schide (USA, lives in France) – 6th 2019 UTMB; 2nd 2018 CCC
  • Sabrina Stanley (USA) – 1st 2019 Diagonale des Fous; 1st 2018 Hardrock 100
  • Audrey Tanguy (France) – 1st 2019 & 2018 TDS; 2nd 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail; 3rd 2019 Madeira Island Ultra Trail

More Top Women

  • Claire Bannwarth (France) – 9th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Elisabeth Borgersen (Sweden) – 6th 2019 & 7th 2018 TDS
  • Naomi Brand (South Africa) – 15th 2019 UTMB; 6th 2018 Madeira Island Ultra Trail
  • Luzia Bühler (Switzerland) – 11th 2019 Western States 100
  • Sabrina Cachard (France) – 18th 2019 UTMB
  • Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe, lives in the USA) – 2nd 2019 & 1st 2018 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Fernanda Maciel (Brazil, lives in Spain) – 11th 2018, 4th 2014, 7th 2012, & 4th 2009 UTMB
  • Elisabet Margeirsdottir (Iceland) – 12th 2019 UTMB
  • Maryline Nakache (France) – 5th 2019 CCC; 3rd 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Mariya Nikolova (Bulgaria) – 9th 2018 & 2017 UTMB
  • Fu-Zhao Xiang (China) – 11th 2019 & 20th 2018 UTMB; 1st 2019 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji
  • Mei-Ling Xu (China) – 4th 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Guang-Mei Yang (China) – 3rd 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k

2020 CCC Top Men

[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 most competitive event 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!]

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

  • Dylan Bowman (USA) – 2nd 2018 TDS
  • Kris Brown (USA) – 13th 2019 & 10th 2018 Western States 100
  • Tòfol Castanyer (Spain) – 10th 2019 & 4th 2018 TDS
  • Cristofer Clemente (Spain, lives on the Canary Islands) – 2nd 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Sylvain Court (France) – 18th 2019 UTMB
  • Thibaut Garrivier (France) – 2nd 2019 CCC
  • Luis Alberto Hernando (Spain) – 1st 2019 CCC; 3-time Trail World Champion
  • Stephen Kersh (USA) – 7th 2019 Western States 100
  • Nicolas Martin (France) – 2nd 2018 & 2017 Les Templiers
  • Sam McCutcheon (New Zealand) – 7th 2019 CCC
  • Patrick Reagan (USA) – 8th 2019 Western States 100
  • Florian Reichert (Germany) – 9th 2019 Transvulcania
  • Jia-Sheng Shen (China) – 5th 2019 CCC
  • Andreu Simon (Spain) – 2nd 2019 OCC
  • Juan Somohano (Spain) – 6th 2019 CCC
  • Pablo Villalobos (Spain) – 4th 2018 OCC
  • Cole Watson (USA) – 12th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Zhen-Long Zhang (China) – 9th 2019 CCC

2020 CCC Top Women

Here are the top 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.

  • Sarah Bard (USA) – 8th 2018 Comrades Marathon
  • Kristin Berglund (Sweden but lives in Austria) – 2nd 2019 UTMB
  • Eli Gordón (Spain) – 2nd 2019 & 1st 2018 OCC
  • Abby Hall (née Mitchell) – 8th 2019 CCC
  • Irene Kinnegim (Netherlands) – 17th 2018 UTMB
  • Kim Magnus (Canada) – 3rd 2019 Cascade Crest 100 Mile
  • Michaela Mertová (Czech Republic) – 8th 2018 High Trail Vanoise
  • Sarah Morwood (U.K.) – 6th 2018 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Laetitia Pibis (France) – 9th 2019 TDS
  • Aroa Sio (Spain) – 15th 2019 CCC
  • Emily Schmitz (USA, lives in Columbia) – 5th 2019 OCC
  • Sarah Vieuille (France) – 2nd 2018 Les Templiers
  • YiOu Wang (USA) – 1st 2019 The North Face 50 Mile Championships

