This Week In Running: February 27, 2023

This Week In Running’s trail and ultra recap for February 27, 2023.

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This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRHello, Monday! The multi-race Transgrancanaria event in the Canary Islands of Spain was the weekend’s biggest highlight, but we uncovered a handful of other U.S.-based results too. There was also a new world record for a women’s-only race set at the Nedbank Runified 50k in South Africa.

Transgrancanaria – Gran Canary, Spain

Classic 128k

It’s been a while since Courtney Dauwalter lost an ultra, maybe clear back to the 2021 Hardrock 100. Dauwalter was again spectacular here in taking the Classic 128k crown in 14:40. The roughly 80-mile course gained 23,160 feet (7,060 meters). Andreu Simon (Spain) persevered in the men’s field in 13:39. iRunFar also covered the 128k race separately, with results 10 runners deep.

2023 Transgrancanaria Classic 128k - Courtney Dauwalter - course

Courtney Dauwalter leading the 2023 Transgrancaria Classis 128k women’s race through the night. Photo: Transgrancanaria/Jordi Saragossa

Dauwalter was way out front, ultimately finishing seventh overall and setting a new course record. Jazmine Lowther (Canada) and Claudia Tremps (Spain) finished on the podium in 16:26 and 16:33, respectively.

Simon’s men’s win was much closer. Just behind his 13:39 finish, Miguel Arsénio (Portugal) chased to second in 13:44, and Tyler Green (U.S.) was third in 14:06.

2023 Transgrancanaria Classic - Andreu Simon

Andreu Simon leading Abel Carretero during the 2023 Transgrancanaria Classic 128k. Photo: Transgrancanaria/Jordi Saragossa

Advanced 84k

Azara García (Spain) and George Foster (U.K.) won the 84k (52 miles) in 9:45 and 8:29, respectively.

Johanna Antila (Finland) and Giulia Vinco (Italy) joined García on the podium in 9:55 and 10:20, and Alexander Hutter (Austria) and Tom Joly (U.K.) followed Foster in 8:45 and 8:49, respectively.

Marathon 45k

Núria Gil (Spain) led a competitive women’s marathon race in 4:08. Johanna Åström (Sweden) was second in 4:18, and Gemma Arenas (Spain) was third in 4:21.

Robert Pkemoi Matayango (Kenya) was the men’s champ in 3:25, followed by Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) and Juho Ylinen (Finland) in 3:33 and 3:34.

KV El Gigante

The weekend started with the Vertical K race, gaining 1,130 meters (3,700 feet) over 5.5k (3.4 miles), and Katarzyna Solińska (Poland) and Bartłomiej Przedwojewski (Poland) got to the top first in 50:32 and 39:46, respectively. Przedwojewski also won the 24k race.

Full results.

Additional Races and Runs

Nedbank Runified 50k – Gqeberha, South Africa

Set up as a record chase, the race delivered a new women’s-only-race 50k world record and a near miss on the men’s side. iRunFar separately reported on the road race too. Emane Seifu Hayile (Ethiopia) finished in 3:00:30 to win the women’s race. The mark broke Irvette van Zyl’s (South Africa) previous women’s-only-race 50k world record but was 36 seconds behind Des Linden’s mixed-race 50k world record. Men’s winner Tete Dijana (South Africa) finished in 2:39:04, and that was 21 seconds behind CJ Albertson’s men’s 50k world record. Full results.

Emane Seifu Hayile

Emane Seifu Hayile, the 2023 Nedbank Runified 50k women’s winner. Photo: Richard Pearce Photography

Tete Dijana

Tete Dijana, the 2023 Nedbank Runified 50k men’s winner. Photo: Richard Pearce Photography

Old Ghost Ultra – Westport, New Zealand

The 85k (53 miles) race goes point to point on the Old Ghost Road. Simone Brick (Australia) went 7:59 for the women’s victory, and Sam McCutcheon (New Zealand, lives in U.K.) finished in 6:49 for a new course record. Full results.

Salmon Falls 50k – Pilot Hill, California

Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe, lives in USA) and Cody Lind won the point-to-point race in 4:16 and 3:27. Lind’s time was a new course record. Full results.

Emily Hawgood running downhill.

Emily Hawgood on her way to winning the 2023 Salmon Falls 50k. Photo: Bixxel Media

Cody Lind - 2023 Salmon Falls 50k - male winner

Cody Lind, the 2023 Salmon Falls 50k men’s winner. Photo: Bixxel Media

Copper Corridor 50k – Superior, Arizona

The Aravaipa Running race ran close. Stephanie Palmer edged Erika Erickson by 49 seconds to win the race in 5:16, and Joey Luckey edged Michael Manganello by 90 seconds to win the men’s race in 4:02. Full results.

Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run – Kansas City, Kansas

There were just three women’s 50k finishers among the race’s 22 total finishers, but Lana Snyder and Cody Jones won in 7:30 and 4:19. Full results.

Cowtown Ultra 50k – Fort Worth, Texas

Jessalyn Sadler and Bryan Morseman took the urban ultra in 3:49 and 3:01. Full results.

Mount Mitchell Challenge – Black Mountain, North Carolina

Emily Flynn won the 40-mile roundtrip of Mount Mitchell in 6:24, and Aaron Slabach edged Jordan Chang by 11 seconds to win the men’s race in 4:49. Full results.

Black Mountain Marathon – Black Mountain, North Carolina

Run alongside the Mount Mitchell Challenge, the marathon distance race Eva George and James Brooks won in 4:11 and 3:19, respectively. Full results.

Flatlanders Canyon Trail 50k – Lumpkin, Georgia

Becca Hallum took the women’s crown in 6:17, and Kyle Kraeft repeated as men’s champ in 4:27. Full results.

Call for Comments

  • That was a little quiet to close out February. What other results can you share, or are you looking ahead for in March?
  • Were you at any of these races over the weekend? Leave a comment to share your on-site perspective.
Justin Mock

Justin Mock is the This Week In Running columnist for iRunFar. He’s been writing about running for 10 years. Based in Europe, Justin has run as fast as 2:29 for a road marathon and finished as high as fourth in the Pikes Peak Marathon.