This Week In Running: November 27, 2017

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRPass the gravy. It was Thanksgiving in the U.S. and there wasn’t a lot of racing to be had. We do have a report out of the Quad Dipsea, and previews of next weekend’s Ultra-Trail Cape Town and Marathon des Sables Peru races.

Quad Dipsea – Mill Valley, California

The Quad Dipsea totals 28.4 miles as a double out and back on the popular Dipsea Trail. The race turned 35 this year.


Alex Ho went 4:24 for the win. Just sixth after the opening 7.1-mile segment, Ho expertly moved up thanks to a well-paced second half. His 1:02, 1:02, 1:06, and 1:12 splits bettered the greater positive splits of the fast starters.

Second-place Dane McElroy crossed the finish line in 4:32. Ezra Becker and Rudy Rutemiller tied for third place with a 4:36 finish.

Alex Ho - 2017 Quad Dipsea champion

Alex Ho on his way to the 2017 Quad Dipsea win. Photo: Tropical John Medinger


Women’s winner Penny MacPhail did her stair climbing with a chicken in hand, part of her year-long project to raise money for Oxfam. It was close, Macphail’s 5:31 bettered second-place Katherina Laan by just over a minute. Laan was chasing hard and made up almost eight minutes on the final 7.1-mile segment.

Third-place Laura Richard was hunting too and finished in 5:38.

Full results.

Penny MacPhail - 2017 Quad Dipsea champion

Penny MacPhail, 2017 Quad Dipsea champion. Photo: Tropical John Medinger

Next Weekend – Ultra-Trail Cape Town – Cape Town, South Africa

The fourth edition Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k (and its accompanying 65k and 35k) are expected to be its most competitive yet. The 100k race starts at 4 a.m. on a winding loop that gains 4,300 meters (14,000 feet) of elevation.


  • Pau Bartolo (Spain) – 1st at 2015 TDS
  • Andrea Biffi (South Africa) – 4th 2016 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Dylan Bowman (USA) – 7th at 2017 UTMB
  • Ben Brimble (South Africa) – 3rd at 2016 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Jock Green (South Africa) – 2nd at 2015 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Tom Evans (U.K) – 4th 2017 CCC
  • Robert Hajnal (Romania) – 5th at 2017 Lavaredo Ultra Trail
  • Scott Hawker (New Zealand) – 11th at 2017 UTMB
  • Prodigal Kumalo (South Africa) – 1st at 2016 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Daniel Jung (Italy) – 2nd at 2017 Hong Kong 100k
  • Jorge Maravilla (USA) – 2nd at 2016 Tarawera Ultra
  • Ben Matiso (South Africa) – 27th at 2017 Comrades Marathon
  • Radu Milea (Romania) – 11th at 2017 Eiger Ultra-Trail
  • Bongmusa Mthembu (South Africa) – 1st at 2017 Comrades Marathon
  • Sebastien Nain (France) – 13th at 2016 Transgrancanaria
  • Eric Ngubane (South Africa) – 30th 2017 Comrades Marathon
  • Patrick Parsel (USA) – 2nd 2017 Flagstaff Skyrace 55k
  • Diego Pazos (Switzerland) – 3rd at 2016 Transgrancanaria
  • Andris Ronimoiss (Latvia) – 9th at 2017 Madeira Island Ultra Trail
  • Bennie Roux (South Africa) – 4th at 2015 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Ryan Sandes (South Africa) – 1st at 2017 Western States 100 Mile
  • Rory Scheffer (South Africa) – 1st Ultra-Trail Cape Town 65k (shorter event)
  • Vincent Viet (France) – 5th at 2016 CCC


  • Trish Bahlmann (South Africa) – 23rd Comrades Marathon
  • Lucy Bartholomew (Australia) – 1st 2017 Ultra-Trail Australia
  • Naomi Brand (South Africa) – 3rd at 2016 Ultra-Trail Cape Town
  • Andrea Huser (Switzerland) – 2nd at 2017 UTMB
  • Megan McKenzie (South Africa) – 5th at 2017 Mont Blanc Marathon
  • Teresa Nimes (Spain) – 3rd at 2016 CCC
  • Robyn Owen (South Africa) – 1st at 2016 Otter Trail

Full entrant list.

