The weekend featured five different race categories, including 100 miles, 100k, 50k, 20k, and 10k.
France’s Bouillard and Bannwarth Take Victories in 100-Mile Race
In the men’s 100-mile race, Tony Torres (UTMB Index 763) was looking to defend his 2022 and 2021 titles and was the favorite coming into the race.
The Frenchman Vincent Bouillard would cover the challenge 100-mile course in 16:22:08 to take the top step on the podium in dominant style.
Bouillard came into Kodiak Ultras with momentum from a win earlier this year at Gorge Waterfalls 100k.
Michael Tappel of the USA was a little under two hours behind Bouillard. Tappel would place second after completing the course in 18:15:29.
Columbian Jhon Barrera would round out the top three, crossing the line in 19:24:51.
Race favorite Tony Torres would not complete the race.
She wouldn’t be without strong competition in France’s Claire Bannwarth (UTMB Index 696), who has had a busy and successful season, with Kodiak Ultras being her tenth 100-mile race of the 2023 season.
After 21:10:28, it would be France’s Claire Bannwarth across the line first.
In a dominant performance, it would be over 2 hours and 40 minutes before second place Genevieve Harrison of the USA would complete the course in 23:51:48. Her American compatriot Caroline Himbert would come in close to Harrison with a time of 24:11:45.
Tara Fraga, one of the race favorites, would not complete the race.
Americans Farvard and Basham Win 100k On Home Soil
In the 100k race, the men’s field included American Jesus Topete JR (UTMB Index 778), who would be looking to defend his title after winning last year’s edition.
However, it would be American Rod Farvard who completed the race first with a time of 9:18:22. France’s Benard Valentin would finish 20 minutes behind in 9:39:39. American Tommy Sullivan would round out the podium, finishing in 10:10:05.
Topete would settle for a top-ten place, completing the course in 11:33:33.
The women’s race also featured the previous edition’s winner, Alissa St Laurent (UTMB Index 706) of Canada. She would be carrying momentum into the race after a victory last month at the Grindstone Trail Running Festival 100-mile race.
It would be an American sweep on the podium, with Amanda Basham completing the course in 11:04:13. Amy Sturgill and Brigette Takeuchi would take second and third, completing the course in 11:41:08 and 12:03:18, respectively.
American Podium Sweeps In Men’s and Women’s 50k Race
It would be the 50k race to feature the deepest fields.
It would be American Chad Hall who claimed victory with a stunning time of 3:45:41.
Following close behind to take second place was Hemming, who completed the course in 3:49:35.
Rounding out an all-American podium was Philip Royer, who crossed the line after 3:56:05.
She would be up against American EmKay Sullivan, who was looking for redemption following a disappointing DNF at the UTMB World Series Finals.
It would be Moreno to take a convincing victory after completing the course in 4:19:08.