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Thomas Wagner and Francesca Canepa – The Triumph

Thomas Wagner and Francesca Canepa triumph for the 1st UTWT Future race of the season!

100 Miles of Istria – Report

Second in 2015, the German runner Thomas Wagner crossed the finish line at the 1st place this year after less than 20 hours on this 100-mile course (D+ 6275m).

 

 

Thomas Wagner at Istria - Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

Thomas Wagner at Istria – Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

 

 

The weather was really good this weekend in Istria for the 1st FUTURE race of the season. Runners from all over the world had chosen to come to this amazing region of Croatia to run one of the races proposed by Alen Paliska and his team within the 100 Miles of Istria event!

 

6 races have been chosen to be FUTURE races of the Ultra-Trail World Tour this season. 6 different countries and 6 new races that have the potential to integrate the Tour in a near future.

 

More than 1000 competitors run at 100 miles of Istria, which was born in 2013. For this 4th edition a lot of international runners were there to take part to the biggest Croatian trail running race.

 

Start Istria - Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

Start Istria – Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

 

The start of the race was given at 4 PM (local time). So all the runners had to spend at least one night on the course. Between the sea and mountains, the course amazed all the runners who were there for the first time.

 

In front the race was fast with Thomas Wagner finishing in 19:49.

 

Toni Vencelj, from Slovenia, is 2nd (20:19) and Jay Aldous (USA) 3rd (20:25)!

 

Toni Vencelj at Istria - Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

Toni Vencelj at Istria – Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

 

 

For the women’s race, the Italian favorite did not disappoint. Francesca Canepa finishes with 17th spot at general ranking (24:54).

 

Francesca Canepa at Istria - Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

Francesca Canepa at Istria – Ultra Trail World Tour / credits: Marko Kadija

 

 

Julia Böttger from Germany (24:54) and Denise Bourassa from USA (25:06) finished 2nd and 3rd. The 2 athletes were supported by the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

 

Janessa Taylor, also supported, had to abandon. Good recovery Janessa!

 

Congratulations to these amazing athletes but also to all the finishers and volunteers that made this event an awesome experience for all!

 

Complete results on their website.

A few pictures available here.



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