This Week In Running: October 10, 2016

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRThough heavy in race volume, the weekend was relatively void of marquee events. Some dozen races are included in our ‘This Week in Running’ column.

Grindstone 100 Mile – Swoope, Virginia

Adam Watkins trailed early leader Mike Dietz by 10 minutes at the turnaround of the out-and-back race through the George Washington National Forest. Dietz ran into trouble on the return trip and would go on to finish seventh, and Watkins was first overtaken by Aaron Saft. Thirteen hours into the race, Saft held a nearly 30-minute lead. Watkins would erase that deficit though in the final hours and finish first in 19:39. Saft was second in 20:22. Both Watkins and Saft matched their pre-race seeds. Caleb Denton, who led Saft late into the final hour, was third in 20:33.

10/12 Edit Kathleen Cusick won the women’s race in 23:47, and Lee Conner edged Grace Fisher for runner-up honors. Conner and Fisher finished in 24:54 and 25:56, respectively.

Full results.

Els 2900 Alpine Run – Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra

The second-annual adventure scales the seven highest peaks in landlocked Andorra, in a row. The expert-level race includes 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) of elevation gain over just 70k (44 miles). Thirty-nine competitors started the race, and 24 managed the improbable finish.

Xavier Teixido, of the host country, was some 90 minutes better than second place in finishing in front at 13:49. The mark also reset the course record established at last year’s inaugurual run. Vivien Reynaud (France) and Òscar Perez  (Spain) were second and third in 15:18 and 15:38. 


Xavi Teixido, 2016 Els 2900 Alpine Run champion, scrambling the Cresta del Forat dels Malhiverns in the race’s final 10 kilometers. Photo: SCOTT Sports/Jordi Saragossa

Two females, one more than in 2015, finished the epic this year. Sonia Regueiro (Spain) became a two-time finisher in winning for the second-straight year. She completed the trek in 18:59, a time good for 14th overall and almost three hours faster than her finish last year, and Cati Lladó (Spain) was second in 21:26. 

Full results.


Sonia Regueiro, 2016 Els 2900 Alpine Run champion, ascending a via ferrata at 25 kilometers into the race. Photo: SCOTT Sports/Jordi Saragossa

Other Races and Runs

The incredible year of Jim Walmsley continued with a pair of new fastest known times in the Grand Canyon. Walmsley first raced Rim-to-Rim in 2:46, going five minutes under Rob Krar’s 2012 record-setting run. He then doubled back to complete the full Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim 42-mile run in 5:55. The round trip was a full 26 minutes better than Krar’s 2013 FKT.

2015 IAU 50k world champion Tony Migliozzi was 15th at the Chicago Marathon in 2:19. Michael Wardian was also in the field, finishing in 2:32. Full results.

In other road-marathon action, sometimes-ultrarunner C. Fred Joslyn was second at Pennsylvania’s downhill Steamtown Marathon in 2:26, and 24-hour star Traci Falbo dipped under the three-hour mark with a 2:59 finish. Full results.

Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly Ultra takes place on 55k of spiritual Navajo land. Race winners for the fourth-year event were Nico Barraza and Ali Starling, finishing in 4:27 and 5:27. Full results.

NorCal Ultra’s Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Mile saw Selvin Henriquez and Jennifer Pfeifer run 7:39 and 8:35, respectively, to win the 34th-annual race. Full results.


Selvin Henriquez – 2016 Dick Collins Firetrails 50-Mile champion. Photo: NorCal Ultras

Kurt Schilling and Heidi Williams led a small field at the second-annual Rockin’ Rockwoods Trail 53k in Missouri. The champs ran 5:36 and 6:22. Full results.

Formerly known as the Autumn Rush, the new Wandering Moose 42k in British Columbia was won by Kim Magnus. Both the women’s and overall winner in 3:38, she also bettered her own course best from 2015 by 15 minutes. Full results.

Rainshadow Running’s Oregon Coast 50k turned three. Rod Bien and Ashleigh Fischer won this year’s edition in 4:01 and 4:45. Full results.

In Washington State, it was Korey Konga and Jo Markham on top at the Defiance 50k. The pair finished the 4:11 and 4:25. Full results.

