Episode 156 – Kelly Wolf, Brittany Peterson and Alex Kurt

Episode 156 of Talk Ultra and bringing you interviews with Kelly Wolf and Brittany Peterson who placed 3rd and 4th at Transvulcania. The Godfather of Trail, Kurt Decker, brings us a chat with Alex Kurt and Speedgoat is co-hosting.
*****
Talk Ultra is now on Tunein- just another way to make the show available for those who prefer not to use iTunes – HERE  You can download the Tunein APP HERE
Talk Ultra needs your help!
We have set up a Patreon page and we are offering some great benefits for Patrons… you can even join us on the show! This is the easiest way to support Talk Ultra and help us continue to create!
Many thanks to our Patrons who have helped via PATREON
Donate HERE
*****
00:21:38 NEWS
Apology! Folks, sometimes, work, life and well ‘shit’ just gets in the way of producing a podcast. Sincere apologies that I (we) missed couple of shows…. I hope you understand why. Thanks!
MARATHON DES SABLES check out the summaries and images:
Day 1 HERE
Day 2 HERE
Day 3 HERE
Day 4 HERE
Day 5 HERE
IAU WORLDTRAIL CHAMPS
Luis Alberto did it again, 3rd time in a  row, wow! Cristofer Clemente 3rd and Tom Evans 4th – 8:38, 8:46 and 8:49.
Ragna Debats took an incredible and well deserved victory in 9:55, Laia Canes was 2nd and Claire Mougel 3rd, 10:11 and 10:15.
108km Racewas won by Hayden Hawks and Fernanda Maciel
TRANSVULCANIA
Ida Nilsson did it again ahead of Monica Comas Kelly Wolfe –  8:40, 8:46 and 8:49. For the men,  Pere Aurell Bove took a surprise win in 7:37, Dmitry Mityaevwas 2nd and Thibaut Garriver was 3rd, 7:38 and 7:42.
Transvulcania VK HERE
Transvulcania Ultra HERE
QUICKSILVER 100km
Cat Bradley and Ben Eysenbach took the Victories in. 11:15 and 9:53.
QUADROCK 50
Won by Addie Bracy in 8:51, Abby Levene and Ginna  Ellis 2nd and 3rd. Jimmy Elam 7:40, Frank Pipp was 2nd and Oliver Knauer 3rd.
MIWOK 100km
Franz van der Groen in 9:23 ahead of Chris Jackson and Misha Shemyakin Megan Arauzo 10:36 ahead of Emily Sabo and Coral Candlish-Rutherford.
WINGS  FOR LIFE
Vera Nunes ran 53.78km and Andreas Stabner ran 76.77km for the longest distances.
TRAIL MENORCA – Cami de Cavalls
Read the summary HERE
*****
00:37:54 Interview with KELLY WOLF
*****
00:59:06 Interview with BRITTANY PETERSON
*****
01:31:37 Interview with ALEX KURT
*****
UP and COMING RACES
Check out the world ultra calendar on https://marathons.ahotu.com you can do a specific search for the ultra calendar HERE
Ultramarthon calendar HERE
Race calendar forJune 2018 HERE
*****
02:05:31 CLOSE
02:10:05
*****
Share us on Facebook – Talk Ultra FB https://www.facebook.com/talkultra/
Tweet us on Twitter – Talk Ultra on Twitter https://twitter.com/Talkultra
And use good old word mouth.
Importantly, go to iTunes and subscribe so that you automatically get our show when it’s released we are also available on Stitcher for iOS, Android and Web Player and now Tunein.
Our web page at www.iancorless.comhas all our links and back catalogue.
Please support Talk Ultra by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/talkultra and THANKS to all our Patrons who support us. Rand Haley and Simon Darmody get a mention on the show here for ‘Becoming 100k Runners’ with a high-tier Patronage.
Keep running
*****
Stitcher You can listen on iOS HERE, Android HERE or via a web player HERE
Website- talkultra.com

Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2018 Race Summary and Images

The second race of the 2018 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series kicked today on the island of La Palma (La Isla Bonita). The stunning Fuencaliente lighthouse once again providing an epic backdrop as 1000+ head-torches rushed north for a 74km journey  of tough and challenging terrain on the islands iconic GR131 route. It was a day of mixed temperatures and the Route of the Volcanoes was bathed in glorious sun as the runners broke through a cloud inversion before heading to the mist, grey and damp of El Pilar. Pushing onwards, the wind increased causing a challenging chill that resulted in many runners reaching for wind proofs. As often happens on La Palma, push through the cloud and a new weather system awaits, it was no different for the 2018 Transvulcania. Running around the Caldera to Roques de Los Muchachos, intense heat and blue skies greeted the runners all the way. Dropping back down to the sea and Tazacorte Puerto, the only thing that remained was the final challenging climb to the finish in Los Llanos.

For the ladies’ 2016 and 2017 champion and pre-race favorite Ida Nilsson lead the charge and she never really looked back. It was a strong performance.

As often happens, the chasing group can change as the brutality of the Transvulcania route takes its toll. Monica Comas from Spain placed 2nd just 6-minutes behind Ida.

The American contingent of Kelly Wolf and Brittany Peterson placed 3rd and 4th ahead of Russia’s Ekaterina Mityaeva, their times 8:49, 8:59 and 9:13 respectively.

