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February News round up

Espoo 24 hour Endurance race. In an international field, Fins took the first three mens places with Jari Soikkeli taking top spot running 247.944 km. One of Japans leading ultrarunners, Sumie Inagaki, was first lady and second overall with 240.631 km. Second was Valerie Glavin from Ireland with 217 km and third was Marjukka Sinisalo from Finland with 204 km.

We start off in Northern Europe with the Finland Endurance team who hosted the 4th

The first 24 hour in February in the USA was the Beast of Burden 24 Hour/100 mile race in Lockport near Niagara in northern New York state. The course is a 25 mile “out and back” loop. 22 warriors signed up for this event . First man was Matthew Houtman completing 75 miles and the only lady was Eva Basehart completing 50 miles in 16:47:20.

The Long Haul 100 is an “extreme race with an extreme” cause with individual 100 & 50 mile ultramarathons and 5 or 10 runner team relays. Taking place on a 30 mile loop mostly on paved roads This event raises money for Praxis Haiti who support Haitians affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake. The inaugural Long Haul 100 miler was won by Gabriel Helmlinger in 15:32:38 and first lady was Amy Palmero Winters in 23:59:16 with 12 starters. The 50 miler was won by Julian Vincente in 7:48:21 and the womens winner was Eve Lane in 11:09:05 with 9 starters. Seven teams ran in the 10-person team relay. The 2012 event will take place at Wesley Chapel, FL and the tentative date is January 21- 22.

The 2011 Coastal Challenge, a six-day stage race that covers over 200 kilometers of varied terrain in Costa Rica, was won by American runner Dave James 23:35:14 and Monica Aguilera was first lady in 28:48:05.

The Arrowhead 135 takes place on the Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail from I-Falls to Tower, MN in the USA. Created in 2005 this race experiences some of the coldest temperatures in the US, this year dropping to around -37 degrees. The event has a ski and bike division as

well as a running category and this year first runner home was John Storkamp finishing in 44:32:00. There were 18 finishers from 57 starters and Barb Owen was the only female finisher in 57:38:00.

edition of the race which first took place in 2003 and follows the Yukon Quest dog sled race course. Runners are self-supported in the non-stop event dragging their food and gear on pulks. This year there were 77 starters in the four events from 14 countries mostly in the foot category with five xc skiers and three mountain bikers in the 430 mile race including British rowing champion James Cracknell, the double Olympic gold medalist. Cracknell took part in a race to the South Pole in 2009 so is familiar with extreme conditions. July 20th 2010, Cracknell was 400 miles into an attempt to set an endurance record crossing the US when he was knocked off his bike by a truck fracturing his skull in two places and suffering brain damage. It was only 5 months later that Cracknell arrived in Whitehorse to ride the 430 miles to Dawson City finishing in second place behind Alan Sheldon also from England.

The Yukon Arctic Ultra is truly one of the toughest endurance races on the planet. Another human powered multiday endurance race with bike/ski/ run categories, the YAU has marathon, 100/300 and 430 mile races starting at Whitehorse in February. The 2011 event is the 9th

The 430 mile Foot event was won by Canadian Greg McHale finishing in 8:16:15:00 a new race record.

Farther South in more ambient conditions, Serpentine club runner Ian Sharman stunned the ultrarunning community with a record breaking performance on February 5th

demonstration of his capability as a runner several weeks later Ian set a new Guinness record as the fastest marathon dressed as a superhero, Spiderman. With a time of 2:40:06 at Napa Valley marathon ,Ian finished 5th

overall - however his

record didn’t last long as Michael Wardian ran under 2:35 the following week also dressed as Spiderman.

February 5th Belgian runner Stephan

Engels completed 365 marathons in 365 days to set a new record of consecutive marathon’s surpassing the old record which was 52 marathons.

World Runner Jesper Olsen is in Argentina just having completed 50,000 kms and at the same time engaging in philosophical realities.

Included here is the latest report lifted from his blog.

Turtle report

An odd occurrence on today’s run: Halfway into the stage a big turtle was slowly crossing the highway! Where it came from in the arid terrain of the “Las Pampas” region which I ran into today no one knows ! Jamie chose to film it - I ran past. At the next water-stop I learned that it hadn’t been helped across the road afterwards. For my

at the Rocky

Raccoon 100 mile Endurance race in Huntsville, Texas. In a field that included Anton Krupicka, Hal Koerner, Karl Meltzer and Scott Jurek, Sharman ran his own race and smashed the previous course record held by Eric Clifton who, in 1996, ran 13:16:02. Ian’s time of 12:44:33 is the second fastest 100 mile trail time in the world behind Sweden’s Jonas Buud who ran the TEC 100 mile race in 12:32:03 in 2010. iRunFar had good coverage of the race and interviewed Ian after the race. Ian also wrote about the event on his blog (http://sharmanian.blogspot. com) which is well worth reading. As if that was not a complete

4 Ultrarunning World | February/March 2011

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