One of the most-anticipated ultrarunning festivals on the race calendar, Aravaipa Running’s Across The Years, is in full swing near Phoenix, Arizona. 24-hour world record-holder Camille Herron is on the track, racing in the 48-hour event for the first time. Numerous Canadians are there as well, including Pablo Espinosa of St-Polycarpe, Que., who won a 6-day race in Florida in November, and who told us he has big goals for Across the Years.
They recommended I wait a day to let the course dry out at @AravaipaRunning ‘s Across the Years. Chill day in Phoenix 😎✌️. Super cool to see ultra legend @dirtdiva33 who’s celebrating her 55th birthday 🦄🎉! pic.twitter.com/x0sBWtqGOF
— Camille Herron (@runcamille) December 28, 2019
Espinosa is racing in the 10-day event. He turns 40 on January 6, and hopes to break several age-group world records as a result. At the time of publication, Espinosa had been racing for 26 hours, 21 minutes and had covered 128 kilometres.
Herron, who set a new world record at the 24-hour World Championships in France in October, with 270.116 kilometres, decided to delay her start until this morning due to the course (a one-mile dirt and asphalt loop) being very wet. Since this is a timed event with several hundred runners racing in different categories, runners are free to start, finish and take breaks as they choose (though once they start, the clock does not stop). At the time of publication Herron had only been running for a little over two and a half hours.
Herron is targeting three records: the women’s world record for 48 hours (held by Sumie Inagaki of Japan at 246.748 miles/397.26K), the U.S. women’s record for 48 hours (held by Traci Falbo at 242.349 miles/390.18K) and the U.S. men’s record for 48 hours (held by Olivier Leblond at 262.18 miles/422.1K).
The question on everybody’s minds is, is she sufficiently recovered to do well in the 48-hours, which she has never raced before? Here’s the link to track Herron and the other runners.
Camille will be chasing records tomorrow in the 48 hour race Across the Years. Here are a few:
1.) Women's US 48 Hr: @FALBOTRACI; 242.349 miles.
2.) Women's World 48 Hr: Sumie Inagaki (JPN); 246.748 miles.
4.) Men's USA 48 Hr: Olivier Leblond; 262.18 miles#albi24h @COROSGlobal pic.twitter.com/fUG5PeepM2
— USA Ultrarunning (@USAultrarunning) December 28, 2019
Some other big names racing include multiple Barkley Marathons Fun Run finisher (and race director of ATY) Jamil Coury in the event’s first Last Person Standing race, Trans-America record-holder Pete Kostelnick in the 6-day event, and 2019 Desert Solstice winner Marisa Lizak and multiple Leadville 100 champion Ian Sharman in the 24-hour event.
You can track your runner live here.
Canadians at Across The Years
Katherine Robinson (Regina)
Brad Whitson (Winnipeg)
Mars Wolfe Lafreniere (Edmonton)
Candice Appleby (Langley, B.C.)
David Appleby (Langley, B.C.)
Christian Riegel (Regina)
Pablo Espinosa (St-Polycarpe, Que.)
24-hour virtual race
Conrad Easby (Maple Ridge, B.C.)
Monica Winnett (Waterloo, Ont.)
Brian Winnett (Waterloo, Ont.)
Runners can be tracked live here.