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January 29, 2024 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRClearwater and Mountain Mist, and Oman and Orcas. I really like the contradictions, the variety, and alliteration. There weren’t any main races this weekend, however there was a full set of occasions to rundown, largely across the U.S. Let’s get this Monday rolling!

Mountain Mist 50k – Huntsville, Alabama

It was the race’s thirtieth 12 months inside Monte Sano State Park, and this 12 months’s race was run in heavy rain.

Jeffrey Stern mastered the muddy observe in 4:13 for the win. That was effectively away from second- and third-place Michael Loutzenheise and Jack Martin and their 4:27 and 4:30 finishes.

Jeffrey Stern - 2024 Mountain Mist 50k men's winner

Jeffrey Stern takes the win on the 2024 Mountain Mist 50k. Picture: Spencer Cox

Girls’s champ Deanna Doane upset defending champ Sara Gibson. The 2 frontrunners got here by means of in 5:52 and 5:58, and Kimberley Friberg was third in 6:24.

Full outcomes (when accessible).

Deanna Doane - 2024 Mountain Mist 50k women's winner

Deanna Doane wins the 2024 Mountain Mist 50k. Picture: Spencer Cox

Arches Extremely – Moab, Utah

The Mad Moose Occasions desert season received underway simply exterior of the race’s namesake nationwide park.

Within the 50 miler, Joel Shores dipped underneath the seven-hour mark with a 6:55 first-place end. David Eik wasn’t too far behind in 7:11, and Christian Labeck capped the rostrum at 7:46. Solely seven seconds separated the entrance two girls. Maggie Shafer and Kaitie Sloan each got here in at 8:21, however Shafer was in entrance for the victory. Kayde Anderson was third in 9:21.

The boys’s 50-kilometer race was an early season burner. Brian Whitfield and Caleb Olson got here able to race and Whitfield was virtually two minutes in entrance on the finish. He completed in 3:31 and Olson was second in 3:32. Alex Johnson was off the lead tempo however on the rostrum at 3:49.

Girls’s winner Anne Flower completed in 4:12. Moira O’Connor Lenth and Madeline Hirschfeld have been second and third in 4:23 and 4:41, respectively.

Full outcomes.

2024 Arches Ultra 50k women's podium

The 2024 Arches Extremely 50k girls’s podium (l-to-r): 3. Madeline Hirschfeld, 1. Anne Flower, and a pair of. Moria O’Connor Lenth. Picture: Mad Moose Occasions

Oman Desert Marathon – Oman

The stage race was run within the fashion of Marathon des Sables. In Oman, the desert run totaled 165k (102 miles) over 4 days. Runners have been self-sufficient on meals and kit, and took shelter in race-provided tents every night time.

Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) received the lads’s race with a 16:06 end. He completed first on days one and two, third on day three, and second on day 4 towards his general win. El Morabity is a nine-time Marathon des Sables winner. Oman runners Saleh Al Saidi and Ghaith Al Saidi have been second and third in 16:27 and 17:23.

A small girls’s discipline was led by Aziza Raji (Morocco) in 23:13. Aziza El Amrany (Morocco) was second in 23:40, and Veronique Messina (France) completed third in 25:38.

Full outcomes.

Aziza Raji - 2024 Oman Desert Marathon women's winner

Aziza Raji (proper), the 2024 Oman Desert Marathon girls’s winner. On the left, second place Aziza El Amrany chases. Picture: Oman Desert Marathon/Ian Corless

Extra Races and Runs

La Llanera – Barcelona, Spain

Abel Carretero (Spain) scored a brand new course document in 3:21 on the marathon distance course. Pau Capell (Spain) was second in 3:26, and Aniol Riba (Spain) was third in 3:33. Capell celebrated working pain-free on social media afterward. Girls’s winner Raquel Picón (Spain) led in 4:27. Irene Picón (Spain) and Manuela Vilaseca (Brazil, lives in Spain) got here subsequent in 4:31 and 4:48, respectively. Full outcomes.

Orcas Island 50k – Orcas Island, Washington

Lon Freeman and Taylor Nowlin received the Rainshadow Working race in 5:12 and 5:30. Freeman received final 12 months’s Orcas Island 50 Mile too. Full outcomes.

Sean O’Brien 100k – Malibu, California

The 100k frontrunners Max Jolliffe and Kenzie MacPhail got here by means of in 10:00 and 11:59, and 50-mile winners Walter Escalante and Barbara Thomson completed in 9:05 and 10:37. Jeff Colt and Catherine Leclair received the 50k in 4:06 and 5:29. Full outcomes.

Monterey Extremely 50 Mile – Monterey, California

The Inside Path occasion occurred inside Fort Ord Nationwide Monument. Kevin Stewart ran 6:52 to win the lads’s 50 miler, and Jenny Jacox received the ladies’s race in 9:33. Within the 50k, Matt Ledoux and Emily Flynn have been champs in 4:41 and 5:00, respectively. Full outcomes.

Wildcatter Extremely 50k – Graham, Texas

A small discipline led by Pieter Steenkamp and Katherine Crouse toured the Wildcatter Ranch and Resort. Steenkamp and Crouse received in 4:37 and 5:44. Full outcomes.

Willis River 50k – Cumberland, Virginia

The small occasion had simply 18 finishers, however Alex Shtogren and Alivia Sorah did it in 6:16 and seven:29. Full outcomes.

South Mountains Marathons – Connelly Springs, North Carolina

Climate pressured an earlier postponement of the 50k and marathon inside South Mountains State Park. There’s waterfalls, creek crossings, and about 600 stairs on the course. Miller Groome and Valerie Matena received the 50k in 4:49 and 6:06, and Mark Rebholz and Aly Pagano led the marathon in 4:18 and 5:38. Full outcomes.

Snow Chook 50k – Seneca, South Carolina

Race winners Nhan Nguyen and Jennifer Lybrand ringed the two.62-mile loop 12 instances to get to 50k, and so they did it in 3:43 and three:36. Full outcomes.

Southern Freeze 50/50 – Columbus, Georgia

The 50-mile winners Ross Alvaro and Robin Powers ran 8:02 and 9:43, and 50k leaders Alex Rivera and Erin Karara completed in 4:21 and 4:22. Full outcomes.

Clearwater Working Competition 50k – Clearwater, Florida

Jon Lindenauer and Sophie Emond caught some sunshine and Gulf of Mexico views on their method to 3:11 and three:56 successful instances. Full outcomes.

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