Daven Oskvig has been near the front of Pennsylvania’s Oil Creek 100 Mile for each of the last three years. First in 2014, second in 2015, Oskvig won again in 2016. His 18:17 finish time was almost two minutes better than in 2014, though 29 minutes off of last year’s mark. Mary Beth Strickler, who also won in 2014, won the women’s race in 21:44. Full results.

Point to point along the northern portion of Delaware Water Gap National Park, Sam Moore and Ellie Pell both set new course records at the second-year Water Gap 50k in Pennsylvania. Moore and Pell ran 3:16 and 4:07. Full results.

The West Virginia Trilogy includes a 50k, 50 miler, and a half marathon on three consecutive days, all in the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Bob Luther was the weekend winner, and iRunFar’s Andy Jones-Wilkins was second. Full results (when available).

Call for Comments

  • Though not as competitive of a weekend as we typically have, there were still lots and lots of races, and lots not highlighted above that we’d love to hear about from our readers in the comments field below.
  • Where does Jim Walmsley’s Grand Canyon FKT rank on the year’s best performance list?
  • We look to have a two-week lull in major ultra events. What events are on the calendar for next 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.

There are 13 comments

  1. maltti

    didn’t Migliozzi finish in 2:19:39?

    I think Pete Kostelnick’s progress across the continent is definitely worth a mention. He has been amazingly impressive, strong and consistent thus far and has covered nearly 2/3 of the way, still on pace to break the record, averaging over 70 miles per day (including one zero day).

    1. Justin Mock

      Thanks, not sure if that was a typo or I just read it wrong.

      I too am following Kostelnick with amazement and will keep that included the rest of the way.

  2. SteelTownRunner

    Grindstone saw a lot of carnage in tough conditions.

    sometimes-ultrarunner** C. Fred Joslyn

    ** US 50K member to be racing World Champs in Doha, Qatar next month.

    Also, prior and current US 50K team member Tyler Andrews set a CR in winning the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in 2:15:52.

    Also this weekend:

    The inaugural Wawayanda Wonderful Wonhundred in NJ (results yet to be posted) with some trail marking sabotage it seems by local game hunters.

    Tesla Herz ultra races (50K, 50mi, 100K, 100mi). Results to be posted here:

    1. Garth A

      Results for the inaugural Wayayanda Wonderful Wonhundred (50K, 50M, 100M) have been posted. The trail marking sabotage was not done by actual hunters (since it was inside a state park), but by someone who thought their actions were protecting bears. Apparently, this person believed the markings were put up to show hunters where bears had been sighted.

  3. Dylan

    The French national 100K championship was held over the weekend, too. The 100km de la Somme hosted about 340 starters over a flat course on a mix of canal trails and roads.

    Winner of the mens title was David Duquesnoy in 7:04 followed by David Hardy (7:12 and first Vet Male) and Nicolas Dubuget (7:13).

    The womens champion was Rejane Lecamus in 8:11 ahead of Flore Martinuzzi (8:22 and first Vet Female) and Martine Latger (9:15).

    Full list:

  4. Pete

    Thanks for the nice coverage as always.

    This was actually the 9th year of Oil Creek, and the 3rd in a row in which Oskvig finished 1st or 2nd. Jeff Nelson and Melissa Goodman won the Oil Creek 50k in 4:32 and 5:28, respectively. Nicholas Hanson and Alexandra Garner topped the 100k in 10:04 and 11:36.

  5. Steve Peterson

    The Mt. Taylor 50k in New Mexico was Saturday 10/1 with Michelle Hummel taking the overall victory in 5:02. It was her 4th consecutive women’s win and she has lowered the course record each of the last 3 years. Congratulations!

    Also of note, a certain fellow named Walmsley helped with sweep duties at the above race. Perhaps scouting for a new men’s cr location? ;-) Couldn’t ask for a sweeter venue.

  6. Neil Weintraub

    On October 8th, In his first Soulstice Mountain Trail Run, Mike Popejoy crushed Jared Scott’s long standing record by almost a minute completing the 17th edition of Flagstaff’s longest enduring and most beloved trail race. Emily Harrison won her 3rd straight women’s title and the race broke its record as well, raising over 10,000 dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff. It also concluded the 11th Annual Salomon Flagstaff Mountain Trail Championship. and more at

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