Run the iconic Mount Ellinor on Aug 5, 2023 in the Olympic Mountains.

Run the iconic Mount Ellinor on Aug 5, 2023 in the Olympic Mountains.

UTMB, the full circumnavigation of the Mont-Blanc is why we’re here in Chamonix, why we’re glued to the screens and frantically refreshing our social networks. The race is 170 kilometers and 10,000 ft of vertical gain. There are tougher races in the world, but there aren’t any that are also attempted by over 2,500 people each year. The 2022 edition saw 838 DNFs with many notable runners not making it far due to getting sick or injured or just plain not making it.

Here are the top three women:

  1. Katie SCHIDE – USA 23:15:12
  2. Marianne HOGAN – Canada – 24:31:22
  3. Kaytlyn GERBIN – USA – 25:07:44

This was the North America show, through and through. And while we’re joking about a curse on why the American men seemingly are unable to win this race the women continue to dominate and are almost making a mockery of this storyline. Of course there isn’t a curse, and there are other reasons, and one of them is named “Kilian Jornet” but this will be for a separate post.

And the top three men:

  1. Kilian JORNET BURGADA – Spain – 19:49:30
  2. Mathieu BLANCHARD – France – 19:54:50
  3. Thomas EVANS – Great Britain – 20:34:35

Top American man was Jim Walmsley in 4th and in 21:12:12.

Kilian and Mathieu broke the 20hrs for the first time in the history of the race. The weather was favorable and the two pushed themselves do obliterate the competition in what had seemed like a surefire win for Jim who lead after the Grand Col Ferret by 12 min. Man, this race is so long and in ultras so much can happen in the span of many miles and many hours. It was another incredible show to witness.

Full results can be found here.