Weekend Recap: Trail Edition – Canadian Running Magazine


As many of Canada’s top runners battled over 10 kilometers in the nation’s capital this weekend, elsewhere in the world, Canadian ultracrunners hit the tracks and made their way to the podiums. Calgary Arden Young was the best woman (and sixth overall) at the Quad Dipsea 28 miles in 4:48, and several Canadians finished in the top 10 at the Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100K in South Africa. Here’s your weekend test summary.

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Arden Young takes first place in California

After finishing second in 2019, Young, who is a full-time dentist in Calgary, returned to claim the win this weekend at Quad Dipsea in Mill Valley, Calif. The challenging course (which includes 9,000 feet of vertical drop over 28 miles or 45 kilometers) begins with three flights of stairs equivalent to the height of a 50 story building before descending into a hilly trail with sections named “Dynamite” , “The Hogsback”, “The Rainforest” and “Heart”. It then plunges into a steep ravine before heading for the final climb, aptly named “Insult Hill”.

Young finished in 4:48 for sixth place overall and an eight-place improvement from 14th place in 2019. Farvard rod of California was the winner of the men’s race in 3:48. The official results have not yet been released, but you can watch for updates on the event website or ultratrailssignup.com.

Canadians place top 10 at Ultra-Trail Cape Town

The Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100K started atop Table Mountain in South Africa this weekend, where American Jim walmsley dominated the peloton to take the victory in 9:47:20, ahead of Sebastien spehler from France and Italy Andreas Reiterer, who finished second and third. Mathieu Blanchard, who comes from France but lives and trains in Montreal (and who recently finished third at the UTMB) took fourth in 10:54:18, and Canada’s best was Jean-Francois Cauchon, who placed sixth in 11:06:24.

Marianne Hogan from Quebec was the best woman in Canada, finishing second (and 13th overall) in 12:15:13 behind the double winner of the UTMB Courtney Dauwalter, who won the race in 11:20:04 for eighth place overall. Hogan is a guide for the Canadian para triathlete, Jessica Tuomela, and in 2019, the duo won bronze in the Para-Triathlon World Series race in Montreal, gold in the Para-Triathlon World Cup test event in Tokyo and bronze at the Championships. of the para-triathlon world in Lausanne.

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COVID-19 in South Africa: uncertainty for athletes

As the weekend draws to a close, it’s unclear how many of these athletes will make it home, or if they will be able to do so at all. With the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus across South Africa, travel from the country to several countries, including the United States and Canada, has been halted to mitigate its spread. We will keep you posted as the situation evolves.


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