2022 UTMB Events Women’s Top Runners

The top women’s entrants for the 2022 UTMB, CCC, TDS, and OCC races.

By on January 26, 2022 | Leave a reply

2022 UMTB logo 150pxIt’s lottery time! Check out the results for who’s who for the 2022 UTMB festival events on the women’s side. We’ve got a lot of elite athletes who received their spots from the race administration, but also some fast feet who got in 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” for each event singled out by the race administration.

In this article, we preview the front of the women’s races for the 170-kilometer UTMB, the 100k CCC, the 145k TDS, and the 55k OCC.

This list may change in the coming months: elites may be allowed late entrance, and not all who intend to start will be able to. There’s always the possibility that COVID-19 could change things, but we’ll keep you and the list up to date as the year progresses.

Let’s look at how these four women’s race fields are shaping up. We list each section in alphabetical order and provide a recent and relevant result or two for each woman to help identify her.

Be sure to also check out our article previewing the 2022 UTMB events men’s top runners!

2017 UTMB start

The start of the 2017 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Kirsten Kortebein

2022 UTMB Top Women

We’ve divided the top UTMB women’s entrants into a couple of categories, Recent Top-Five Finishers who’ve finished in the top five in the last half-decade or so, Headliner Women who have proven performances at long mountainous ultramarathons with deep international competition, and More Top Women who we think have potential to finish in a top-25 position.

Recent Top-Five Finishers

  • Luzia Bühler (Switzerland) – 5th 2021 UTMB; 1st 2020 Sean O’Brien 100k
  • Mimmi Kotka (Sweden) – 3rd 2021 UTMB; 1st 2017 TDS; 1st 2016 CCC
  • Ekaterina Mityaeva (Russia) – 4th 2019 UTMB; 4th 2021 TDS
  • Kaori Niwa (Japan) – 13th 2021 & 4th 2017 UTMB; 1st 2021 Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji 100 Mile
  • Beth Pascall (U.K.) – 5th 2019 & 4th 2018 UTMB; 1st 2021 Western States 100
  • Jocelyne Pauly (France) – 3rd 2018 UTMB; 2nd 2019 Tor des Géants 330k

Headliner Women

  • Hillary Allen (USA) – 1st 2021 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail 115k; 2nd 2019 TDS
  • Kirsten Amundsgård (Norway) – 2nd 2021 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail 115k; 4th 2019 Lavaredo Ultra Trail 120k
  • Manon Bohard (France) – 1st 2021 TDS; 4th 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Ragna Debats (Netherlands, lives in Spain) – 3rd 2021 Western States 100; 1st 2019 CCC
  • Azara García (Spain) – 1st 2021 Ultra Pirineu 100k; 2nd 2019 OCC
  • Kaytlyn Gerbin (USA) – 1st 2020 & 2nd 2019 Transgrancanaria 130k; 6th 2019 Western States 100
  • Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe, lives in the USA) – 10th 2021 UTMB; 7th 2021 Western States 100
  • Camille Herron (USA) – 1st 2021 Javelina Jundred Mile; 24-hour world record in 2019
  • Marianne Hogan (Canada) – 1st 2022 Bandera 100k; 2nd 2021 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k
  • Lucie Jamsin (France) – 7th 2021 UTMB; 4th 2021 Transgrancanaria 130k
  • Alexandra Morozova (Russia) –2nd 2019, 3rd 2018, & 3rd 2017 Comrades Marathon 90k
  • Jasmin Paris (U.K.)  – 1st 2021 Ultra Trail Monte Rosa 170k; 6th 2016 UTMB
  • Brittany Peterson (USA) – 4th 2021 & 2nd 2019 Western States 100
  • Katie Schide (USA, lives in France) – 8th 2021 & 6th 2019 UTMB
  • Sabrina Stanley (USA) – 4th 2021 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail 115k; 1st 2021 & 2019 Hardrock 100
  • Audrey Tanguy (France) – 6th 2021 Western States 100; 1st 2019 & 2018 TDS
  • Claudia Tremps (Spain) – 9th 2021 UTMB; 2nd 2021 Transgrancanaria 130k
  • Fu-Zhao Xiang (China) – 2nd 2020 Transgrancanaria 130k; 11th 2019 & 20th 2018 UTMB

