This Week In Running: November 6, 2017

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRAs much as we wish it wasn’t true, it’s Monday. May ‘This Week In Running’ and our collection of highlights from the USATF Trail Marathon National Championships, the Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 Mile, and the Rio Del Lago 100 Mile, and more ease the start of the work week.

Moab Trail Marathon – Moab, Utah

The adventurous Moab Trail Marathon was again the USATF Trail Marathon National Championships. A $3,500 prize purse weirdly sent $499 to its winners and $401 to the runners-up, before leveling out to an even $300 for third place. Race winners also earned a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2018 World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships in Poland in June 2018.


The times didn’t match those of even recent years, in part thanks to a half-mile addition as well as deep sand in places from dry fall conditions, but it was close! Renee Metivier, a 2:27 marathoner back in 2012, ran 4:08 to finish 52 seconds in front of second-place Sandi Nypaver. Metivier also won last year’s USATF Trail Half Marathon National Championships.

Third-place Michelle Hummel ran 4:17.

Renee Metivier - 2017 Moab Trail Marathon champion

Renee Metivier, 2017 Moab Trail Marathon champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell


Mario Mendoza has been here before. He won this race in 2015, and came back to earn another national-championship title. Much like the women’s race, Mendoza’s time too was off the record pace of a year ago. He ran 3:13 for a comfortable win over second-place Anthony Costales. Fourth a year ago, Costales improved his place despite adding 12 minutes to last year’s time. He holds a 2:17 marathon best dating to 2014.

Patrick Parsel was third in 3:24.

Full results.

Mario Mendoza - 2017 Moab Trail Marathon champion

Mario Mendoza, 2017 Moab Trail Marathon champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 Mile – Lynchburg, Virginia


Just seventh a year ago, Krista Offield won this year’s Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 Mile. In the race’s 35th year, Offield battled throughout with Leah Ling and the two two finished in 8:49 and 8:51, respectively. Third-place Anna Evans was a mere two minutes back of Ling at 8:53.

Offield’s 2017 year includes a number of strong performances in and around the Blue Ridge. She was third at the Promise Land 50k, first at the Terrapin Mountain 50k, and seventh at the Holiday Lake 50k earlier this year.


Just seventh a year ago, Michael Dubova won this year’s Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 Mile. Nope, that’s not a typo. Men’s winner Dubova matched Offield with an identical position jump. He won in 7:11, some 47 minutes better than in 2016.

Matthew Thompson was second in 7:32 and Tom Naert was third in 7:38.

Full results.

Rio Del Lago 100 Mile – Granite Bay, California


Gabrielle Maudiere led three women under the 21-hour mark at the 17th annual Rio del Lago 100 Mile. Maudiere’s 20:17 finish time ranks eighth on the race’s all-time chart. Second- and third-place Sarah Schubert and Natalee Swan were just minutes apart in 20:42 and 20;45, respectively.


One spot better than women’s winner Maudiere, men’s champ Drew Macomber ran 16:41 to now rank seventh on the race’s historical finish list. And again much like the women’s race, second- and third-place Adam Kimble and Dominick Layfield were mere minutes apart with 17:42 and 17:46 finish times.

Full results.

Other Races

Pinhoti 100 Mile

In Alabama, Liz Canty and Karl Meltzer won the Pinhoti 100 Mile. Canty won the Talladega National Forest shake and bake in 22:04, and Meltzer ran 18:18. For Speedgoat Karl, it was 100-mile win #39, and perhaps more impressive, his 17th-straight year of winning a 100-mile race. Hat tip to longevity, right here. Full results.

Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang

Hardrock and UTMB in the rear-view mirror, Jason Schlarb is moving on. He won the Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang 107k race in China in 14:15. A Tibetan runner was second, ahead of Gediminas Grinius (Lithuania) in third. The race was canceled after his finish with deteriorating weather. Meredith Edwards won the simultaneous 66k, and its 3,200 meters of elevation gain, in 12:21. Full results (when available).

Jason Schlarb - 2017 Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang 107k champion

Jason Schlarb, 2017 Ultra Tour Mt. Siguniang 107k champion. Photo courtesy of Jason Schlarb.

Lithia Loop Trail Marathon

Happy 10-year anniversary to the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in Ashland, Oregon. Natalie Ghelfi and David Laney were race winners in 3:30 and 2:51, respectively. Full results.

New York Marathon

Francesco Puppi (Italy), this year’s World Mountain Running Long Distance Champion, ran 2:25 to finish 17th at the New York MarathonMichael Wardian finished in 2:46. Full results.

Lake Chabot Trail Run

In northern California, Bob Shebest won the Coastal Trail Runs Lake Chabot Trail Run 50k in 3:47, a new course record. Full results.

