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Today’s Ultra Weekend Recap has highlights from a Western States Golden Ticket race in Virginia, a mountainous 50k in California and a flat and fast 75k in Arizona which served as a tune-up for next month’s Javelina Jundred.
On Saturday, the Grindstone 100k in Swoope, Virginia, was the first Golden Ticket race in North America for the 2024 Western States. Lotti Brinks from Boise, Idaho, won for the women in 10 hours, 37 minutes and 25 seconds. Securing the second automatic entry into the famed 100-miler was Devon Yanko of Howard, Colorado, in 10 hours, 43 minutes and 46 seconds. Anna Fisher out of Salt Lake City, Utah, rounded out the podium in 11 hours, 11 minutes and 51 seconds. In the men’s race, Caleb Olson from Draper, Utah, moved up steadily all day to win in 8 hours, 54 minutes and 43 seconds. Caleb Bowen out of Huntington, West Virginia, finished just under 4 minutes back in 8 hours, 59 minutes and 29 seconds to secure the second and final ticket. Third place went to Justin Grunewald of Boulder, Colorado, in 9 hours, 12 minutes and 46 seconds, his second third-place finish in a Golden Ticket race this year. There was also an accompanying 100-mile race won by Canada’s Alissa St. Laurent in 24 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds, and Salt Lake City’s Mike McMonagle in 19 hours, 10 minutes and 6 seconds. Full results here.
At Mammoth Mountain, nestled in California’s Eastern Sierra, was the Mammoth Trail Fest 50k which also took place on Saturday. Nick Handel from San Francisco, California, won the mountainous, high altitude race in 4 hours, 22 minutes and 17 seconds. Second place went to Patrick Wachter out of Berkeley, California, in 4 hours, 33 minutes and 37 seconds, and third place was Chris Myers of Los Angeles, California, in 4 hours, 34 minutes and 49 seconds. EmKay Sullivan out of Reno, Nevada, won and set a new course record for the women in 5 hours, 13 minutes and 20 seconds. Keelah Barger from Salt Lake City, Utah, came in second in 5 hours, 26 minutes and 33 seconds, and Selena Langer from Parks, Arizona, rounded out the women’s podium in 5 hours, 28 minutes and 33 seconds. Check out the full results here.
Arizona played host to the Javelina Jangover 75k night race, which took place on a sizable portion of next month’s Javelina Jundred course on Saturday, into Sunday morning. Preston Cates from Flagstaff, Arizona, won and set a new course record by less than three minutes in 5 hours, 46 minutes and 44 seconds. Rob Arend hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, took runner-up honors in 6 hours, 13 minutes and 53 seconds, and Paul Johnson from Newport, Rhode Island, came in third in 6 hours, 49 minutes and 26 seconds. Kjir Hendrickson out of Tempe, Arizona, won the women’s race in 9 hours, 17 minutes and 16 seconds. They were followed by Jennifer Lievois from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 10 hours, 11 minutes and 55 seconds, and Lindsay DesRockers of Scottsdale, Arizona, secured the final podium spot in 10 hours, 32 minutes and 20 seconds. There was also an accompanying 50k. Full results here.
Our race results database also has results from the Uphill Will 24-hour event in Newry, Maine, the Red Feather Trail Jamboree 50k in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, the Psychoactive Last Runner Standing race in Huntersville, North Carolina, and the Three Sisters Skyline 50k in Sisters, Oregon.
If you raced elsewhere this weekend, be sure to let us know below.