The men’s race proved to be a real revelation… despite the early efforts of Cody Reed, he faded around the 20km mark and then all the main contenders and protagonists made their moves. It was a close race and the long descent to Tazacorte Puerto was always going to be decisive. Pere Aurell Bove held a lead over Dmitry Mityaev, Thibaud Garriver, Marco De Gasperi and Xavier Thevenard. For perspective, it is arguably one of the closest top-5 the race has experience, 7:37, 7:38, 7:42, 7:44 and 7:47 respectively. It is fair to say, that for Pere Aurelio, this is one of the biggest victories of his career and one that he will savour for a long time.

Image gallery available HERE

Route Summary:

Leaving Fuencalientie lighthouse, black sandy trails lead to Los Canarios. From here, the route weaves in and out of pine forests – underfoot the trails are good, at times technical but it is as the runners break the tree line that the challenging volcano sections await. The arrival of the sun provides some clarity and the push begins to El Pilar and notable marker in the race progression.

At least 5km of relatively flat and easy running follow El Pilar. It provides an opportunity for the ‘runners’ to stretch their legs and either extend or reclaim lost time. A left turn and suddenly they are climbing again, high trees with a canopy of green shelter the runners and then from El Reventon the true splendor of this mountain range is exposed with Roques de los Muchachos visible in the distance.

The harder sections of technical running around the Caldera, combined with heat and altitude provided the next challenge. From the high point, dropping 2400+m in 18km requires legs and nerves of steel. Believe me, it’s one hell of a ride. The early sections are open and the heat hits hard. Tree cover finally arrives and underfoot the single-track changes from dusty sand perpetuated with rocks to sand trail covered with a blanket of pine needles. In the latter stage pine needles giveaway to rocks and then the final zig-zag steep path to the port follows.

At Tazacorte Puerto, a short run along the beach, a technical run through a gulley and then a relentless claim all the way to the finish line in Los Llanos would decide the overall winner of the 2018 Transvulcania La Palma

Transvulcania VK by Binter – 2018 Race Summary and Images

The island of La Palma today hosted the Winter Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® (VK) one of many VK’s in the 2018 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit.

Just last weekend in Italy the Trentapassi Vertical, rising 1,000m above Italy’s Lake Iseo took place and many of the runners who participated followed up with the VK in La Palma.

To clarify, a VK is a uphill mountain race that climbs for 1,000m over a course that is less than 5 km in length. Certain courses on the circuit do obtain special dispensation – Transvulcania one case in point.

The route here in La Palma covers over 1200m of vertical gain over a distance of 7.6km and re-traces sections of the Ultramarathon course and concludes at the forest lookout tower at an altitude of 1600m and stunning views of the Aridane valley and the north east of the island.

From sea to sky, today in La Palma, the BBinter Transvulcania VK provided a wonderful showcase for the sport as runners departed from Tazacorte Puerto. However, the usual glorious skies of blue and intense sunshine were replaced with cloud, grey and at times, light rain.

The line-up for the VK was impressive with Stian Angermund, Pascal Egli, Aritz Egea and Ondrej Fejfar heading up a world-class field.

Pascal Egli dominated with a strong performance ahead of Stian Angermund-Vik and Rui Ueda. Their times 47:55, 48:03 and 48:08.

Christel Dewalle set blistering pace and set a new course record ahead of Laura Orgue and Zuzana Krchova. Their times 56:52, 57:19 and 1:01:13.

Attention now turns to the main event of the weekend, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon that starts in the early hours of the morning on Saturday at Fuencalienti lighthouse. You can read the race preview HERE.

Full set of race images available HERE

Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2018 Race Preview

Transvulcania is upon us! Since 2012, the race has been an ever-present in the Skyrunner World Series and now it is acclaimed the world over as a pinnacle event. Taking place on the Isla Bonita (the beautiful island) of La Palma, the race personifies the pure ethos of Skyrunning. It is a wonderfully logical race route that starts next to the sea in the south of the island and concludes on the west of the island in the town of Los Llanos. The route offers 74km’s of amazing trails, wonderful views and technical trail and some real vertical ascent (4350m) and descent (4057m) that tests the legs, lungs and mind of the most experienced runner.

Taking place on the GR131, Rute del Bastion, the route starts low and climbs and climbs into the National Park of the Caldera de Taburiente. Runners then traverse the rim to Roques de Los Muchachos before dropping over 2400m in one leg busting drop of 18km’s to the sea and Tazacorte Puerto before a final push upwards to the finish in Los Llanos.

A decade of Transvulcania and La Palma magic. In 2009, just 378 runners toed the line, in 2018, 2000 runners will embark on the majestic journey. One only has to look at past winners of the race to understand the importance of Transvulcania on the world running map – Luis Alberto Hernando Kilian Jornet, Miguel Heras, Dakota Jones, Emelie Forsberg, Anna Frost and the 2017 champions, Ida Nilsson and Tim Freriks.

As in previous year’s the race has a stellar line-up of world-class talent and notably includes the Italian Skyrunning master, Marco De Gasperi. For Marco, this race will be a departure for him as he will arguably race one of the longest races ever in his remarkable career. He is, one of the first ever official Skyrunner’s who has pioneered and paved a way for the rest. His inclusion in the 2018 Transvulcania is an exciting prospect.

