In the 06/21/2021 Edition
This Week In Running: June 21, 2021
I’ll admit, I was mostly following track and field this week with the now-happening U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. But there was also a lot going on in trail running, mountain running, and ultrarunning, including the Skyrunning World Series, the uphill Mount Washington Road Race, and a 100-mile world record attempt in Wisconsin this weekend too. Livigno Skymarathon — Livigno, Italy
The 2021 Skyrunner World Series had a soft opening in Japan earlier this year, but the Livigno Skymarathon really marked the start to the summer-long technical mountain fun. Livigno’s sixth year had runners on a 33-kilometer (20 miles) course with 2,700 meters (8,860 feet) of elevation gain. The course is typically technical, but somewhat ironically started on a six-lane blue rubber track.
Both race winners doubled back from last weekend’s Golden Trail Series contest, and greatly improved their week-over-week finish place. For men’s champ Christian Mathys (Switzerland), that meant seventh last weekend and first this weekend. He did it in 3:50 and led the entire way. Manuel Merillas (Spain) and Pascal Buchs (Switzerland) were second and third in 3:54 and 4:00, respectively.
Christian Mathys, 2021 Livigno Skymarathon champion. Photo: Livigno Skymarathon
Just like men’s winner Mathys, Denisa Dragomir (Romania) was working on short recovery. She finished outside of the top 10 last weekend, but found the right gears here on a longer course with more climbing. Dragomir finished in 4:38, and that really dominated the women’s competition. Eli Anne Dvergsdal (Norway) was second in 4:57 and Rosanna Buchauer (Germany) was third in 5:02.