This Week In Running: October 28, 2019

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRDo you have your Halloween costume ready? Aid stations were filled with costumed volunteers this weekend, and racing highlights included a new world record by Camille Herron at the IAU 24-Hour World Championships, the culmination of the around-the-world Golden Trail Series, and the USATF 50-Mile Road National Championships, among other fun. Have an amazing Monday and a spooky Halloween, runners.

IAU 24-Hour World Championships – Albi, France


When it comes to 24-hour races, Aleksandr Sorokin (Lithuania) swings big, and he knocked one out at the IAU 24-Hour World Championships. Sorokin, also the 2017 Spartathlon winner, totaled 278.973 kilometers (173.34 miles) to earn individual gold. For perspective, that’s almost a mile better than Mike Mortons American record.

Second-place Tamás Bódis (Hungary) finished with 276.222k (171.63 miles), and Olivier Leblond (USA) raced to a bronze-medal 275.485k (171.17 miles). Leblond is now second-best ever on the U.S. chart, barely a mile back of Morton.

The rest of the top 10 were:

  • Erik Clavery (France) – 4th, 272.217k
  • Ivan Penalva Lopez (Spain) – 5th, 270.152k
  • Andrzej Piotrowski (Poland) – 6th, 267.964k
  • Jacob Jackson (USA) – 7th, 265.650k
  •  Ondrej Velicka (Czech Republic) – 8th, 265.646k
  • Zoltán Csécsei (Hungary) – 9th, 264.950k
  • Andrii Tkachuk (Ukraine) – 10th, 262.788k

Deeper results included:

  • Harvey Lewis (USA) – 13th, 258.620k
  • Dan Lawson (U.K.) – 23rd, 244.732k
  • Rich Riopel (USA) – 39th, 229.839k
  • Eoin Keith (Ireland) – 49th, 223.123k
  • Radek Brunner (Czech Republic) – 66th, 212.129k
  • Greg Armstrong (USA) – 82nd, 206.010k
  • Johan Steene (Sweden) – 85th, 204.076k
  • Steve Slaby (USA) – 86th, 204.037k
  • Nick Coury (USA) – 105th, 193.933k

It was the biggest ever IAU 24-Hour World Championships with 45 countries taking part. The top-three runners for each country scored, and the U.S. men took home team gold with 799.754k (496.94 miles) between Leblond, Jackson, and Lewis. Hungary and France were second and third, respectively.

Full results.


She is woman, hear her roar.
In numbers too big to ignore.

Camille Herron, holy smokes. Already the world-record holder for the 24-hour fixed-time race, Herron bettered that by almost five miles. That’s a huge addition to what was already an incredible record.

Herron won the individual gold with 270.116k (167.84 miles), challenged the lead men for the first half of the race, and split 90 and 77 miles for the first and second half of the race. She’s now almost eight miles better than any other American woman, ever, and set this world record in a race that included most of the world’s best 24-hour runners over the last several years.

Camille Herron on her way to setting a world record at the 2019 IAU 24-Hour World Championships. Photo: U.S. National 24 Hour Running Team

Unlike the men’s race, this one wasn’t close, at all. Second-place Nele Alder-Baerens (Germany) ran 254.288k (158.00 miles) and third-place Patrycja Bereznowska (Poland), a former world-record holder, moved up late with 247.724k (153.93 miles).

The rest of the top 10 were:

  • Pam Smith (USA) – 4th, 246.290k
  • Stine Rex (Denmark) – 5th, 243.749k
  • Aiko Kanematzu (Japan) – 6th, 242.440k
  • Stéphanie Gicquel (France) – 7th, 240.629k
  • Micah Morgan (USA) – 8th, 239.280k
  • Aleksandra Niwinska (Poland) – 9th, 239.379k
  • Malgorzata Pazda-Pozorska (Poland) – 10th, 235.021k

Deeper results included:

  • Marija Vrajić (Croatia) – 11th, 233.460k
  • Courtney Dauwalter (USA) – 12th, 229.727k
  • Radka Churanova (Czech Republic) – 19th, 222.031k
  • Fiona Hayvice (New Zealand) – 34th, 210.134k
  • Gina Slaby (USA) – 69th, 185.138k
  • Katalin Nagy (USA) – 132nd, 104.473k

The trio of Herron, Smith, and Dauwalter gave the U.S. double team gold, totaling 746.132k (463.62 miles). Although finishing ahead of Dauwalter, Morgan raced as a team alternate and did not score.

