This Week In Running: September 19, 2016

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRThe richest race in ultrarunning, another installment in the Skyrunner World Series Extreme division, and the USATF 24-Hour National Championships are among this week’s highlights. Next week’s Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji is also previewed.

Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

With a full moon risin’, Alex Nichols went dancing in the light.

Nichols has had success on the European mountain-running circuit for years, but when it came time for his 100-mile debut, he stayed in-state and was rewarded with a fine 17:57 finish. The mark ranks third all-time, trailing only Jason Schlarb and Rob Krar. The richest ultra around, Nichols earned $12,000 of the $50,000 cash purse.

With the, as always, course wreaking havoc on the top field, the rest of the top 10 was full of surprise finishes. Prize money would stretch seven deep with $5,000 for second down to $500 for seventh.

Runner-up honors went to Mark Hammond in 19:19. Kyle Curtin was third in 19:27, and Jeff Browning was fourth in 19:38.

Notable drops included Sage CanadayJosh ArthurJesse Haynes, and Bob Shebest.

Just ninth a year ago, Courtney Dauwalter was nearly six hours better this year. She won the women’s race in 21:23.

Dauwalter was joined on the women’s podium by Alissa St. Laurent in 22:38 and Nicole Kalogeropoulos in 23:10. Other top finishers included several familiar names, like fourth-place Becky Kirschenmann in 24:36, fifth-place Denise Bourassa, and sixth-place Amanda Basham. 2014 winner Kerrie Bruxvoort, less than a year removed from knee surgery, was ninth.

Notable drops included Anita Ortiz and Nikki Kimball.

Full results.

Timmy Parr and Blair Doney won the accompanying 50-mile race in 7:26 and 9:18, respectively. Full results.

Salomon Glen Coe Skyline – Glen Coe, Scotland

Though the weekend-long event held Vertical K, 29k, and 55k races, only the long course was part of the Skyrunner World Series, and it was the final event in the three-race Extreme division.

French runner Alexis Sévennec edged Norwegian climbing ace Stian Angermund in the Vertical K, 42:17 to 42:25. The women’s race was also close with Georgia Tindley finishing just in front of Stephanie Provan. The two runners, both of the U.K., ran to 54:34 and 55:01 finishes. Full results.

Those same lead runners largely doubled back in the next day’s 29k (18-mile) race, gaining another 2,500 meters (8,200 feet). Angermund beat out Sévennec here on the middle-distance course, each finishing in 3:25 and 3:29. Tindley was again victorious, running 4:39 to finish 12 minutes in front of Hollie Orr, also of the U.K. Full results.

On the weekend’s final day of racing, the premier race, the 55k Skyline event took place, and the U.K.’s Jonathan Albon was victorious in 6:33. He was over an hour better than the previous course best on a route that jams in some 4,750 meters (15,500 feet) of climbing. Tom Owens of the U.K. was second and Marc Lauenstein of Switzerland was third. Owens ran 6:37 and Lauenstein 6:54.

Albon’s win also vaulted him ahead of Owens in the Skyrunner World Series Extreme standings, such that Albon also earned the series win, and Owens was second.

Women’s winner Jasmin Paris (U.K.) also earned a double victory, winning the series and the race. Norwegian skier Malene Haukøy was second, again in both the race and the series. The frontrunners raced to 8:15 and 8:23 finishes. Both Paris and Haukøy earlier took part in the Tromsø SkyRace, which Paris won ahead of Haukøy.

Sarah Ridgway of the U.K. was third and Ruth Croft of Zealand was fourth.

Full results.

North Coast 24 Hour – Cleveland, Ohio

The race was again the USATF 24-Hour National Championships and each of the men’s and women’s winners earned an automatic spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2017 IAU 24-Hour World Championships in Ireland in July 2017.

Olivier Leblond, who was second here last year, won this year’s edition and earned that automatic team berth with 148.62 miles. Adrian Stanciu was second with 144.94 miles and sits sixth on the current standings for the six-man team.

Women’s winner Jenny Hoffman was impressively third overall with 142.07 miles, also earning an automatic team position and collecting a $1,200 cash prize. It was Hoffman’s third-straight win here.

Full results.

The next USATF mountain, ultra, trail championships the October 30 Tussey Mountainback 50-mile road national championships in Pennsylvania.

