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 Canyon Endurance Runs by UTMB went down this weekend (April 26-27, 2024). After a slew of press announcements over the weeks leading up to itthe American Major, first time live streamed went off without a hitch as long endurance trail races go. In a full weekend of trail racing, this event, especially here in the US, definitely took the lion share of online chatter (it also helped the Courtney had already won her Mt. Fuji race before the races in Auburn, California even took off). Catherine Poletti was present again at the start/finish line adding to the “finish in downtown like in Chamonix” feel of the event. Canyons 100K was also the last race on the calendar offering Golden Tickets into Western States.

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

100M (164KM – 8 STONES)

Women:

  1. Elena Horton – US – 21:35:56
  2. Jacquie Mannhard – US – 22:35:52
  3. Sonia Ahuja – US – 23:11:53

Men:

  1. Canyon Woodward – US – 18:54:32
  2. Nicholas Lightbody – CA – 19:14:17
  3. Nick Orr – US – 19:55:51

100K (101KM – 6 STONES)

Women:

  1. Katie Schide – US – 09:10:10
  2. EmKay Sullivan – US – 10:01:26
  3. Anna Kacius – US – 10:24:37

Men:

  1. Rod Farvard – US – 08:44:30
  2. Drew Holmen – US – 08:51:09
  3. Petter Engdahl – SE – 08:55:31

50K (50KM – 4 STONES)

Women:

  1. Dani Moreno – US – 03:52:24
  2. Jennifer Lichter – US – 03:57:49
  3. Tabor Hemming – US – 03:59:44

Men:

  1. Eli Hemming – US – 03:25:23
  2. Daniel Jones – NZ – 03:28:03
  3. Cole Watson – US – 03:32:51

20K (24KM – 2 STONES)

Women:

  1. Bailey Cossentine – US – 01:55:52
  2. Amanda Wiggenhorn – US – 01:58:55
  3. Natalie Chirgwin – US – 02:01:41

Men:

  1. Talon Hull – US – 01:25:59
  2. Richard Skogsberg – US – 01:31:04
  3. Eric Hamel – US – 01:32:06

Combined, the events had 1,987 racers and 1,723 finishers. Below are the numbers broken down by distance and gender:

  • 100M Starters: 291 – DNF 105 – Finishers 186. Women: 33 (18%) – Men: 153 (82%)
  • 100K Starters: 586 – DNF: 141 – Finishers: 445. Women: 118 (27%) – Men: 324 (73%)
  • 50K Starters: 642 – DNF: 12 – Finishers: 630. Women: 203 (32%) – Men: 427 (68%)
  • 20K Starters: 468 – DNF: 6 – Finishers: 462. Women: 221 (48%) – Men: 240 (52%)

In total the event saw 1,723 finishers, 575 (33%) women and 1,144 (66%) 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).

  • US trail races are often held as shiny beacons of gender equality, or rather, the best that it can be around the world, but these numbers, while not bad are on par with China’s Mount Yun and lag behind Tarawera’s splits.
  • The DNF rate on the 100M was pretty high compared to other UTMB events so far on the calendar.
  • This is the last year that Canyons will be the American Major – it’ll be interesting to see how total participating will change if ‘double stones’ aren’t up for grabs anymore.

Next up on the UTMB World Series Calendar is UTMB’s Amazean Jungle in Thailand on May 3 – 5.

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