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September 25, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRIt was the Golden Path World Collection’s second-straight weekend within the U.S., the primary yr for the Grindstone by UTMB 100k, and extra tremendous technical racing within the Skyrunner World Collection.

Mammoth Path Fest – Mammoth Lakes, California


The race was the yr’s sixth Golden Path World Collection contest, and the final probability for runners to earn factors to qualify for the finale in October in Italy. The highest 30 runners within the sequence are eligible to compete within the finale.

The up-and-down Mammoth run went for 16.1 miles with 3,900 ft of elevation throughout a single loop with a place to begin close to 8,000 ft above sea stage.

There was a $21,000 prize purse that delivered $3,000 to every winner with cash stretching 10 deep.


Solely every week faraway from his record-setting run on the Pikes Peak Ascent, Rémi Bonnet (Switzerland) was once more victorious. The world all star separated from a chase group late within the climb, and ran alone over the race’s downhill second half. Bonnet completed in 1:54:48, establishing the course report on the first-year course on the second-year occasion.

Rémi Bonnet - 2023 Mammoth Trail Fest 26k men's champion

Rémi Bonnet takes the win on the 2023 Mammoth Path Fest 26k. Picture: Golden Path Collection | Mammoth Path Fest 26k | The Journey Bakery

Whereas the race win was seemingly by no means unsure, there was a variety of motion simply behind, after which some end line drama.

Patrick Kipngeno (Kenya), Philemon Kiriago (Kenya), and Chad Corridor (U.S.) hit the 7.5-mile course excessive level behind Bonnet, after which issues obtained messy. The three bunched up on the downhill second half, and all three went off beam. Corridor discovered his approach again to the course, however missed a checkpoint, whereas Kipngeno and Kiriago backtracked additional. Corridor crossed the end second, however was later disqualified. Kipngeno and Kiriago got official finishes, although they misplaced a number of locations on the misdirection.

Corridor’s disqualification vaulted Meikael Beaudoin-Rousseau (U.S.) into second in 1:58:48 on the official rankings. After blitzing the downhill, the path rookie spent an prolonged period of time on his again on the end from exhaustion.

Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) dipped underneath the two-hour mark too in 1:59:53 for third.

The complete prime 10 was:

1 – Rémi Bonnet (Switzerland) – 1:54:48
2 – Meikael Beaudoin-Rousseau (U.S.) – 1:58:48
3 – Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) – 1:59:53
4 – Sam Hendry (Canada) – 2:00:24
5 – Daniel Osanz (Spain) – 2:02:17
6 – Eli Hemming (U.S.) – 2:02:31
7 – Daniel Pattis (Italy) – 2:02:44
8 – Philemon Kiriago (Kenya) – 2:05:54
9 – Patrick Kipngeno (Kenya) – 2:06:02
10 – Andy Wacker (U.S.) – 2:06:53


Monica Mădălina Florea (Romania) hit the excessive level in first with Judith Wyder (Switzerland) and race native Dani Moreno (U.S.) simply behind.

On the end, Wyder, identified for her downhill prowess, leaped throughout the road first in 2:18:20. Moreno was lower than a minute again in 2:19:13. Wyder was second in final weekend’s race, and earned her second Golden Path World Collection win of the yr.

Florea overcame a late-race incorrect flip of her personal and held on for third in 2:23:06.

Judith Wyder - 2023 Mammoth Trail Fest 26k - women's champion

Judith Wyder, the 2023 Mammoth Path Fest 26k champion. Picture: Golden Path Collection | Mammoth Path Fest 26k | The Journey Bakery

The complete prime 10 was:

1 – Judith Wyder (Switzerland) – 2:18:20
2 – Dani Moreno (U.S.) – 2:19:13
3 – Monica Mădălina Florea (Romania) – 2:23:06
4 – Anna Gibson (U.S.) – 2:23:35
5 – Malen Osa (Spain) – 2:24:06
6 – Sylvia Nordskar (Norway) – 2:24:36
7 – Tabor Hemming (U.S.) – 2:26:31
8 – Elise Poncet (France) – 2:27:34
9 – Allie Ostrander (U.S.) – 2:27:50
10 – Rachel Tomajczyk (U.S.) – 2:28:46

(In 2023, Ostrander was suspended for 4 months after testing optimistic for canrenone, a metabolite of spironolactone, after it was decided that she mistakenly took the drug with out first acquiring a World Anti-Doping Company Therapeutic Use Exemption.)

Full outcomes.


It wasn’t a part of the Golden Path World Collection, however Saturday’s lengthy course race winners every earned $1,400.

Nick Handel obtained out entrance in 4:22 for the boys’s win, and Patrick Wachter edged out Chris Myers by simply over a minute for second. The 2 ran 4:33 and 4:34.

Ladies’s winner EmKay Sullivan equally gapped her chasers in 5:13, and second and third ran shut. Keelah Barger was two minutes sooner than Selena Langner because the pair ran 5:26 and 5:28 to get on the rostrum.

Full outcomes.

Grindstone by UTMB – Pure Chimneys, Virginia

It was the longtime race’s first yr as a part of the UTMB World Collection, and the newly added 100k was a Western States 100 Golden Ticket race. That meant that the primary two finishers within the 100k earned an computerized entry into the Western States 100.

