Runners will often need to dig into “the well” at the end of an ultramarathon, especially when running 4:25 per kilometre pace for almost 80K.
Footage of the final two minutes of The North Face Endurance Challenge on Dec. 3 has been making its rounds in the trail running community this week showing eventual Gore-Tex 50-mile winner Zach Miller giving it his all as he approached the finish. The short film is appropriately titled All In. You may be tempted to go out for a run after watching the motivational finish where Miller collapses. The video has been seen more than 55,000 times since Dec. 6.
He finished the Gore-Tex 50-miler in 5:56:03; Ida Nilsson ran 6:59:49 to win the women’s race in the marquee event as part of The North Face World Championships. The race, held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, also featured a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon and 50K in what was the last of The North Face events in 2016. Blue Mountain outside of Collingwood, Ont. hosts Canada’s only North Face Challenge.
As Miller ascends the final climb on course, he manages to find the energy to ask the cameraman, “Do you see anyone?” though he had a two-minute lead over Hayden Hawks at the time.
"I'd walk by faith if I could get these feet to move But I don't want to live that way I don't want to look back someday On a life that never stepped across the line…What if I gave everything? What if I stopped holding back from You? Starting now, I'm stepping out onto deeper waters I want to see some mountains move" – Casting Crowns, What if I Gave Everything ?: @kirsten.kortebein for irunfar.com #niketrailrunning #guforit #beastcoast #cleannjerky #tnf50 #soblessed @nathansportsinc @cleannjerky @guenergylabs
The top Canadian finisher in the 50-mile (80K) event was Annie Jean of Chelsea, Que., who finished an impressive fourth overall. IRunFar.com reports that she was in sixth for much of the race and suggests that her best result prior to the Gore-Tex 50-mile was a 12th-place finish at the 2016 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. One comment on iRunFar.com’s race report notes that Jean’s success comes after major leg surgery.
— iRunFar (@iRunFar) December 3, 2016
See below for more than 20 minutes of race footage captured by the same people (Jamil Coury and company), Run Steep Get High on YouTube, who produced the two-minute clip found at the top of this page.
Zach Miller — 5:56:03
Hayden Hawks — 5:58:07
David Laney — 6:15:16
Ida Nilsson — 6:59:49
Magdalena Boulet — 7:06:12
Ruth Croft — 7:20:45
Annie Jean — 7:24:41 (Canadian)