Other Races and Runs

45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, Karl Meltzer broke Scott Jurek’s one-year-old Appalachian Trail FKT by about 10 hours. This was Meltzer’s third go at the 2,189-mile trail, a white whale-like quest that’s taken the better part of the last decade. Meltzer traveled south, hitting 14 states on his way from Maine to Georgia. Not far behind Meltzer, Kaiha Bertollini is said to be hiking the trail on her way to a new self-supported FKT. As of September 14, Bertollini was on pace for an incredible 46-day hike. [Editor’s Note, September 20: Bertollini has finished her hike, claiming a self-supported FKT on the trail of 45 days, 6 hours, and 28 minutes via a Facebook post published on September 19th. The veracity of her claim is currently being called into question by thru-hiking community. She didn’t carry a GPS tracking device. We encourage you to follow this thread over on, where an analysis of her daily mileage is taking place based upon where other hikers observed her. We’ll update this post as we learn more.]

Scott Jurek, Karl Meltzer and David Horton after Karl Meltzer set the supported Appalachian Trail speed record.

Scott Jurek, Karl Meltzer, and David Horton after Karl Meltzer set the supported Appalachian Trail speed record. Photo courtesy of David Horton.

Karl and Cheryl Meltzer

Karl and Cheryl Meltzer after Karl set the supported Appalachian Trail speed record. Photo courtesy of David Horton.

Patrick Smyth won his third XTERRA Trail Run National Championships in Utah. Smyth finished the half marathon course in 1:14, more than five minutes in front of second place. Women’s winner Liz Stephen was equally dominant, finishing in 1:31 for an eight-minute lead on her closest chaser. It was Stephen’s third-straight win, and fourth ever, here. Both winners earned $1,000 in prize money. Smyth will next race the New York City Marathon. Full results (when available).

Patrick Smyth 2016 XTERRA Trail Run National Championships Winner.

Patrick Smyth, 2016 XTERRA Trail Run National Champion. Photo: XTERRA Trail Run National Championships

Washington’s Crystal Mountain Sky Marathon was the fourth of five Altra U.S. Skyrunner Series Sky division races. Karl Augsten and Corrine Malcolm were victorious with 4:10 and 4:44 winning times, respectively. The final Sky race will be the October 1 Flagstaff Sky Race 39k in Arizona. Full results.

In 2015, some 70 miles into the Kodiak 100 Mile at Big Bear Lake, California, Miguel Lara fell to course sabotage and spent five hours off course. The Tarahumara runner avenged that setback this year though, winning the race in 19:58. It was a new course record by some 90 minutes. Suzanna Bon won the women’s race in 26:56. Full results.

Scott Gall and Molly Culver won the Wisconsin installment of the The North Face Endurance Challenge. The race winners finished the 50-mile route through the Kettle Moraine State Park in 6:32 and 8:22. Perennial 50-mile race winner Tyler Sigl was just third in the accompanying 50k, running 3:40. Full results.

Scott Gall, 2016 The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile - Wisconsin Champion

Scott Gall, 2016 The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile – Wisconsin Champion. Photo: The North Face Endurance Challenge

Three weeks into his FKT attempt on Mount Everest, Kilian Jornet stepped away from the mountain in consideration of deteriorating weather. Jornet and his Summits of My Life team had been stationed at a 19,685-foot base camp on the mountain’s north face while acclimatizing to the altitude. It is not clear how far above base camp the team had moved during its time on the mountain.

Jason Wagner and Jennifer Rolfing won the Mark Twain 100 Mile in Missouri. The pair ran 23:17 and 30:41, respectively. Full results (when available).

The Mogollon Monster 100-mile packs in 22,000 feet of climbing while going from the Sonoran desert to ponderosa-pine forest, over and over. Andy Pearson won the men’s race and became just the third sub-24 hour finisher in the race’s five-year run. Pearson finished in 23:16. Women’s winner Veronica Rudolphi set a new course record in 26:04. Full results (when available).

Veronica Rudolphi, 2016 Mogollon Monster 100-Mile Champion

Veronica Rudolphi, 2016 Mogollon Monster 100-Mile Champion. Photo: Mogollan Monster 100 Mile

For the sixth time, Matias Saari won Alaska’s Equinox Trail Marathon. This year’s win at the race’s 54th edition came in 2:54. Christy Marvin won the women’s race in 3:19. It was her 10th win in 11 races this year. Full results.