Competition will come from all sides, in particular Xavier Thevenard who comes to the race with incredible results, however, he has raced at Transvulcania before and has always seemed to just miss the performances shown at the UTMB series of events which he has dominated. Will 2018 be his year?

Zaid Ait Malek is a pure Skyrunner. He placed 3rd last year and this year may well place 2nd or take the top slot. The race is there for the taking and Zaid has all the skills to make it happen.

Jason Schlarb raced in La Palma last year and had a solid result. He knows the race now and will be finely tuned to move up the ranks and potentially break into the top-5.

Dmitry Mityaev has risen in the Skyrunning ranks over the last few year’s with a string of excellent performances. He has got better and better and it is fair to say we can expect a solid performance in La Palma. He prefers the longer distances, so, Transvulcania may well be ideal for the Russian.

Michel Lanne rarely these days but when he does, he always excels. He has won CCC and TDS and last-year had a great run in Norway at Tromso SkyRace. For me, on his day, Michel is a potential winner for Transvulcania.

Franco Colle was missing in 2017 from the Skyrunning ranks but he is back. A past winner of the Rut 50km, Franco is an experienced Skyrunner who will make his presence felt in La Palma.

With a stellar line-up, other contenders to watch are as follows:

Morgan Elliott – 2016 and 2017 Skyrunner National Series champion.

Cody Reed – 2nd Bandera 100km and winner of Mt Bachelor 50km.

Cole Watson – 1st Canyons Endurance Run 50km.

Daniel Jung – 2nd Hong Kong 100 in 2017.

Fulvio Dapit – Consistent Skyrunner with great experience. 

Pau Bartolo – 1st at Buff Epic Trail in 2017 and 1st TDS 2015.

Alfredo Gil – 8th Dolomites SkyRace.

Pere Aurell – 4th at The Rut and 3rd at Royal Gran Paradiso.

Thibaud Garrivier – 6th at OCC and Marathon du Mont-Blanc 2017.

Ivan Camps – 5th at Ultra Pirineu.

Francesc Sole – 7th at UTMB and 6th at Ultra Pirineu.

Peter Kienzl – Long distance runner won won 360 Transgrancanaria.

Stephen Wassather – 1st Silver State 50 and 4th Bandera 100km

Jan Bartas – 4th Devil’s Ridge and 8th High Trail Vanoise.

Plus many more…

The ladies’ race has the 2016 and 2017 returning champion and course record holder, Ida Nilsson. In all honesty, if Ida shows any potential of her 2017 form, she will be unstoppable in 2018. She knows the course and has the speed and skills.

Ekaterina Mityaeva like her husband, Dmitry, has grown in experience and stature over the last few years and we can expect her to bring that experience to La Palma. The podium is a distinct possibility! 

Anna Mae Flynn has won Speedgoat 50km and placed 3rd at Lake Sonoma 50, two races that indicate a solid performance at Transvulcania. However, racing in Europe is always different than the US. I still think we will see something solid from this lady.

Cassie Scallon has won Bandera 100km and so we know the distance will not be an issue. In 2017 she had two notable wins at Gorge Waterfalls and Nine Trails.

Brittany Peterson has won Moab Red Hot 55km and placed 2nd at the 50km event at Run Rabbit Run. She is a slid runner with a good skill set that should transfer over to Transvulcania well.

Kelly Wolf may well be a dark horse after her recent win at Tararwera in New Zealnd. Arguably though, her 2nd at Speedgoat 50km and victory at Flagstaff SkyRace is more indicative of a good performance in La Palma.

Francesca Canepa prefers the longer distance races and although she brings a wealth of experience I believe the Italian will lack the speed required to penetrate the top 5.

Emilie Lecomte like Francesca is a long distance specialist and although she will perform well, it is unlikely she has the speed for the podium.

Meredith Edwards placed 2nd at TDS which confirms that climbing is not an issue, the question mark will be does she have the speed required to make the podium?

Eva Moreda is a solid Skyrunner who placed 5th in the 2017 Skyrunner World Series.

Ildiko Wermescher 3rd at TDS, 2nd at Swissalpine T133 and 2nd Swiss Irontrail confirms that Ildiko can run and handle the vert, however, I think Transvulcania may well be around 30km too short for a podium performance.

Laura Besseghini won the 2016 Dolomite Sky Run and in 2017 won Valmalenco Ultra Trail.

Paloma Lobera potentially could impact on the top-10 but lacks the pace or speed for the podium. She placed 8th at Matterhorn Ultraks in 2017.

Zuzana Bartasova – 7th at Trofeo Kima in 2016.

Natalia Roman – 1st Ultratrack Supramonte 2016 and 2nd Mustang Trail Race 2017.

Juan Maria Jimenez – 10th UTMB and 7th Oman Desert Marathon

Maylis Drevon – 11th Transvulcania 2017 and 2nd Marathon du Mont-Blanc 80km.

Plus many more…

Race Website HERE

As a point of note, other races take place over the Transvulcania weekend:

In the marathon, a key name to watch out for is Ryan Sandes, and in the half marathon, Stian Angermund-Vik for the men and Laura Orgue for the ladies.