More Top Women

  • Clair Bannwarth (France) – 4th 2021 Tor des Géants 330k
  • Elisabeth Borgersen (Sweden) – 6th 2019 & 7th 2018 TDS
  • Naomi Brand (South Africa) – 3rd 2020 Tarawera 100k; 15th 2019 UTMB
  • Anna Carlsson (Sweden) – 1st 2021 Val d’Aran by UTMB 162k; 4th 2019 TDS
  • Eszter Csillag (Hungary) – 4th 2021 CCC; 6th 2020 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Isabelle Dragon (France) – 1st 2021 Endurance Trail des Templiers 108k; 13th 2021 TDS
  • Basilia Förster (Italy, lives in Germany) – 8th 2021 TDS; 13th 2017 UTMB
  • Claire Heslop (Canada) – 18th 2021 UTMB
  • Mariya Nikolova (Bulgaria) – 9th 2018 UTMB
  • Manuela Soccol (Belgium) – 1st 2020 Tarawera 100k
  • Katarzyna Solińska (Poland) – 8th 2021 Ultra Pirineu 100k; 5th 2021 CCC
  • Eva-Maria Sperger (Germany) – 1st 2019 Grossglockner Ultra-Trail 110k; 9th 2019 Transvulcania 73k
  • Alissa St Laurent (Canada) – 5th 2018 TDS; 6th 2017 UTMB
  • Anna Troup (U.K.) – 1st 2021 Lakeland 100 Mile; 1st 2021 Spine Race Summer Edition 268 Mile
  • Emily Vaudan (Switzerland) – 5th 2021 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail 115k
2021-UTMB-Mimmi-Kotka-at-La-Fouly

Mimma Kotka’s eyes gaze at the horizon dawning in La Fouly at the 2021 UTMB. She took third at the 2021 edition and will return for 2022. Photo: iRunFar/Ben Clark

2022 CCC Top Women

These top CCC women’s entrants are divided into two categories, Headliner Women who have proven performances at long mountainous ultramarathons with deep international competition and More Top Women who we think have the potential to finish in a top-15 position.

Headliner Women

  • Ruth Croft (New Zealand) – 1st 2021 Grand Trail des Templiers 80k; 2nd 2021 Western States 100; 1st 2019 & 2018 OCC
  • Marion Delespierre (France) – 4th 2021 UTMB; 2nd 2019 Diagonale des Fous 165k
  • Elisa Desco (Italy) – 5th 2021 OCC; 6th 2019 Transvulcania 73k; from 2010 to 2012, Desco served a two-year doping ban from the IAAF after she tested positive for EPO at the 2009 World Mountain Running Championships
  • Kathrin Götz (Switzerland) – 5th 2021 Lavaredo Ultra Trail 120k; 3rd 2019 TDS
  • Abby Hall  (USA) – 2nd 2021 & 8th 2019 CCC
  • Blandine L’hirondel (France) – 1st 2021 OCC; 1st 2019 Trail World Championships 44k
  • Kaci Lickteig (USA) – 6th 2020 Transgrancanaria 130k; 10th 2018 UTMB
  • Ailsa Macdonald (Canada) – 1st 2020 Tarawera 100 Mile; 6th 2019 CCC
  • Meg Mackenzie (South Africa, lives in France) – 7th 2021 Grand Trail des Templiers 80k; 9th 2021 CCC; 3rd 2019 Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Ida Nilsson (Sweden) – 1st 2021 Ultra Pirineu Marathon; 3rd 2018 CCC
  • Taylor Nowlin (USA) – 9th 2021 OCC; 2nd 2021, 2019, & 2018 Speedgoat 50k
  • Marcela Vasinova (Czech Republic, lives in Austria) – 6th 2021 Sierre Zinal 30k; 5th 2021 Mont-Blanc Marathon

