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November 27, 2023 – iRunFar

This Week in Running Justin Mock TWIRThe Thanksgiving vacation dulled the race schedule within the U.S., however Extremely-Path Cape City placed on a full slate of races in South Africa. And we’re excited concerning the path runners and ultrarunners lining up at subsequent weekend’s California Worldwide Marathon too.

Extremely-Path Cape City – Cape City, South Africa

100 Mile

The 100-mile course ran as an enormous loop that gained 7,516 meters (24,659 ft) of elevation. Simply over 100 runners began the problem. A wealthy prize purse despatched 60,000 Rand ($3,190) to the winners with prize cash going three deep.

Aleksei Tolstenko (Russia), second final 12 months, received this 12 months’s race in 21:53. That’s 27 minutes slower than in 2022. South Africans Douglas Pickard and Chris Ngaka had been second and third in 23:53 and 25:53.

Aleksei Tolstenko - 2023 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100 mile men's winner

Aleksei Tolstenko celebrates successful the 2023 Extremely-Path Cape City 100 Mile. Picture: Sam Clark

The ladies’s podium was fully made up of South African runners. Nicolette Griffioen completed in 26:11 to steer the group. Naomi Model, final 12 months’s third-placer, was second in 29:47, and Jo Keppler was third in 31:59.

Nicolette Griffioen - 2023 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100 Mile women's winner

Nicolette Griffioen on her technique to successful the 2023 Extremely-Path Cape City 100 Mile. Picture: Sam Clark


The occasion’s best distance, the 100-kilometer race, pushed two large climbs into the race’s first half. Race winners every earned 40,000 Rand, or roughly $2,100. iRunFar earlier shared the better race dynamics.

A 12 months in the past Dmitry Mityaev (Russia) completed in a first-place tie. This 12 months, nobody may sustain. Mityaev received in 10:43. Caleb Olson (U.S.) and Anthony Costales (U.S.) had been second and third in 11:02 and 11:24.

Dmitry Mityaev - 2023 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k champion

Dmitry Mityaev on his technique to successful the 2023 Extremely-Path Cape City 100k. Picture: iRunFar/Neville Sharwood

Ruth Croft (New Zealand) championed the ladies’s race in 12:12. That’s three minutes higher than Camille Bruyas’s 2022 successful time, although the course has some modifications. Marianne Hogan (Canada) and Ekaterina Mityaeva (Russia) got here by way of in second and third in 12:39 and 12:44, respectively.

Ruth Croft - 2023 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100k champion

Ruth Croft doing a little bit of seaside operating en path to successful the 2023 Extremely-Path Cape City 100k. Picture: iRunFar/Neville Sharwood


Nearly 500 runners began the 55k, run as a point-to-point peninsula traverse that totaled 2,706 meters (8,878 ft) of elevation acquire. The 55k gave out prize cash too with 20,000 Rand, or simply over $1,000, going to the winners.

Robbie Simpson (U.Ok.) repeated as males’s victor, this 12 months in 5:31. South African runners Mvuyisi Gcogco and Joshua Chigome had been second and third in 5:43 and 6:10, respectively.

Robbie Simpson - 2023 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 55k men's champion

Robbie Simpson takes victory on the 2023 Extremely-Path Cape City 55k. Picture: Sam Clark

Ladies’s winner Toni McCann (South Africa) completed a breakout 2023 with a 5:47 run. That smashed the earlier course file. McCann’s 12 months was earlier highlighted by a win on the OCC in France. Second-place Caitlin Fielder (New Zealand) obtained beneath the outdated course greatest too with a 5:56 run, and Lisa Wimmer (Germany) was third in 6:27.

Full outcomes.

Toni McCann, the 2023 Extremely-Path Cape City ladies’s champion. Picture: Devin Paisley

Quad Dipsea – Mill Valley, California

There have been plenty of milestone anniversaries this 12 months, and it was Quad Dipsea’s fortieth 12 months. The race is run as a double out-and-back on the famed Dipsea Path, totaling over 28 miles with 9,000 ft of elevation acquire.


Nick Handel repeated as males’s winner in 3:48. That’s the race’s third-best end ever, and 7 minutes sooner than he ran in 2022. Adam Loomis was second in 3:56, and Mario Mendoza completed in 4:01 for third.

Nick Handel - 2023 Quad Dipsea men's winner

Nick Handel, the 2023 Quad Dipsea males’s winner. Picture: John Medinger


There have been 4 lead modifications within the ladies’s race and it wasn’t till the fourth lap that 2021 winner Arden Younger (Canada) moved to the entrance. Younger received this 12 months’s race in 4:39. That ranks because the course’s second-fastest ever and is eight minutes higher than Younger’s earlier successful time.

Lindsay Allison was second in 4:41, and Zuzana Trnovcova was third in 4:49.

Full outcomes.

Extra Races and Runs

Himan Path Run Race – Oman

Means out within the Center East on a course partially within the Al Hajar Mountains, Hamdan Al Khatri received the 110k race for the host nation in 16:55. Jason Schlarb (U.S.) was second in 17:23. Aziza El Amrany (Morocco) led the ladies’s finishers in 23:53. Full outcomes.

The Derby 50k – Ellerbe, North Carolina

Radha Sahoo and Danielle Soroka received the race in 4:09 and 4:24. Full outcomes.

Subsequent Weekend – IAU 24-Hour World Championships – Taipei, Taiwan

The world’s greatest 24-hour runners are descending on Taipei, a metropolis of two.6 million folks. The race begins on Friday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. native time and might be run over a 2k lap. The present 24-hour world-record holders Aleksandr Sorokin (Lithuania) and Camille Herron (U.S.) are each racing and favored to win. Sorokin’s greatest for the mounted time is 198.6 miles, run in September 2022, and Herron totaled 167.8 miles in 2019.

Full entrant listing.

Subsequent Weekend – California Worldwide Marathon – Sacramento, California

We don’t speak an excessive amount of about street marathons, however the California Worldwide Marathon (CIM) is a superb likelihood to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and several other path runners and ultrarunners will attempt to do exactly that, or to additional enhance their private bests. The boys have to run beneath 2:18 and girls beneath 2:37 to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials.


  • CJ Albertson – 50k world file holder
  • Zack Beavin – 1st 2022 Mad Metropolis 100k
  • Seth Demoor – 4th 2023 Pikes Peak Ascent
  • Willie Milam – 1st 2023 and 2022 Imogene Cross Run
  • Rajpaul Pannu – 2nd 2023 Tunnel Hill 50 Mile


  • Rachel Drake – 4th 2023 Kodiak by UTMB 50k
  • Courtney Olsen – 4th 2022 IAU 100k World Championships
  • EmKay Sullivan – 1st 2023 Mammoth 50k
  • Devon Yanko – 1st 2022 Javelina 100 Mile

High entrants.

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