August 14, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRBigfoot, Fats Canine, and Habanero are among the many enjoyable race names on this week’s rollout of outcomes, however nothing compares to Sierre-Zinal.

Right here’s what occurred in all these occasions, and extra.

Sierre-Zinal – Zinal, Switzerland

It was the fiftieth yr for the tremendous aggressive race. The 31-kilometer chase was once more a part of each the World Mountain Operating Affiliation World Cup and the Golden Path World Sequence.

The race climbs from the soar after which rockets downhill over the ultimate third of the race by way of the Valais Alps. All complete, the excessive nation route collects 2,200 meters (7,200 ft) of elevation achieve whereas working level to level between its two namesake villages. And there have been enormous crowds for a lot of the way in which.

Prize cash, paid in Swiss Francs (CHF), stretched 10 deep and time bonuses paid out for finishes underneath 2:50 for the lads and underneath 3:20 for the ladies. Every winner earned a first-place prize of two,000 CHF, or about $2,300.


Kenyan runners took the primary three end positions, and Philemon Kiriago and Patrick Kipngeno dueled for the win.

On the Hôtel Weisshorn excessive level, uphill all-star Kipngeno was 49 seconds in entrance of Kiriago, however the lead had already began to evaporate. On a roughly 4k part between 16k and 20k, a stretch that was first flat earlier than going up the ultimate summit push, Kiriago turned in a break up 16 seconds sooner than Kipngeno. After which Kiriago was a whopping 99 seconds sooner over the following 7k on a piece that was at first flat earlier than beginning the last word descent.

Kiriago led to the end in 2:27:27. He was fifth a yr in the past in 2:30:47. Uniquely and impressively, Kiriago was racing on his twenty first birthday. Final weekend he gained the Thyon-Dixence race in Switzerland and earlier this yr he was seventh on the World Mountain Operating Championships Uphill race and was second on the World Mountain Operating Championships Up and Down race.

Philemon Kiriago - 2023 Sierre-Zinal men's winner

Philemon Kiriago, the 2023 Sierre-Zinal males’s winner. Picture: Marco Gulberti

Kipngeno, the two-time Uphill world champion, trailed in second at 2:28:50. He was second in 2022 too.

Kevin Kibet ensured the Kenyan podium sweep with a third-place 2:34:16.

High American man Jeff Mogavero was 14th in 2:40:33.

Rémi Bonnet (Switzerland) stormed final yr’s Golden Path World Sequence and was counted on as among the many race favorites, however he didn’t end.

Kilian Jornets course report stands at 2:25:35 from 2019. Jornet didn’t race this yr. The 2022 winner Andreu Blanes (Spain) additionally didn’t race this yr.

The highest-35 males all completed underneath 2:50, incomes not less than a little bit prize cash.

And the TL:DR model, going 20 deep:

1 – Philemon Kiriago (Kenya) – 2:27:27
2 – Patrick Kipngeno (Kenya) – 2:28:50
3 – Kevin Kibet (Kenya) – 2:34:16
4 – Sylvain Cachard (France) – 2:34:22
5 – Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) – 2:35:17
6 – Robbie Simpson (U.Ok.) – 2:35:59
7 – Thibaut Baronian (France) – 2:36:24
8 – Xavier Chevrier (Italy) – 2:36:57
9 – Vitaliy Shafar (Ukraine) – 2:37:33
10 – Cesare Maestri (Italy) – 2:37:46
11 – Jose Gregorio (Mexico) – 2:37:59
12 – Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) – 2:39:30
13 – Álex García (Spain) – 2:40:03
14 – Jeff Mogavero (U.S.) – 2:40:33
15 – Eli Hemming (U.S.) – 2:40:51
16 – Joey Hadorn (Switzerland) – 2:41:09
17 – Jonathan Castillo (Spain) – 2:41:27
18 – Anthony Felber (France) – 2:43:04
19 – Jia-Sheng Shen (China) – 2:43:11
20 – Daniel Pattis (Italy) – 2:43:39

Full outcomes.


