This Week In Running: October 14, 2019

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRWell, that was a big weekend, and I’m not even talking about today’s pumpkin-patch fun–those corn mazes, yikes. That was a weekend in road running, wasn’t it! Over here in trail running and ultrarunning, what the weekend lacked in really competitive races, it more than made up for in volume, and we run through a bunch of it in this week’s column. G’day Monday.

Šmarna Gora – Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 10k Šmarna Gora race in Slovenia, in its 40th year, was the year’s seventh and final World Mountain Running Association World Cup contest.


Petro Mamu (Eritrea) overtook Filimon Abraham (Eritrea) 400 meters from the summit finish and won in 42:17. Mamu’s win added to titles here in 2015 and 2016. Abraham chased to second just four seconds later, and Slovenia’s own Timotej Beçan was third in 43:19.

In 2017, Mamu failed two doping tests, after both the World Mountain Running Championships and the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. He was given a nine-month ban starting in September of 2017 by the IAAF for testing positive for fenoterol.

Andrew Douglas (U.K.) had already won the overall World Cup title, and he finished fourth in this race in 43:23.


Lucy Murigi (Kenya) outdistanced Sarah McCormack (Ireland) over the race’s second half and won in 50:55. It was her third-straight win on this hill. McCormack was second in 51:51, but like Andrew Douglas, she too had already earned victory for the World Cup series. Lucie Maršánová (Czech Republic) ran 52:20 for third.

Full results.

Lucy Murigi, 2019 Smarna Gora champion. Photo: Marco Gulberti and the World Mountain Running Association

Other Races and Runs

Defiance 50k

Roni Kauri and Lisa Wonneberg won Washington state’s Defiance 50k around the Puget Sound coast with 4:06 and 4:37 winning times. Full results.

Oregon Coast 50k

Rainshadow Running was in Oregon for the second weekend in a row. Evan Williams and Meredith Heestand led the Oregon Coast 50k in and around Yachats, Oregon. The pair went for 3:55 and 4:49 runs. Full results.

Elk-Kings 50k

Dylan Bowman moved to Oregon and won the Elk-Kings 50k men’s race on a route that summits both Elk and King Mountains inside of the Tillamook State Forest between Portland and the coast. Bowman ran 4:18 and women’s winner Megan Flanagan came through in 5:32. Full results.

Ruth Anderson Memorial 50 Mile

It was the 33rd year for the Ruth Anderson Memorial races in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Fifty-mile wins went to Chikara Omine in 5:51, and Simone Angela Winkler in 8:16. Full results.

Ultra Trails Lake Tahoe

The first-year Ultra Trails Lake Tahoe race ran on the California side of Big Blue, Lake Tahoe. Haroldas Subertas and Alyson Kirk won the 100 miler, though just six finished, in 23:52 and 26:41. In the 50-mile race, Patrick Rabuzzi and Brianne Holland-Stergar won in 9:19 and 12:17. Full results.

Le Grizz 50 Mile

Only men’s winner Chris Durward finished in front of women’s winner Sarah Graves at Montana’s Le Grizz 50 Mile. The two champs ran 7:12 and 7:19. The race runs on a gravel road alongside the North Fork of the Flathead River. Full results.

Canyon de Chelly 55k

Ryan Haebe, the 2011 NCAA Division II cross country champion and 2012 NCAA Division II 3,000-meter steeplechase national champion, both while at Western State College, won Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly 55k in 4:47. Women’s winner Andrea McArdle was second overall in 5:00. Her time was a new course record for the seven-year-old race. Full results.

Corner Canyon Ultra Trail Run 50k

Eli White and Lara Rheinemann won Utah’s Corner Canyon Ultra Trail Run 50k in 4:13 and 4:59. Rheinemann beat the 5-hour mark by 23 seconds. Full results.

Ceder City Thunderbird 50k

In southern Utah, Andrew Butterworth and Elizabeth Funk won the second-year Cedar City Thunderbird 50k in 4:50 and 6:26. Full results.

Moab 240 Mile

Also in Utah, the Moab 240 Mile goes for 238 miles. Michael McKnight, the same guy that won the Tahoe 200 Mile and the Bigfoot 200 Mile earlier this year, won the long haul again. Women’s leader Sarah Emoto is currently 190 miles in at the time of this article’s writing. Tracking.

Michael McKnight, 2019 Moab 240 Mile champion. Photo: Moab 240 Mile

Oil Creek 100 Mile

Cameron Stauffer set a new course record at Pennsylvania’s Oil Creek 100 Mile, by just over a minute. He won in 17:03. Kristen Johnson won the women’s race and was fourth overall in 20:39. Full results.

New River Trail Races 50k

Virginia’s New River Trail 50k is flat and fast inside of a state park of the same name. George Tolton and Bridget Stacy won in 3:30 and 3:53. Full results.

