This Week In Running: April 18, 2016

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRA mix of different races from around the globe took place this weekend, while next weekend’s Madeira Island Ultra Trail features world-class talent. These are among the highlights of this mid-April column.

Ruth Anderson 100k – San Francisco, California

The 30th running of the event took place on a flat 4.5-mile loop around Lake Merced, and included 50k, 50-mile, and 100k distances. Anna Zielaski was the overall winner of the 50k in 3:39. Chikara Omine topped Jean Pommier in the 50-mile race, with the two frontrunners going 5:57 and 6:08. Karl Schnaitter and Andy Xiang were the men’s and women’s winners in the 100k race, running 8:35 and 11:00, respectively.

Full results.

Free State 100k – Lawrence, Kansas

Jeff Browning raced the three-lap 100k course in 8:30, splitting 2:37, 2:49, and 3:03 for the three intervals. Browning’s run within the Clinton State Park erased 23 minutes from a course record that had stood since 2012. Also under that old course best, runner-up Jeremy Morris clocked 8:41 after laps of 2:38, 2:53, and 3:09. Todd Nott was a distant third in 10:28. The women’s field was limited to three finishers with Krystle DalkeDustin Hemphill, and Nancy Marks running 13:25, 14:50, and 16:51, respectively.

The two-lap 40-mile race was won by William Malcolm and Julia Leth-Perez in 6:52 and 12:10, respectively.

Full results.

Other Races and Runs

iRunFar covered Morocco’s Marathon des Sables stage race all week long. For the fourth time, Rachid El Morabity was the men’s winner, and Russia’s Natalia Sedykh the women’s victor. For the Americans, Meghan Arbogast was 10th female and Jason Schlarb was 11th man. Full results.

Regrettably, a runner died of hypothermia at the Ultra Fjord this weekend. Very little information has been officially released, but some is available here and here.

Any race in the British Virgin Islands can’t be too much torture. Eric Senseman took in the island’s best scenery while cruising to a 4:45 first-place finish at the Tortola Torture 50kVincenrt Fournier was second in 5:24, and first-place female Bridget Campbell Klein was third overall in 5:38. Full results.

Eric Senseman - 2016 Tortola Torture 50k champion

Eric Senseman, 2016 Tortola Torture 50k champion. Photo: Tortola Torture

Bridget Campbell Klein - 2016 Tortola Torture 50k champion

Bridget Campbell Klein, 2016 Tortola Torture 50k champion. Photo: Alastair Abrehart, Broadsword Communications

Shortly after leaving California, Adam Kimble was hit hard by injuries and fell off record pace on his transcontinental run across America. Still, Kimble pressed on and some 60 days after starting, he reached the Atlantic Ocean.

Chad Zumbro set a new course record at 4:07 in the eighth running of Ohio’s Forget the PR Mohican 50k. Lee Conner won the women’s race in 5:22. The race was held in its namesake state park. Full results.

750 miles on a mountain bike, Joe Grant is on his way through Arizona as part of the Arizona Trail Race. Tracking on Sunday has Grant 285 miles into the journey.  Live tracking.

Rainshadow Running’s latest event, the Yakima Skyline Rim 50k in Washington, saw Brian Rakestraw and Kaytlyn Gerbin run 5:07 and 6:25 as race winners. Duncan Hoge and Maria Dalzot won the accompanying 25k in 2:15 and 2:28. Full results.

Sean Welleck and Lydia Collins led Brazen Racing’s Mount Diablo Trail Challenge 50k in the San Francisco Bay Area with 4:16 and 6:03 finishes, respectively. Full results.

The Brazos Bend 50 Mile race happened on a pancake-flat course in its namesake state park in Texas. Over 50 miles, Daniel Lawton and Melanie Rabb went 6:41 and 6:57. Calum Neff and Victoria Webster won the accompanying 50k in 3:10 and 4:12. Neff had recently gained notoriety for running a 1:11 half marathon while pushing a stroller, a feat celebrated as a new Guinness World Record. Full results.

26 years in Little Rock, Arkansas, this year’s Ouchita Trail 50 Mile saw Matt Pruitt and Alison Jumper on top with 7:14 and 9:31 finishes. Full results.

Connecticut’s three-lap Traprock 50k crowned Colton Gale and Aliza Lapierre as race winners in 4:15 and 4:59. Full results.

Chase Nowak sped through Minnesota’s Trail Mix 50k in 3:30. Kelly Jaworski was the women’s first-place finisher in 4:54. Full results.

Next Weekend – Madeira Island Ultra Trail – Madeira, Portugal

The 115k race is the fifth of the year’s Ultra-Trail World Tour events. The full entrant list is online and the men’s race looks to be a prized match up between Spain’s Tofol Castanyer, Miguel Heras, and Iker Karrera; Zach Miller of the U.S., Italy’s Fulvio Dapit, and France’s Antoine Guillon. Top women’s entrants include France’s Caroline Chaverot, Switzerland’s Andrea Huser, France’s Emilie Lecomte, and Portugal’s Ester Alves.