Action starts on Thursday with the Vertical Kilometer Transvulcania Binter starting in Tazacorte Puerto at 1700 hrs.

The main events take place on Saturday with Transvulcania starting at 0600 and it is estimated that the first finisher will arrive in Los Llanos around 1230pm.

Follow on:

Instagram – @iancorlessphotography

Twitter – @talkultra

facebook.com/iancorlessphotography

Web – www.iancorless.com

Web – www.iancorlessphotography.com

Image sales – www.iancorless.photoshelter.com

Berghaus Dragons Back Race 2017 and Transvulcania 2017 on IRUN4ULTRA

May was a busy month of racing and race coverage. The epic Berghaus Dragons Back Race weaved it’s way down the spine of Wales, starting in the north and finishing in the south.

My summary of the race is available to read on IRUN4ULTRA HERE. You can also listen to episode 136 of Talk Ultra which was a Dragons Back special with three incredible interviews, check it out HERE.

You can view the full image galleries from the Dragons Back Race HERE

May would not be May without the Transvulcania Ultramarthon on the magic island of La Palma. It was a record year with Ida Nilsson setting a new course record and Tim Freriks taking the win for the USA. You can read the summary of the race on IRUN4ULTRA HERE.

You can view images for the Transvulcania VK, the Ultra and a few fun days in the mountains HERE

Episode 135 – Eoin Keith and Tim Freriks

Episode 135 of Talk Ultra brings you two interviews. Eoin Keith talks about running a FKT across Ireland and Tim Freriks talks about bursting onto the world stage with victory at Transvulcania Ultramarathon.
It’s a short show this week folks due to extensive travel and workload. However, we have a couple of great interviews and stories for you.
Back to normal for episode 136!
Read about the 2017 Transvulcania HERE and VK HERE
UP & COMING RACES

Argentina

170x4D | 170 kilometers | May 24, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
80KX2D | 80 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Australia

New South Wales

The North Face 100 Australia | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
The North Face 50 Australia | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Queensland

Victoria

Ultra Marathon 60K | 60 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Austria

Über Drüber UltraMarathon | 63 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Belgium

Wallonia

Trail des Doux Dingues | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Trail des Vallées du Chevalier – 62 km | 62 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Trails des Fous Fourieux | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Bhutan

The Last Secret | 200 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Canada

Alberta

50K Ultra | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 100KM | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Blackfoot Ultra 50 Miler | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Confederation 150K Relay | 150 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Confederation 150K Solo | 150 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

British Columbia

50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ontario

100 Mile | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
200 Mile | 200 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
50 Mile | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

Chile

Atacama Xtreme 100 Miles | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
Atacama Xtreme 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Atacama Xtreme 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Denmark

Midtjylland

Nordisk eXtrem maraton X50 | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Nordisk eXtrem maraton X70 | 70 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Finland

Oulu

NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 160 km | 160 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 53 km | 53 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
NUTS Karhunkierros Trail Ultra – 80 km | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

France

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Trail de Haute Provence – Ultra | 72 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ardèche

205,5 km | 205 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ua-60 duo | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ua-60 solo | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Ardennes

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Aude

Challenge Cathare | 95 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Bouches-du-Rhône

Half – ultimate race | 64 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ultimate Race | 131 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Ultimate Race Relais | 131 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Cantal

La Pastourelle – Le Grand Cirque | 53 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Dordogne

Le relais du perigord sur 105 km (45+60) | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra trail du perigord 105 km | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Haute-Savoie

Technica Maxi Race | 85 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
XL Race | 87 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

62 km | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Haut-Rhin

Trail des Marcaires | 52 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Hérault

Hérault Trail | 73 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Ultra Draille | 120 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Manche

Trail de l’Archange | 55 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Nord

100 km de Steenwerck | 100 kilometers | May 24, 2017 | website

Pas-de-Calais

105 km | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
50 km | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Puy-de-Dôme

Trail experience Chaîne des Puys | 75 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Euskal Trails – Ultra Trail | 130 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Trail des Villages | 80 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Trail Gourmand | 50 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website

Saône-et-Loire

Trails des Vignes | 300 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra Trail de Côte-d’Or | 105 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Savoie

Grand Raid 73 | 73 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Seine-Maritime

60 km | 60 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website
60 km Relais | 60 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Tarn-et-Garonne

52 km | 52 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Vendée

100 km de Vendée | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Vosges

55 km | 55 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Yonne

61 km | 61 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Oxfam Trailwalker France | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia

Bödefelder Hollenlauf 101 KM | 101 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Bödefelder Hollenlauf 67 KM | 67 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Saar-Hunsrück-Supertrail | 128 kilometers | May 26, 2017 | website
Westerwaldlauf 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Schleswig-Holstein

Steinburg – Ultra – Marathon 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 25, 2017 | website

Thuringia

GutsMuths-Rennsteiglauf Super Marathon | 72 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Hungary

Ultrabalaton | 212 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Ireland

Munster

The Irish Trail 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
The Irish Trail 85 km | 85 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Italy

Emilia-Romagna

Nove Colli Running | 202 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Trail Alta Val Nure 60 km | 60 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Liguria

Gran Trail Rensen | 62 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Piedmont

Trail del Monte Soglio – Gir Lung | 63 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Sardinia

Asinara Ultra Trail 80K | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Tuscany