Full results.

Annapurna Trail Marathon – Pokhara, Nepal

The Annapurna Trail Marathon was the culmination of the second-year Golden Trail Series. The race runs from tropical forest up to a 3,753-meter (12,310 feet) high point viewing 8,000m-peak Annapurna for a total of 3,560m (11,680 feet) of climbing, and then races a technical jungle track back downhill. The top-10 men and women through the Golden Trail Series’ first six races earned a trip to the contest. Both local men and women held their own, however, putting several Nepali runners into both the men’s and women’s top 10.


The race was over before I knew it. The extreme time change, as compared to the U.S., meant that results were up by the time I woke up on Friday. That, and Kilian Jornet (Spain), zapped any drama from the series championship.

Davide Magnini (Italy) ran with Jornet up, but couldn’t keep pace on the downhill return. Jornet finished in 4:46 and Magnini in 4:59, beating the five-hour buzzer by a single second. Jornet raced four times this year and, unsurprisingly, won all of them.

Stian Angermund (Norway) was third in 5:08.

Kilian Jornet, 2019 Annapurna Trail Marathon champion. Photo: Martina Valmassoi

The rest of the top 10 included:

4 – Thibaut Baronian (France) – 5:10
5 – Marc Lauenstein (Switzerland) – 5:13
6 – Aritz Egea (Spain) – 5:27
7 – Bhim Gurung (Nepal) – 5:28
8 – Suman Bulung (Nepal) – 5:31
9 – Umesh Rai (Nepal) – 5:40
10 – Sage Canaday (USA) – 5:43


A wrong turn forced a disqualification for a few of the lead women, but it didn’t affect the very top of the order. Judith Wyder (Switzerland) led throughout and won in 5:42, and that was way ahead of the rest of the women. Wyder raced inside the overall top 10 too.

Silvia Rampazzo (Italy) was second in 6:13 and Meg Mackenzie (South Africa) was third in 6:33. Wyder was the only female under six hours, and only the first four women went under seven hours.

Judith Wyder, 2019 Annapurna Trail Marathon champion. Photo: Martina Valmassoi

The rest of the top 10 included:

4 – Sunmaya Budha (Nepal) – 6:34
5 – Priya Rai (Nepal) – 6:34
6 – Eli Anne Dvergsdal (Norway) – 7:11
7 – Rammaya Budha (Nepal) – 7:13
8 – Prativa Shrestha (Nepal) – 7:21
9 – Ruth Croft (New Zealand) – 7 :27
10 – Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) – 7:28

Full results.

Javelina Jundred – Fountain Hills, Arizona


Patrick Reagan won the Aravaipa Running Javelina Jundred for the third year in a row. Reagan’s 13:11 run ranks second-best ever, trailing his 2017 course record by 10 minutes. Post-race pictures captured Reagan not just in a giant inflatable Hoka One One chair, but also getting a javelina tattooed onto his shoulder. Tyler Green and Ryan Shephard (Canada) were second and third in 14:02 and 15:28, respectively.

Patrick Reagan (left) and Tyler Green after going one-two at the 2019 Javelina Jundred. Photo: Javelina Jundred


Way back in 2014 Kaci Lickteig first won the Javelina Jundred. Five years later she bettered that time by eight minutes with a 2019 15:32 victory. It’s not clear if she too got a post-race javelina tattoo. ;-)

It was a fast year for the women’s field and second-place Camelia Mayfield and Mallory Richard (Canada) ran inside the top-10 all-time with 16:08 and 16:42 on the finish line clock.