Stumpjump 50k

Local runner Seth Ruhling scored, perhaps, an upset win over Darren Thomas in Tennessee at the Stumpjump 50k. The pair raced to 4:12 and 4:16 finishes, and women’s best Rachel Gibson finished in 5:56. Full results.

Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock 50 Mile

North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock 50 Mile race connects its two eponymous two state parks on a point-to-point course. Bhushan Suresh and Emily Cavallo won the adventure in 8:35 and 9:24, and Reid Palmer and Elizabeth Steffens won the 50k in 4:47 and 6:19. Full 50-mile and 50k results.

Cloudsplitter 100 Mile

Karl Meltzer pushed his streak into October, but his win at Virginia’s Cloudsplitter 100 Mile marked 17-straight years of winning a 100-mile race. Not only that, it was Meltzer’s 41st 100-mile win, and 61st ultra win, and he’s now 51 years old. This one happened in 21:16. That’s the race’s second-best time ever, nine minutes back of Avery Collins’s event record on a different course. It was not yet clear who won the women’s race. Leave a comment to let us know! Full results (when available).

Karl Meltzer, 2019 Cloudsplitter 100 Mile champion. Photo: Cloudsplitter 100 Mile

Race for DFL

Much like next weekend’s Big Backyard Ultra, the first-year Race for DFL in Massachusetts ran on a 4.25-mile loop on forested singletrack with an hour on the clock. Stephen Anthony won with 68 miles in 16 hours.

Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail 

Also in Massachusetts, the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail runs from north to south across the whole state. Jonathan McInerney and Kate Olson won the inaugural 100-mile run in 23:27 and 24:57. Full results (when available).

Next Weekend – Big Backyard Ultra – Bell Buckle, Tennessee

The over-and-over Big Backyard Ultra has gotten so popular that its spawned a group of sister qualifying races around the world. The unique race will run on a 4.166667-mile loop in a last-person-standing format. There’s a long list of potential winners here.


  • Guillaume Calmettes – 4th 2018 Big Backyard Ultra, 1st 2017 Big Backyard Ultra
  • Piotr Chadovich – 1st 2018 Old Cascadia 100 Mile
  • Marco Farinazzo (Brazil) – 13th 2017 Spartathlon 135 Mile
  • Joe Fejes – 532 miles at 2019 Six Days in the Dome
  • Bob Hearn – 530 miles at 2019 Six Days in the Dome
  • Dave Johnston – 524 miles at 2019 Six Days in the Dome
  • Marc Laveson – 4th 2017 White River 50 Mile
  • Grant Maughan – 6th 2019 Badwater 135 Mile
  • Philip McCarthy – 416 miles at 2019 Six Days in the Dome
  • Dave Proctor (Canada) – 14:21 at 2014 Desert Solstice 100 Mile
  • Bradley Revenis – 1st 2019 Lumberjack 100 Mile
  • Steve Speirs – 2nd 2018 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile


  • Amelia Boone – 4th 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 26k
  • Liz Canty – 1st 2019 Barkley Fall Classic 50k
  • Anna Carlsson (Sweden) – 1st 2018 Swedish Alpine Ultra 107k
  • Jasmine Chiaramonte – 1st 2019 Yeti 100 Mile
  • Maggie Guterl – 2nd 2018 Big Backyard Ultra

Full entrant list.

Call for Comments

  • The Chicago Marathon was this weekend, but it didn’t seem to attract trail runners and ultrarunners like the Boston and New York City Marathons do. Did you spot any familiar names who put down fast times in the Chicago results?
  • We went all over the country, but there was a lot more that happened this weekend too. Hit us, gently, with your racing and spectating in the comments below.
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 31 comments

  1. Eric

    Thanks as always for the update and keeping us all in the loop. I believe Karl’s win a Cloudsplitter is a course record. Avery’s record was on a different course that actually started in Kentucky instead of Virginia. I think they changes it 3-4 years ago. Either way those are two stout records by two of the best technical 100 mile runners.

  2. IG

    (This comment isn’t intended to be inflammatory at all – apologies if it is. I’m just curious about the numbers posted).

    Huge congratulations to Karl on his win. Does he have a 100-mile win from 2002? The quote above said a “19-straight years of winning a 100-mile race” – ultrasignup has results for Karl back through 1996, but I don’t see any 100-mile wins in 2002. It does list wins for 100 milers in 1998, 2000-2001, and 2003-2019 (once the Cloudsplitter results are posted). That would make it a 17-year streak and counting, but I was wondering if there were additional results that aren’t on ultrasignup.

