Katie Schide, the American who lives and trains in France, led UTMB aggressively from the beginning, operating below record-holder Courtney Dauwalter‘s tempo for the preliminary components of the race and taking the win Saturday in Chamonix in 23 hours, quarter-hour, 12 seconds. Montreal’s Marianne Hogan maintained a superbly tenacious efficiency, ending in 24 hours, 31 minutes, 22 seconds.
American Kaytlyn Gerbin, 33, held a agency third-place place for a lot of the race and arrived in Chamonix in to wrap up a race she had ready for years to run (she had registered in UTMB for the previous three years however was unable to compete till the 2022 occasion). She rounded out the rostrum in twenty-five hours, forty-four minutes, and 7 seconds.
Schide, 30, entered the race with two earlier top-ten UTMB finishes in 2019 and 2021, and a second-place end within the 2018 UTMB CCC (101K). Alongside together with her companion, pro-runner Germain Grangier, she lives and trains in Chamonix, and spent the final 12 months with a deal with ski-mountaineering slightly than operating. In a pre-race interview with iRunFar, Schide defined that the health transferred over to operating properly and supplied a psychological break: “I feel it’s a pleasant psychological break to return again to operating and simply be actually excited to go operating and never like, “OK, I’ve to go operating.”
In an thrilling second captured by drones, Hogan stormed handed Schide, who had paused to tuck away her operating poles, throughout an extended stretch on the Grand Col Ferret part of the race. Hogan maintained the first-place place for a while earlier than Schide was capable of rally and regain the result in win.
“I had a reasonably unhealthy time at Arnouvaz,” defined Schide. “And Marianne handed me on Col Ferret there once I was having a low second. She was trying actually good and I used to be considering she would simply go. However then I knew I used to be gaining on her within the climb as much as Champex-Lac after which I assumed okay, let’s simply see what occurs as there have been three climbs left and loads of time to determine it out.”
Hogan, 32, took second at this 12 months’s Western States 100-miler, and spent the final month in Europe making ready for the race. She ran sturdy early within the 12 months, profitable the Bandera 100K and taking second (behind 2021 UTMB champion Dauwalter) at Extremely-Path Cape City. She was recovering from an ankle harm earlier than her outstanding efficiency at WSER, and followers have been eagerly anticipating Hogan’s UTMB race.
Hogan didn’t disappoint, and he or she exemplified each grit and style as she ran, two phrases utilized by UTMB announcers to explain the performances of each Schide and Hogan.
What a 171km run by Mathieu Blanchard and Marianne Hogan @utmbmontblanc in the present day!
A 2nd 🥈place end in below 20 hours for Mathieu and 2nd 🥈place end for Marianne Hogan.
We’re so happy with the unbelievable efforts made by each athlete who raced this week. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/7RBzrZLqgs
— Salomon (@SalomonSports) August 28, 2022
“In it to have the most effective time of all (figuratively, not actually),” Hogan shared to social media earlier than the race. Identified for sustaining her big smile and contagiously joyful angle, Hogan is sweet mates with Salomon teammate and fellow Canadian Mathieu Blanchard (Blanchard grew up in France however is a latest Canadian citizen), who took second general within the race in 19:54:50. It was an exciting race for all, however significantly for Canadians, as these two resilient and enthusiastic athletes took their well-deserved positions on the world stage on the UTMB podium.