February 12, 2024 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRShock, shock! There was snow in Arizona on the Black Canyon 100k and there wasn’t in Wisconsin on the U.S. Nationwide Showshoe Championships.

These races have been a part of an up and down weekend.

Black Canyon 100k – Mayer, Arizona

iRunFar dropped a much bigger race recap earlier. The race was each a Golden Ticket race for the Western States 100 and a part of the first-year World Path Majors. The highest three finishers all earned entry to the 2024 Western States 100.

Shock snow pressured a delayed begin, however then Hayden Hawks got here again from a 2023 harm to win in a brand new course document time, and Rachel Drake stepped up in distance to run well beyond a deep ladies’s subject. After that, I’m shook! Each the lads’s and ladies’s podium and high 10 lists featured some bracket busters.

2024 Black Canyon 100k - start

A cold begin to the 2024 Black Canyon 100k. Picture: Jesse Ellis/Let’s Wander Pictures


Hayden Hawks dropped from the Western States 100 in June 2023 with harm and hadn’t raced since. If he had any questions on his post-surgery comeback, he obtained his solutions right here. Hawks received the race in 7:30. That’s two minutes higher than Anthony Costales’s 2023 successful time, and 25 minutes quicker than Hawks’s personal 2020 successful time.

Second-place Jupiter Carera Casas (Mexico) was out of this world in 7:39 and Chris Myers had a breakout run in 7:43 for third. That’s a giant step up for each, however Carera Casas was nationwide class on the monitor in Mexico a decade in the past. He’s run as quick as 29:58 for 10,000 meters, and Myers had a number of up and up podium finishes final 12 months.

We’re going to run outcomes 20 down, after which choose up some extra acquainted names too to attempt to actually see how the deep subject performed.

Hayden Hawks - 2024 Black Canyon 100k men's winner

Hayden Hawks on his strategy to successful the 2024 Black Canyon 100k. Picture: Jesse Ellis/Let’s Wander Pictures

The complete males’s high 20 was:

1 – Hayden Hawks – 7:30
2 – Jupiter Carera Casas (Mexico) – 7:39
3 – Chris Myers – 7:43
4 – Craig Hunt – 7:46
5 – Stephen Kersh – 7:47
6 – Tracen Knopp –  7:48
7 – Eric LiPuma –  7:48
8 – Gabriel Kline – 7:51
9 – Nate Jewkes – 8:03
10 – Hans Troyer – 8:03
11 – Tim Tollefson – 8:06
12 – Ferdinand Airault (France) – 8:10
13 – Noah Dusseau – 8:16
14 – Rod Farvard – 8:19
15 – Timothy Reed – 8:27
16 – Jeffrey Stern – 8:29
17 – William Conner – 8:29
18 – Hector Rodriguez Barragan (Mexico) – 8:30
19 – Matthew Seidel – 8:37
20 – Canyon Woodward – 8:44

After which the opposite acquainted names highlighted in pre-race previews:

21 – Jon Rea – 8:45
25 – Cole Watson – 8:50
26 – Ryan Montgomery – 8:52
30 – Andrew Bumbalough – 9:12
41 – Mark Hammond – 9:56
42 – Calum Neff (Canada) – 9:57
47 – Jared Hazen – 10:13

Ryan Montgomery identifies as non-binary, however competes within the males’s race.

Drops included JP Giblin, Adam Merry, and Pei-Quan You (China).

Though entered, Justin Grunewald and Rajpaul Pannu didn’t begin the race. Grunewald is on the beginning checklist for subsequent weekend’s Tarawera by UTMB 100k and Pannu is registered for subsequent weekend’s Jackpot 100 Mile race.


Rachel Drake chased a quick begin and outran the remainder of the ladies late with an 8:47 successful time. That’s simply two minutes again of Keely Henninger’s 2023 successful time. Drake’s most likely greatest identified for her current shorter course success, however dang, she simply doesn’t ever have a nasty race. And additional again at longer distances, Drake was seventh on the 2019 CCC race too.

Becca Windell and Lauren Puretz got here in subsequent at 8:52 and 9:06. Windell received the 2021 Bear 100 Mile and Puretz was eighth on the 2022 Javelina 100 Mile.

Rachel Drake - 2024 Black Canyon 100k - women's winner

Rachel Drake on her strategy to successful the 2024 Black Canyon 100k. Picture: Jesse Ellis/Let’s Wander Pictures

As with the lads’s race, the remainder of the highest 10 had some newcomers too.

1 – Rachel Drake – 8:47
2 – Becca Windell – 8:52
3 – Lauren Puretz – 9:06
4 – Jenna Bensko – 9:11
5 – Kathryn Drew – 9:15
6 – Geneviève Asselin-Demers (Canada) – 9:17
7 – Tara Dower – 9:19
8 – Anna McKenna (Australia) – 9:28
9 – Riley Brady – 9:33
10 – Marci Klimek – 9:41
11 – Arden Younger (Canada) – 9:46
12 – Corinne Shalvoy – 9:52
13 – Heather Jackson – 9:56
14 – Lucie Hanes – 9:58
15 – Shea Aquilano – 10:24
16 – Amanda Nelson – 10:24
17 – Amy Cameron – 10:28
18 – Leah Ling – 10:46
19 – Kristen Schindler – 10:51
20 – Mariya Nikolova (Bulgaria) – 10:52

Riley Brady identifies as non-binary, however competes within the ladies’s race.

Different runners highlighted within the pre-race previews included:

21 – Jacquie Mannhard – 10:55
22 – Lucy Bartholomew (Australia) – 10:59
23 – Cat Bradley – 11:10

Drops included Allison Baca, Sarah Biehl, EmKay Sullivan, and Rachel Tomajczyk.