Call for Comments

  • Dave Johnston, Ian Sharman, and Michael Wardian are all in Boston. What other well-known trail runners are taking part in today’s Boston Marathon?
  • It was another big weekend of racing and we couldn’t locate results for the Leona Divide 50 Mile, The North Face Endurance Challenge – Argentina, and other events. Can you help to share these results?
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 3 comments

  1. Flaherty

    Zach Ornelas (mountain team member, past US 50K champ, etc.) was running today at Boston too. He finished in 2:29:23 (1:11 first half) for 29th overall. Seemed like a tough day to run fast!

    Also, Varner was out there just cruising—ran 2:45.

    1. Justin Mock

      A few more –

      Jorge Maravilla – 2:28.26
      Mike Wardian – 2:31.39
      Ryan Kaiser – 2:35.23
      Uli Steidl – 2:37.36
      Paddy O’Leary – 2:38.11

  2. Mike H

    With considerable experience and humility, and lack of fanfare and promotion, Jeremy Bradford took off with his family on a transcontinental run today. Go, Jeremy!

  3. Alen Paliska

    The three best runners racing at the 100 mile race (170km) crossed the finish line in time better than the old record, a new record was set for the race at 110 km as well as a record in the number of registered runners and participating countries.

    Umag, April 16 2016 – The fourth edition of the “100 Miles of Istria” fulfilled the announcements and expectations to be the best and biggest edition so far. The longest of the four ultra races at this three-day racing spectacle, the race at a hundred miles (170km), was finished by the first three runners in time faster than the old record.
    The winner of the prestigious 100 mile race is the Austrian Thomas Wagner, who ran the 170 km long race from Labin to Umag, through Učka, Ćićarija and the whole Istrian interior, in the unbelievable 19 hours, 49 minutes and 43 seconds! That’s almost 42 minutes faster than the old record (20h31’39), set by the American Jay Aldous in 2014. This year, Jay finished the race in third place, 6 minutes faster than his old record (20h25’24). Ahead of him, on the second place, arrived the Slovenian Toni Vencelj (20h19’55).
    The best Croatian “hundred-miler” was excellent Ivan Blečić, who crossed the finish line at eighth position, in 22 hours, 11 minutes and 18 seconds.
    In the very strong women’s 100 mile race, the winner was Fracesca Canepa (24h12’22). The Italian runner didn’t break her last year’s record, but successfully defended the title, ahead of two big rivals, Julia Boettger from Germany and Denise Bourassa from the USA.
    This year the race “100 Miles of Istria” is included in the elite group of only 18 prestigious international races involved in the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT), a kind of Champions League of ultra trail racing. That fact attracted more runners, so that the four races of different lengths (a hundred miles, 110 km, 69 km and 42 km) had a total number of 1200 registered runners from 40 participating countries.
    With excellent organization and hospitality combined with a beautiful and technically demanding route, the 100 miles of Istria justified the trust given to the event by the most important duo of world ultra trail scene, Catherine and Michel Poletti, when they included it in the UTWT. The French couple came to Istria as representatives of the UTWT and ITRA, the International Trail Running Association, and were very pleased with the event.
    “I would say that this is a reward for the effort of all the people involved in the organization, although our success is mostly measured by smiles of runners and other participants. We are delighted with the number of attending runners and the echo of the event in Croatia and abroad, as well as with the fact that Croatia is finally being recognized as a world known trail destination”, said Alen Paliska, the director of the race.
    Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, the waterfront of Umag hosted two short races accompanying the 6th Sport’s Fair: the 1 mile Ledo kids race and the 5km race for friends and supporters of 100 Miles of Istria.

    100 miles (170 km) race:
    Men Women
    1. Thomas Wagner (AUT) 19h49’43
    2. Toni Vencelj (SLO) 20h19’55”
    3. Jay Aldous (USA) 20h25’24” 1. Francesca Canepa (ITA) 24h12’22
    2. Julia Boettger (GER) 24h54’52
    3. Denise Bourassa (USA) 25h06’57

    110 km race:
    Men Women
    1. Petr Zakovsky (CZE) 11h57’33
    2. Alister Bignell (SUI) 12h00’00
    3. Marek Causidis (CZE) 12h23’26 1. Jelena Brezak (CRO) 15h59’11
    2. Sanja Mladenović (CRO) 16h43’57
    3. Olga Puchkareva (CZE) 16h51’41

    69 km race:
    Men Women
    1. Sebastian Fuchs (GER) 6h31’06
    2. Marc Boivin (CAN) 6h39’39
    3. Mahmut Yavuz (TUR) 6h57’59 1. Ajda Radinja (SLO) 6h35’47
    2. Anita Waiss (AUT) 7h51’09
    3. Genevieve Beaudoin (CAN) 8h07’30

    42 km race:
    Men Women
    1. Igor Yovanovitch Gil (ESP) 3h42’35
    2. Boštjan Vilčnik (SLO) 4h00’51
    3. Kristijan Zrinić (CRO) 4h21:27 1. Stephanie Manivoz (FRA) 3h59’49
    2. Hristina Kozareva-Leikeb (BUL) 4h05’49
    3. Marija Trontelj (SLO) 4h18’47

    Best regards,
    Alen Paliska
    Race director

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