Utah runner Jessi Morton-Langehaug won the Moab 240 on Monday, completing the 240-mile (386K) route in 80 hours, nine minutes and 42 seconds. She finished well ahead of second-place finisher Jodi Semonell, who crossed the line in almost 83 hours flat. Third place went to Christie Haswell, who won her spot on the podium with a finishing time of 83 hours and 44 minutes. This was a Moab 240 debut for all three women.
How it all shook out
Morton-Langehaug led early on, and for the first few checkpoints, she was ahead of Semonell, Haswell and the rest of the field. After the first day of racing, though, she was caught and passed by Semonell and Kamloops, B.C., resident Jessie Thomson-Gladish. She didn’t let the pair enjoy the lead for long, though, first passing Semonell after about 28 hours and then Thomson-Gladish at around the 41-hour mark. At one point, Thomson-Gladish had a multi-hour lead over Morton-Langehaug, but she couldn’t hold off the charging Utahan, and she ultimately faded to a sixth-place finish.
Semonell passed the Canadian just before the end of Day Two en route to her spot on the podium beside Morton-Langehaug and Haswell. The top three women were all far off Courtney Dauwalter‘s overall course record of 57 hours, 55 minutes and 13 seconds, but Morton-Langehaug’s 80-hour run is the fourth-fastest time ever posted by a woman on the 240-mile course.
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What a phenomenal experience I had at Moab 240. I had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows at this race. I laughed, I smiled, I cried and I pushed through so much pain with my feet. I had the most phenomenal team with me as well as such incredible support outside the race. When I finished I was amazed with all the messages and social media posts sending me energy. I was really low the last 6 miles so thank you! Huge shout out to @hammernutrition. I used recoverite and anti fatigue caps at all the major aid stations the second half and I couldn’t believe I could still run 10 min miles post 200. Huge shout out to @kogalla for making the best damn light out there. I had the best time, was truly keeping this my race and I can honestly say, I gave it everything I had. Thank you for everyone’s support @johnny_runner_ @aaronrunner54 @fabiennemorton @bobbyseeberger @drtomfletcher @destany.maack @destinationtrailraces #timetofky #moab240 images by Howie Stern
Morton-Langehaug’s biggest win
This is easily the biggest win of Morton-Langehaug’s career, and it’s her fourth top finish of 2020. Her other race wins this year came at a 55K in March and a 100-miler in May (both in Utah) and a virtual marathon that she also ran in May. According to her Ultrasignup profile, the Moab 240 is also by far the longest race that Morton-Langehaug has ever run, with her next longest run coming in at 100 miles.
The men’s race was won by Italy’s Michele Graglia in 61 hours, 43 minutes and 15 seconds. American ultrarunner David Goggins finished two hours back of the Italian in second place, and his fellow American grabbed third place. Full results for the Moab 240 can be found here.