A yr in the past path working newcomer Sophia Laukli (U.S.) shot up the Golden Path World Sequence (GTWS) ranks. And this yr she dominated the Marathon du Mont Blanc in Might after which was second on the Dolomyths Run in July. Each have been GTWS races. Now 23 years outdated, Laukli competed within the 2022 winter Olympics in Nordic snowboarding too.

Sophia Laukli - 2023 Sierre-Zinal women's winner

Sophia Laukli, the 2023 Sierre-Zinal girls’s winner. Picture: Marco Gulberti

Laukli overtook then-leader Monica Florea (Romania) close to the 16k mark and he or she was unchallenged the remainder of the way in which. Laukli completed first in 2:53:17, and it wasn’t shut. Her end time is the third-fastest ever on the total course, trailing solely Maude Mathys’s runs in 2019 and 2022. Mathys, who had gained the final 4 years, didn’t race this yr. Laukli is the third American lady to win the race. Megan Lizotte gained in 2010 and Stevie Kremer gained in 2014.

Kenyan runners Joyce Muthoni Njeru and Philaries Kisang have been second and third in 2:57:19 and three:01:06, respectively. Kisang was second a yr in the past.

Pre-race favourite Nienke Brinkman (The Netherlands, lives in Switzerland) was sixth in 3:05:48. This was to be Brinkman’s solely path race of the yr. Final week she shared that she’ll race the Amsterdam Marathon in October 2023. Brinkman will goal a sub-2:26:50 marathon time to realize qualification for the 2024 Olympic Marathon in Paris, France, as a part of the Dutch nationwide workforce. Brinkman has earlier twice run underneath that benchmark.

The American males positioned nobody inside the highest 10, however two inside the highest 20. For the ladies, it was two inside the highest 10, however nobody else inside the highest 20. Along with Laukli’s win for the U.S., Allie McLaughlin was eighth in 3:08:07.

And we are able to’t go greater than two weeks with out recognizing prolific racer Marcela Vašínová (Czech Republic) in race outcomes. She was thirty fourth in 3:29:05.

The primary 22 girls all beat the sub-3:20 mark to earn a money prize.

TL:DR? The highest-20 girls have been:

1 – Sophia Laukli (U.S.) – 2:53:17
2 – Joyce Muthoni Njeru (Kenya) – 2:57:19
3 – Philaries Jeruto Kisang (Kenya) – 3:01:06
4 – Miao Yao (China) – 3:04:05
5 – Alice Gaggi (Italy) – 3:05:38
6 – Nienke Brinkman (The Netherlands, lives in Switzerland) – 3:05:48
7 – Monica Mădălina Florea (Romania) – 3:06:33
8 – Allie McLaughlin (U.S.) – 3:08:07
9 – Emma Pooley (U.Ok.) – 3:09:07
10 – Lucy Wambui Murigi (Kenya) – 3:09:10
11 – Camilla Magliano (Italy) – 3:11:55
12 – Phillipa Williams (U.Ok.) – 3:12:55
13 – Susanna Saapunki (Finland) – 3:13:38
14 – Liaci Oria (Switzerland) – 3:13:57
15 – Nuria Gil (Spain) – 3:14:07
16 – Theres Leboeuf (Germany) – 3:14:41
17 – Anna-Stiina Erkkila (Finland) – 3:14:55
18 – Mathilde Sagnes (France) – 3:15:15
19 – Amandine Ferrato (France) – 3:17:55
20 – Sabine Hauswirth (Switzerland) – 3:18:53

Full outcomes.

The following Golden Path World Sequence race is the September 16 Pikes Peak Ascent in Colorado, U.S., and the following World Mountain Operating Affiliation World Cup race is the September 2 Vertical Nasego climb in Italy.

Further Races and Runs

Swiss Alps 100 – Fiesch, Switzerland

The 160-kilometer course (99 miles) gained 10,150 meters (33,300 ft) of elevation. The race uniquely went throughout three suspension bridges too. Yurick Aregger (Switzerland) completed in 24:29, over three hours earlier than anybody else, and Wen-Fei Xie (China) gained the ladies’s race in 29:17. Each have been new course information. Full outcomes.