Matias Saari, 2016 Equinox Marathon Champion

Matias Saari, 2016 Equinox Marathon Champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Early in the week, Italy’s Oliviero Bosatelli and Liza Borzani finished the epic 205-mile (330k) Tor des Géants adventure run in Italy. The race winners finished in 75:10 and 91:09, respectively. Full results.

Other Ultra News

The Western States Endurance Run announced six races to serve as Golden Ticket races for 2017, affording the top-two finishers at each race an automatic entry to Western. As in 2016, next year’s Golden Ticket races will again be Texas’s Bandera 100k, California’s Sean O’Brien 100k, Arizona’s Black Canyon 100k, Oregon’s Gorge Waterfalls 100k, the Georgia Death Race 68-miler, and California’s Lake Sonoma 50 Mile.

Next Weekend – Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji – Yamanashi & Shizuoka Prefectures, Japan

The 11th and penultimate race of this year’s Ultra-Trail World Tour is the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (UTMF). The fifth annual 165k (102 miles) race gains 7,500 meters (24,600 feet) while circumnavigating Mt. Fuji.


  • Dylan Bowman (U.S.) – 4th at 2016 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile
  • Sébastien Chaigneau (France) – 13th at 2016 TransGrancanaria
  • Yoshikazu Hara (Japan) – 4th at 2016 Tarawera Ultra
  • Nickademus Hollon (U.S.) – 1st at 2016 Cruel Jewel 100 Mile
  • Masatoshi Obara (Japan) – 5th at 2015 UTMF
  • Sangé Sherpa (Nepal) – 7th at 2015 UTMF
  • Ryan Smith (U.S.) – 20th at 2016 UTMB
  • Xavier Thévenard (France) – 3rd at 2016 Hardrock 100

This will be Bowman’s first 100-mile race of the year, and his climbing ability will be tested against Thévenard.


  • Kaori Niwa (Japan) – 8th at 2016 UTMB
  • Yukari Hoshino (Japan) – 6th at 2015 UTMF
  • Silke Koester (U.S.) – 3rd at 2016 Big Horn 100
  • Yukako Takashima (Japan) – 5th at 2015 UTMF

A largely in-country women’s field looks to fill most of the race’s top positions.

Full entrant list.

Next Weekend – Ultra Pirineau – Bagà, Catalonia, Spain

iRunFar has previewed the Skyrunner World Series Ultra division race separately, and will cover the race live. Stay tuned.

Call for Comments

What other results can our readers share? Word from Idaho’s IMTUF 100 Mile was out at press time, along with several others.

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 57 comments

  1. Nelson

    Does anybody know what happened to Sage at Run Rabbit Run? I really hope he’ll succeed at this distance soon. Sage, Krar, and Laney are my favorite among the American male ultrarunners.

    1. Matthew

      He has a podcast episode up about it (Sage Running). Sounds like he went in overtrained (but undertrained in some aspects) and then got dehydrated again.

    2. Rory

      Not sure what happened but he was looking really strong in 2nd place just after Olympian (42 miles). He flew past us tortoises just a few minutes behind Alex Nichols. By the time I made it up to Long Lake (52 miles) he had dropped and was in a sleeping bag. All I can say is (a) those guys were running at an incredibly strong pace in the heat of the day, and (b) the temperature dropped dramatically after the sun went down, paticularly up in the mountains.

      1. Nelson

        Thanks for the replies. Pity about Sage. I’m sure he’ll figure out the distance soon and perform to his great potential. I’ll listen to that podcast.

        And sorry ab-oh-oot Krar

  2. Jade

    Thanks for the great round-up, as always!

    You might want to add Nickademus Hollon to the men’s list at UTMF! It’s his first time out there, but he’s had major success at international races.

    1. WeiDe

      thats awesome, i think the second half will suit him well. he is an animal, will never forget him blasting through fuego y agua. good luck to him!

  3. The Priest

    What record does this refer to?

    “Kaiha Bertollini is said to be hiking the trail on her way to a new self-supported FKT…”

    Per the (linked) article, she started hiking on January 6, 2016. Without putting too fine of a point on it, September Whatever is not 46 days later.