More Top Women

  • Henriette Albon (Norway) – 4th 2021 Ultra Pirineu 100k; 6th 2021 OCC
  • Katie Asmuth (USA) – 5th 2021 Western States 100
  • Alex Borsuk (USA) – 11th 2021 TDS
  • Tessa Chesser (USA) – 3rd 2021 Javelina Jundred Mile; 3rd 2019 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Sylvaine Cussot (France) – 4th 2021 Diagonale des Fous 165k
  • Kathryn Drew (Canada) – 8th 2019 Western States 100
  • Caitlin Fielder (New Zealand) – 3rd 2021 & 6th 2019 OCC
  • Anna Mae Flynn (USA) – 1st 2019 & 2017 Speedgoat 50k; 1st 2019 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Landie Greyling (South Africa) – 4th 2020 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Nancy Jiang (New Zealand) – 8th 2019 OCC; 2nd 2022, 1st 2020, 3rd 2019, & 1st 2018 Kepler Challenge 60k
  • Catrin Jones (Canada) – 9th 2019 Comrades Marathon 90k
  • Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) – 2nd 2021 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail 85k; 2nd 2019 Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Sarah Keyes (USA) – 12th 2021 Western States 100
  • Abby Levene (USA) – 5th 2021 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Holly Page (U.K.) – 9th 2019 CCC; 9th 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Emily Schmitz (USA, lives in Colombia) – 11th 2021 & 5th 2019 OCC
  • Veronika Vadovicova (Slovakia, lives in China) – 2nd 2020 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Sarah Vieuille (France) – 1st 2019 High Trail Vanoise 70k; 2nd 2018 Grand Trail des Templiers 80k
Ruth Croft - 2021 Les Templiers

Ruth Croft on her way to winning the 2021 Grand Trail des Templiers 80k. Ruth will race the 2022 CCC. Photo: iRunFar/Kirsten Kortebein

2022 TDS Top Women

We divide the top TDS women’s entrants into a couple of categories, Headliner Women who have proven performances at long mountainous ultramarathons with deep international competition and More Top Women who we think have the potential to finish in a top-10 position.

Headliner Women

  • Delphine Avenier (France) – 10th 2019 UTMB; 6th 2017 CCC; 1st 2016 TDS
  • Kristin Berglund (Sweden, lives in Austria) – 2nd 2019 UTMB; 11th 2017 CCC
  • Corrine Malcolm (USA) – 10th 2019 Western States 100; 4th 2018 TDS
  • Agnes Valz Gen (Italy) – 7th 2021 CCC
  • Ildikó Wermescher (Hungary) – 3rd 2021 & 2017 TDS; 9th 2019, 7th 2018, 7th 2016, & 6th 2014 UTMB
  • Katie Wright (U.K., lives in New Zealand) – 1st 2021 & 2nd 2019 Tarawera 100 Mile

More Top Women

  • Claire Bernard (France) – 14th 2021 CCC
  • Esther Fellhofer (Austria) – 7th 2021 Lavaredo Ultra Trail 120k
  • Maija Oravamäki (Finland) – 19th & 13th 2019 UTMB; 5th 2018 CCC
  • Kristina Pattison (USA) – 3rd 2021 Bighorn Trail 100 Mile; 10th 2017 & 6th 2015 Transvulcania 73k
  • Fiona Porte (France) – 4th 2021 Grand Trail des Templiers 80k
  • Mira Rai (Nepal) – 4th 2018 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Julia Rezzi (France) – 10th 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Martina Valmassoi (Italy) – 2nd 2019 Mont-Blanc 90k
  • Adriana Vargas (Argentina) – 1st 2021 Patagonia Run 100 Mile
  • Manu Vilaseca (Brazil, lives in Spain) – 8th 2021 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail 115k; 5th 2019 TDS
2019 UTMB - Kristin Berglund at Grand Col Ferret

Kristin Berglund at Grand Col Ferret on her way to finishing second at the 2019 UTMB. She’s signed up to compete in the TDS for 2022. Photo: iRunFar/Mauri Pagliacci

2022 OCC Top Women

We’ve organized the top OCC women’s entrants into a couple of categories, Headliner Women who have proven performances at mountainous races of medium distances with deep international competition and More Top Women who we think have the potential to finish in a top-10 position.