Though entered, Anna Mae FlynnAnna KaciusAnne-Marie Madden (Canada), and Kat Brief (Canada) didn’t begin the race.

Full outcomes.

The subsequent Western States 100 Golden Ticket race is the April 27 Canyons by UTMB 100k in California, and the following World Path Majors occasion is the February 24 Transgrancanaria 126k race in Spain.

Black Canyon 60k – Mayer, Arizona

The race occurred a day after the Black Canyon 100k and it was all Hemming and no hawing. Eli Hemming led from the begin to end the 60k (37 miles) in 4:06. That’s a brand new course document and was approach up on everybody else. Brad Miles was second in 4:35 and Brett Hornig was third in 4:41.

Elena Horton beat out a robust ladies’s subject with a 4:57 end. That’s barely two minutes behind Mimmi Kotka’s 2023 successful time. Georgia Porter and Keely Henninger chased to second and third in 5:00 and 5:04, respectively.

Full outcomes.

Extra Races and Runs

Barcelona Half Marathon – Barcelona, Spain

Alex García (Spain) and Roberto Delorenzi (Switzerland) sprinted it out, each ending in 1:08 because the Twenty first- and Twenty second-place finishers. Garcia was sixth on the 2023 World Mountain Working Championships Up and Down race and Delorenzi was sixth and third, respectively, on the 2023 Pikes Peak Ascent and Mammoth Trailfest 26k. Within the ladies’s race, path runner Júlia Font (Spain) was twenty sixth in 1:16. Full outcomes.

The Ranch 50k – Escondido, California

Some 46 finishers have been led by Carl Maclean and Amelia Valinsky-Fillipow in 4:28 and 5:37. Full outcomes.

Pemberton Path 50k – Fountain Hills, Arizona

The longtime race noticed 39 finishers fronted by Benjamin Prepare dinner and Natalie Horn in 3:32 and 4:11. Full outcomes.

Rocky 50 – Huntsville, Texas

Per week after the 100-mile race, the 50-mile and 50k races have been again at Huntsville State Park. Zach Bitter and Nicole Bitter received the 50 miler in 6:59 and seven:40, and 50k leaders Matt Smith and Maria Quintana completed in 4:18 and 5:19. Full outcomes.

U.S. Nationwide Showshoe Championships – Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Sadly, there wasn’t sufficient snow on this U.S. Higher Midwest location within the coronary heart of winter to put on snowshoes. In Saturday’s 10k race, Morgan Elliott and Laurel Moyer received in 36:26 and 42:37. Full outcomes.

Mill Stone 50k – Fort Mill, South Carolina

Working on a three-loop course, Drew Marshall set a brand new course document in 3:26, and Louise Hindal Acer received the ladies’s race in 4:54. Full outcomes.

Subsequent Weekend – Tarawera by UTMB – Rotorua, New Zealand

The 2023 race winner Daniel Jones (New Zealand) returns as the lads’s 100k favourite. His closest problem may come from People Justin Grunewald and Sage Canaday. Sam McCutcheon (New Zealand), on the entrants checklist and fourth right here in 2023, says he received’t begin attributable to sickness. Ruth Croft (New Zealand) is a heavy favourite within the ladies’s race. Caitlin Fielder (New Zealand) is on the entrants checklist, however has reportedly dropped right down to the 50k race. Fielder was sixth within the 2022 Golden Path World Sequence.

Within the 100-mile contest, Adrian MacDonald (U.S.) may grow to be the second consecutive American man to win at Tarawera over 100 miles, and Naomi Model (South Africa) appears to be the ladies’s high contender. Jo Zakrzewski (U.Ok., lives in Australia) might also function within the ladies’s 100-mile race.

[Jo Zakrzewski is currently serving a one-year ban from racing events sanctioned by U.K. Athletics for using a car in the 2023 Manchester To Liverpool Ultra 50 Mile, but is still permitted to race in other jurisdictions.]

Full entrant checklist.

Tarawera Ultramarathon - course

A document variety of starters are anticipated for the fifteenth version of the Tarawera Extremely, going down from 17 to 18 February, 2024. Picture: Cameron McKenzie

Subsequent Weekend – Jackpot Ultras – Henderson, Nevada

The USATF 100-Mile Highway Nationwide Championships will likely be run as a standalone race on Friday, February 16, separate from the race’s foremost 100-mile contest. There’s a $4,000 prize purse with $1,200 going to every of the winners.

The 2023 winner Jonah Backstrom will likely be again. He ran 14:11 final 12 months. He’ll be challenged by Rajpaul Pannu, who ran 5:02 on the Tunnel Hill 50 Mile race in November 2023.

Two-time Badwater 135 Mile winner Ashley Paulson is on the beginning checklist, however her social media is pointing to the Crimson Mountain 50k in three weeks as a substitute. If racing although, she’s a heavy favourite within the ladies’s group.

[Ashley Paulson served a six-month doping sanction, in 2015 and 2016, due to a doping violation in a triathlon for a positive test for ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM).]

Full entrants checklist.

Marathon World Report-Holder Kelvin Kiptum Passes Away at Age 24

Tragic information rocked highway operating this weekend. Marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum (Kenya) and his coach Gervais Hakizimana (Rwanda) each died in a single automotive accident in Kenya on Sunday, February 11. A 3rd passenger was transported to the hospital with accidents. Kiptum, age 24, set the marathon world document with an unbelievable 2:00:35 run on the October 2023 Chicago Marathon. Hakizimana was 37 years outdated. iRunFar affords its condolences to the household and pals of Kiptum and Hakizimana.

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