Episode 233 – COURTNEY DAUWALTER

Episode 233 of Talk Ultra – YES we are back! With Speedgoat Karl co-hosting and an in-depth interview with Courtney Dauwalter.

It has been a long time, and we can only apologise. Life, family and extensive travel had an impact on available time and while it’s always possible to ‘find some time’ somewhere, the podcast had to be sidelined for the beginning of 2023.

Lanzarote Training Camp, Oman Desert Marathon, The Coastal Challenge, Black Canyon Ultra, a photoshoot for adidas and lastly Transgrancanaria, it was a hectic start to ’23!’

  • Lanzarote Training Camp HERE
  • Oman Desert Marathon HERE
  • The Coastal Challenge HERE
  • Transgrancanaria HERE

But hey, no better way to return than with an in-depth interview with the Queen of Trail, Courtney Dauwalter.

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Courtney just recently won Transgrancanaria with a course record and sub 15-hour performance, once again placing in the top-10 overall.

The interview with Courtney starts at 00:21:00

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Transgrancanaria 2023 Summary

Courtney Dauwalter #goat ©iancorless

Transgrancanaria, year-on-year, the race continues to grow and expand and in 2023, once again, a new level has been reached! For ’23,’ Instead of gathering all races in one weekend, this edition was extended to five days. Overall, more than 3,600 runners from more than 60 different nationalities took part in any of the eight races, the most important change for 2023 was to increase the number of race days to five. Shorter races, were moved to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning including the KV El Gigante, Starter, Promo, Youth, Family, a non-competitive kids race and the marathon.

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The ‘Classic’ and ‘Marathon’ races were broadcast, worldwide, with more than 17 hours of live streaming. In total, 16 cameras offered full coverage during the two days of broadcasting with English and Spanish ‘live’ commentary. In addition, journalists, photographers and related media provided global exposure of one of ‘the’ key trail running events in the world.

Transgrancanaria, at the sharp edge of trail running ©iancorless

Transgrancanaria is part of the Spartan Trail World Championship circuit and four races of the TGC week are awarded with ITRA points. As a result, this recognition translated into better prizes for the winners. The Spartan Trail World Championship has awarded $30,000 to the top three finishers of Transgrancanaria 2023.

Gemma Arenas on her way to victory in the Advanced race ©iancorless

A CLASSIC EDITION

From the short and sharp KV to the long and arduous Classic, Transgrancanaria has something for all. However, the pinnacle race of the week is the 128km ‘Classic’ with 7060m of vertical gain. All who toe the line to undertake the challenge are heroes, however, in 2023 a special mention must go to the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Courtney Dauwalter who not only placed 7th overall on GC but ran under 15 hours to stop the clock in 14:40:39. Courtney, over the years, has slowly but surely ticked off victories in the worlds biggest ultras and in the process, along with course records, has set a new level in this crazy sport of ultra running. Now she has a Transgrancanaria course record to add to the list.

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Canada’s Jasmine Lowther and Catalonia’s Claudia Tremps placed 2nd and 3rd, for perspective, they were almost 2-hours behind the trailblazing ‘Court!’ One has to ask the question, what is next for this amazing athlete.

Claudia Tremps 3rd place ©iancorless

In the men’s category, Andreu Simón was the fastest of all in 13:29:33 with an impressive run from the front, his victory never looked in question. A previous winner in Transgrancanari,, 2020 and 2021 in the Marathon distance.

Andreu Simón on his way to victory ©iancorless

Miguel Arsénio from Portugal and Tyler Green (America) completed the podium, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Tyler Green ©iancorless

OTHER RESULTS

George Foster and Azara García won the Advanced, while the Marathon went to Kenyan Robert Pkemoi, and Catalan Nuria Gil. Poland’s Bart Przedwojewski did a double win with Starter and KV El Gigante, while Switzerland’s Rea Iseli won Starter women’s category. Poland’s Katarzyna Solińska joined her countryman Przedwojewski as winner of the KV El Gigante.

France’s Enzo Rati and Italy’s Cecilia Basso Promo finished on top of the podium in the Promo category. In the Youth category, a French double win for Camille Cucherousset and Lili Perignon.

Magical Gran Canaria ©iancorless

CLASSIFICATION

Classic 128 Km

General Men

  • Andreu Simón (SPA) 13:29:33
  • Miguel Arsénio (POR) 13:44:37
  • Tyler Green (USA) 14:06:46

General Women

  • Courtney Dauwalter (USA) 14:40:39
  • Jazmine Lowther (CAN) 16:26:41
  • Claudia Tremps (SPA) 16:33:34

Advanced 84 Km

General Men

  • George Foster (GBR) 08:29:14
  • Alexander Hutter (AUT) 08:45:15
  • Tom Joly (GBR) 08:49:19

General Women

  • Azara García de los Salmones (SPA)09:45:54
  • Johanna Antila (FIN) 09:55:48
  • Giulia Vinco (ITA) 10:20:38

