The final time iRunFar lined Spain’s legendary Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon, the runners within the discipline made it rely. In 2017, Stian Angermund-Vik and Maite Maiora set the earlier males’s and ladies’s course data, respectively, at 3:45:08 and 4:34:27.
This yr, the primary race of the Golden Path World Sequence (GTWS) promised no much less pleasure when the gun sounded at 9 a.m. Central European Time on Could 29, 2022. And it delivered — the thinnest of margins separated the boys’s leaders for the majority of the race, and the dominant girls’s chief set a document tempo.
After two years of cancellations attributable to COVID-19, runners took off on the marathon-length course protecting 8,876 ft of vertical climb. To say the sphere was stacked was like saying the sky is blue. Kilian Jornet (Spain, lives in Norway), Maude Mathys (Switzerland), Nienke Brinkman (The Netherlands, lives in Switzerland), Oriol Cardona (Spain), Manuel Merillas (Spain), and Courtney Dauwalter (USA) packed the grid, amongst others.
It’s laborious to think about a extra formulaic race, and using that adjective isn’t a knock. Just like the Alpe d’Huez climb within the Tour de France, the course surges out into the thick of a 15,000-spectator throng crammed alongside its hyper-technical route.
Zegama is Zegama, they are saying. Verily.
2022 Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon Girls’s Race
You may say Nienke Brinkman’s first Zegama was an excellent one. You may additionally say it was a historic one.
Brinkman led Maude Mathys by three minutes across the midway level. That situation prevailed and the younger Dutchwoman in the end defied expectations to beat Mathys by over 9 minutes and switch in a 4:16:43 to smash the present course document by greater than 18 minutes.
Brinkman by no means trailed within the race previous the five-mile mark and ran nearly the entire race alone, throughout a season replete with headline performances. In her post-race interview, she stated she got here into the race underprepared. Positive. It’s honest to say that Brinkman, who has notched a 2:22 marathon efficiency and a Zegama course document throughout the span of two months, is altering the game of working as we kind this.
Sara Alonso (Spain) rounded out the highest three, 37 seconds behind Mathys and nicely contained in the earlier course document.
(In 2015, Mathys obtained a warning with out suspension from the Disciplinary Chamber for Doping Circumstances of Swiss Olympic for 2 constructive checks for clomifene [previously clomiphene] after it was decided that she was mistakenly taking the drug with out first acquiring a World Anti-Doping Company Therapeutic Use Exemption.)
2022 Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon Girls’s Outcomes
- Nienke Brinkman (The Netherlands, lives in Switzerland) — 4:16:43
- Maude Mathys (Switzerland) — 4:26:03
- Sara Alonso (Spain) — 4:26:40
- Patricia Pineda (Spain) — 4:36:31
- Fabiola Conti (Italy) — 4:36:43
- Núria Gil (Spain) — 4:39:11
- Theres Leboeuf (Switzerland) — 4:39:55
- Oihana Kortázar (Spain) — 4:41:41
- Marcela Vasinova (Czech Republic) — 4:44:10
- Courtney Dauwalter (USA) — 4:45:34
2022 Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon Males’s Race
Kilian Jornet and Davide Magnini (Italy) ran neck and neck — amazingly so — for over 14 miles on Sunday. On the first checkpoint at 5.3 miles, Jornet led Magnini by a second. By the subsequent one, 3.1 miles later, Magnini had grabbed a one-second lead.
The 2 ran side-by-side, by no means hitting a checkpoint greater than two seconds aside, till Jornet began to tug away throughout a steep descent within the race’s sixteenth mile. And by the point he cruised down the cobblestones on his option to the end line, he held a commanding two-minute, 30-second lead.
Jornet broke the tape at 3:36:40 and gained the race for the tenth time, delivering a brand new document greater than 9 minutes quicker than the present one. Magnini adopted at 3:39:31, additionally nicely contained in the outdated course document and the second-fastest time logged on the route ever — a valiant effort by the 24-year-old Italian ski mountaineer.
Manuel Merillas took third in 3:45:43, a half-minute off the earlier course document.
2022 Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon Males’s Outcomes
- Kilian Jornet (Spain, lives in Norway) — 3:36:40
- Davide Magnini (Italy) — 3:39:31
- Manuel Merillas (Spain) — 3:45:43
- Elhousine Elazzaoui (Morocco) — 3:47:53
- Robert Pkemboi Matayango (Kenya) — 3:48:35
- Thibaut Baronian (France) — 3:49:37
- Rémi Bonnet (Switzerland) — 3:49:37
- Nadir Maguet (Italy) — 3:51:00
- Matthew Kiptanui Kibet (Kenya) — 3:52:32
- Frédéric Tranchand (France) — 3:53:37