From the Alps to the Rockies, we’ve got the mountains covered on two continents in this week’s roundup.
Never Summer 100K
Jeremy Scanlan has been busy throwing down strong performances out West this year, beginning with a fourth-place finish at the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50-miler in Utah in March, and then with a runner-up finish at the Pilot Hill 25K in Wyoming in June. Now, he’s done it again with a 100K.
Scanlan, 34, of Worcester, Mass., finished 18th out of 226 runners at the third annual Never Summer 100K on Saturday, July 15, in Gould, Colo.
Runners had 24 hours to complete the technical mountain race at altitude with 13,000 feet of gain, and the top 23 finished in less than 15 hours.
A trio of runners finished in less than 13 hours, led by 24-year-old Tyler Fox of Greenwood Village, Colo., who won with a 17-minute cushion in 12:11:10. Clark Messman, 21, of Walnut Creek, Calif., was a distant second in 12:28:14, followed by Kevin Sturmer, 36, of Estes Park, Colo., in 12:58:57. Alyson Kirk, 34, of Morrison, Colo., was the women’s champion in 14:42:23.
Eiger Ultra Trail
Joseph D’Alessio already had two major races under his belt in 2017 – the Miwok 100K in California and the Bighorn 100-miler in Wyoming – before challenging himself on the international stage.
D’Alessio’s next test took place in the Alps when he raced the Eiger Ultra-Trail 101K on Saturday, July 15, in Grindelwald, Switzerland. The race had nearly 22,000 feet of vertical gain, but the 40-year-old Boston resident was up to the challenge. He finished the 101K in 17:29:50, good for 44th in his division and 130th overall.
A pair of Swiss natives claimed the top two spots on the podium. Stephan Hugenschmidt, 30, won the race in 11:01:10, 14 minutes ahead of runner-up Urs Jenzer, 47. Jenzer finished second at the event in 2013 before winning it in 2014 and 2015.
*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.