100km del Passatore | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Veneto

Alpago EcoMarathon | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Gran Raid delle Prealpi Trevigiane | 72 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Japan

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
71 km | 71 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Morocco

3 étapes | 77 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website

Nepal

Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon | 60 kilometers | May 29, 2017 | website

Norway

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Lofoten Ultra-Trail | 100 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

Philippines

Hardcore Hundred Miles | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Portugal

100 km | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
60 km | 60 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Blue Island Trail – Ultra Trail | 70 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Réunion

Semi Transrun | 75 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Ultra | 140 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Romania

100 km | 100 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Fundu Moldovei 3-day staged 115km ultra | 115 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Fundu Moldovei Ultra Romania | 115 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website
Transylvania 100k | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Transylvania 50k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Ultramaraton 52,75 km | 52 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Russia

Master | 56 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultimate 100 miles | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Ultra | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Serbia

108 km | 108 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
57 km | 57 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Spain

Balearic Islands

Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls | 185 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Nord | 100 kilometers | May 19, 2017 | website
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls Costa Sud | 85 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Galicia

80 km | 80 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Sweden

Boras Ultra Marathon – 100 miles | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Boras Ultra Marathon – 87 km | 87 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Taiwan

50 km of Wild Pig | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Turkey

Artvin Ultra Trail | 94 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website

Ukraine

Burning Heads 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

United Kingdom

Birmingham

Grand Union Canal Race | 145 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

County Borough of Conwy

Dragon’s Back | 200 miles | May 22, 2017 | website

Cumbria

Keswick Mountain Festival Ultra Trail Marathon | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Old County Tops Fell Race | 37 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Devon

Forces March | 131 miles | May 24, 2017 | website

East Sussex

Weald Challenge 50 km Ultra Trail | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website

Greater London

First Half Challenge | 56 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
London 2 Brighton Challenge | 100 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Shropshire

Apocalypse 100 | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Apocalypse 50 | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Somerset

Westcountry Ultra 100 Miler | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Westcountry Ultra Hilly 50 miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Worcestershire

Severn Challenge | 214 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
Severn Path Ultra | 58 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Severn Plod Ultra | 45 miles | May 26, 2017 | website
Severn Way Ultra | 58 miles | May 28, 2017 | website

United States Minor Outlying Islands

100K Flying Solo | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
100K Relay | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

USA

Alabama

Rockin Choccolocco 50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Arizona

Adrenaline 65K Night Run | 65 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Grand Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | May 27, 2017 | website

California

100 Miler | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
60 Miler | 60 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
San Francisco 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
San Francisco 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Connecticut

Trail 2 Trail Series Kettletown Park 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Florida

Keys 100 Mile | 100 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Keys 50K Race | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Keys 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Georgia

Cruel Jewel 100 | 100 miles | May 19, 2017 | website
Cruel Jewel 50 Mile Race | 50 miles | May 19, 2017 | website

Maine

Pineland Farms 50K Trail | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail | 50 miles | May 28, 2017 | website

Massachusetts

Big Bear 50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website

Minnesota

Spring Superior Trail 50 k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
We Walk! 50 km | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

Missouri

Berryman 50 Miles | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Nebraska

191 miles | 191 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
191 miles Relay | 191 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
G.O.A.T.z Gravel Classic 60k | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
GOATz Gravel Classic 60K | 60 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Nevada

Silver State 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Silver State 50-Miler | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

New Hampshire

Manchester 2 Monadnock Ultramarathon | 55 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

New Jersey

Mayapple 100K Trail Run | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Mayapple 50k Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website

New Mexico

Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50K | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Jemez Mountain Trail Runs 50-Mile | 50 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Ohio

Playin’ Possum 50k | 50 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
Tie Dye 32 Miler | 32 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Oklahoma

Okie Relays 2 – 4 person Relay Team | 41 miles | May 20, 2017 | website
Okie Relays Individual | 42 miles | May 20, 2017 | website

Oregon

TrailFactor 50k | 50 kilometers | May 29, 2017 | website

Rhode Island

Gloridays | 44 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

South Carolina

El Diablo | 220 kilometers | June 02, 2017 | website

Utah

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back | 192 miles | June 02, 2017 | website

Washington

100K | 100 kilometers | May 20, 2017 | website
50K | 50 kilometers | May 21, 2017 | website
Pigtails 100 Mile Challenge | 100 miles | May 27, 2017 | website
Pigtails 150 Mile Challenge | 150 miles | May 26, 2017 | website
Pigtails 200 Mile Challenge | 200 miles | May 25, 2017 | website
Soaring Eagle 10 M Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website
Soaring Eagle 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Wisconsin

Chippewa 50K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | May 27, 2017 | website

Wyoming

Rocky Mountain 50k | 50 kilometers | May 28, 2017 | website
We say this every show, but Talk Ultra is nothing without downloads and listeners so please help us spread the word.
Share us on Facebook
Tweet us on Twitter
And use good old word mouth.
Importantly, go to iTunes and subscribe so that you automatically get our show when it’s released we are also available on Stitcher for iOS, Android and Web Player and now Tunein.
Our web page at www.iancorless.comhas all our links and back catalogue.
Please support Talk Ultra by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/talkultra and THANKS to all our Patrons who support us. Rand Haley and Simon Darmody get a mention on the show here for ‘Becoming 100k Runners’ with a high-tier Patronage.
Stitcher You can listen on iOS HERE, Android HERE or via a web player HERE
Website – talkultra.com

Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2017 Summary – 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

Transvulcania Ultramarathon 2017

The second race of the 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series kicked off today in La Isla Bonita as the glow of Fuencaliente lighthouse faded as 1000+ head-torches rushed north for a 70+km journey on the islands iconic GR131 route.

