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January 23, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRCompletely satisfied Monday, ultrarunning pals. We’ve bought the fast hits from a largely quiet weekend across the globe. The Backbone Race completed up, ski mountaineering picked up, and the Oman Desert Marathon began up. It’s all taking place right here.

Backbone Race – Pennine Manner, United Kingdom

It was a part of final week’s This Week in Operating article too, however now we have now winners for the one-way, week-long, 268-mile push. Circumstances have been characteristically difficult. iRunFar reported on the larger race dynamics, in addition to the occasion’s shorter-distance races, earlier too.


Damian Corridor (U.Okay.) and Jack Scott (U.Okay.) completed the winter epic collectively, however Scott took a time penalty for a mistaken shortcut, and that made Corridor the winner. Each completed in 84 hours and 36 minutes, however Scott’s official time was 40 minutes slower with the time penalty added. Which means the 2 frontrunners have been on the market for three-and-a-half days. Each beat John Kelly‘s former males’s course document of 87:53, however missed Jasmin Paris‘s total and girls’s course document of 83:12.

Douglas Zinis (U.Okay.) and Joe O’Leary (Eire) completed tied for third in 96:50.

Damian Hall and Jack Scott - 2023 Spine Race first and second men

Damian Corridor (orange headband) and Jack Scott, 2023 Backbone Race first and second males. Photograph: Backbone Race


Girls’s winner Claire Bannwarth (France) completed in 97:39, effectively away from any would-be challengers.

Fairly a methods again, Hannah Rickman (U.Okay.) was second in 121:23 and Edwina Sutton (U.Okay.) was third in 125:56

Full outcomes.

Claire Bannwarth - 2023 Spine Race women's winner - finish

Claire Bannwarth takes victory within the 2023 Backbone Race. Photograph: @wild_aperture

Comapedrosa Andorra World Cup – Arinsal, Andorra

There’s frequent crossover between high European path runners and ski mountaineering, particularly at Worldwide Ski Mountaineering Federation contests. The Andorra Particular person race and Vertical race went on back-to-back days. The Particular person race seemed to have began in situations extra akin to the Backbone Race.

Particular person


Thibault Anselmet (France) received the Particular person race in 46:30. Rémi Bonnet (Switzerland) was 15 seconds behind in second, and Maximilien Drion (Germany) was third in 47:13.

Cam Smith was the highest American in twelfth at 49:37.


Axelle Mollaret (France) took the ladies’s crown in 57:54. Celia Perillat-Pessey (France) and Ana Alonso (Spain) have been subsequent on the rostrum in 58:24 and 58:47.

Rea Kolbl was first American in 1:05:13 for sixteenth, and Katie Schide was close to the again in nineteenth in 1:10:43.

Full outcomes.


The podiums got here again with many of the day prior’s leaders.


Bonnet returned and received the brief course in 11:34. Drion moved as much as second in 12:06 and Anselmet, the Particular person race winner, was third in 12:09.

Smith, the American, moved up one spot and was eleventh in 12:36. The outcomes are dotted with many names frequent to European path operating.


Mollaret doubled up on the golds, main the ladies’s race in 14:30. Sarah Dreier (Switzerland) moved onto the rostrum in 14:53, and Perillat-Pessey misplaced one spot from the day prior with a 15:01 bronze.

Kolbl didn’t race the Vertical contest, however Schide was twenty first in 16:29.

Full outcomes.

Further Races and Runs

Oman Desert Marathon – Muscat, Oman

The Oman Desert Marathon runs 165 kilometers over 4 phases and in a self-sufficient method. It began on Saturday, January 21, and can end on Tuesday, January 24. Mohammed El Morabity (Morocco) took the race’s opening stage in 3:53 and Aziza El Amrany (Morocco) led the ladies in 5:31. Each El Morabity and El Amrany received Sunday’s second stage, to retain management within the common classification. Apparently, males’s pre-race favourite, Rachid El Morabity, the older brother of Mohammed El Morabity who has overwhelmed his youthful brother many instances on the well-known desert stage race Marathon des Sables of their residence nation, sits in second place within the males’s common classification. Within the ladies’s race, pre-race favourite Aziza Raji, additionally of Morocco and who has additionally seen years of success on the Marathon des Sables, is third within the ladies’s common classification.  Full outcomes.

Oman Desert marathon

The route of the 2023 Oman Desert Marathon. Photograph: Oman Desert Marathon/

Wilson Creek Frozen 50k – Melba, Idaho

The race took within the Wilson Creek path system and summited Wilson Peak, and Michael Postaski and Jessica Barker got here residence in 4:24 and 6:02. Full outcomes.

3M Half Marathon – Austin, Texas

Joseph Grey received the race in 1:04:23. He was simply 24 seconds off an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time. Full outcomes.

USATF Cross Nation Championships – Richmond, Virginia

There was the USATF Membership Cross Nation Championships in December 2022 in San Francisco, after which there was the USATF Cross Nation Championships this weekend in Virginia. This latter race is smaller however typically options quicker runners, and I may solely spot one path runner or ultrarunner within the group of races. Michael Wardian was twelfth in 27:29 within the males’s masters 8k, and that was after ending second in the neighborhood 6k race. Full outcomes.

Southern Tour Extremely – Wilmington, North Carolina

The 50-mile race ran as 5 laps and the 50k did three loops on the identical course. Justin Thomas and Natalie Daniel have been on the high on the lengthy course in 8:07 and eight:17, and Jeffrey Bochey and Natalie Turner did the 50k the quickest in 4:09 and 4:37. I glanced on the five-mile race, however sadly, somebody named Natalie didn’t win that race. Full outcomes.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Path Half Marathon – Gibsonville, North Carolina

Jacob Meredith-Andrews and Sarah Swertfeger received in 1:41 and 1:48, respectively. Full outcomes.

Snow Chicken Problem 50k – Seneca, South Carolina

Jennifer Davis received in 3:37. Bernard Vermeersch was high man in 3:53. Full outcomes.

Florida Roots Path Sequence – Fernandina Seashore, Florida

Wrigley Longstreet and Cason Zylinski received the 50k race in 4:10 and 4:59. Full outcomes.

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