Welcome to the Ultra Weekend Recap where fast times prevailed at Tunnel Hill despite blustery conditions, we saw the third-fastest 2022 finish in a 50-miler, Mt. Tamalpais had a swift win and more, from Wednesday’s What’s Up In Ultra. Thanks for your help in advance by helping us locate even more results from around North American and adding a comment and link below.
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In bitterly cold and snowy conditions at the Tunnel Hill 100 in Vienna, Illinois, (and accompanying 50-mile race) defending champion Phil Young of Davenport, Iowa, became the first person to win back-to-back years at the race by running 13 hours, 32 minutes and 49 seconds. Randy Taylor from Kansas City, Missouri, was second in 14 hours, 29 minutes and 25 seconds, and Matthew Novak out of Aurora, Illinois, came in third in 14 hours, 49 minutes and 22 seconds. Despite the challenging conditions, Jill Wotja from Onalaska, Wisconsin, won 14 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds, and finished fourth overall in the fourth-fastest time the course has ever seen. Char Gay of Manchester, Missouri, finished in second place in 18 hours, 12 minutes and 38 seconds and Rhandi Orme from Kaysville, California, came in third in 18 hours, 14 minutes and 43 seconds. Check out full results here.
Rajpaul Pannu from Denver, Colorado, blasted the third fastest finish in a North American 50-miler this year, and took the title at the Tunnel Hill 50-mile race in 5 hours, 8 minutes and 41 seconds. Ford McElroy of Lexington, Kentucky, took second in 6 hours, 2 minutes and 16 seconds, and Corbin Lehn out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, claimed third in 6 hours, 8 minutes and 33 seconds. In the women’s race, Caitlin Jones of Hesperus, Colorado, won in 7 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds, the eighth-fastest time the course has ever seen and tenth-fastest time in North America this year. Nikki Harvey of Birmingham, Alabama, was the runner-up in 7 hours, 17 minutes and 3 seconds—the ninth-fastest time on the course, and Mary Beth Strickler of Lavale, Maryland, came in third place in 8 hours, 4 minutes and 24 seconds. Full 50-mile results here.
Across the country on the West Coast, Amy Cameron of San Rafael, California, won the Mt. Tam Trail Run 50k out of Stinson Beach, California, and finished third overall in 4 hours, 58 minutes and 56 seconds. This was the fourth-fastest time the course has ever seen and just off her time from 2021. Laney White of Santa Cruz, California, was second in 5 hours, 33 minutes and 53 seconds, and Sarah O’Brien of Berkeley, California, took third just a couple minutes back in 5 hours, 55 minutes and 49 seconds. In the men’s contest, Gabriel Kline out of San Diego, California, continued his fantastic year by winning his sixth ultramarathon of the year, which was also the fourth-fastest time the course has witnessed, in 3 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds. Andrew Barrington out of Los Angeles came in second in 4 hours, 18 minutes and 52 seconds and Jeff Thompson from Sausalito, California, rounded out the podium in 5 hours, 11 minutes and 47 seconds. Full results here.
At the Eastern Divide 50k in Pembroke, Virginia, Brad Popple of Charlotte, North Carolina, won in 3 hours, 59 minutes and 50 seconds, Danny Mathieson from Blacksburg, Virginia, finished second in 4 hours, 9 minutes and 28 seconds, and Nichols DiPirro hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia, took third in 4 hours, 31 minutes and 31 seconds. Stephanie Snow of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the women’s competition in 5 hours, 8 minutes and 26 seconds, Emma Helm from Blacksburg, Virginia, was the runner-up in 5 hours, 43 minutes and 13 seconds, and Ashley Goodman of Boone, North Carolina, was third in 5 hours, 49 minutes and 18 seconds.
We have even more Race Results from the weekend around the continent. Check out the Stone Mill 50-miler, in Montgomery Village, Maryland, the Woodpecker Six (hour) in Central City, Iowa, the Kessel Run Ultra 60k/50-miler in Fruita, Colorado, and the Thunderbird Trail Run 50/100k in Norman, Oklahoma.
Circle back in the coming hours as more race directors upload results or better yet, leave a comment with a link to results and we can get them uploaded, too. Are you racing somewhere next weekend that we can include in our What’s Up In Ultra column? If you’re heading to the 60th Annual JFK 50 Boonsboro, Maryland, be sure to find me so we can connect.