2020 TDS Top Men

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

  • Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz (France) – 2nd 2018 Madeira Island Ultra Trail
  • Tom Evans (U.K.) – 1st 2018 CCC
  • Daniel Jung (Italy) – 7th 2018 Transvulcania
  • Andrea Macchi (Italy) – 8th 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Dmitry Mityaev (Russia) – 2nd 2019  & 3rd 2018 TDS
  • Hannes Namberger (Germany) – 12th 2019 CCC
  • Tom Owens (U.K.) –  4th 2019 UTMB
  • Nicolas Pianet (France) – 7th 2019 TDS
  • Andris Ronimoiss (Latvia) – 6th 2018 CCC
  • Yan-Qiao Yun (China) – 6th 2019 & 11th 2018 TDS

2020 TDS Top Women

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

  • Kirsten Amundsgaard (Norway) – 4th 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Manon Bohard (France) – 4th 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Rachel Drake (USA) – 7th 2019 CCC
  • Meredith Edwards (USA) – 2nd 2019 Oman by UTMB 130k
  • Sophie Grant (U.K.) – 11th 2019 TDS
  • Anna Karlsson (Sweden) – 4th 2018 TDS
  • Sonia Locatelli (Italy) – 6th 2018 TDS
  • Corrine Malcolm (USA) – 4th 2018 TDS
  • Anne-Lise Rousset Seguret (France) – 4th 2018 CCC
  • Holly Rush (U.K.) – 7th 2017
  • Martina Valmassoi (Italy) – 2nd 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Ildikó Wermescher (Hungary) – 9th 2019 & 7th 2018 UTMB

2020 OCC Top Men

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

  • Miguel Caballero (Spain) – 4th 2019 Reventon Trail
  • Oriol Cardona (Spain) – 3rd 2019 Limone Extreme SkyMasters
  • Julien Chorier (France) – 2nd 2019 Oman by UTMB 130k
  • Mohamed El Morabity (Morocco) 2nd 2019, 2018, & 2017 Marathon des Sables
  • Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) – 7-time Marathon des Sables champion
  • Petter Engdahl (Sweden) – 3rd 2019 Transvulcania
  • Gus Gibbs (USA) – 5th 2019 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Drew Holmen (USA) – 2019 The North Face 50 Mile Championships
  • Eren-Jia Jia (China) – 1st 2019 OCC
  • Cody Lind (USA) – 1st 2019 Rut 50k
  • Antonio Martinez (Spain) – 2nd 2019 Reventon Trail
  • Adrien Michaud (France) – 4th 2018 Trail du Ventoux
  • Paddy O’Leary (Ireland, lives in the USA) – 9th 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Pere Rullan (Spain) – 2nd 2019 Cortina Trail
  • Ruy Ueda (Japan) – 1st 2019 Livigno Skymarathon
  • Stephan Wenk (Switzerland) – 13th 2019 Sierre-Zinal

2020 OCC Top Women

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

  • Sheila Avilés (Spain) – 3rd 2019 Trail World Championships
  • Amanda Basham (USA) – 2nd 2019 CCC
  • Ruth Croft (New Zealand) – 1st 2019 & 2018 OCC
  • Eli Anne Dvergsdal (Norway) – 1st 2019 Zegama Marathon
  • Anna Mae Flynn (USA) – 1st 2019 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) – 2nd 2019 Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Yang-Chun Lu (China) – 1st 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Taylor Nowlin (USA) – 2nd 2019 Speedgoat 50k
  • Jasmin Nunige (Switzerland) – 6th 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Monica Vives (Spain) – 3rd 2018 OCC
  • Miao Yao (China) – 1st 2018 CCC
  • Yuri Yoshizumi (Japan) – 3rd 2019 OCC

Top Runners Not Currently on Any 2020 UTMB Event Entrants List

Notably, some of the top finishers in the UTMB festival’s recent history are not currently on the entrants list of any 2020 races. We list these runners in alphabetical order.

