Transgrancanaria – Gran Canaria, Spain
Transgrancanaria was the year’s third Ultra-Trail World Tour contest, and the biggest of the three so far. iRunFar was there with live coverage, including pre- and post-race interviews.
Pau Capell (Spain) is really good, and really good on this course. He won for the fourth year in a row, but perhaps surprisingly, finished alongside Pablo Villa (Spain) in a 13:04 gentlemanly first-place tie. Dylan Bowman (USA) advanced through the field throughout to finish third in 13:40.
The event included several other race distances and in the 65k advanced race, Alejandro Guzman (Spain) upset Jordi Gamito (Spain) and Tòfol Castanyer (Spain). The three finished in 5:57, 6:04, and 6:09.
2019 runner-up Kaytlyn Gerbin (USA) reeled in early leader Azara García (Spain) and stayed ahead of Fuzhao Xiang (China) to win this year’s race in 15:14. Xiang was second in 15:25 and García held on to third in 15:31. Just less than 17 minutes separated the three leading women.
Maryline Nakache (France) was best over the 65k race in 6:57. Second- and third-place Petra Kindlund (Sweden) and Ester Gonzalez (Spain) followed in 7:17 and 7:26. The women’s marathon race was hot too with Anna Comet (Spain) minutes in front of Eli Gordón (Spain) and Gemma Arenas (Spain). Three finished in 3:35, 3:38, and 3:42, respectively.
Trail du Ventoux – Bédoin, France
The 46k Trail du Ventoux race was again the year’s opener for the French national sub-section of the Golden Trail Series.
Just like Capell at Transgrancanaria, Marc Lauenstein (Switzerland) won for the fourth-straight year too. Lauenstein’s probably a gentleman too, but there would be no ties here, and he edged past Nicolas Martin (France) by 12 seconds. Both finished in 3:37.
Ludovic Pommeret (France) was third in 3:44, though perhaps tied with Thomas Cardin (France) as both show the same finish time.
The deep field included several other familiar names:
- Sylvain Court (France) – 7th, 3:50
- Andy Symonds (U.K.) – 11th, 3:56
The women’s lead trio weren’t as closely packed, and Camille Bruyas went off the front for a 4:31 win. Second- and third-place Ariane Wilhelm and Rene Cardinals finished in 4:48 and 5:04.
Way Too Cool 50k – Cool, California
Darren Thomas escaped Justin Grunewald to win the Way Too Cool 50k in 3:18. The time matched Max King‘s 2018 winning time, to the second, and ranks ninth-best ever at the long-time race. Thomas was second at November’s The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championships when then living in Colorado. He’s now in California, though in the state’s south and opposite from Way Too Cool.
Grunewald was second in 3:21, and was 50 seconds better than third-place Anthony Fagundes.
Fourth- and fifth-place Ryan Becker and Gus Gibbs finished in 3:24 and 3:26, respectively.
Ultra debutante Kimber Mattox won the women’s race in 3:49. She’s a former University of Oregon steeplechaser and past U.S. mountain running champion, and her finish ranks eighth-best ever at Way Too Cool.
No other woman finished under four hours, but Caroline Coble and Lindsay Allison were second and third in 4:08 and 4:12, and Jane Maus and Celia Stockwell were fourth and fifth in 4:19 and 4:22, respectively.
Additional Races and Runs
Montana de Oro 50k
Jesse Haynes won the central California Montana de Oro 50k in 4:38. Women’s winner Mara Niesyt, age 20, came home in 5:42, the race’s sixth-fastest finish ever. Full results.
Ruperto Romero runs roads too. The 56-year-old ran a quick 2:46 at the LA Marathon. Full results.
Siuslaw Dunes Trail Run 50k
It was the first-ever Siuslaw Dunes Trail Run 50k in Oregon on a wild out-and-back course that included sand dunes (of course), thick forest trails, and a river crossing by boat. Race winners were Peter Kesting and Lindsey Ulrich in 4:14 and 5:19. Full results.
