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Tarawera Ultramarathon 2017: a flurry of records!

Tarawera Ultramarathon 2017: a flurry of records!

 

The second stage of Ultra-Trail® World Tour was really exciting from the beginning to the end. Americans, Jim Walmsley and Camille Herron, shattered the race record, leaving little chance for there competitors. In brief, the 455 finishers of Tarawera Ultramarathon were unbelievable during this week end. 

 

Two Americans at the top:

 

For this race, the competition was living up to our expectations. With talented athletes like Gediminas Grinius, the number 1 at the Ultra-Trail® World Tour World Ranking, the race had a peculiar taste. Battle between elites was hard and that’s what we expected.

 

On the men side, only one name stays in our minds at the end: The Rocket Jim Walmsley! The American achieved the perfect race and breaks the record of Tarawera Ultramarathon by 21 minutes. After 7 hours and 23 minutes, he ranks at the first place in front of the Swedish Jonas Buud and the New Zealander Sam McCutcheon.

 

On the women side, Camille Herron was amazing. She went way below her own limits, beating the race record in 8 hours and 56 minutes. Magdalena Boulet and Cecilia Flori, respectively second and  third, could not do anything against the American.

 

A breathtaking race:

 

The New Zealand culture with passionate athletes gives just a little extra wings! Tarawera Ultramarathon was able to offer to all the participants a complete immersion in deep New Zealand. Incredible landscapes, traditional ceremonies and famous hakas were every ubiquitous.

 

Therefore, we could observe on the face of finishers, tears of joy and smiles. No fewer than 455 runners finished this race of 102 kilometers. It’s an achievement. Well done to all of them!

 

UTWT Rankings:

 

For the Ultra-Trail® World Tour World Ranking, there are not significant changes with always Gediminas Grinius and Nathalie Mauclair at the top.

However, only one athlete was included the 2017 UTWT Annual Ranking: Christian Warren. The Briton is the only runner to finish the first two race of the UTWT season (Vibram Hong Kong 100 and Tarawera Ultramarathon). Congratulations to him.

 

For the next step, Transgrancanaria HG get ready. The race will start in Spain on 24th February with 125 kilometers. Very strong elite presence, we can’t wait!

 



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