Marathon 45 Km

General Men

  • Robert Pkemoi (KEN) 03:25:30
  • Roberto Delorenzi (SWI) 03:33:20
  • Juho Ylinen (FIN) 03:34:19

General Women

  • Nuria Gil (SPA) 04:08:00
  • Johanna Amström (SWE) 04:18:11
  • Gemma Arenas (SPA) 04:21:32

Starter 24 Km

General Men

  • Bart Przedwojewski (POL) 02:02:48.500
  • Alex García (SPA) 02:02:48.940
  • Christopher Richards (GBR) 02:04:50

General Women

  • Rea Iseli (SWI) 02:35:33
  • Mireia Pons (SPA) 02:40:54
  • Noemie Vachon (FRA) 02:44:04

Promo

General Men

  • Enzo Rati (FRA) 00:59:47
  • Wilson Cardoso (CPV) 01:00:34
  • Damián Ramis (SPA) 01:02:56

General Women

  • Cecilia Basso (ITA) 01:09:13
  • Ainara Uribarri (SPA) 01:11:51
  • Saida Martín (SPA) 01:30:59

Youth

General Men

  • Camille Cucherousset (FRA) 00:58:12
  • Javier Moreno (SPA) 01:07:06
  • Jiri Vemola (CZE) 01:44:00

General Women

  • Lili Perignon (FRA) 01:53:18
  • Sohvi Vapaaoksa (FIN) 01:56:10
  • Noelia Santana (SPA) 02:26:31

KV El Gigante

General Men

  • Bart Przedwojewski (POL) 00:39:46
  • Yoel de Paz (SPA) 00:40:12
  • Henri Aymonod (ITA) 00:40:47

General Women

  • Katarzyna Solińska (POL) 00:50:32
  • Marie Dessart (BEL) 00:51:18
  • Sophie Horrocks (GBR) 00:57:07
Past winner, Pau Capell missed the podium this year ©iancorless

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Episode 146 – Courtney Dauwalter and Katie Kaars

Episode 146 of Talk Ultra brings you an interview with the amazing Courtney Dauwalter who won Run Rabbit Run and then just weeks later won Moab 200 (238 miles) outright! We also speak with rising trail and mountain runner Katie Kaars. Speedgoat co-hosts!
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NEWS
JAVELINA JUNDRED
Patrick Reagan took the top slot over Zach Bitter and Brendan Davies placed 3rd, it was close under a super hot day – 13:01 (new CR and his debut 100) Zach ran 13:52 (he was previous course record holder) and 14:04 for Brendan. For the ladies’ Larisa Dannis made a comeback in 16:32, Dana Anderson ran 17:15 and Stacy Buckley 19:32.
The 100km even was won by Makai Clemons 8:32 and Caroline Boller (who has been on Talk Ultra) in 9:34.
DIAGONALE DES FOUS
Benoit Girondel ran 23:53 which is a very solid run on this tough course, Antoine Guillon 2nd and Guillaume Beauxis 3rd 24:26 and  25:09 respectively. Andrea Huser did it once again, this woman is the most prolific and consistent ultra runner in the world, I and nobody else knows how she does it. Quite incredible. Top slot in 26:34 which was way ahead of 2nd Emelie Lecomte and Marcelle Puy who ran 29:02 and 30:58. The UK’s Beth Pascall was 6th in 32:08.
Well, Walmsley did a Walmsley and dropped around 100km but there was other notable drops – Julien Chorier, Ludovic Pommeret and Xavier Thevenard didn’t start.
TEMPLIERS
Ruth Croft pulled off a huge victory ahead of Ida Nilsson and Emelie Forsberg, their times 7:27, 7:33 and 7:46. Fast! For the men, Sebastien Spehler, Nicolas Martin and Alex Nichols were crowned top-3 for the 76k race – 6:38, 6:43 and 6:49.
FULLY VK
A huge day for the VK with Philip Gotsch setting a new world record of 28:53 for the 1.9km 1000m course – ridiculous. Christel Dewalle won the ladies race in 35:10.
BIG BACKYARD ULTRA
Bonkers, bonkers, bonkers! Guillaume Calmettes was last man standing after 59-hours, 59-laps of the 4.16 mile loop. Harvey Lewis pushed it close but faltered in the latter stages. Total distance 245.44 miles!
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Interview with KATIE KAARS
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OTTER Trail Run South Africa
Christiaan Greyling and Meg Mackenzie both took top honours at South Africa’s iconic OTTER, their times 4:13 and 5:01
Moab 200 (we mentioned last show but another shout out!)
Courtney Dauwalter runs an incredible 57-hours and 52-minutes for an outright win for the 238-mile race, we caught up with her to hear all about it!
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Interview with COURTNEY DAUWALTER
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UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

Noroeste Argentina Trail – 100 km | 100 kilometers | November 07, 2017 | website
Noroeste Argentina Trail 50 km | 50 kilometers | November 07, 2017 | website
Puna Inca Trail | 200 kilometers | November 03, 2017 | website
RacingThePlanet: Patagonia 2017 | 250 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website

