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Weekend recap: Jim Walmsley smashes 100K, Matthew Boling runs 400m PB

From 60m up to 100K, there were plenty of big races this past weekend

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With Hoka One One’s Project Carbon X 2 in Arizona, the American Track League season opener in Arkansas and some extremely quick NCAA races across the U.S., there was plenty of action to keep running fans entertained this past weekend. Jim WalmsleyMatthew Boling and Athing Mu posted some of the best results of the weekend, each running record or near-record times. This weekend’s recap is filled to the brim with those performances and more from some of the world’s best athletes, from sprinters up to ultrarunners. 

Project Carbon X 2 

Project Carbon X 2 was created by Hoka to give the brand’s top athletes a shot at breaking the 100K world records. While no one accomplished this goal on Saturday, the event was still a massive success, and it produced one of the most exciting runs of the past year. Walmsley, who was the favourite to take the win and challenge the world record of 6:09:14, ran an incredible race, finishing just 12 seconds off the mark with a 6:09:26 result. He fell just short of the world record, but he smashed the American record of 6:27:44, running a ridiculous 3:41 per-kilometre pace for 100K. On the women’s side, France’s Audrey Tanguy took the win in 7:40:36, and while she finished well off the world record of 6:33:11, it was still a tremendous performance. 

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