World Military Championships

Gina and Steve Slaby took part in the 57th annual cross country World Military Championships in Hungary. Neither scored on the short 4.6k course, but the women finished fifth in the team race, and the men seventh. Full results.

Silver Falls Trail Run 50k

Was it meant to be a tie? Jessie Goodell ran 4:53:13 and Denise Bourassa ran 4:53:14. The two finished as first and second female at Oregon’s Silver Falls Trail Run 50k. Men’s winner Craig Eaton ran 4:13. Full results.

Stone Cat Trail Run

In Massachusetts, Aliza Lapierre won the Stone Cat 50 Mile in 7:16. It was her fourth win here, and she was third overall. Men’s champ Michael Austin finished in 7:01. Full results.

Tougher Mudder Socal

This was the world championships, the Tougher Mudder World Championship specifically. In the women’s race, sometimes-trail-runner-turned-obstacle-course-runner Nicole Mericle won the women’s race in 1:15:22. Longtime La Sportiva Mountain Cup series winner Ryan Woods has sufficiently converted to obstacle course racing. He was second in 1:05:41. Full results.

Other Ultra News – 2018 Ultra-Trail World Tour

It’s out. The 2018 Ultra-Trail World Tour calendar, that is. Gone is the Réunion Island Diagonale des Fous and its sister race, the Trail du Bourbon. Back is the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji in Japan. The rest of the calendar, as well as the Series with Bonus, Series, Pro, and Challenger race divisions, run identical to 2017.

  • January 27 — Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon (100k) — Hong Kong (Pro)
  • February 10 — Tarawera Ultramarathon (102k) — New Zealand (Pro)
  • February 21-25 — Transgrancanaria (125k) — Spain (Series)
  • April 6-8 — Patagonia Run (160k) — Argentina (Challenger)
  • April 6-8 — 100 Miles of Istria Ultratrail (169k) — Croatia (Challenger)
  • April 6-16 — Marathon des Sables (250k) — Morocco (Series with Bonus)
  • April 27-29 — Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (170k) — Japan (Pro)
  • April 28 — Madeira Island Ultra-Trail (115k) — Portugal (Pro)
  • May 10-13 — Penyagolosa Trails (109k) — Spain (Challenger)
  • May 17 — Ultra-Trail Australia (100k) — Australia (Pro)
  • June 16 — Mozart 100 (102k) — Austria (Challenger)
  • June 22 — Lavaredo Ultra Trail (120k) — Italy (Series)
  • June 23 — Western States 100 Mile (161k) — USA (Series)
  • July 13-15 — Eiger Ultra-Trail (101k) — Switzerland (Pro)
  • August 27-September 2 — UTMB (170k) — France (Series with Bonus)
  • August 27-September 2 — CCC (101k) — France (Series)
  • August 27-September 2 — TDS (119k) — France (Pro)
  • September 7-8 — Ultra-Trail Harricana (125k) — Canada (Challenger)
  • October 20-21 — Cappadocia Ultra-Trail (114k) — Turkey (Challenger)
  • October 27-28 — Javelina Jundred (100 miles) — USA (Challenger)
  • December 1 — Ultra-Trail Cape Town (100k) — South Africa (Challenger)

Call for Comments

  • At age 49, is 50 100-mile wins within reach of Karl Meltzer?
  • Francesco Puppi and Michael Wardian, but what other trail and ultrarunners took part in the New York Marathon?
  • Will she? Camille Herron is registered for next week’s flat-and-fast Tunnel Hill 100 Mile in Illinois. Other top entrants include Neela D’SouzaAnne Wheatly, and in the 50-mile race, Coree Woltering. Full entrant list.
  • Go Fund Me! The juniors in Vermont are putting in some miles and elevation gain to raise money to support their junior mountain running goals.
  • And of course, it’s not a ‘Call for Comments’ without a call for comments about races not already included above!

[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 24 comments

  1. Will Harmon

    The Natchez Trace Trail Run also took place this weekend with a 45-miler and a marathon. In the 45-miler, only 9 finished the race, of the 16 that started. Lance McDermott won for men in 9:29:19 and Francesca Muccini won for women, and placed third overall, in 10:42:17. In the marathon, Kory Mueller won in 4:03:18 for men and Tiffany McAneny won in 5:07:07 for women, finishing fourth overall. Both first and second place in the marathon went under the CR, although the race is only two years old. Full results at; however, the marathon times currently have 39 minutes added to them, due to a timing error.

  2. John Vanderpot

    A small but great under the radar trail marathon, Mt. Laguna, lots of fun and a finish line feast, Kath Baker comes in from the Island every fall to put it together — big, big thanks!


    PS — I’m sure results are up, but for some reason usu isn’t working this morning?

