This Week In Running: November 1, 2021

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRHappy Halloween! The holiday means the Javelina Jundred Mile for one, and that race marked a great comeback finish for Camille Herron, but we’ve got more from the Skyrunner World Series and the World Mountain Running Association too. Let’s ease into another Monday, and a new month. Boo!

Javelina Jundred Mile – Fountain Hills, Arizona

Women

It’s been perhaps a challenging year for Camille Herron. She toughed out a finish at the Western States 100, but then wasn’t able to start or finish a couple more races since then. Herron blew this one out of the park, though. Now living in Arizona, Herron pushed the pace all day for a strong 14:03 finish. She finished with a light saber in hand and beamed on social media, “the magic is back,” afterward. Indeed, she was fourth overall and 48 minutes better than Devon Yanko‘s previous course best from 2015. Yanko was part of this year’s race too, but dropped after two, of five, laps.

Brittany Peterson was second in 15:47 and Tessa Chesser was third in 16:25. The race was a Golden Ticket race awarding two automatic entries to Western States, and with Peterson already in, Herron and Chesser both earned the coveted entry.

Cat Bradley won the simultaneous 100k race in 9:45, finishing third overall.

Camille Herron - 2021 Javelina Jundred Mile champion

Camille Herron on her way to winning the 2021 Javelina Jundred Mile. Photo: Javelina Jundred Mile

Men

Arlen Glick‘s been quietly winning fast races in the U.S. Midwest for the last couple of years, and now the 28-year-old won on a grander stage. Glick’s 13:14 finish time is the race’s third-best ever, trailing only Patrick Reagan‘s 2017 and 2019 winning times. It’s incredibly Glick’s fourth 100-mile win this year, after UmsteadMohican, and Burning River.

Ryan Montgomery was second in 13:33 and Cole Watson was third in 13:49. They both now rank inside the race’s top 10 all-time too.

And to top it off, Glick and Montgomery won the Golden Tickets to Western States, as well.

Tyler Andrews won the race’s three-lap 100k race in 8:49.

iRunFar also recapped the race in a separate article.

Full results.

The next Golden Ticket Race is the January 8, 2022 Bandera 100k in Texas.

Arlen Glick - 2021 Javelina Jundred Mile champion

Arlen Glick, 2021 Javelina Jundred Mile Champion. Photo: Javelina Jundred Mile

Limone Skyrace Extreme – Limone, Italy

It’s all done, the 14-race 2021 Skyrunner World Series wrapped up at the Limone Skyrace Extreme on a 23-kilometer course with 2,052 meters (6,732 feet) of elevation gain.

Women

Denisa Dragomir (Romania) won her fifth Skyrunner World Series race of the year, and finished the year as the overall series winner too. Dragomir won this one in 2:55. Johanna Åström (Sweden) was second in 2:59, and Fabiola Conti (Italy) was third in 3:00.

Denisa Dragomir - 2021 Limone Skyrace Extreme champion

Denisa Dragomir, 2021 Limone Skyrace Extreme champion and 2021 Skyrunner World Series champ. Photo: Skyrunning/Maurizio Torri

Men

Less than a minute separated the second- through sixth-place finishers, but Nadir Maguet (Italy) was way off the front with the win. Maguet finished in 2:23, over six minutes better than the second-place man. The success came in Maguet’s first Skyrunner World Series race of the year.

Elhousine Elazzaoui (Morocco) led the chase group with a 2:29 run, and Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) was third, also in 2:29 but 18 seconds back.

Christian Mathys (Switzerland) was the overall series winner.

Full results.

Nadir Maguet - 2021 Limone Skyrace Extreme champion

Nadir Maguet, 2021 Limone Skyrace Extreme champion. Photo: Skyrunning

Nation’s Cup – Chiavenna, Italy

Built as a fill-in international race for the postponed World Mountain Running Championships, the end-of-season Nation’s Cup raced a 19k course with 660 meters of elevation gain.

Women

Less than two minutes separated the front four women, but Francesca Ghelfi (Italy) raced ahead in the second half for victory in 1:34. Scout Adkin (U.K.) and Hanna Groeber (Germany) followed, both in 1:35 and only four seconds apart, for second and third place.

Francesca Ghelfi - 2021 Nations Cup champion

Francesca Ghelfi wins the 2021 Nation’s Cup. Photo: Marco Gulberti

Men

Filimon Abraham (Germany) escaped Lengen Lolkurraru (Kenya) in the final kilometers, winning the men’s race in 1:18. Lolkurraru was just over a minute back in 1:19, and third-place Timotej Becan (Slovenia) finished in 1:22, earning his podium spot by a single second.

Full results.

Filimon Abraham - 2021 Nations Cup champion

Filimon Abraham, 2021 Nation’s Cup champion. Photo: Marco Gulberti

Additional Races and Runs

MaXi Race – Annecy, France

The race includes several different distances, all on trails around Lake Annecy. Kathrin Götz (Switzerland) and David Cheraz (Italy) won the 82k (51-mile) race in 11:31 and 9:45. Erika Broddard (Switzerland) and Matthis Granet (France) won the 110k race in 19:17 and 14:21. Full results.

Autumn Leaves 50k – St. Paul, Oregon

Pam Smith and Ian Sharman won the 50k race in 4:10 and 3:20, respectively. Full results.

Chicago Lakefront 50/50 – Chicago, Illinois

The rare urban ultra crowned Inga Maurer and Jimmy Kasper as its 50-mile winners in 7:55 and 6:53, and Anastasia Wohar and Brian Robinson as 50k best in 3:59 and 3:55. Full results.

Run With Scissors 50k – Hinckley, Ohio

Erin Bothron won the women’s race with a 4:12 finish, while men’s winner Brett Kubiak crossed the finish in 4:10. Full results.

Castle to River Run Half Marathon – Garrison, New York

This course connected the Osborn Castle, dating to a railroad pioneer, with the Hudson River. Kirby Mosenthal won the women’s race in 1:41 and Simon Lee led the men in 1:38. Full results.

Last Squatch Standing – West Orange, New Jersey

This one-mile loop race put a unique spin on the backyard ultra concept. Instead of working around the hour, the race instead went against a variable clock on the same one-mile loop. Each mile’s time limit was progressively faster, starting at 18 minutes and dropping from there. Sarah Connor totaled 20 miles before missing the clock, and men’s best Nick Cruz managed 24 miles. Full results.

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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.