Next Week – Marathon des Sables Peru – Ica Desert, Peru

The long-time Marathon des Sables Saharan Desert stage race is branching out. The six-day Peru edition of the race starts on November 28, and covers 250k (155 miles) in the Ica Desert. The race will again be self-supported.


  • Julien Chorier (France) – 17th at 2017 UTMB
  • Erik Clavery (France) – 24th at 2017 CCC
  • Yeray Duran (Spain) – 2nd at 2017 TDS
  • Mohammed El Morabity (Morocco) – 2nd at 2017 Marathon des Sables
  • Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) – 1st at 2017 Marathon des Sables
  • Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) – 8th at 2017 UTMB


  • Nathalie Mauclair (France) – 2nd at 2017 Marathon des Sables

Other News

Golden Trail Series

Make room Skyrunning World Series, World Mountain Running Association, IAU, and Ultra-Trail World Tour, there’s yet another new series joining the crowded series-organizational scene. The first-year Golden Trail Series, by Salomon, kicks off in 2018. Runners will collect points at five races–four in Europe, one in the U.S.–toward a qualifying spot in the South Africa finale.

Three of the first five races score, and each of the top-10-ranking men and women (and their plus one) earn free travel to the finale. Prize money will be offered at each of the five races, and at the end of the year, the top-10-ranking men and women in the series each earn a 5,000 Euro bonus.

  • Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon (Spain) – May 27, 2018
  • Mont Blanc Marathon (France) – July 1, 2018
  • Sierre-Zinal (Switzerland) – August 12, 2018
  • Pikes Peak Marathon (USA) – August 19, 2018
  • Ring of Steall Skyrace (U.K.) – September 15,2018
  • Otter Trail (South Africa) – October 19, 2018

Ryan Woods Doping Sanction

The U.S.’s Ryan Woods, a long-time standout in shorter trail races, tested positive for in-competition use of DHEA at the October 2017 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships. Woods took third at the event’s pro division 15k. And when teamed with Ryan Atkins and Hunter McIntyre, Woods was part of the first-place team. He and his teammates surrendered both those results. Adventurey, the company that administers the OCR World Champs and other OCR races, has banned Woods from participating in all its events in 2018.

It is unclear what a positive doping test means in the obstacle-course race circuit, beyond events put on by Adventurey, and how this affects Woods’s participation in trail running events.

More info on the ban and Ryan’s response.

Call for Comments

  • Last week’s column generated some lively commentary about the upcoming men’s UltraRunning Magazine (North American) Ultrarunner of the Year prize. The women’s vote is expected to be equally challenging, perhaps even moreso, with both Courtney Dauwalter and Camille Herron figuring to be locked at the top. Dauwalter has race volume on her side, while Herron has a pair of top global performances. Let’s again look at their full records.
    • Dauwalter – 1st at Riverbank 24 Hour (American record), 4th at Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, 6th at FANS 12 Hour, 4th at MaXi-Race 110k, 18th at IAU 24 Hour World Championships, 2nd Pikes Peak Marathon, 1st at Continental Divide 50k, 1st at Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile, 1st at Bear Chase 50 Mile (course record), 1st at Moab 200 Mile (overall win).
    • Herron – 2nd at Bandera 100k, 1st at Tarawera Ultra (course record), 4th at Chuckanut 50k, 1st at Comrades Marathon, 1st at Tunnel Hill 100 Mile (world record).
  • The weekend doesn’t look like much, but we’re all ears.  Hit us with the turkey trots and other results in the comments field below.

[Editor’s Note: Columnist Justin Mock and editor Meghan Hicks spend many hours per week compiling this article, and often doing so well ahead of races posting their results online–that is, by combing social media. We simply cannot cover all the trail and ultra races that take place each week, so we do our best to provide results of the most competitive races as well as a spectrum of additional events from around the world. Please feel absolutely welcome to leave comments with the results of races not covered in this article, and to leave additional information about the races from which we have shared results. Thank you for your understanding.]

