This Week In Running: January 3, 2022

This Week In Running’s trail and ultra recap for January 3, 2022.

By Justin Mock on January 3, 2022 | Leave a reply

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRHappy New Year! We know that 2022 is going to be better! After a week off for the holiday, we’re back to start the year off strong. We’ve got Across the Years in Arizona, a preview of next weekend’s Bandera 100k, and reports from a number of other races to kick off the new year.

Across the Years – Phoenix, Arizona

There’s always a lot going on at the Across the Years event, and some of the races are still running. The group of mostly fixed-time races runs until January 7 with contests stretching up to 10 days.

Women

As of this article’s writing on Sunday, Van Phan is also 140 hours into her 10-day race, in what will total 240 hours of running. Phan is first for women with 355 miles.

They’re 141 hours into the 144-hour, six-day race, at the time of this publication. Amy Mower sits first for women with 409 miles.

Apart from those races over six and 10 days, the shorter contests should be complete. Deborah Huntzinger was the women’s champion over 72 hours, totaling 210 miles.

In the 48-hour contest, Lisa Devona was the women’s winner with 185 miles.

Melissa Ostaszewski rung in the new year with 119 miles to lead the women’s 24-hour race.

Christina Austin was 100-mile women’s champion in 21:15.

In the 12-hour contest, women’s champion was Lindsay Nicoson, and she logged 56 miles.

And over six hours, Kristina Pham won for the ladies with 41 miles.

Across the years 2021-2022 female

A woman makes her way around Camelback Ranch at the 2021-2022 Across the Years race. Photo: Aravaipa Running

Men

They’re a little over halfway done with the 10-day race, and Budjargal Byambaa (Mongolia) has completed 419 miles in the event’s longest race to lead the men.

Running for nearly a full week, Nicolae Buceanu currently has 464 miles in the six-day race. He only has a few hours left to complete his laps

Andrew Garber won the men’s 72-hour race, putting down 203 miles.

Over 48 hours, Remo Spagnol won for the men with 146 miles.

Pat Hasler won the 24-hour race with 125 miles.

Kevin Westover won for men in the 100-mile race at 23:03.

Kameron Harder got to 72 miles in 12 hours to win that race.

Finally, over six hours, it was Adam DeBrosse who won for the men with 39 miles.

Full results.

Additional Races and Runs

New Year’s One Day 24 Hour – San Francisco, California

It was the 10th anniversary of Coastal Trail Run’s one-day race. Megan Cheng and Russell Gong won with 90 and 107 miles, respectively. Full results.

Snowdrop Ultra – Sugar Land, Texas

Letha Cruthirds, impressively at age 68, won the women’s 55-hour race with 155 miles. Juan Acevedo was the men’s winner with 200 miles. Full results.

Tuscobia Winter Ultra – Park Falls, Wisconsin

The run, bike, or ski event goes one way for 80 miles, or as a 160-mile round trip. Only four people finished the 160-mile, and we don’t blame them, with the weather hovering from just above freezing to below zero. The lone 160-mile woman was Angela Freedman who completed the race in 61:44, and the first of only three men was Jeff Goldstein in 57:46. Heather Krauel and Eric Boler won the 80-mile run race in 22:47 and 19:13, respectively. Full results.

Recover from the Holidays 50k – Huntsville, Alabama

On New Year’s Eve, Angela Lopez and Andrew Bustos won the local 50k in 5:34 and 3:53. Full results.

Charleston 100 Mile – Charleston, South Carolina

The fourth-annual run went out and back through the Lowcountry on December 27. Rebecca Joyner was the women’s winner in 20:43, and Lionel Adams was the men’s winner in 21:13. Full results.

Croom Zoom – Brooksville, Florida

Racing in Croom Park on New Year’s Eve, Kathleen Cusick won for the women, finishing the 100k in 10:58. Nicholas Angiolilli won for the men in 11:16. Julie Doll and Mike Zwijacz won the 50k in 4:51 and 3:44, respectively. Full results.

Next Weekend – Bandera 100k – Bandera, Texas

Here we go again, and 2022 is bringing the fire early. The first Golden Tickets go out next weekend at the Tejas Trails Bandera 100k. The top-two men and women will each earn an automatic entry to the Western States 100. There’s a lot of depth in both groups, but the women’s field looks to be especially competitive.

Women

  • Ashley Arnold – 6th 2021 Leadville T100 Mile
  • Sarah Biehl – 2nd 2021 JFK 50 Mile
  • Addie Bracy – 1st 2021 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Riley Brady – 1st 2021 Virgil Crest 100 Mile
  • Marianne Hogan (Canada) – 2nd 2021 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k
  • Michelle Magagna – 11th 2021 Western States 100
  • Taylor Nowlin – 2nd 2021 Speedgoat 50k
  • Ellie Pell – 1st 2021 Virgil Crest 100k
  • Sarah Pizzo – 4th 2018 Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile
  • Denali Strabel – 2nd 2020 Kesugi Ridge Traverse
  • Callie Uhan – 3rd 2021 Never Summer 100k
  • Devon Yanko – 3rd 2021 JFK 50 Mile
  • Leah Yingling – 1st 2021 Bootlegger 50k
  • Arden Young (Canada) – 1st 2021 Quad Dipsea

Men

  • Chris DeNucci – 1st 2019 American River 50 Mile
  • Benjamin Drexler – 1st 2021 Minnesota Voyageur
  • Rod Farvard – 1st 2021 Quad Dipsea
  • Tyler Fox – 1st 2021 Bighorn 100 Mile
  • David Hedges – 1st 2021 Ultra-Trail Harricana 125k
  • Austin Horn – 3rd 2021 Quad Dipsea
  • Joe McConaughy – 4th 2021 Javelina Jundred
  • Adam Merry – 1st 2019 Pikes Peak Ultra 50k
  • Miguel Medina – 4th 2021 Bandera 100k
  • Ryan Miller – 1st 2021 Bandera 100k
  • Jeremy Pope – 1st 2021 Bigfoot 50k
  • Jonathan Rea – 1st 2021 Dead Horse 50 Mile
  • Byron Yoder – 1st 2021 Bear Chase 100k

Full entrant list.

Call for Comments

  • What’s got you excited for 2022? Any new and exciting races on the horizon?
  • Who do you think will earn the Western States 100 Golden Tickets a Bandera this weekend?
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.