On Saturday, April 23, the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB® became the very first UTMB® World Series event to take place in the United States. The event welcomed over 850 participants from 15 countries, regions, and territories to the birthplace of mountain ultras and the historic gold-rush town of Auburn, California. Offering three demanding courses of 100km, 50km, and 25km, elite and passionate runners from around the world were treated to some of the most spectacular racing on the planet through the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, utilizing the most scenic and challenging sections of the iconic Western States Trail, home of the world’s oldest 100-mile ultramarathon.
With the iconic foothills of the Sierra Nevada as the backdrop, the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB marked a new day in trail running by becoming the first UTMB World Series event to take place in the United States. In it’s inaugural year, the UTMB World Series was formed by The IRONMAN Group, global leader in mass endurance events, and UTMB® Group, the leader and driving force behind the development of trail running, to unite the trail running community by bringing together many of the best international events on the planet to provide exclusive access to the sport’s pinnacle event, UTMB® Mont-Blanc.
A RUSH FOR GOLD: Over 800 runners start their journey in Auburn, California for the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB on Saturday, April 23. The event offered distances of 100km, 50km, and 25km.
ALONG THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS: Runners make their way along the American River beneath the mist during the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB on Saturday, April 23. (Photo Credit: Kyle Rivas / Getty Images for Canyons Endurance Runs)
BATTLE OF ATTRITION: Adam Peterman and David Sinclair battle for position as the first runners to enter the aid station near the halfway point in Foresthill, an iconic part of the Western States 100, en route to first and second place finishes at the 100km.
BALANCING ACT: David Sinclair balances himself with a guide rope for assistance at a river crossing en route to a second-place overall finish at the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB on Saturday, April 23.
April Is Autism Awareness Month: Zach Bates is an ultrarunner with autism from Arizona. Before his 20th birthday, Zach had the goal of finishing a 100-mile trail run, a feat he accomplished just a month before taking on and finishing the 2022 Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB in a time of 17:27:33. When asked about those who are inspired by his participation in races of this kind, Bates shared, “I just really like to run. I like to hear about other people doing hard things, especially if it is something they really want to do. If people see me reaching my dreams and it inspires them to reach their dreams, I think that’s really cool.”
EDGE OF THE WORLD: Jared Hazen runs a stretch of trail overlooking the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada en route to a third place finish in the 100km.
RECORD TIME: Adam Peterman (Missoula, Montana) topped the podium of the 100km Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB with a finishing time of 8:32:00 setting a new course record.
Jazmine Lowther (Nelson, British Columbia, Canada), won the women’s race in 10:01:56. Lea Yingling was second in 10:24:51 and third was Aroa Sio Seija in 10:27:42.
Next Up for the UTMB World Series:
UTMB® World Series is scheduled to continue in 2022 when the series makes its way to Saugues, France for the 2022 Trail du Saint-Jacques by UTMB on June 10, 2022 and returns to the United States at the Speedgoat Mountain Races by UTMB® at Snowbird in Utah on July 23, 2022.
To see the full schedule of UTMB® World Series events, visit www.utmb.world.