Yurick Aregger - 2023 Swiss Alps 100 Mile men's winner

Yurick Aregger, the 2023 Swiss Alps 100 Mile males’s winner. Picture: Swiss Alps 100

Wenfei Xie - 2023 Swiss Alps 100 Mile female winner

Wen-Fei Xie, the 2023 Swiss Alps 100 Mile girls’s winner. Picture: Swiss Alps 100

Stranda Fjord Path Race – Stranda, Norway

A part of final yr’s Golden Path World Sequence, the race was solely within the Golden Path Nationwide Sequence this yr for the Nordic area, maybe due to a schedule battle with Sierre-Zinal. Aasmund Stelen (Norway) and Vilde Moser (Norway) gained the 48k in 5:53 and eight:35, and Anders Haga (Norway) and Marte Emilsen (Norway) gained the 25k in 2:42 and three:12. Full outcomes.

Fats Canine 120 Mile – Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada

Social media factors to Hannes Gehring because the winner in 29:59. The 2022 100k winner Andrea Tarras seems to be to have gained this yr’s 120-mile race. Go away a remark to share extra data from the occasion, thanks!

Bigfoot 200 Mile – Mount St. Helens, Washington

The one-way, 210-mile run by way of the Cascade Vary continues to be occurring. Ryan Shephard and Mika Thewes have been first to complete the journey in 54:24:20 and 58:21:12. Thewes set a brand new course report. Monitoring.

Haulin’ Aspen Path Marathon – Bend, Oregon

Chris Denucci and Carmen Bango went 3:32 and three:47 for the wins, on a course that winds by way of the Deschutes Nationwide Forest. Full outcomes.

Rock N Brew 50k – Boise, Idaho

The primary-year race completed at a brewery. Jose Cervantes and Caley Featherstone obtained there first in 4:47 and 5:17. Full outcomes.

Wyoming Vary 100 Mile – Hoback, Wyoming

“Tucked away in southwest Wyoming, beneath the Tetons and above the Wasatch, sits the Wyoming Vary,” says the occasion of its location and course. The race gained 24,000 ft of elevation on a 102-mile, point-to-point route. Jared Campbell and Ginny Robbins gained in 28:14 and 27:48, respectively. Robbins gained final yr too. Full outcomes.

Habanero Hundred – Cat Spring, Texas

Russ Ford turned up the warmth in 20:47 for first within the 100 miler, alongside girls’s winner Kelly Swanson in 22:28. Zach Bitter and Vivian Camille Bobbitt gained the 50k in 4:24 an 5:22, respectively. Full outcomes.

Kesugi Ridge Traverse – Denali State Park, Alaska

Galen Johnston and Shauna Severson gained the 30.5-mile Full Traverse in 5:02 and 6:04, respectively. The 15.5-mile Half Traverse was gained by Michael Rabe in 2:20, and Yvonne Jeschke in 2:40. Full outcomes.

Galen Johnston - 2023 Kesugi Ridge Traverse men's winner - full traverse

Galen Johnston, the 2023 Kesugi Ridge Full Traverse males’s winner. Picture: Matias Saari

Shauna Severson - 2023 Kesugi Ridge Traverse women's winner - full traverse

Shauna Severson, the 2023 Kesugi Ridge Full Traverse girls’s winner. Picture: Matias Saari

Jap States 100 Mile – Waterville, Pennsylvania

The race is run on a 103-mile single loop by way of north-central Pennsylvania. Reagan McCoy led 4 males underneath 24 hours with a 22:23 successful time. Solely 9 minutes separated girls’s first and second locations. Karen Dunn was first in 25:30, and Colleen Moffatt was second in 25:39. Full outcomes.

Reagan McCoy - 2023 Eastern States 100 Mile men's winner

Reagan McCoy, the 2023 Jap States 100 Mile males’s winner. Picture: Lisa DeNardo

Karen Dunn - 2023 Eastern States 100 female winner

Karen Dunn, the 2023 Jap States 100 Mile girls’s winner. Picture: Lisa DeNardo

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