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Gerardi wins Tromsø Skyrace, breaks course record

American women first and third, same for British men at Arctic Circle race in Norway

It was a great day and a close race for the American women and the British men competing at the Tromsø Skyrace in Norway today, with only 26 minutes separating the top three women and 28 minutes for the top three men in the 55K race at the Arctic Circle. 

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Hilary Gerardi, originally from Vermont, finished first in the women’s race and set a new course record of 8:14:09. Ragna Debats of France was second, in 8:27:13, and Brittany Peterson of Idaho was third, in 8:40:08.

The U.K.’s Jonathan Albon was first overall, repeating his victory last year, in 7:04:06. Pere Aurell Bove of Spain was second, in 7:28:56, and the U.K.’s Andy Symonds was third, in 7:32:54. 

The course, designed by mountain runners Kilian Jornet and Emilie Forsberg (who live together in western Norway) is very technical, with a lot of loose, rocky scrambling and 4,600m of ascent. The race is the fourth of eight races in the Sky Extra category of the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series.

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The next race in the series is the Matterhorn Ultraks “Sky” 49K in Zermatt, Switzerland, on August 25.