A first-time 100-mile finisher in Arizona and a 100-mile champion in Hawaii highlight this early-2022 edition of the roundup.
Conor Holway began running ultramarathons in 2021, but he wasted little time making the jump to the 100-mile distance. Holway, 26, of Cambridge, Mass., kicked off 2022 by racing – and finishing – his first 100-miler at the Coldwater Rumble on Saturday, Jan. 15, in Goodyear, Ariz.
The ninth annual event took place at Estrella Mountain Regional Park and tested runners with a multi-loop course that winds through desert trails in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains.
Holway was up for the challenge, finishing the race in 31:00:59 and beating the 32-hour time limit. He was one of 65 runners who finished the race. Cody Jones, 37, of Kansas City, Kan., and Annie Hughes, 23, of Leadville, Colo., led the men’s and women’s fields in 16:44:05 and 18:47:02, respectively. Jones posted the fourth-fastest men’s time in course history while Hughes set a women’s course record by nearly an hour.
The event also included 52-mile and 52K ultras. No New England residents were among the finishers of those distances.
The HURT 100 has been dishing out punishment to ultrarunners since 2001, and the legendary race that is known as much for its gnarly terrain as its energy-sapping humidity welcomed athletes back for another running on Saturday, Jan. 15, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Runners tackled five laps of the course through a semi-tropical rainforest, amassing 100 miles of distance and 24,500 feet of elevation gain along the way as they navigated singletrack trails, plenty of rocks and even more slippery roots.
A handful of New England residents were among the 123 runners who took part in the race, but only one earned a place among the 46 finishers within the 36-hour time limit. That lone New Englander – Debbie Livingston – brought home a victory. Livingston, 47, of Bolton, Conn., finished seventh overall and first among the women’s field in 29:09:10. Runner-up Anna Albrecht, 27, of Honolulu, followed 21 minutes later in 29:30:40, followed by 40-year-old Mele Demille of Waikoloa, Hawaii, in 29:42:07. Peter Mortimer, 40, of Flagstaff, Ariz., led the men’s field in 23:59:34.
Livingston has been running ultras for two decades and has dozens of podium finishes to her credit and numerous victories.In 2021, she finished sixth in the women’s field at the Bighorn 100-miler in Wyoming. Livingston will run the Hardrock 100 in Silverton, CO, in July 2022. She last ran Hardrock in 2017, finishing 11th among the women and 79th overall.
*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.