Men

  • Ivan Camps (Spain) – 4th 2019 & 7th 2018 CCC
  • Jiri Cipa (Czach Republic) – 3rd 2019 CCC
  • Germain Grangier (France) – 9th 2019 UTMB; 5th 2018 CCC
  • Kilian Jornet (Spain, lives in Norway) – 2nd 2017 UTMB; 3-time UTMB champion

Women

  • Rory Bosio (USA) – 8th 2019 UTMB
  • Caroline Chaverot (France) – 1st 2016 UTMB
  • Uxue Fraile (Spain) – 2nd 2018, 3rd 2016, 2nd 2015 UTMB, & 5th 2014 UTMB
  • Kaci Lickteig (USA) – 10th 2018 UTMB; 3rd 2019 Western States 100
  • Nathalie Mauclair (France) – 1st 2015 UTMB
  • Núria Picas (Spain) – 1st 2017 UTMB; 2nd 2014 & 2013 UTMB

Call for Comments

  • Who do you think will be competing for men’s and women’s wins in the UTMB, CCC, TDS, and OCC events?
  • Ohmygosh that’s a lot of fast runners and a ton of amazing results! With so many names and races on so many lists, we surely missed a couple top runners or made a couple data mistakes. Let us know if you think someone should be included on these lists or if you see an error.
Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing Editor and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

There are 26 comments

  1. Tom van der Meer

    I will again tell my colleagues that my productivity will be significantly lower in the final week of August… Or ask for an additional monitor suitable for streaming websites…

    Is it known whether the ‘Top runners not currently on any list’ didn’t apply for a race or were not chosen from the lottery?

  2. Joe G

    That’s trash about Kilian not having enough points. If Kipchoge wanted to come run the NYC Marathon, the organizers wouldn’t tell him sorry you need to go through the same 9 +1 program as the rest of the locals here. Hope they reconsider.

    1. Bryon Powell

      I don’t know if it’s an official policy or not, but UTMB let plenty of elite qualifiers (and media, I think) earn additional necessary points between the lottery and race day. I’m guessing if Kilian really wanted to get in, there’d be a way.

      1. Davide

        Same week there year we have Trofeo Kima. I think Kilina will be at that start line… Trofeo Kima is once every 2 years and is the top class event for skyrunners and skialpers…

    2. Brian

      Kipchoge could say he wants to run NYC and be let in. Anyone within probably 15 minutes of Kipchoge can and does do this—that’s how the elite field is assembled. Scott Fauble didn’t run 2:12 on a year of flying from Flagstaff to do monthly 5Ks in Central Park and volunteering at that one weeknight 5K in Prospect Park that you try to get as soon as the signup window opens.

  3. Phillip

    Kilian would qualify by ITRU rankings? -https://itra.run/page/278/classement%20(Indice%20de%20performance%20sur%20les%203%20dernières%20années).html

    1. Jeff Rome

      The itra ranking would allow him to enter without lottery if he were qualified, but he still needs the UTMB points to actually qualify.

  4. David Von Stroh

    We should start a petition to get Killian into UTMB. I was disappointed to not get in this year myself, but if I had, I would have gladly given up my spot to see Killian race against all the other legends one more time. Walmsley and Francois were talking on podcasts earlier last year about getting all the big names out for one last showdown in 2020 before they start slowing down. Its just not the same without Killian. Will be such an epic race anyway with Pau Cowbell, Xavier, Francois, Tim, Jim, Zach, and so many others coming back. Killian needs to be on that starting line. Kinda glad I didn’t get in so I can watch the race live.

  5. chalky

    FYI, Katie Schide is racing UTMB according to the list of registered runners. She might have updated between writing the article and publishing it.

  6. thomas Redeker

    Somebody will win the race, aber without Kilian this guy can never say I ran against the best Ultra Trail runner of the world Kilian Jornet, it is a pitty

  7. Frederic

    Really exciting !!!
    On another note, It is what it is but I find it’s a real bummer that we’ll likely never see such a deep competitive field at a US 100mile mountain race. It’s nice that UTMB has been offering such a spectacle all those years but having this competition on “another turf” would be nice as well.

  8. lo

    Lacks Hayden Hawks, Jared Hazen, Tom Evans, the russian guy who headed the TDS several times last years, and some other tough guys…
    Very excited to see Camille Herron in the women field – what a race it will be !!

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