800 Registered Runners Took on Grindstone Trail Running Festival By UTMB, One of The Hardest Courses on The East Coast
September 25, 2023
Mike McMonagle (USA) and Alissa St. Laurent (Canada) earn victories in 100-Mile distance at the 2023 Grindstone Trail Running Festival by UTMB®
HARRISONBURG, Va. (Sept. 24, 2023) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 2023 UTMB® World Series continued with the 2023 Grindstone Trail Running Festival by UTMB® on Sept. 22 and 23. The race featured 800 registered runners from 46 States and 19 countries, regions, and territories as they descended on Shenandoah Valley to take on a distance of 100-mile, 100K or 21K.
Living up to its reputation as one of the hardest courses on the East Coast, Grindstone challenged and pushed runners to test their limits. With a highly technical course, runners overcome high elevation, ridges, peaks, valleys, and all the grit the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
The 2023 Grindstone Trail Running Festival by UTMB® is a qualifying event for the Dacia UTMB World Series Final, Western States Endurance Run, and the Hardrock 100.
On Friday evening, Sept. 22, the runners in the 100-mile distance took off from the historic Natural Chimneys Park and Campground. The course featured over 21,000 feet of elevation with runners having 36 hours to complete the course in order to be eligible for the Western States Endurance Run and Hardrock 100 lottery. In addition, runners that finished in the allotted time also earned 4 UTMB Running Stones. The stones provide runners the opportunity to access UTMB® World Series Final, in Mont-Blanc, France.
It was Mike McMonagle (USA) finishing first overall in a time of 19:10:06. Coming in second for the men was Grant Barnette (USA) with a time of 19:50:53 and Joey Miller (USA) followed in third with a finishing time of 20:54:00
On the female side of the 100-mile race, Alissa St. Laurent (CAN) bested the competition with a time of 24:39:02, while Shelby Johnson (USA) came home second with a time of 26:17:52 and Serena Eley (USA) rounded out the podium with a time of 27:53:39.
Also taking place over the weekend was 100K and the 21K distances. The 100K race offered over 11,000 feet of vertical gain, while the 21K offered runners more than 1,700 feet. The 100K distance offered runners 3 UTMB Runner Stones and a Golden Tickets to the 2024 Western States Endurance Run awarded to the top 2 Male and Female runners.
Coming home first overall in the 100K was Caleb Olson (USA) in a time of 8:54:43. Second and third place featured Caleb Bowen (USA) in a time of 8:59:29 and Justin Grunewald (USA) with a finishing time of 9:12:46
Of the females, Lotti Banks (USA) stands atop of the podium with a time of 10:37:25 bettering her competition of Devon Yanko (USA) who came home second with a time 10:43:46 and Anna Fisher (USA) in 11:11:51.
Brandt Boggs (USA) in 1:42:40 and Hollyann Swann (USA) with a time of 1:49:18 were the first to cross the line in the 21K race.
The 2024 Grindstone Trail Running Festival by UTMB® returns on Sept. 20-22, 2024. Presale registration is now open until Sunday, Oct. 1 where runners interested can secure the lowest prices of the year. To register, visit, https://grindstone.utmb.world/register
Next Up for the UTMB® World Series:
UTMB® World Series is scheduled to continue in 2023 when the series makes its way to Nice, France for the Nice Côte d’Azur by UTMB® – Ultra Trail Métropole on Sept. 29. To see the full schedule of UTMB® World Series events, visit www.utmb.world.
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