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Charlie Lawrence from Boulder, Colorado, broke Jim Walmsley’s 2019 50-mile World Record by nearly 2 minutes in 4 hours, 48 minutes and 21 seconds at the Tunnel Hill 50-miler in Vienna, Illinois, on Saturday. Photo: Colson Photography

Ultra Weekend Recap — November 12

Jeffrey Stern

What a weekend for ultrarunning in North America. In Illinois, we saw a new World Record, age group records and course records go down. We also have results from Oregon where a 50k course record was smashed, as well as results from a California 50k and more.

At the Tunnel Hill 100 and 50-mile races in Vienna, Illinois, on Saturday, Charlie Lawrence from Boulder, Colorado, broke Jim Walmsley’s 2019 50-mile World Record by nearly 2 minutes in 4 hours, 48 minutes and 21 seconds (ratification pending). He was pushed all day by Denver’s Rajpaul Pannu, who ran a blistering 5 hours, 2 minutes and 1 second, just two weeks after setting the Javelina Jundred 100k course record. Both Lawrence and Pannu went under the previous course record. Third place went to Sweden’s Johan Lantz in 5 hours, 14 minutes and 41 seconds. Chicago’s Polina Hodnette won for the women and set a new course record in 5 hours, 54 minutes and 14 seconds. This is the fastest time run by a woman in North America this year. Runner-up Allison Mercer out of Marietta, Georgia, also went under 6 hours and beat the old course record by finishing in 5 hours, 57 minutes and 12 seconds. Audrey Lawrence of Seattle, Washington, came in third in 6 hours, 19 minutes and 30 seconds. Check out the full 50-mile results here.

In the 100-mile race, Elov Olsson from Sweden shattered the course record en route to running the third-fastest 100-mile time in the world in 11 hours, 26 minutes and 19 seconds. Previous champion Phil Young of Davenport, Iowa, came in second in 12 hours, 27 minutes and 36 seconds, and Michael Quesnell from Madison, Wisconsin, rounded out the podium in 12 hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds. Micah Morgan, from Vestavia, Alabama, won for the women in 15 hours, 14 minutes and 14 seconds. April Woo from Louisville, Kentucky, was about 30 minutes back in 15 hours, 45 minutes and 54 seconds, and Amelia Driscoll of Mobile, Alabama, took third in 18 hours, 3 minutes and 16 seconds. Lafayette, California’s Wally Hesseltine finished in 26 hours, 22 minutes and 26 seconds at 80 years old, besting the age-group record by over 3 hours. Dive into the full 100-mile results here.

In Terrebonne, Oregon, at Run The Rock 50/50, Isabelle Brauer from Corvallis, Oregon, set a new course record by 20 minutes in the 50k with a time of 4 hours, 6 minutes and 28 seconds. Runner-up honors went to Sarah Allaben of Trout Lake, Washington, in 4 hours, 51 minutes and 23 seconds, and third was Katie Stewart out of Deming, Washington, with a time of 5 hours, 12 minutes and 28 seconds. The men’s winner was Nicolas Composto of Missoula, Montana, in 3 hours, 56 minutes and 30 seconds. He was followed closely by Kyle Peterson from Battle Ground, Washington, in 4 hours and 19 seconds, and Trev Vanknostenburg of Tampa, Florida, came in third place with a time of 4 hours, 39 minutes and 20 seconds. Sarah Correa of Folsom, California, won the 50-miler in 8 hours, 31 minutes and 25 seconds, and Zack Bursell from Juneau, Alaska, won for the men in 6 hours, 48 minutes and 17 seconds. Peruse the full results here.

Find even more race results from the Mt. Tam Trail Run 50k in Stinson Beach, California, the Kessel Run Ultra 60k/50-miler in Fruita, Colorado, the Back 40 Trail Races in Bella Vista, Arkansas, the Prisoner of War Ultra 50k in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Grand Ridge Trail Run 50k in Issaquah, Washington, and the Caspers Trail Races 50k in San Juan Capistrano, California.

What did we miss from this weekend? Be sure to let us know if you’re privy to anything else that happened in North America. If you’re racing next weekend, drop that below and we’ll include it in Wednesday’s What’s Up In Ultra column.