Australia

New South Wales

Carcoar Cup Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | November 05, 2017 | website
Freedom Trail Run – 50k | 50 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website
SURVIVAL RUN AUSTRALIA | 50 kilometers | November 17, 2017 | website
Survival Run Australia 75km | 75 kilometers | November 17, 2017 | website

Egypt

100 Km Pharonic Race | 100 kilometers | November 17, 2017 | website

France

Bouches-du-Rhône

La grande Etoile | 76 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

Haute-Loire

Trail 70 km | 70 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

Marne

Sparnatrail | 57 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website

Savoie

100 Km Route | 100 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website

Territoire de Belfort

Belfortrail 55 km | 55 kilometers | November 10, 2017 | website

Germany

Lower Saxony

KILL 50 | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website

North Rhine-Westphalia

Bottroper Herbstwaldlauf – 50 km | 50 kilometers | November 05, 2017 | website

Hong-Kong

Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong | 100 kilometers | November 17, 2017 | website

India

Karnataka

100 km | 100 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website
50 km | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website
75 km | 75 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

Maharashtra

100 km | 100 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website
160 km | 160 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website
50 km | 50 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website
75 km | 75 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website

Telangana

50K | 50 kilometers | November 05, 2017 | website

Italy

Sicily

Etna Tour Trail | 67 kilometers | November 08, 2017 | website

Nepal

Everest Trail Race | 160 kilometers | November 05, 2017 | website
Manaslu Trail Race | 212 kilometers | November 14, 2017 | website

New Zealand

Off Road Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website
Tarawera Trail 50K | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

Oman

Oman Desert Marathon | 165 kilometers | November 17, 2017 | website

Spain

Andalusia

Ultra-Trail Gran Vuelta Valle Del Genal | 125 kilometers | November 05, 2017 | website

Thailand

TU50 | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

United Kingdom

Kirklees

100 Mile | 100 miles | November 04, 2017 | website
60 Mile | 60 miles | November 05, 2017 | website

Northamptonshire

Druids Challenge Ridgeway Multistage Ultra | 84 miles | November 10, 2017 | website

Powys

Rebellion | 135 miles | November 03, 2017 | website

Stirling

Glen Ogle 33 Ultra | 33 miles | November 04, 2017 | website

Swansea

Coastal Trail Series – Gower – Ultra | 34 miles | November 11, 2017 | website

USA

Arizona

Colossal-Vail 50K | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website
Colossal-Vail 50 Mile | 50 miles | November 11, 2017 | website

California

CTR Lake Chabot Train Run 50 km (Nov) | 50 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website
Ragnar Relay Napa Valley | 186 miles | November 03, 2017 | website
Reebok Ragnar Napa Valley | 200 miles | November 03, 2017 | website
Regular Team (12-Person) | 200 miles | November 10, 2017 | website
Rio Del Lago 100M | 100 miles | November 04, 2017 | website
Ultra Team (6-Person) | 200 miles | November 10, 2017 | website

Florida

100K | 100 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website
100M | 100 miles | November 11, 2017 | website
Reebok Ragnar South Beach | 200 miles | November 11, 2017 | website
Regular Team (3-6 runners) | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website
Ultra Team (2 runners) | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website
Xtreme Triathlon | 300 miles | November 10, 2017 | website

Georgia

Georgia Sky to Summit 50k | 50 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website

Hawaii

Reebok Ragnar Hawaii | 200 miles | November 04, 2017 | website

Illinois

Tunnel Hill 100 Miler | 100 miles | November 11, 2017 | website
Tunnel Hill 50 Miler | 50 miles | November 11, 2017 | website

Maryland

Fire on the Mountain 50K | 50 kilometers | November 05, 2017 | website
Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50k | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

Massachusetts

Stone Cat 50 Mile | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website

Missouri

Dogwood Canyon 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website
Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | November 04, 2017 | website

New Jersey

NJ Trail Series One Day – 50K | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

New Mexico

50 Mile Run | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website

Oklahoma

Solo | 100 miles | November 11, 2017 | website
Team (2 to 5 runners) | 100 miles | November 11, 2017 | website

Oregon

50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website

South Carolina

Run for the Veterans 2017 | 50 miles | November 10, 2017 | website

Tennessee

50K | 50 kilometers | November 10, 2017 | website
50 Mile Race | 50 miles | November 10, 2017 | website
Nashville Ultra Marathon 50 K Race | 50 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website
Nashville Ultra Marathon 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website
Nashville Ultra Marathon 60 K Race | 60 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website
Nashville Ultra Marathon 70 K Race | 70 kilometers | November 04, 2017 | website
Upchuck 50K Trail Running Race | 50 kilometers | November 11, 2017 | website

Texas

50K | 50 kilometers | November 12, 2017 | website

Virginia

Mountain Masochist Trail Run | 50 miles | November 04, 2017 | website
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