Full results.

Kaci Lickteig, 2019 Javelina Jundred champion. Photo: Javelina Jundred/Paul Nelson

Other Races and Runs

Autumn Leaves Run

Oregon’s Autumn Leaves Run had both 50-mile and 50k contests on flat loop courses. In the 50 miler, Sam Crow was first man, third overall, in 8:03. Andrea Bernal was the women’s and overall winner in 7:18. Ian Sharman and Wendes Gray won the 50k in 3:25 and 3:59. Full results.

Sage Burner 50k 

The Mad Moose Sage Burner 50k was in the Hartmann Rocks area outside of Gunnison, Colorado. Race winners were Andrew Wien and Becca Bramley in 4:26 and 5:08. Full results.

Cactus Rose 100 Mile

Michael Lewis and Nyleva Corley won the Tejas Trails Cactus Rose 100 Mile in 23:01 and 29:21. The race happened in the Texas Hill Country. Full results.

Door County Fall 50 Mile

Going point-to-point along a peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, the Door County Fall 50 Mile saw three runners finish inside seven hours. Adam Sanchez won in 6:49, and Carolyn Smith led the women in 7:12. Full results.

Tecumseh Trail Challenge 50k

It rained all day at at the Tecumseh Trail Challenge 50k in Indiana. Zach Eagle and Lauren Manuel slopped through it in 4:42 and 5:50 winning times. Full results.

Run with Scissors 50k

Matthew Palmer and Rachel Daw won northeast Ohio’s Run with Scissors 50k in 5:07 and 6:35. Just 37 seconds separated the first three men. Full results.

Tussey Moutainback 50 Mile

Pennsylvania’s Tussey Moutainback 50 Mile race was again the USATF 50-Mile Road National Championships. Tyler Andrews and Devon Yanko won in 5:43 and 6:24. Andrews won by a commanding 24 minutes, and Yanko was third overall and a 36-minute winner. Full results.

Patapsco Valley 50k

The sixth Patapsco Valley 50k ran around trails on its namesake state park outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Race winners were Matt Diestelmeier and Rian Landers-Ramos in 4:44 and 5:11. Full results.

Marine Corps 50k

Michael Wardian won the first-ever Marine Corps 50k, held as part of the Washington DC Marine Corps Marathon. Wardian ran 3:11 and women’s champ Liz Ozeki ran 3:42. Sometimes trail runner Brittany Charboneau won the marathon in 2:44. Full results.

Triple Lakes Trail Race

Darian Smith and Ariana Bevilacqua won the 15th Triple Lakes Trail Race 40 miler in North Carolina in 5:52 and 6:49. Full results.

Call for Comments

  • Exciting stuff! What will be the next running world record to fall?
  • What’s coming up in the next few weeks that you’re looking forward to?
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 15 comments

  1. Jonathan Valtin

    San Diego’s Lake Hodges Trail Fest was on Sunday! Darren Thomas won the 50k in a course record 3:29:55 and Kelly Wilson won for the ladies in 4:35:44

  2. SteelTownRunner

    Of note, Tamás Bódis’ 2nd place finish, an impressive 276.222 km / 171.63 miles, was a mere month after decisively winning Spartathlon in 23:28:37. To be fair, many would-be competitors didn’t show at Spartathlon due to its proximity to the 24 hour World Champs, but regardless, this is among the more impressive doubles we see. (Courtney’s UTMB / 24 hour for the sheer range of surfaces ranks up there too). Courtney has faltered (injury or otherwise) at her two world championships, but to hit over 140 in your two subpar races is something special.