100 Mile

Ace photographer Mike McMonagle was in focus late. He gained the final word lead solely within the final 10 miles and gained in 19:10. Grant Barnette and Joey Miller had been second and third in 19:50 and 20:54.

Mike McMonagle - 2023 Grindstone by UTMB 100 Mile - men's winner

Mike McMonagle, the 2023 Grindstone by UTMB 100 Mile males’s winner. Picture: Grindstone by UTMB

Ladies’s winner Alissa St Laurent (Canada) was out entrance in 24:39 on the course and its 21,000 ft of elevation achieve. Shelby Johnson and Serena Eley had been subsequent on the rostrum at 26:17 and 27:53, respectively.

Alissa St Laurent - 2023 Grindstone by UTMB 100 Mile female winner

Alissa St Laurent takes the win on the 2023 Grindstone by UTMB 100 Mile. Picture: Grindstone by UTMB


Caleb Olson and Caleb Bowen dueled for the 100k crown. Olson led the ultimate 13 miles, however Bowen barely surrendered any time. The 2 completed in 8:54 and eight:59, respectively. Olson and Bowen each accepted their Western States 100 Golden Tickets. Justin Grunewald was third in 9:12. The course gained 11,000 ft of elevation.

The ladies’s race was almost as shut. Lotti Brinks and Devon Yanko had been on the entrance in 10:37 and 10:43, simply over six minutes aside, and third-place Anna Fisher trailed in 11:11. Each Brinks and Yanko accepted the Western States 100 Golden Tickets too.

Full outcomes.

Gorbeai Suzien Skyrace – Zeanuri, Spain

The Skyrunner World Collection race went 32k with 2,400 meters of elevation achieve. It was the race’s tenth yr, and each the boys’s and ladies’s course information fell.


Barely a minute separated the entrance three. Alain Santamaría (Spain) completed in 2:57 for the win. Antonio Martínez (Spain) was solely 56 seconds again at 2:58 for second, and third-place Frédéric Tranchand (France) additionally ran 2:58 and was solely 26 seconds behind Martínez.

Alain Santamaría - 2023 Gorbeai Suzien Skyrace - male winner

Alain Santamaría takes victory on the 2023 Gorbeai Suzien Skyrace. Picture: Brian Sharp


Clementine Geoffray (France), this yr’s Path World Championships 40k winner, can run tremendous technical races too. She simply edged out Iris Pessey (France) for the ladies’s win. Geoffray completed in 3:34 and Pessey in 3:35 with solely 85 seconds in between the 2. Third-place Anastasia Rubtsova (Russia) completed in 3:39.

Full outcomes.

Clementine Geoffray - 2023 Gorbeai Suzien Skyrace - female winner

Clementine Geoffray win the 2023 Gorbeai Suzien Skyrace. Picture: Brian Sharp

Further Races and Runs

Berlin Marathon – Berlin, Germany

Again in June, Laura Hottenrott (Germany) was fourth within the World Mountain Working Championships Uphill race. On the Berlin Marathon, she was twenty fourth in 2:29:38. Her private greatest is 2:28:02 from 2021. On the entrance of the race, Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) defended his title with a 2:02:42 win, whereas Tigst Assefa (Ethiopia) reset the ladies’s world report for the marathon in 2:11:53. Full outcomes.

Three Sisters Skyline 50k – Sisters, Oregon

The Alpine Working occasion took in views of the Three Sisters, three shut collectively peaks (North, Center, and South Sisters). The race climbed 3,700 ft, all within the first 10 miles. Todd Simpson and Heather Jackson gained in 4:08 and 4:10, and Jackson’s time was a brand new course report. Full outcomes.

2023 Three Sisters Skyline - start

The beginning of the 2023 Three Sisters Skyline. Picture: James Holk

West Line Winder 50k – Buena Vista, Colorado

Bradley Stroz pulled away from Nico de Vries late and gained in 4:16. De Vries did simply sufficient to remain in entrance of a faster-closing Ryan Kaiser, and the 2 had been second and third in 4:22 and 4:24. Ladies’s frontrunners Whitney Barrett and Sarah Home had been along with 5 miles to go, however on the end Barrett scored an precisely one-minute win in 4:44. Home clocked 4:45, and Gwen Golaszewski was third in 4:54. Megan Sand was prime non-binary runner in 6:28. Full outcomes.

Sawatch Ascent 50k – Nathrop, Colorado

Down 5 minutes at mile 26, Jeason Murphy hit the gasoline and overtook longtime chief Zachary Smith. Murphy gained in 5:45 and Smith was second in 5:48. Kristopher Mendoza ran 5:51 for third. Ladies’s winner Lauren Puretz was in entrance of everybody with a 5:42 successful time. Imogen Ainsworth and Sarah Home had been second and third in 5:53 and 6:09, with Home operating the double.

Shoutout to longtime TWIR reader Jon Teisher. He pulled off the Pikes Peak Ascent-Pikes Peak Marathon double and West Line Winder 50k-Sawatch Ascent 50k double on back-to-back weekends. Full outcomes.

Vermont 50 Mile – Brownsville, Vermont

The 50-mile winners Benjamin Lane and Lila Gaudrault ran 7:31 and seven:54, and 50k champs Ansel Dickey and Crystal Ross completed in 4:34 and 6:00. Full outcomes.

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