The inaugural occasion of the 2024 World Path Majors Collection, the Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon, featured top-tier athletes from around the globe tackling a 103K course with over 5,300 metres of elevation achieve.
The World Path Majors is a nine-race international working sequence that member race administrators say goals to steer path working in the correct path, by celebrating and preserving the id of grass-roots races. Quebec Mega Path is the only real Canadian cease on this yr’s sequence, which kicked off on Thursday in Hong Kong and continues with races in Arizona, Spain, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland and England earlier than wrapping up in South Africa in November.
The Hong Kong 100 occasion options 4 days of path racing, starting Thursday, Jan.18th, with runners tackling “The Third,” a 33K race. “The Half,” a 56K loop race, adopted on Friday, and 1,800 runners lined up on Saturday to participate within the 100K race.
The Grand Sam, a stage race that has runners finishing all three of the occasions, featured 2023 Quebec Mega Path 100-mile champ Sangé Sherpa taking third place.
Defending champion and course-record holder You Peiquan was eyeing a 3rd consecutive title within the race, and doubtlessly a sub-10-hour end. Nonetheless, it was Chinese language path sensation Meng Guangfu, who emerged triumphant in 10:16:56, securing his fifth consecutive extremely title since October—together with wins at TransLantau 100 by UTMB and Doi Inthanon Elephant 100.
Whereas Peiquan led by way of a lot of the race, Guangfu ran with strategic persistence, overtaking Peiquan within the closing levels. The defending champion fought to take care of his place forward of American Tyler Inexperienced, the second-place finisher on the 2023 Western States 100, who completed simply moments behind.
Meng Guangfu (CHN) 10:16:56
You Peiquan (CHN) 10:35:11
Tyler Inexperienced (USA) 10:38:12
Qin Guidu (CHN) 10:58:22
Deng Guomin (CHN) 11:06:14
There have been famend ultrarunners from around the globe within the line-up, together with the world 12-hour girls’s document holder, Poland’s Dominika Stelmach (who didn’t end) and Western States 100 third-place finisher, Hungary’s Eszter Csillag, however native runner Chen Lin emerged because the dominant power within the girls’s class.
Main from the second checkpoint, Lin secured a powerful margin of victory over Li Ying, with final yr’s Grand Sam winner Wu Yuanyuan claiming third place. Lin’s commanding efficiency resulted in an virtually one-hour lead, ending sixteenth general in 12:44:51.
Chen Lin (HKG) 12:44:51
Li Ying (CHN) 13:39:30
Wu Yuanyuan (CHN) 13:54:08
Ma Ting (CHN) 13:57:15
Deng Ronghua (CHN) 14:01:10
The following occasion within the World Path Majors is Black Canyon Ultras, in Ariz., hosted by Aravaipa Operating. The 100K and 60K point-to-point races traverse by way of the Sonoran Desert.