Soft black lava sand and single-track made the early miles under darkness tough. At the village of Los Canarios it was possible to see who had survived the early difficulties. Cheered by hundreds of locals, Timothy Lee Freriks and Hayden Hawks, the USA duo lead the men’s race followed by Ludovic Pommeret and Nicolas Martin.

For the ladies’ 2016 champion and pre-race favorite Ida Nilsson lead the charge ahead of Anne Lise Rousset and Ragna Debats.

The trails from Los Canarios weave in and out of pine forests – underfoot the trails are good, at times technical but it is as the runners break the tree line that the challenging volcano sections await. The arrival of the sun provides some clarity and the push begins to El Pilar and a notable marker in the race progression.

The Route of the Volcanoes was bathed in early morning sun. The island came to life with the distant islands of Tenerife and La Gomera breaking through the low cloud the race was on.

Timothy Lee Freriks was proving a revelation continued to forge ahead at the front of the race, the pace was high but it was clear that this was not going to be an easy day on the trails. Chasing behind Hayden Hawks and Ludovic Pommeret battled the terrain and in and amongst the lead men, Ida Nilsson was making her presence felt leading the ladies race.

At least 5km of relatively flat and easy running follow El Pilar. It provides an opportunity for the ‘runners’ to stretch their legs and either extend or reclaim lost time. A left turn and suddenly they are climbing again, high trees with a canopy of green shelter the runners and then from El Reventon the true splendor of this mountain range is exposed with Roques de los Muchachos visible in the distance. Freriks and Hawks were pushing ahead together, Pommeret chasing was now 10-minutes behind.

Ida Nilsson extended her margin over Rousset and Debats. Victory looked secured.

It was all to fight for and the the harder sections of technical running around the Caldera, combined with heat and altitude provided the next challenge. Weaving up, down and around the terrain, Freriks pushed looking for a time margin before the 18km and decisive drop to the sea and Tazacorte Port. Hawks was now suffering, the terrain and heat were punishing him and Pommeret was closing.

Freriks arrived at the Port first. Pommeret followed 15-mins later and then Nicolas Martin. Hawks hd suffered with sickness and vomiting. A short run along the beach, a technical run through the gulley and then a relentless climb all the way to the finish line in Los Llanos would decide the overall winner of the 2017 Transvulcania La Palma.

For the men, Freriks clinched the top honors ahead of Pommeret and Zaid Ait Malek had closed on the descent and final climb to clinch 3rd ahead of Martin – a spectacular podium. The times, 7:02:03, 7:18:15 and 7:26:31 respectively.

 

For the ladies, Ida Nilsson backed up 2016 victory with a spectacular showcase performance ahead of Rousset and Allen.

Nilsson setting a new course record 8:04:17 – the 2nd and 3rd placed ladies crossed in 8:32:15 and 8:38:46.

The previous course record was that of Anna Frost set in 2015 – 8:10:41. Luis Alberto Hernando’s male record of 6:52:39 remains a solid benchmark for this course.

Since 2012, Transvulcania Ultramarathon never disappoints, it is arguably one of the greatest courses and finish lines out there. Attention now turns to the iconic and legendary Zegama-Aizkorri, the next race on the 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series.

*******

The “2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series”. The Chinese company, Migu Run, under the name of Migu Xempower, was the Series’ main sponsor in 2016.

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series features 22 races in 11 countries and will reward the champions in the various categories a € 60,000 end of season prize purse.

The Chinese company Migu Run, the creator and owner of an advanced online and offline exercise and health management platform, has been announced as the new long-term title sponsor of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series beginning in 2017.

The Series is structured in three categories, Sky Classic, Sky Extreme and Sky Ultra, counting 22 races in 11 countries stretching from April to October.

Yading is the highest race of the circuit reaching 4,664m altitude. The Yading Skyrun will be organised by China Mountain Trails (CMT), a subsidiary of Migu Run, entrusted with spearheading the trail and mountain running events

Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® 2017 Summary – Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit

Transvulcania VK – May 2017

The island of La Palma today hosted the 2nd Vertical Kilometer® (VK) in the new 2017 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit.

The series started just last weekend in Italy with with the Trentapassi Vertical, rising 1,000m above Italy’s Lake Iseo with two new race records. Read the report HERE.

To clarify, a VK is a uphill mountain race that climbs for 1,000m over a course that is less than 5 km in length. Certain courses on the circuit do obtain special dispensation – Transvulcania one case in point.

The route here in La Palma covers over 1200m of vertical gain over a distance of 7.6km and re-traces sections the Ultramarathon course along the GR131 and concludes at the forest lookout tower at an altitude of 1600m with stunning views of the Aridane valley and the north east of the island.

