MassUltra Roundup: IAU 24-Hour World Championships

Massachusetts was represented on the world stage at the International Association of Ultrarunners’ 24-Hour World Championships on July 1-2 in Belfast, Ireland.

Cambridge resident Jenny Hoffman was one of seven women who represented the United States at the World Championships as a member of the US National 24-Hour Running Team.

Hoffman, 39, has enjoyed a successful 2017 season so far. She was the overall winner of the Lumberjack 100-miler in Port Gamble, Wash., in April, and was the first-place female at the Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug 50-miler in New Preston, Conn., the TARC Wapack and Back 50-miler in Ashburnham, Mass., and the Manchester 2 Monadnock 55-miler in Manchester, N.H. Her World Championships didn’t go as well as she’d hoped, however. According to the US National 24-Hour Running Team’s social media updates during the race, a hamstring issue forced Hoffman to withdraw from the race after completing 38.746 miles, placing her 129th individually.

The American women won the team championship as the top three women collectively ran 740.856 kilometers, outdistancing runner-up Poland which compiled 740.234.

Poland produced the top two overall women, led by champion Patrycja Bereznowska who set a world record with 160.532 miles (258.339 KM) in 24 hours. Her teammate, Aleksandra Niwinska was second with 156.020 miles (251.078 KM). A trio of Americans – Katalin Nagy of Sarasota, Fla. (154.710 miles/248.970 KM), Gina Slaby of Seabeck, Wash. (154.279 miles/248.276 KM) and Pam Smith of Salem, Ore. (151.380 miles/243.611 KM) – rounded out the top five.

American Courtney Dauwalter of Golden, Colo., finished 22nd with 138.604 miles (223.051 KM), Laurie Dymond of Chambersburg, Pa., was 44th with 126.049 miles (202.847 KM), Traci Falbo of Charlestown, Ind., was 89th with 100.052 miles (161.938 KM), and Hoffman was 129th with 38.746 miles (62.352 KM).

The American men finished third as a team with the top three runners combining for 755.458 kilometers, trailing first-place Japan (783.159 KM) and runner-up Poland (763.630 KM).

*Editor’s Note: Results are found on a variety of sites, including ultrasignup.com, UltraRunning Magazine, and official race websites. We do the best we can to find as many results as possible to report on and recognize the local ultrarunning community.

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