    1. AJW

      She’s going for the unsupported “yo-yo” record. That is, she started in Georgia, went to Maine, and then turned around and returned to Georgia. According to her FB page she should finish in the next couple days

      1. EZ

        That’s not what she is doing. From what I can gather she did a warmup southbound (section?) hike this winter and restarted to do a record attempt going southbound again. It’s been hard to find information about this record attempt, which has caused some suspicion about it, but she is going for the unsupported/self-supported record on the AT. That means she has no crew support at all, carries all her own gear, walks into town to pickup resupplies, etc.

        Here’s some info:

        There’s also a White Blaze thread about it.

        1. The Priest

          Apparently, she has finished: 45 days, 6 hours and 28 minutes (, which means she not only destroyed Heather Anderson’s self-supported FKT, but also bested Ken’s (exceptionally short-lived) supported FKT.

          Given the grief that Pharr-Davis experienced after her FKT, I hesitate to have a knee-jerk reaction, but it taxes the imagination to envision a self-supported hiker beating Meltzer’s supported FKT (or Jurek’s or Pharr-Davis’s) for obvious reasons.

          1. Pete

            Who is “Ken”? You meant Karl, right?

            The accepted and courteous FKT protocol is to announce your intentions in advance and have witnesses. Any evidence that Ms. Bertollini did this, other than round up some arbitrary sightings on the AT? Unfortunately for the inclusive FKT community and also the previous respective record holders like Heather Anderson and Jennifer Pharr-Davis, Ms. Bertollini’s announcement is already being pumped up divisively by some as a female vs. male triumph.

            1. The Priest

              Ha! Yes, my bad on the quick typing. I meant “Karl”. Sorry for the confusion.

              What made me scratch my head about this record-breaking “attempt” (at the time) is the inclusion in the weekly round-up.

              Is this considered legitimate? If so, why isn’t it covered by the major media outlets, e.g., the NYTimes, as the records by Pharr-Davis, Jurek, and Meltzer were?

              If not, why was it mentioned in a piece about “Ken’s” record?

              Also, perhaps more importantly, if it’s not considered legitimate, why not? Is it because the accomplishment seems beyond outrageous? It certainly appears that way, but is it? I want to say, “Yes, of course,” but didn’t Pharr-Davis encounter similar skepticism, and isn’t it now generally accepted that she held the record for a period of time?

              I feel like this is the death-knell of FKTs. Absent a certain pedigree, any attempt will be considered illegitimate, but perhaps that’s best, particularly if it’s not a “pedigree” that determines legitimacy as much as protocol. Do we, as a community of runners and “fast-hikers,” need to establish some ground-rules or, at least, better parameters for FKTs than the informal ones we have now?

      2. The Priest

        Is there a generally accepted FKT for a yo-yo? If so, what is it and who did it?

        Also, it seems the linked article is confused on the matter (as well as the hiker). The author of the article wrote: “On September 19th, 2016 she plans to finish her thru-hike, just 46 days from her start date.”

        Similarly, Bertollini is quoted as saying the following: “What I am doing is bigger than me and my individual goal of smashing the self-supported record in 49 days. I’m trying to change the world with my story in a big way by giving back to my community and my brothers and sister in humanity that have impacted my life for the better. There is only one choice, to keep walking, running and sometimes crawling until it’s done.”

        In other words, she’s not attempting to set an FKT for yo-yo-ing the A.T. She is attempting to set an self-supported FKT. And she’s apparently doing it at a pace that not only crushes Heather’s record but is comparable to Jurek’s supported record.


        1. GPR

          Hmmmmm indeed.

          From the whiteblaze forum: “It does appear that she started hiking sometime in January from VA, went south, then north again. I was told she hitched from Andover to Katahdin to begin the southbound portion. So she was on trail for 2000 ish miles prior to even starting this hike if my limited knowledge is true.”

          Whether she spent 630 miles or 2000 miles on trail before even beginning her attempt, this is a pretty massive claim over both records. I find it difficult to believe (especially without documentation) that she could smash Anish’s record by 9 full days, and take down stout records set by two highly accomplished ultrarunners with experienced crews.

          It will be interesting to see what comes of this…

          1. MikeTebbutt

            Congrats to Karl and Kaiha, the “Wild Card Ninja”!!!