The VK circuit is a Skyrunner® World Series spin off – previously, the Vertical Kilometer® discipline was included in the SWS, it now has its own category that will allow more races in an ever increasing market. In 2017 there are seventeen races in eight countries.

Featuring  the world’s shortest and fastest races, the first and only triple VK, some 20-year-old classics and some exciting new ones, the 2017 Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit will produce some very exciting races.

From sea to sky, up cliff faces, volcanoes, mountain summits and ski runs, this gravity-defying sport is for anyone ready to push their limits – today in La Palma, Transvulcania provided a wonderful showcase for the sport as runners departed from Tazacorte Puerto.

The line-up for the VK was impressive with Stian Angermund, Saul Padua, Ferran Teixido, Remi Bonnet and Ondrej Fejfar heading up a world-class field. Transvulcania Ultramarathon champion Luis Alberto Hernando, also toed the line along with Arley Luque, Jose Manuel Leon, Daniel Garcia, Diego Simon, Joan Freixa and many more.

Stian Angermund dominated with a strong and. course record performance ahead of Luis Alberto Hernando and Saul Padua. His time of 00:47:22. Hernando ran 48:39 and Padua 50:41.

Yuri Yoshizumi headed up the ladies’ competition with Virginia Perez, Daniella Moreno, Gabriela Sanches, Zuzana Kirchova and Zuzana Urbancova, and a return to racing for Stephanie Jimenez after giving birth to her first child recently.

Christel Dewalle from France was an entrant in the race but withdrew from the competition on Tuesday May 9th. This morning, May 11th, the ISF (International Skyrunning Federation) released a communique that related to a doping infringement by Dewalle under WADA rules that related to the Skyrunning World championships in 2016. Dewalle has received a 4-month ban from the sport effective from May 8th and her results from said World Championships will be removed. See the communication HERE.

Yuri Yoshizumi pushed hard up this long course to clinch victory ahead of Stephanie Jimenez and Zuzana Kirchova, the times 00:59:28, 01:01:18 and 01:04:33 respectively.

Attention now turns to the main event of the weekend, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon that starts in the early hours of the morning on Saturday at Fuencalienti lighthouse. You can read the race preview HERE.

TRANSVULCANIA ULTRAMARATHON 2017 PREVIEW – 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series kicked-off in April in China with Yading SkyRun – a 29km ‘SKY CLASSIC’ event that set a new benchmark in high altitude sport. Attention now turns to the iconic Transvulcania Ultramarathon, the first ‘Ultra’ race in the 2017 calendar.

Transvulcania and the island of La Palma has become arguably one of the most well-known races around the world after its inclusion in the SWS in 2012. The motto, Less Cloud, More Sky is personified by this point-to-point course that climbs from sea level all the way up to extended periods of running well above 2000m. The drop from Roques de Los Muchachos has gained a reputation as one of the toughest and most challenging in the world – 2426m in 18km. Tazacorte Port offers some recovery but the final 5km kick up to the finish line in Los Llanos is brutal and in past editions has been a decisive part of the race.

Anna Frost, Emelie Forsberg and Ida Nilsson have shone the light for the ladies in recent years and for the men, Dakota Jones, Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando have set the benchmark of how to cover this tough and challenging course in record times.

The 2017 edition of the race looks set to have all the makings of a classic with a stunning world-class field.

Luis Alberto Hernando will not defend his title this year leaving an opportunity for a new male champion. In the ladies’ race, Ida Nilsson will return and after showing incredible form in China at the Kora Ultra – she is without doubt the hot favourite for victory on the trails of the GR131.

The Men’s Race

The race for victory in the men’s category will be a terrifying one as many of the world’s best will go head-to-head.

Nicolas Martin from France placed 2nd in 2016 and excelled at Skyrunning is without doubt a hot favourite for victory.

Hayden Hawks a rising star from the USA who is setting a fast trail following in the footsteps of Walmsley and Miller. He will go out all guns blazing. He already has two victories over the 50km and 55km distance in 2016 and 2nd at Chuckanut 50km.

 

Pau Capell from Spain who is currently on a roll after victory at Transgrancanaria and 2nd at MIUT (Madeira Island Ultra Trail) will without doubt be a contender for the podium if not victory. He’s on fire at the moment!

UTMB reigning champion Ludovic Pommeret from France had a great 2016 with three victories, a 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in Maxi Race China, MSIG Lantau 50 and the IAU World Trail Champs. In 2017, he has only raced once, March, at the Trail du Ventoux and he placed 2nd.

Xavier Thevenard also from France who is the only runner to win all UTMB events – OCC, TCC, TDS and UTMB.  In March he placed 8th behind Pommeret’s 2nd at Trail du Ventoux but recently placed 3rd at MIUT behind Francois D’Haene and Pau Capell – maybe the form is coming?

Tom Owens from the UK is in fine form now after a stunning victory at The Coastal Challenge and in Costa Rica and 2nd at the ‘Three Peaks’ in the UK. He has raced in La Palma before and struggled with the heat, this year will be a different story.

Remigio Huaman from Perú recently raced at MDS and excelled with a top placing. He is new to Skyrunning but he laid some great foundations in 2016.

And finally, Hardrock 100 winner Jason Schlarb from the USA rounds out the top challengers for the podium places after a solid The Coastal Challenge earlier this year and a recent win at Zion 55km.

