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Jones Earns Second Win, Valmassoi Her First – iRunFar


Greater than a decade after profitable the 2012 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB, Dakota Jones returned to the Spanish island of La Palma to earn his second victory within the 2023 version. Within the girls’s race, adorned Italian mountain runner Martina Valmassoi got here away victorious.

The 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon introduced expertise collectively from world wide. Notably, in distinction to greater than a decade of robust performances from the host nation, no Spanish man completed within the high 10 (Ignasi Ferrer was 14th), whereas Cristina Santurino was the highest Spanish girl in tenth.

Earlier than daybreak on Saturday morning, Could 6, from El Faro de Fuencaliente, the south tip of La Palma island, Transvulcania fired off and runners raced for the sky. By the point the 72-kilometer (44.7 miles) course concluded within the metropolis of Los Llanos de Aridane on the island’s west aspect, contributors racked up some 4,600 meters (15,000 toes) of climbing. Throughout that distance, they ran via volcanic cinder, over lava rocks, among the many island’s well-known banana plantations, over the island’s roughly 2,420-meter (7,940 toes) excessive level, and on the race course’s notorious descent from that prime level to sea degree.

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB - Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones after incomes his second win on the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramrarathon by UTMB. Photograph: Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB Ladies’s Race

As soon as issues shook out over the primary two hours, the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon become a three-woman race. Poland’s Edyta Lewandowska was the pacesetter on the ladies’s aspect, going via Los Canarios seven kilometers into the race in 49:19, a full two minutes forward of South Africa’s Meg Mackenzie and Martina Valmassoi of Italy. From there, Lewandowska continued to carry a two-to-four-minute lead over Valmassoi in second although El Reventón (31 kilometers), whereas Mackenzie settled into third, operating by herself within the girls’s race.

Because the race continued its relentless climb, Lewandowska added to her lead over Valmassoi, increasing it to seven minutes at 37k, 12 minutes at 46k, and 14.5 minutes on the race’s excessive level of Roque de los Muchachos (51k).

And, then, Valmassoi began descending. Wow. Simply 9 kilometers later on the checkpoint of Torre del Time, Valmassoi had reduce a full 13 minutes off of Lewandowska’s lead, trailing by merely a minute and a half. Quick ahead to the subsequent checkpoint within the seaside city of Tazacorte at 68k and Valmassoi had a 13-minute lead on Lewandowska with lower than 5 kilometers to go. Recreation over.

Martina Valmassoi gained the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon in 9:09:13. Edyta Lewandowska held on to second, ending in a time of 9:21:40, whereas Meg Mackenzie continued onto to the end in Los Llanos de Aridane in her long-held third place in 9:28:06.

Notably, Mackenzie was a full half an hour behind Lewandowska on the race’s highpoint at 51k, and closed the hole to only seven and a half minutes on the end.

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB - Martina Valmassoi

Martina Valmassoi after her win of the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB. Photograph: Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB Ladies’s Outcomes

  1. Martina Valmassoi (Italy) – 9:09:13
  2. Edyta Lewandowska (Poland) – 9:21:40
  3. Meg Mackenzie (South Africa) – 9:28:06
  4. Francesca Pretto (Italy) – 9:33:48
  5. Michelle Buncke (U.S.) – 9:59:38
  6. Alix-Anne Farque (France, lives in Spain) – 10:08:45
  7. Alessandra Boifava (Italy) – 10:10:09
  8. Miria Meinheit (Germany) – 10:12:26
  9. Elisabeth Borgersen (Norway) – 10:17:39
  10. Cristina Santurino (Spain) – 10:45:00

Full outcomes.

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB - Edyta Lewandowska - Martina Valmassoi - Meg Mackenzie

The 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB girls’s podium (left-to-right): 2. Edyta Lewandowska, 1. Martina Valmassoi, and three. Meg Mackenzie. Photograph: Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB Males’s Race

By the second assist station at Las Deseadas at 17k, the lads’s podium fashioned on the head of the race, even when that wasn’t clear on the time, with France’s Damien Humbert, Dakota Jones of the U.S., and Italian runner Andreas Reiterer on the head of the race. Fourteen kilometers later at El Reventón (31k), Reiterer and Jones had a few-second lead on Humbert.

From there, Jones made what would turn out to be the decisive transfer of the race, placing greater than a minute on Humbert and 4 on Reiterer by Punta de los Roques at 37k. Jones added a small quantity to his lead because the race continued to climb to its highpoint at Roque de los Muchachos (51k) after which rapidly added much more to his lead in the beginning of the practically 8,000-foot descent from peak to ocean.

After the comparatively small climb again to the end in Los Llanos de Aridane, Dakota Jones gained in 7:02:16 with Damien Humbert taking second precisely eight minutes later in 7:10:16. After spending the second half of the race operating alone in third, Andreas Reiterer held onto that place, ending in 7:17:26.

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB - Damien Humbert - Dakota Jones - Andreas Reiterer

The 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB males’s podium (left-to-right): 2. Damien Humbert, 1. Dakota Jones, and three. Andreas Reiterer. Photograph: Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB Males’s Outcomes

  1. Dakota Jones (U.S.) – 7:02:16
  2. Damien Humbert (France) – 7:10:16
  3. Andreas Reiterer (Italy) – 7:17:26
  4. Ionel Manole (Romania) – 7:22:46
  5. Germain Grangier (France) – 7:26:52
  6. Davide Cheraz (Italy) – 7:29:02
  7. Jeff Mogavero (U.S.) – 7:32:55
  8. Tim Tollefson (U.S.) – 7:39:22
  9. Tobias Geiser (Italy) – 7:43:30
  10. Sebastian Krogvig (Norway) – 7:52:02

Full outcomes.

2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB - start

The beginning of the 2023 Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB. Photograph: Transvulcania Ultramarathon by UTMB



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