America's only certified Skyrace course. Race Beast of Big Creek on Mt. Ellinor in Hoodsport, WA on Aug 3rd, 2024.

America's only certified Skyrace course. Race Beast of Big Creek on Mt. Ellinor in Hoodsport, WA on Aug 3rd, 2024.

The incredibly internationally diverse Amazean Jungle 2024 by UTMB happened this past weekend (May 3-5, 2024) in the Betong District, Thailand. I think that’s the most diverse combined podiums of any race I’ve been tracking so far this year. One country does stick out on that podium listing though is ‘Russia’. Back in 2022 when Russia first attacked Ukraine UTMB released a statement aligning themselves with the recommendations of the IOC banning Russian athletes. When clicking through to the athlete profile of ‘Elena Anisimova’ she’s listed as a neutral athlete. It seems the website results page isn’t able to list a “neutral athlete” designation. So this seems to be a technical issue rather than a policy reversal, which is for another post to dive into.

Below are the top runners, for full results visit UTMB live:

Betong 140 (147KM – 4 STONES)

Women:

  1. Man Yee Cheung – Hong Kong – 30:25:13
  2. Francesca Canepa – Italy – 35:51:51
  3. Nutcha Phalee – Thailand – 40:14:52

Men:

  1. Gediminas Grinius – Lithuania 24:23:36
  2. Sangé Sherpa – Nepal – 28:26:41
  3. Michal Lesniak -Poland – 28:40:31

Betong 100 (107KM – 3 STONES)

Women:

  1. Hau Ha Thi – Vietnam – 16:12:30
  2. Hang Le – Vietnam – 22:41:37
  3. Siok Har Lim – Malaysia – 22:42:01

Men:

  1. DISI LIANG – China – 15:39:09
  2. Hau Ha Thi – Vietnam – 16:12:30
  3. Yutaro Yokouchi – Japan – 16:51:12

Betong 50 (56KM – 2 STONES)

Women:

  1. Vanja Cnops – Belgium – 07:25:03
  2. JIANGRONG YUAN – China – 07:38:50
  3. Elena Anisimova – Russia – 08:10:53

Men:

  1. TAO LUO – China – 05:38:33
  2. PEIQUAN YOU – China – 05:50:58
  3. Davide LIU – Italy – 06:13:20

Betong 20 (26KM – 1 STONE)

Women:

  1. Yupa Saelee – Thailand – 03:36:57
  2. Pengjia Chen – China – 04:24:31
  3. Prissana Machuay – Thailand – 04:25:35

Men:

  1. Tiago Vieira – Portugal – 02:30:37
  2. YIH SUA – Malaysia – 03:08:38
  3. Nobuhito Kubo – Japan – 03:09:12

Betong 10 (17KM – 1 STONE)

Women:

  1. Phapada Ninvisut – Thailand – 02:01:09
  2. DUANGJAI Wangjaroenmanee – Thailand – 02:11:46
  3. Lee Jing – Malaysia – 02:12:35

Men:

  1. Hiroyuki Kawachi – Japan – 01:30:36
  2. Malachy Kirwan – Ireland – 01:34:58
  3. Rodrigue Hauwaerts – Belgium – 01:43:26

As UTMB events goes, this was on the smaller side with ‘just’ 1,657 racers and 1,275 finishers for the five events combined. Below are the numbers broken down by distance and gender:

  • 100M Starters: 81 – DNF: 49 – Finishers: 32. Women: 5 (16%) – Men: 27 (84%)
  • 100K Starters: 184 – DNF: 105 – Finishers: 79. Women: 17 (22%) – Men: 62 (78%)
  • 50K Starters: 563 – DNF: 150 – Finishers: 412. Women: 105 (25%) – Men: 307 (75%)
  • 20K Starters: 606 – DNF: 70 – Finishers: 545. Women: 185 (34%) – Men: 359 (66%)
  • 10K Starters: 223 – DNF: 16 – Finishers: 207. Women: 96 (46%) – Men: 111 (54%)

In total the event saw 1,275 finishers, 408 (32%) women and 866 (68%) men reached the finish line and earned themselves stones and an UTMB index (or directly punched their ticket to the Finals in Chamonix for 2025).

The photos from the start in the tunnel looked absolutely amazing, what a cool place for a race start.

Next up on the UTMB World Series Calendar is the first doubleheader of the year with two sold out events with UTMB’s Valhöll in Córdoba, Argentina on May 9-12 and Ultra-Trail Snowdonia in Llanberis, Wales on May 10-12.

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