    1. Ruth

      Yes, super impressive — and it was super impressive 3, 4, 5 years ago when the streak was 15, 16, etc. years!
      But, I’m also very curious: if you look at the ultrasignup results and “trophies:”
      Then browser-search for “100 miler – 1st”, you get 78 results. Everything is repeated twice for some reason, so that’s 39 results. Another one is Run Rabbit Run because it was listed as “Hare” — that’s 40. Cloudsplitter makes 41.. But nothing listed for 2002.

      So, something doesn’t add up… I don’t think there’s any funny business or maliciousness, but there is truly some sort of mistake (maybe it even means there are really 42 wins overall?). This is a very cool streak (whether 17 or 19) that will likely be one of those ‘untouchable’ records, and it would be nice to get solid confirmation and reporting from irunfar and Karl. Thanks!

      1. Ruth

        Thanks for the clarification, Karl! Taking the time to dig into it and clarify makes it even more impressive than a couple more years would have. I look forward each year to seeing how far and at what age you can push that streak.

    2. Sean

      To answer your last question: Yes, there are LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of ultramarathon results that aren’t on UltraSignUp. Likewise, there are LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of results on UltraSignUp that aren’t ultramarathons.

      I have no idea what 100-miler Karl won in 2002, or even if he did, but I just wanted to answer your question about UltraSignUp results.

    3. Speedgoat

      Ok so I looked it all up on my own personal spreadsheet of races…..Sure does go back a long time. :-) As old age has set in, I stand corrected, the streak is 17. When I looked back I had listed the “Trailwalker 100” on my list. Which was actually a 100k race that Scott Jurek, Myself, Brandon Sybrowsky and Nate McDowell WON over in Hong Kong in 2002. This is where my mistake was made. So I apologize for all on that one. See what happens when you go over the hill? I was also called out by Jamil over at Outhouse knucklehead News about my 40th win….Again….this old age thing is catching up with me. I will say one thing though, that blew my own mind this past weekend, is that 100 miles is not that hard, even on ONLY 25 mpw the past two months. Once you know “how” to do it, it’s just not that far. Thanks for clarifying IG, whoever you are. The streak of actual ultra wins is 21, starting in 1998, with my first Wasatch win. Maybe I should use that as my streak. 41 wins though, is correct, that I can be confident on.

      Also, the Cloudsplitter course is completely different than it was when Avery Collins ran his time. Others that ran the race said that the older course was harder, so I’d say, Avery’s performance was better anyway. I knew I was on his time, but once I realized I had a 2 hour lead at 84 miles on this one, I just finished it off, without any pressure, the guy who came in second actually gained about 30 in on my the last 16, but thankfully, I was already in bed when he came in.

      The course with it’s out and backs actually puts a great dynamic on racing at the front. We get a good look at who’s behind you and the lead or time behind. I went in totally blind, with no knowledge of the course, other than where drop bags were located. I had NO crew, and less than 10 min of downtime the whole race. Onward people, the streak lives….even if it’s only 17.

      And there you have it, from the Goat’s mouth.

      1. John Vanderpot

        “You say it’s a living, we all gotta eat…But you’re here alone, there’s no one to compete…”

        I’m sure you know the rest — congratulations, it’s hard to imagine anyone will catch you in this lifetime!

        1. Jamie Hobbs

          “a 100k race that Scott Jurek, Myself, Brandon Sybrowsky and Nate McDowell WON over in Hong Kong in 2002”

          Wait. Did the four of you hold hands across the finish?

      2. AT

        I love that a legend like yourself shows AC some love. Easily one of the most talented, but overlooked athletes out there currently. His resume doesn’t get enough respect.

        I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again..when he runs UTMB, he’ll be a top finisher. That race has his name all over it.

        Congrats on another victory!

  3. Trevor

    Lots of competition obviously at Big Backyard but gotta mention Sean Nakamura in the running– dude has no problems putting heavy, heavy miles on his feet! #sd

  4. Abram

    Gavin Woody is also on the entrants list for Big Backyard. Last year he ran the race’s third farthest distance, so he’s definitely one to watch for the win.

    1. SteelTownRunner

      on what terrain? I think Kouros has half a dozen sub 12 hour 100s as splits in 165-188.x mile 24 hour performances. Bold statements in such a broad sport that is so much more vast than the last 25 years years in North America tend not to hold up well. Certainly an excellent 100 mile mountain trail runner, with consistency and longevity to be the envy of anyone.

  5. REAL.

    Can we please stop the disclaimer on Mamu, et al.? He served his ban. We might as well say every time Kilian Jornet races that “Kilian was previously disqualified for course cutting at the SpeedGoat 50K and is currently under suspicion for not summitting Everest.”

    Grow up.

  6. The Woodsman

    Mike McKnight for UROY! His win generated lots of excitement around the aid station campfires at night during Moab. Mr. Inspiring!

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