Headliner Women

  • Sarah Alonso (Spain) – 11th 2021 Sierre-Zinal 30k
  • Sheila Avilés (Spain) 3rd 2019 Trail World Championships 44k
  • Anna Comet (Spain) – 4th 2021 & 2019 OCC; 9th 2017 CCC
  • Eli Anne Dvergsdal (Norway) – 10th 2021 Mont-Blanc Marathon; 1st 2019 Zegama Marathon
  • Núria Gil (Spain) – 8th 2021 Sierre-Zinal 30k
  • Marta Molist (Spain) – 1st 2021 CCC
  • Jasmin Nunige (Switzerland) – 8th 2021 OCC; 6th 2019 Vibram Hong Kong 100k
  • Virginia Perez (Spain) – 10th 2021 OCC
  • Anne-Lise Rousset Seguret (France) — 4th 2018 CCC; 2nd 2019, 2017, & 2016 Transvulcania 73k
  • Anaïs Sabrié (France) – 3rd 2021, 2nd 2020, & 5th 2019 Sierre-Zinal 30k
  • Mathilde Sagnes (France) – 2nd 2021 OCC
  • Simone Troxler (Switzerland) – 7th 2021, 6th 2019, & 3rd 2018 Sierre-Zinal 30k
  • Miao Yao (China) – 1st 2018 CCC
  • Yuri Yoshizumi (Japan) – 3rd 2019 & 4th 2017 OCC

More Top Women

  • Fanny Borgström (Sweden) – 3rd 2019 Ring of Steall Skyrace 26k; 4th 2019 Mont-Blanc Marathon
  • Eleanor Davis (U.K.) – 1st 2021 Ring of Steall Skyrace 25k
  • Stephanie Howe (USA) – 4th 2019 CCC; 8th 2015 UTMB
  • Kimber Mattox (USA) – 4th 2021 JFK 50 Mile; 1st 2020 Way Too Cool 50k
  • Allie McLaughlin (USA) – 1st 2021 Pikes Peak Ascent Half Marathon; 2nd 2021 Pikes Peak Marathon
  • Kristina Randrup (USA) – 2nd 2021 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile; 1st 2021 American River 50 Mile
  • Monica Vives (Spain) – 2nd 2019 Penyagalosa Trails MiM 60k; 3rd 2018 OCC
CCC Champion Marta Molist

2021 CCC women’s champion Marta Molist raises her hands in celebration. For 2022, she’s competing in the OCC. Photo: UTMB/Michel Cottin

Top Runners Not on Any 2022 UTMB Event Entrants List

Some of the top finishers in the UTMB festival’s recent history are not currently on the entrants’ list of any 2022 races.

  • Christelle Bard (France) – 3rd 2017 UTMB; 3rd 2016 TDS; 4th 2015 CCC
  • Rory Bosio (USA) – 8th 2019, 1st 2014, 1st 2013, & 4th 2012 UTMB; 2nd 2018 TDS; 6th 2017 OCC
  • Camille Bruyas (France) – 2nd 2021 UTMB; 3rd 2019 CCC
  • Francesca Canepa (Italy) – 1st 2018 & 2nd 2012 UTMB
  • Caroline Chaverot (France) – 1st 2016 UTMB; 1st 2013 CCC
  • Courtney Dauwalter (USA) – 1st 2021 & 2019 UTMB
  • Uxue Fraile (Spain) – 2nd 2018, 3rd 2016, 2nd 2015, & 5th 2014 UTMB
  • Maite Maiora (Spain) – 3rd 2019 UTMB; 2nd 2017 CCC
  • Núria Picas (Spain) – 1st 2017, 2nd 2014, & 2nd 2013 UTMB

Call for Comments

  • Who do you see vying for the podiums in each of these events?
  • Considering last year’s large number of DNFs among the top women, who do you think will be back with a special vengeance?
  • Yep, that’s a lot of data! We did our very best, but with so many names and races on so many lists, we surely missed a couple of top runners or made a couple of data mistakes. Let us know if you think someone should be included on these lists or if you see an error. Thanks!
2021 UTMB - Saint-Gervais aid station

The Saint-Gervais aid station during the 2021 UTMB. Photo: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

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Alex Potter
is an Editor at iRunFar. Following a nearly decade-long hiatus from running after college, she has found a new love in trail running. As a photojournalist, Alex has reported throughout the Middle East and East Africa for publications like 'National Geographic,' 'The New York Times,' and 'The Washington Post.' She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her partner Pete and her two cats.