  3. Rudy

    Rio had more than it’s fair share of poor course markings combined with course sabataouge that caused most of the runners to get lost at least once, if not two or three times. The front of the men’s field splintered early (twice, near mile 10 and 35) due to confusing/lack of markings. The final road into the finish saw course sabataouge which caused multiple people to backtrack. Men’s 5-7 would have broken 18 hours but spent about 15 minutes backtracking. We all know it’s a part of racing, and runners are responsible for knowing the course, but poor markings and sabataouge doesn’t make it any less frustrating for the runners! On the upside, the race had fantastic volunteers and aid stations.

    Also Rio was Gabi’s first hundo and she’s 21 years old!

    1. Meghan Hicks

      Kullu, of course it would, and we will definitely update the article when we have it. The race results aren’t yet posted and you are reading the extent of the information we currently have from behind-the-scenes sources. ‘Tis the difficult nature of trying to collect and publish results the Monday after weekend races from distant places around the world. We do the best we can with what we have, update the article when we get more information, and also hope that readers add comments with more information and race results. Thanks for reading.

      1. Kullu

        Dear Meghan,

        Thank you for your comment. I did not realize how hard this could be. Would you be interested in updates on the Ultras from India. I could add the results in the comments sections. Thank you for this amazing platform.

  4. AL

    Nicole Mericle WON the Tough Mudder championship. Why mention Ryan Woods was 2nd on the men’s side and then leave out Nicole being the women’s world champion? She was a trail runner before venturing into the OCR world.

    1. Meghan Hicks

      AL, thanks for the comment and information. We’ve updated the article with her result. Sincerely, we need comments like these to help us fill in our knowledge gaps. Prior to your comment, I didn’t know Nicole Mericle’s name or her experience with trail running alongside OC racing. I hope you can trust that this wasn’t an intentional lapse in mentioning the women’s winner, but was intended to note trail runners’ successful runnings in OC.

      1. AL

        Thank you, Megan. She’s one of my friends and SWAP teammates, so I just wanted to make sure she was getting recognition. I believe it wasn’t intentional. She hasn’t been racing trails a whole lot this year because she’s been busy killing it in OC, but she ran a strong race at the Barr Trail Mtn Race in the summer.

  5. Jc

    At boundiful 24 hour Diego Diaz did 16:23 for 100 miles. He started slow with goal of full 24 but like many fast runners was happy at 100.

  6. Troy Windsor

    Ozark Trail 100 also took place this past weekend. Lauren Kraft went 27:35 for the women’s win & David Box ran 21:40 to win the race.

  7. Dominick Layfield

    More on Rio Del Lago: the official results make it look like 2nd and 3rd place was close. But Adam Kimble was way ahead of me before losing about 45 minutes due to inadequate course marking or malicious removal around mile 96-98. I met him coming back the other way after giving up trying to find the route. We ran together for a while until regular markings were visible again, and then he powered home.

    1. Jacques

      Course vandals suck and don’t realize that they endanger the safety of runners in some situations. I can’t imagine every off course story I heard from the weekend was due to vandalism though. There were some key intersections that could have been marked much better and way too many people getting lost in the dark coming out of Overlook. Poor Chikara just walked it in after getting lost for the nth time.

      1. Nick

        I thought I was lost once but luckily was not, but I’ve met one runner backtracking from an uphill road section coming down from Overlook on the way back.

        Do we have any evidence that vandalism is the reason why marking was subpar? The weather was also a bit crappy. The strange thing to me is sometimes there were orange ribbons every six feet and then in key sections you would have to wait half a mile to find one… I think that’s what led runners to miss turns or think they were lost.

        The other thing I can’t understand is why leave drop bags soaking in the rain all day, not under a tent or tarp–especially the finish line drop bags. Kinda defeats the purpose of having a change of warm, dry clothes. If the organizers think we should have waterproof bags, just tell us. Don’t let us guess.

  8. Markus

    Sunday morning at 1.24 am ET Sandy Villines made it up the steps at New York City Hall after a very impressive run across the country starting in San Francisco on September 11th at 6 am PT.

    54 days 16:24h 3123.7 miles 57.81234 miles/day (mileage might be off tiny bit)

    Trans Con Comparison

    This was a very impressive performance by Sandy and her team. Congratulations!

  9. Keith

    Badwater 135 champion Sandra Villines just broke the existing women’s transcontinental running record by a full two weeks. She finished the approximately 3,130 miles in 54 days, 16 hours, and 24 minutes.

    The previous record was 69 days. She started in SF and ended in NY, using the same route by Pete Kostelnick and Marshall Ulrich.

    1. John Vanderpot

      Realistically speaking, in this lifetime, as of today, probably the only person on the planet who can even joke about it…

      Something else,


  10. BC

    Frank “the Tank” Gonzalez is 3rd at Masochist in the final official results. I think the guy who crossed the finish line 3rd inadvertently missed an out and back section.

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