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 23 comments

  1. Nelson

    Tough choice between Camille and Courtney, but setting a World Record in the 100-mile distance and winning Comrades, probably the most competitive ultra in the world, tips the scale in favor of Camille Herron. Had she not dnf at States and Leadville, a top-5 finish in either race would have made it a no-contest, IMO.

  2. John Vanderpot

    Even sick Luis Escobar still hosts an incredible party, Red Rock 50M is done “old school” style — no pacers, crews or drop bags, but hey, there was plenty of pickle juice!

    Results at livenserv, and good to see so many folks come in from AZ —


  3. Patrick Reagan

    Thanks for another week in running. The below on the UTCT Preview is incorrect:
    Ben Matiso (South Africa) – 11th at 2017 Comrades Marathon
    **Marko Mambo (Zimbabwe) was 11th at 2017 Comrades Marathon

  4. Patrick Reagan

    Women’s UROY:
    Camille and Courtney have both had amazing years. Here’s some other women that I need to be talked about the the 3-10 rankings:

    Devon Yanko- 1st Leadville 100 Miler, 10th Comrades Marathon, 17th at Two Oceans Marathon, 2nd USATF 50K Road Championship, 1st Bay Ridge 50 Miler. Holy versatility.

    Magda Boulet- 2nd Tarawera 102K, 2nd Lake Sonoma 50 Miler, 2nd Western States 100, 17th UTMB. Very consistent. Showed a lot of grit at UTMB.

    Sarah Bard- 6th Comrades Marathon, 10th Two Oceans Marathon, 1st Cougar Mountain 50K….enough said. Quality over quantity here.

    Cat Bradley- 1st Western States, 1st Canyons 100K, 7th Way Too Cool 50K, 1st Transrockies Team Open Mixed. Another quality over quantity case here.

    Jackie Merritt- 7th Western States, 2nd Georgia Death Race, 2nd JFK 50 Miler, 1st Quest for the Crest 50K, 1st (OUTRIGHT) Ice Age 50K, 1st Mountain Mist 50K, 1st Mount Mitchell Challenge 50 Miler. BEASTCOAST!

    Clare Gallagher- 2nd Black Canyon 100k, 4th Quad Rock 50 Miler, 1st CCC, 2nd TNF 50 Miler

    Sabrina Stanley- 3rd Western States, 5th Run Rabbit Run 100 Miler, 2nd Sean O’Brian 100K, 1st Jemwz Mountain 50K

    Katalin Nagy- 2nd IAU 24 Hour World Championships, 1st Keys 50 Miler, 3rd USATF 100K Championships, 1st Everglades 50 Miler, 1st Swamp Trail Race 50K

    Kaytlyn Gerbin- 4th Western States, 1st Cascade Crest 100 Miler, 1st Gorge Waterfalls 100K, 1st Sun Mountain 50K, 1st Needles 50K, 2nd Orcas Island 50K. Wow on depth of performance quality.

    Amy Sproston- 8th UTMB, 1st Silver State 50 Miler, 1st Catherines FA 50K.

    Nicole Kalogeropoulos- 6th Western States, 1st Black Canyon 100K, 3rd Bandera 100K, 18th 2016 TNF 50 Miler

    Megan Kimmel- 3rd TNF 50 Miler,

    Meghan The Queen Laws- 9th Western States, 4th USATF 50K Trail, 8th Lake Sonoma, 3rd Waldo 100K, 7th Lake Fuxian Highland 100K

    Stephanie Howe- 1st (OUTRIGHT) Bandera 100K, 8th TNF 50 Miler, 12th Western States, 15th UTMB

    Kaci Lickteig- 3rd Lake Sonoma 50 Miler, 2nd Quad Rock 50 Miler, 16th Western States, 17th UTMB (Tie), 1st Psycho Wyco 50K, 1st GOATZ 50K