Mesquite Canyon 50 Mile
Aravaipa Running’s Mesquite Canyon 50 Mile in Arizona crowned Matthew Warriner and Holly Hovious champs in 9:03 and 11:51. Arrick Nietert and Angela Shartel won the 50k race in 4:32 and 5:40. Full results.
Super Bull Trail Championships 50k
Wins at Ohio’s fourth Super Bull Trail Championships 50k went to Zach Merrin and Andrea White in 4:13 and 5:39. Full results.
Chattanooga 100 Mile
Run Bum’s third Chattanooga 100 Mile had a new course that went out from Chattanooga, Tennessee, across the state line to Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon State Park, and then back. Michael Poole and Julija Soryte led in 20:15 and 22:18, and Michael Conkel and Janessa Taylor won the 50-mile race in 6:28 and 6:47. Full results.
Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 Mile1
It was the 24th year for the Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 Mile race, on a multi-loop course. Walker Higgins topped everyone in 6:49, and Melissa Auld and Bettina Lemons both finished in 10:27 and ahead of the rest of the women. Zachary Vogt and Gennipher Ricks won the 50k race in 4:03 and 5:29. Full results.
Foothills Ultra 50k
There are two loops to South Carolina’s Foothills Ultra 50k and it tops Pinnacle Mountain, the state’s second-highest point at 3,415 feet. Mark Brose won the men’s race in 5:30, and Stacy McMurtrey beat the women in 6:36. Full results.
Mill Stone 50k
Also in South Carolina, the Mill Stone 50k turned eight, and turned Daniel Mahler and Anne Ruthenbeck into winners in 4:36 and 5:23. Full results.
Gate River Run 15k
Jacksonville, Florida’s Gate River Run 15k is the longtime USATF 15k Road National Championships, and Andy Wacker finished 13th in 45:56. Full results.
Seriously, it was a big weekend of racing in the southeast. Florida’s Swamp 100k had four race distances up to 100k. On that long course, Jake Rankinen and Amy Bukszpan won in 13:20 and 16:32, and over 50k, Steven Lutjens and Kathleen Shoda led in 5:32 and 7:11. Full results.
Next Weekend – Pioneer Spirit 50 Mile – Folsom, California
It’ll be the seventh year for the Pioneer Spirit 50 Mile, but its first as the USATF 50-Mile Trail National Championships. $1,000 will go to each of the race winners with prize money stretching five deep.
- Matt Daniels – 4th 2019 Western States 100
- Christian Gering – 1st 2019 Javelina 100k
- Kallin Khan – 1st 2020 Caumsett 50k
- Max King – 1st 2020 Hagg Lake 50k
- Sergio Morales – 1st 2019 Pioneer Spirit 50 Mile
- Tim Tollefson – 1st 2020 FOURmidable 50k
- Olivia Amber – 1st 2019 Quad Dipsea 28.4 Miler
- Kenzie MacPhail – 3rd 2020 FOURmidable 50k
- Denali Strabel – 5th 2019 Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k
- Devon Yanko – 1st 2020 Jed Smith 50k
- Anna Zielaski – 3rd 2019 American River 50 Mile
Other Race News
Coronavirus cancellations are happening fast, and this is far from an exhaustive list.
- Italy’s Pierra Menta ski mountaineering race, the largest race of its kind in the world, was cancelled.
- March’s Barcelona Marathon was postponed until October.
- Late March’s World Half Marathon championships in Poland were pushed back to October.
- The March Rome Marathon has been abandoned for this year.
- April’s Paris Marathon was rescheduled for October.
- April’s Marathon des Sables stage race in Morocco was postponed until September 2020.
- April’s Sea Otter Classic cycling festival in California was cancelled.
Call for Comments
- Have you seen other events impacted by coronavirus, or has it impacted your personal training or racing?
- What other results do you want to add to this week’s collection?
- Can you share any stories from the sidelines of races we did cover?