Jacob Puzey of Canmore, Alta. won today’s 50K Ultra in Calgary and the title of Canadian ultramarathon champion for the fourth year in a row, in 3:07:13. This was the sixth year the race has played host to the Canadian Ultramarathon Championships, an honour bestowed on the race by the Canadian Association of Ultramarathoners (ACU).
Chris Hooper of Calgary was second in 3:11:02 and Brandon Miller third, in 3:17:39.
Samantha Calderon of Boulder, Colo. was the women’s winner, in 4:00:05. Stephanie Macleod of the UK was second, in 4:08:35 and Jennifer Mann of Stauffer, Alta. was third, in 4:18:13.
The ACU has designated the Calgary 50K as a trophy series race, and 50K Puzey’s win qualifies him to compete in the 50K world trophy race. Unfortunately no women qualified today, since the time to beat was 3:50.
The ultra was launched in 2014 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Calgary Marathon. Five hundred runners signed up and 410 runners finished within the 6.5 hour time frame. After the race, many offered feedback through surveys, social media and email, and as a result the 50K has become a big part of Calgary’s marathon day.