  3. SMB

    Your comment about the GTWS event in Nepal seems a bit simplistic. You said that wrong turns didn’t affect the top results. Hmm. This is what Trail Runner magazine posted:

    “For the women, drama ensued in the first 10km of the race with the lead group of female runners taking a wrong turn on the climb. The mistake cost the runners an extra three miles, delaying the group of runners by an hour or more. Additionally, a wrong turned caused race favorite Maude Mathys to be disqualified, “I lost my way in the first part of the race, but I decided to continue to enjoy the race and the mountains and the sun” said Maude. With Maude out of the race, Judith Wyder—the top qualifier from Switzerland—finished the race in first place, beating second place, Silvia Rampazzo by 31 minutes. Meg Mackenzie finished in third place, capitalizing on the other runners’ wrong turn.”

    Knowing the course is always important, but its a shame when this sort of thing happens. One positive thing that I can say about pro cycling (maybe the only thing) is that there is a code involved where the group will allow a leader with a flat the time to catch up. And sometimes everyone pulls over together to take a leak on the side of the road.

    1. Rory

      I was there and I have to agree. Maude’s mistake almost surely cost her a podium position, and there were several runners in that lead group who would have been in contention if they hadn’t gone the wrong way. But don’t let that take away from the performance of the local runners – Sunmaya, Priya, Rammaya and Prativa all ran exceptionally to make the top 10 in the women’s race.

      It’s also worth noting that Bhim Gurung was in 2nd until he took a wrong turn near the end – he was actually first to cross the finish line, but arrived from the wrong direction, and after realising his mistake he went back out and ran an extra 8km to complete the course in 7th position.

      Finally, I don’t think the wrong turns should reflect on the race organisation. When I ran the 55km race the next day it was very clearly marked, and the runners I spoke to from the 42km race didn’t have any complaints.

  4. SteelTownRunner

    Camille’s run narrowly edged past Jon Olsen’s 269.675 km for 2nd best all-time American, of any gender. Morton, watch out! (277.543 km). While I wait for some rankings to get updated, Camille’s run places her among the 20-25 best 24 hour runners in history (among discreet runners, not performances). This ranking yet to be updated with the world champs results, and is *mostly* accurate, though not entirely comprehensive.

    1. SteelTownRunner

      Well, that was foolish, American Olivier Leblond ran 275.485 km, making two American men ahead of Camille, to which I still say, Morton, watch out. Camille was closer to the overall win than Patrycja Bereznowska – the only other woman to ever crest 160 miles in 24 hours – to her in placing 2nd.

  5. Ken Zemach

    Those 24 hours results are simply mind boggling. And Camille’s results are mind boggling squared. Is she from this planet? Wow.

  6. Shawn

    Camille is an outstanding athlete and her accomplishments are exciting, but as a Nike athlete I assume she is wearing the latest version of the Nike Vaporfly shoes and getting a significant benefit from that technology. One has to wonder about the amount of benefit she is gaining and the benefits specific to ultra events.

      1. Shawn

        The Zoom Fly 3 and Vaporfly Next% look very similar. Both have the same color and swoosh design. The black gaiters she’s wearing makes it difficult to identify which she’s wearing above. In photo’s she’s posted on social media, she’s training in shoes that are clearly Vaporfly Next%. She’s also stated in the past that she has used Vaporflys in races.

  7. Kaare Meldgaard

    Kilian once again showing that he is the best ever trail runner short or ultra distance :) will be very interesting to see what his plans are for 2020

  8. H. K.

    The Annapurna Marathon was a truly amazing race (so beautiful and difficult).
    I also have to point out that there was no fault with the race organizers. The markings were absolutely perfect. I have to admit that I took one wrong turn as well, but after two minutes or so without a single marking it was obvious to go back. Bad luck for Kaspersen, Croft, Dvergsdal, Mathys :(

  9. Chris

    The Shenandoah National Park Appalachian Trail FKT was lowered for the second weekend in a row. After John Andersen’s 23:48 southbound adventure, Dan Fogg of DC followed it up with a 23:24 northbound jaunt of his own this past weekend. The route was from Rockfish Gap to Hwy 522, 107.8 miles.

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