            Yes, it is hard to believe, but doesn’t mean she didn’t do it. And hell yes!, it is legite even if she didn’t carry a tracker, and it seems like she has a lot of hikers out there to back up her claim.
            The whole FKT thing is just self governed records by the VERY FEW of us that actually care enough to go for it, and the rules can be somewhat vague and set by those setting the standards.
            Besides, carrying a tracker is just extra weight to carry, extra BS to deal with and slow you down!

            1. EZ

              If she didn’t have a tracker then she has to give enough documentation to the community to make them believe it. If her documentation isn’t enough, then it won’t be accepted by the community. We are waiting to see what she can produce. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Anyone who can best Anish by 8 days on a long trail, and besting Karl and Scott even though they had full crews, better have some damn good evidence.

          2. MikeTebbutt

            Her motivation for doing this seems to be from a little deeper in her soul than Karl’s and this is as much a mental journey as a physical one. This is just an oberservation, not a criticism in anyway. People doubted Anish’s PCT claims and look how she responded to that. There are SO MANY “no namers” out there capable of pulling off equal or greater accomplishments than the rockstars.

            1. The Priest

              Situations such as this one underscore the problem with the FKT standard: effectively, legitimacy is determined in the court of public opinion. As a result, some–their accomplishments and their opinions–are valued more than others. At times and in certain situations, this type of weighing may be appropriate, but, at others, it may not and inherently tends to disadvantage some (primarily outsiders, that is, those not already in a privileged position within the community).

              My response to Wild Card Ninja’s claim was “hmmmm,” primarily because the accomplishment seemed so extraordinary. But why should something extraordinary be effectively considered suspect until shown to be likely? And what if the claim was breaking Anish’s record by 2 hours rather than 9 days? I may have been less quick to say, “hmmmm,” but shouldn’t the standard for assessing its legitimacy be the same?

              Absent GPS data or witnessing the attempt first-hand, on what basis can I or any member of this community judge the legitimacy of any FKT claim? Reputation? The opinion of others? An FKT may be a reflection of the faith of a preponderance of community members, but at least with GPS data (and, preferably, a gaggle of onlookers as Jurek seemed to have throughout his attempt), the likelihood for shenanigans would be reduced.

              Personally, I would like to see GPS data for all claimed FKTs. It doesn’t eliminate the possibility of false reports, but it diminishes it somewhat. Essentially, there should be two categories: GPS-verified and unverified FKTs. Is it a burden to GPS an attempt? I suppose so, but it’s the choice of the person who pursues it. The community will still deem whether or not to generally accept a claim with or without GPS data, but at least there would be a standard. Also, GPS data would be a nice yardstick for those who follow. After all, aren’t FKTs primarily about exploring the limits of what is possible?

            2. MikeTebbutt

              Can’t argue that GPS data is the definitive answer to whether or not a person’s FKT claim is true or not. Dealing with charging and managing a tracking device for 45+ days would be annoying for an effort like this, and not everyone has or wants the luxury/burden of a crew like Karl and Scott, and even Jenn Phar-Davis.
              There will be many doubters and haters, but I am believing, for now, that she did what she said she did.

              FKT’s are just for fun anyway…

    2. Scott

      Kaiha Bertollini is claiming to beat two of the most accomplished ultra runners of all time, who had crews helping them every single day…by herself. She is selfsupported and is so delusional she doesn’t understand the levity of claiming she went even faster than Meltzer (and Jurek). And that’s not even counting in Anish…

      Giving this person any attention is only enabling whatever personal issues she has that would lead her to lie like this.

      1. MikeH

        I agree with you, Scott. I truly feel for her cause and her trauma. But we need to ignore the increasing trend of millennials seeking attention and money for goofing off.

        1. The Priest

          What surprises me and what prompted my initial question is that legitimized this “attempt” by mentioning it in a piece about Karl’s FKT.

          I don’t mean to suggest that the writers of articles on the website have a responsibility to fact-check, but if they would like to be perceived as credible, then perhaps they do.

          Also, with re: to the responsibility and cost and other negatives of GPS-ing FKT attempts, I’m not suggesting attempts without GPS documentation should be automatically disqualified. Ultimately, it comes down to the court of public opinion. GPS data is far from definitive. It’s simply a starting point and useful metric to begin to form an opinion.

