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One of South America’s biggest trail races, Valhöll Argentina by UTMB happened this past weekend (May 9-12, 2024) in Villa General Belgrano, Córdoba Argentina. I’m a bit late with results this week, the racing season is kicking up and things are getting busy around here.

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

EPIC 125K (125 KM – 4 STONES)

Women:

  1. Tara FRAGA – USA – 20:12:28
  2. Belen BARRERA – Argentina – 20:36:57
  3. Laura Emilce GORDIOLA – Argentina – 20:51:07

Men:

  1. Santos Gabriel RUEDA – Argentina – 14:27:14
  2. Ludovic POMMERET – France – 14:37:16
  3. Sergio Gustavo PEREYRA – Argentina – 14:46:18

ADVANCE 80K (80.7 KM – 3 STONES)

Women:

  1. Anabel Estefanía OVIEDO ZELARAYÁN – Argentina – 09:34:04
  2. Daniela RINCON RUBIANO – Colombia – 10:12:42
  3. Maria Ayelen SIAN – Argentina – 10:30:49

Men:

  1. Remigio HUAMAN QUISPE – Peru – 07:50:19
  2. Horacio PEÑALOZA GROSSI – Argentina – 07:59:13
  3. Patricio GONZALEZ – Argentina -07:59:13

CHALLENGE 55K (57.3 KM – 2 STONES)

Women:

  1. Maria Sol ANDREUCETTI – Argentina – 06:36:17
  2. Florencia Soledad IURNO – Argentina – 06:50:42
  3. Milagros PARERA – Argentina – 06:58:36

Men:

  1. Nicolas Ignacio BENAVIDES BOHLE Chile – 05:30:10
  2. Mauro Laureano ROMERO – Argentina – 05:47:20
  3. Luis VALLE B – Chile – 05:48:27

COURAGE 35K (37.9 KM – 2 STONES)

Women:

  1. Maria Paula GALINDEZ – Argentina – 03:35:15
  2. Maria Belen SANCHEZ RUIZ – Argentina – 03:53:59
  3. Patricia COBI – Chile – 03:56:18

Men:

  1. Javier MARIQUEO – Argentina – 03:07:34
  2. Marcelo DEL COLLADO – Argentina – 03:07:42
  3. Maikol MENDEZ – Uruguay – 03:10:59

POWER 22K (20.7 KM – 1 STONE)

Women:

  1. Paula NAZAL LABRIN – Chile – 02:06:19
  2. Olivia CASTRO GELMI – Argentina – 02:12:29
  3. Karina Paola SOSA – Argentina – 02:13:17

Men:

  1. Agustin ALANIZ – Argentina – 01:42:29
  2. Brian José PALACIOS – Argentina – 01:46:27
  3. Juan Cruz BUSTOS – Argentina – 01:50:56

* To streamline the results, going forward I am now only listing results for the “stone” races.

Overall Valhöll Argentina saw a total of 3,732 starters, 3,535 finishers for the six events combined. Below are the numbers broken down by distance and gender:

  • 125K Starters: 294 – DNF: 98 – Finishers: 196. Women: 28 (14%) Men: 168 (86%)
  • 80K Starters: 414 – DNF: 18 – Finishers: 396. Women: 79 (20%) Men: 317 (80%)
  • 55K Starters: 712 – DNF: 51 – Finishers: 662. Women: 222 (34%) Men: 440 (66%)
  • 35K Starters: 918 – DNF: 22 – Finishers: 897. Women: 373 (41%) Men: 524 (58%)
  • 22K Starters: 1,030 – DNF: 8 – Finishers: 1,022. Women: 529 (52%) Men: 493 (48%)
  • 11K Starters: 364 – DNF: 2 – Finishers: 362. Women: 221 (61%) Men: 141 (39%)

In total the event saw 3,535 finishers, and 3,173 finishers in “stone-eligible races”. 1,231 (39%) women and 1,942 (61%) 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).

Two standout names on the scoreboard are Ludovic POMMERET from France, who travelled to Argentina to take second place in the 125K. Ludo is in his late 40’s and has been racing on the highest level for 20 years. What an incredible achievement and inspiration for old folks like me.

The second person is American Tara FRAGA from the Pacific Northwest who crushed the 125K and came in first – congrats!


I believe I am repeating myself, but I am super fascinated as I am tracking these results for UTMB events all over the world how BIG trail racing is in parts of the world I don’t have any access to. Of course, this lack of knowledge sits squarely on me, but even more so, I am excited to learn how big trail racing is, not just in “classic western trail communities”. This is in many ways what makes the UTMB World Series special. The element of travel and adventure, of camaraderie, of shared passion and joy. It’s needed more than even in our world today.

Next up on the UTMB World Series Calendar is another doubleheader with the amazing Trail Alsace Grand Est by UTMB in the Alsace region of France on May 17 – 20 and Ultra-Trail Australia by UTMB in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia on May 16 – 19.

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