Dimitris Theodorakakos from Greece has also raced well in La Palma in the past and he will be a contender ahead of one of the strongest male fields this island has ever seen:

Diego Camacho,

Dmitry Mityaev,

Nuno Silva,

Roger Viñas,

Jan Bartas,

Fulvio Dapit,

Daniel Jung,

Daniel Aguirre,

Manuel Anguita,

Thomas Angeli,

Lamnbert Santelli,

Iván Ortiz,

Héctor Haines,

Francesc Sole,

David López Castán,

Davide Cheraz,

Santiago Obaya,

Ignacio Conde,

Antonio Manjón,

Martin Schedler,

Zdenek Kriz,

Peter Fankhauser,

Ernest Ausiro,

Santos Gabriel Rueda,

Alejandro Fraguela,

Basilio Labrador,

José Carlos Vera,

Francisco Javier Rodríguez,

Santiago García,

Pere Aurell,

Agustín Luján Maldonado,

Iván Cáceres,

Chico Santos,

Martial Collomb,

and Xavier Teixido.

 

The Ladies Race

Ida Nilsson from Sweden will be head and shoulders above the rest of the field if she shows anything of the form she had at the recent racing in China at the Yading Skyrunning Festival. In 2016, she won Transvulcania and The Rut in addition to the Endurance Challenge 50 in December.

Anne Lise Rousset from France had a very solid 2016 and took a stunning victory at High Trail Vanoise. Two 2nd’s at The Rut and Transvulcania most certainly make her a potential winner in 2017.

Andrea Huser from Switzerland is relentless in her racing calendar. This year she has already taken two victories and one second place at Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan, MIUT and Transgrancanaria. She will without doubt be in contention for a top placing but for me, will lack the speed needed to win this race.

Hillary Allen from the USA had a solid year Skyrunning in 2016 with a string of podium places at The Rut, Ultra Pirineu, Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira and Transvulcania. It’s fair to say she was tired at the end of the year and I believe that Transvulcania kicks-off her 2017 campaign.

 

Kristina Pattison also from the USA like Hillary Allen had a strong 2016 with a sting of top places typically between 4th and 6th.

Ragna Debats from Holland was 3rd at the IAU World Trail Champs in 2016 – a stand out performance. Just last weekend she placed 2nd in China at the Yading races. She will be in the mix for the top-5.

Mimmi Kotka from Sweden won the CCC in 2016 along with Gran Trail Courmayeur and Trail des Balcons d’Azur – I think she may well be a surprise package of the 2017 edition of Transvulcania.

Cassie Scallon from the USA has won three races in 2017 already – Gorge Waterfalls 50km. Nine Trails 35m and La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run. However, her victory at Bandera 100km in 2016 is her stand out performance. More importantly, her 16th placing at Festival de Templiers is maybe more relevant to Transvulcania.

Zuzana Urbancova from the Czech Republic placed 7th at Trofeo Kima and 8th at USM in 2016 – she is contender for the top-10 and maybe the top-5 if she has a good day!

Corrine Malcolm from the USA was 6th at The Rut in 2016 and a recent 2nd at the Yakima Skyline Rim 50km shows that 2017 form is coming.

Verónica Bravo from Chile has a great pedigree in adventure racing and has won The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica.

Ekaterina Mityaeva from Russia has slowly but surely made her presence felt in the Skyrunning world, her best result 4th at Ultra Pirineu.

Maïlys Drevon placed 2nd at Mont-Blanc 80km and heads up a string of other top-female contenders will be chasing the ladies above:

Eva María Moreda,

Raquel Martínez,

Sara Longoni,

María Yolanda Fernández,

Tracy Dean,

Natalia Román,

Noelia Camacho,

Ana Begoña González,

Elisabeth Margeirsdottir,

Manikala Rai,

Svetlana Buravova.

Action kicks-off in La Palma on Thursday with the Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer, the second race in the ‘new’ 2017 VERTICAL KILOMETER® WORLD CIRCUIT HERE

The main event of the weekend, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon starts on Saturday the 13th at 0600 hours. The route begins at Faro de Fuencaliente and continues through the “Gran Recorrido” trail GR 131, also known as ‘Ruta del Bastón’, until Puerto de Tazacorte. Connecting with the GR 130, Camino Real de la Costa, the route continues until the finish line located in Plaza de España – Los Llanos de Aridane.

*****

The “2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

The Chinese company, Migu Run, under the name of Migu Xempower, was the Series’ main sponsor in 2016.

The 2017 Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series features 22 races in 11 countries and will reward the champions in the various categories a € 60,000 end of season prize purse.

The Chinese company Migu Run, the creator and owner of an advanced online and offline exercise and health management platform, has been announced as the new long-term title sponsor of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series beginning in 2017.

The Series is structured in three categories, Sky Classic, Sky Extreme and Sky Ultra, counting 22 races in 11 countries stretching from April to October.

As Hard as a Rock -Jason Schlarb on IRUN4ULTRA

Jason Schlarb is ‘the man!’ – Let’s face it, anyone who can go head-to-head with ‘KJ’ and finish alongside him at Hardrock 100 is doing something right. Jason just placed 3rd at The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica and while we downed one or three ‘Imperials’ we discussed what 2017 has in store.

Read the article on IRUN4ULTRA HERE