          Absent some significant revelations, I think we can put discussion of this claim to bed, though questions about FKTs remain.

          1. Meghan Hicks

            The Priest,

            We do not intend to legitimize/stand behind any FKT attempt by mentioning it as part of our weekly results and news report. We mention it because it’s news, happening at the moment. We often update these sorts of news pieces as they evolve, like in the example of Robert Young’s transcon run this summer. Early on, we linked to how to follow it, while later on we linked to how to follow it and discussions about its veracity. Kaiha Bertollini’s story is a developing one. We’ll continue to follow it and let our readers know how to as well.

            1. The Priest

              Fair enough. I look forward to additional reporting on it.

              That said, whether intended or not, mentioning Bertollini and her “incredible 46-day hike” in the same paragraph as Meltzer without additional clarification creates an impression they can/should be considered with comparable degrees of skepticism.

              While I understand your perspective, it’s undeniably a judgment call, and one that has implications. Bertollini’s hike was reported in the round-up but not on the NYTimes. The inclusion in one and the absence in the other reflect editorial decisions.

              To frame it somewhat differently, is Meltzer’s FKT considered a developing story? If not, given that Bertollini’s is, then, assuming the editorial decision was made to cover it before it could be more fully corroborated, all that would have been needed in the piece is a few words of clarification that made the difference clear to the reader.

        2. Trevor

          “she is selfsupported and is so delusional she doesn’t understand the levity of claiming she went even faster than Meltzer (and Jurek). ”

          “But we need to ignore the increasing trend of millennials seeking attention and money for goofing off.”

          what do these sentences even mean?

        3. Tashi

          Mike, a couple things.

          1. Don’t try an associate one person’s actions with an entire generation, that’s clearly problematic induction and tars a large number of people with the same brush.

          2. Complaining about millennials “goofing off” makes you sound jaded and biter, attention seeking people have always existed. The world is always changing and lots of different lifestyles are possible that were less common before. Being open to this might be a more productive perspective…

          1. MikeH

            Tashi, right on, I was being glib.
            My comment was about millenials goofing off *and* seeking public funding, which to me is a newer trend, especially as tied to personal attention. I’m fully encouraging of goofing off and have done so myself. I’m fully encouraging of seeking funding — for charitable donations, medical costs, etc. What blows past my sensibilities is the newer trend of asking the public for money for a hobby, whether it’s multi-day efforts, or even now just single events (destination marathon entries, etc.), especially under the guise of performance claims not supported by the individual being funded.
            I am jaded! (But more ‘bemused’ than ‘bitter’)

            1. MikeH

              I should end, instead, with what I admire:
              Somebody above claimed that another hiker was doing it from some place deeper in the ‘soul’ than Karl…I disagree.
              I admire Karl’s tenacity and grit in pursuing and achieving the record. I know speed and racing are achievements, but Karl’s lifestyle and identity is very much in pushing the human limits and exploring. It’s very cool that he grew up in the area, hiked as a kid, and then set the record with his Dad at his side. It links together his boyhood wanderings to today.
              I’d call that ‘soul.’
              He stripped down the RV and the websites, took it low-key and more modestly than before. His financial support was through years and years of representing a company and it’s products with an image they could be proud of. He didn’t ask average folks for a dime, but if he did, he had the personal integrity and long history that would have garnered support. And he was respectful and humble to the previous respectful holders.
              So, instead of the distractions, a tip o’ the visor and a speedy golf clap to Mr. Meltzer!

  4. Dominick Layfield

    Also coming up this week is The Bear 100 in Utah.

    Overwhelming male and female favorites are Jason Schlarb and Kaci Lichteig, respectively. No one else is entered that looks to be in their league. However, the weather forecast is currently predicting gnarly conditions, which slightly increases the chances of an upset.

  5. Stephanie

    I don’t see the IMTUF results online yet, but I was there pacing and know 4 women broke the previous course record, and something similar happened with the men! Keep your eyes peeled for those results!

      1. Jer

        Here we go:

        In the men’s field, David Ayala, Sam Ritchie and Elliott Barcikowski made it a full podium under Seth Swanson’s 21:06 course record. Yeah, THAT Seth Swanson, the 2x Western States runner up, 15-low guy. The boys really threw down. Ayala’s 19:52 was brilliant in the raw conditions. It seems he’s playing chess and we all are playing checkers. This cat’s stock is on the rise.