    Amanda Basham- 17th UTMB (Tie), 1st UROC 100K, 1st Zion 50K, 1st Black Canyon 60K

    Keely Henninger- 4th CCC, 2nd Way Too Cool 50K, 1st Mt Hood 50 Miler

    Kelly Wolf- 5th CCC, 2nd Speedgoat 50K, 1st Broken Arrow Skyrace 52K, 9th TNF 50 Miler

    Megan Roche- 4th TNF 50 Miler, 1st Way Too Cool 50K

    Ladia Albertson-Junkans- 13th IAU Trail World Championships, 1st Chuckanut 50K

    I’m sure I’ve missed quite a few people and names here. Can anyone add to the list above?

    1. Patrick Reagan

      I have no idea how I missed these three ladies:

      Caroline Boller- 1st USATF 100K Road Champs, 1st C&O Canal 100 Miler, 1st Tamalpa Headlands 50K, 1st Javelina Jundred 100K, 1st Woodside Trail 50K. Undefeated in 2017 with Brazos bend on the Horizon. What a year

      Anna Mae Flynn- 1st Speedgoat 50K, 3rd Quad Rock 50 Miler, 3rd Broken Arrow 52K

      Larisa Dannis- 1st Javelina Jundred 100 Miler, 1st Vermont 50 Miler

      Darcy Piceu- 2nd Hardrock 100 Miler, 2nd Moab Red Hot 55K, 1st Coyote Cohorts 68 Miler

    1. Meghan Hicks

      Hi all,

      We try really hard on iRunFar to foster a respectful community and I feel that this comment is a bit out of that spirit. I’d encourage all to comment here with the same respect you’d give someone in a face-to-face interaction. For sure we can debate and disagree and make dissenting remarks here just as we do with each other in person, but I think we can always frame our thoughts in a constructive way. Thanks very much for considering it.

      1. Ellie Greenwood

        A comment like that, Meghan, is why I love iRunFar :) UROY discussions, voting and results for 2017 are going to be exciting to follow with so many impressive but very different results on both the womens and mens side. Camille wins Female Performance of the Year, in my opinion.

  5. Runifyoucan

    I agree, that Camille is annoyingly good.

    Any predictions on the golden trail series? Who’s going to mix it up? On the men’s side I see Zach is down for Zegama. Walsmley has always been a fan. These races have always been Jornet’s playground but Stain has made his claim lately… on the women’s side it will be fiercely competitive with the relatively short distances?

  6. Will

    Moab is a new course and we know a lot more about 100 mile races than 200 mile races. It’s tough to know how much weight should be given to Courtney’s performance at Moab. It’s easy to classify Camille’s run at Tunnel Hill. It’s the fastest a woman has ever run 100 miles.

  7. Kurt Decker

    Let’s not loose sight in the fact that Courtney’s 24 hour was an American freaking record as well. I guess if you ask me it’s a two lady race between Courtney and Camille.

    1. Steve

      She proceeded to flop with 18th at the World Championship and have the AR broken by Katalin Nagy. She has no competitive, international level wins. Camille set the World on fire on both trails and road. Surprised this is debatable.

  8. Ken Michal

    Want to mention that Penny Macphail not only won QD while carrying her Rubber Chicken of Success (which has never left her side for almost an entire year now!) but she had also killed it at TNFEC 50 the week before! She rallied after passing out at the finish line with a masters win and 22nd place in a tough field a week before! She also selflessly spent the next morning volunteering at an AS for the TNFEC 13.1 instead of sleeping in!

    It’s incredible how gracefully she ran QD the week after TNFEC!! Well, it’s incredible to call her running style “graceful” by any means… she’s definitely more of a “bull in a china shop” kind of performer but it works well for her as long as she isn’t running into trees!! :P I’m a HUGE Penny fan! Everything she does, she does with incredible humor and passion! The world definitely needs more Penny Macphail’s!!

    Definitely on Team Camille for URotY too! Commrades alone is incredible and TH100 sealed the deal!

    All Day!

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