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Ski mountaineer wins very hot Marathon du Mont-Blanc

Racers dealt with extreme temperatures in heatwave-ravaged France

Though much of the ultra-trail world’s attention was focussed on Western States this weekend, there were other results to celebrate also, notably the Marathon du Mont-Blanc in Chamonix, France.

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Ruth Croft of New Zealand won her second title in a row, taking three minutes off her time from last year, in 4:34:44. (Croft finished second at the recent Trail World Championships in Portugal on June 8.) Silvia Rampazzo of Italy was second, and Norway’s Eli Anne Dvergsdal was third.

Ski mountaineer Davide Magnini of Italy won the men’s race in 3:47:13, in his first marathon-distance race, and seven minutes faster than Kilian Jornet’s winning time from 2018. Magnini is only 21. Nadir Maguet, also of Italy, was second and Bartlomeij Przedwojewski of Poland was third.

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That was incredible! Still difficult to realize the amazing race of yesterday in the kingdom of trail running. Looks like it will be etched in my memory forever. I would like to thank all the people who helped me to achieve this result! The season is still long, time to recover 😉 #MARATHONDUMONTBLANC #salomonrunning #timetoplay 📸 by @martiskka È stato incredibile Tuttora difficile da realizzare l’emozionante traguardo di ieri, nel regno della corsa outdoor! Emozioni che rimarranno impresse nei miei ricordi per sempre. Voglio ringraziare tutte le persone che in questi anni mi hanno supportato fino a raggiungere questo risultato! La stagione è solo all’inizio, tempo di recuperare bene😉 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ @salomonrunning @suunto @lodosport @intercarssrl @eolokratosteam @visittrentino @pontedilegnotonale @valdisoletrentino @caseificiopresanella @salomon @corsainmontagna.it @marathondumontblanc

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Sarah Bergeron-Larouche had the top Canadian result in the women’s race, finishing 19th in 5:18:01. Coleen Little finished 94th, Antonia Gawel 130th, Jocelyne Blanchard 211th, and Chessa Adsit-Morriss was forced to drop due to stomach issues.

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Today, I gave it all ! I started fast because I knew I was going to suffer later on anyway. I was sitting right outside the top 10 mid race and suffered from the heat later on. I finally ended up 19th. . I saw what I was capable of. My preparation wasn’t ideal but I was still able to hangout to world class runners on their home soil. It made me realise I wanted more and that I was capable of cracking the top 10 in the @goldentrailseries . . Today was the most competitive Marathon du Mont-Blanc of recent years. For both men and women the field was packed and ready to give their all. . Cheers 🍻to that results and let’s build up from here. Thanks to @salomonrunning for the support @volletgreg @arnaudtortel @clairezoebalas and @mathbelangerb and last but not least @joeldesgreniers ! . 📸: @jsaragossa

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Canadian Joel Desgreniers finished 71st, in 5:16:50, Jeff Gardner was 332nd, Gabriel Emond 361st, Gavin Harmacy 1,171st, Sterling Arndt 1,187th, Bruno and Philippe Hebert finished together in 1,319th and Quan-Ling Sim was 1,617th.

Racers battled the extreme heat that’s enveloped much of Europe. CNN reported France experienced record high temperatures into the 40s C on Friday.