        The women’s race saw 4 finishers go under Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs 28:50 CR mark. Darla Askew, powered by pre-race elk burgers, ran a stunning 26:42 with Becky Bates, Helen Pelster and Jordan Wirf-Brock dipping under the record.

        79 TUF finishers and an army of volunteers braved the first storm in IMTUF’s 5 year history. You all gave so much of yourselves out there. Humbling and beautiful to watch it go down.

        Sincerest thanks,

        PS- JMock, you need to step up your obscure Idaho backwoods hundo coverage game ;)

  6. Oleg

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in Westeros…
    That Dam Hill Ultra (London, ON) hosted Canadian 24 hour championship this past weekend. April Boultbee (127 miles) and David Wise (120 miles) were the race winners.

    1. Meghan Hicks


      It’s not about loving or not loving–we simply don’t have the bandwidth to research every race. As always, readers are invited to leave comments with race results for races that aren’t mentioned in TWIR. Care to leave the Barkley Fall Classic’s results in a comment?

      1. Justin Mock

        Hi Benj,

        That race was definitely on my radar, and results weren’t online when I was writing on Sunday. Results also weren’t online for NorthCoast, but I was able to locate those otherwise through social media. I couldn’t for this race though.

        Looking now, I see Jason Lantz finishing ahead of defending champ Scott Breeden, and Megan Farrell winning for the ladies.

        1. Panagiotis Tzerefos

          Hey Justin,

          The results were live-updated but they were located here

          There were minor changes as of Sunday morning, but they were there. I assume that was part of the miscommunication on the RD’s fault.

          I also assume that RaceResult will continue to be utilized for the live tracking aspect by Durbin.


      2. Michael Wehrle

        Meghan, maybe you guys will remember this race next year? The 2017 BFC sold out in 9 hours over the weekend… at midnight Saturday, unannounced…

  7. Benjamin Veum

    In the SF Bay Area, Craig Hilsenbeck won the point-to-point Coastal 50k from Stinson Beach to Rodeo Beach in 5:12. Benjamin Veum and Garrett I Reilly rounded out the Men’s top three in 5:54 and 6:02, respectively. Suzy Kisylia (6:11), Xuanhuong Tonnu (6:16), and Ingrid Skorobohaty (6:23) formed the Women’s top 3.

  8. Meghan Hicks

    The Priest and Scott,

    Yes, it was an editorial decision to include Bertollini’s claims in our weekly news report. When the article was written Sunday night and published very early Monday morning, Bertollini was still on the trail and no one was yet questioning her claims/sharing facts on where she was and when during her outing. It was a simple news piece at that time.

    I’ve made an update to this article with the most up-to-date information, and we’ll continue to update it as more facts about Bertollini’s locations over the progression of her outing come to light via other trail users, as well as other information she makes publicly available.

    By the way, Karl Meltzer a personal friend of mine, I love the long trails, I consider myself a member of the same hiking community we are all a part of, and we do our best to tell stories as they are happening. Not an iota of disrespect is implied via our news reporting.

  9. Bobby O

    Just a random thought exercise: I beliebe thru hiking should have seasons. A 2011 PCT thru hike was waay slower due to a high snow level then let’s say 2013 when Anish broke that record. I believe that it should be by season with an overall FKT. This would promote some competition on the trail — which I imagine people would be against, HYOH — and have it be an underground time trial. Much the same way the Great Divide mountain bike race or the Arizona Trail Race. This could be the same for thru hiking. So each season a fastest time is recorded for the tra for either male or female, or just overall. And then you have an overall FKT for the trail. The reason for this is because of gear changes (ie: lighter weight tech is available) and also environmental changes.

    Just a thought experiment. No one go ultra crazy on me please. But yea. I’ve thought about this for awhile and I think it parlays nicely with the FKT philosophy.

    1. Bobby O

      I believe this would lower the times drastically and also unlock human potential. But there would have to be some sort of official start because you would need the competative drive. Or some sort of leader board deal where you can track your progress vs another without having to have started on the same day. A time trial essentially. But a group start of competitors would be the most ideal, IMO.

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