On Saturday, American marathoner Charlie Lawrence reset the 50-mile (80.47 kilometre) world file, working a exceptional 4:48:21 (pending ratification) on the Tunnel Hill 50 Mile extremely in Vienna, Illinois.
Lawrence, 28, took just below two minutes off UTMB champ Jim Walmsley’s former file, set in 2019 on the Hoka One One Venture Carbon X occasion in Cali. On Friday, Lawrence shared on social media that he was heading for a “50 Mile American Document crack tomorrow morning,” and aimed to run at the very least 5:47/mile (roughly 3:35 per km); he executed a flawless efficiency, nailing his goal.
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Lawrence started his 50-mile file try conservatively and picked up pace as he neared the 29-mile (46.7 km) mark in a remarkably well-paced ultra-distance race. The professional runner certified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in October on the McKirdy Micro Marathon in Rockland, N.Y., the place he equalled his PB of two:16:10.
In an interview with semi-pro runner Michael Brandt on Instagram, Lawrence stated he knew he was a runner in first grade. “I watched a state cross-country meet, and instructed my mother and pop: ‘I need to win that and I’m going to win that.’ ” The toughest a part of his job as a professional runner? “Not overdoing it.”
The Tunnel Hill 100 and 50 miles races are distinctive occasions, categorised as each street and path. The grime and path course is sanctioned by USA Observe & Discipline (USATF), which means runners can purpose to smash street (or open) information in each distances. Legendary American ultrarunner Camille Herron destroyed the ladies’s 100-mile file in 12:42:40 on the course in 2017, capturing the open file (any floor, together with observe) for the quickest 100-mile run by a girl.
The course can be licensed as a path race by each the American Path Runners Affiliation and the Worldwide Path Runners Affiliation (as a result of it isn’t paved), and in 2018 American Zach Bitter ran 12:08:36, in what was the world’s greatest time on an unpaved floor.
Elov Olsson from Sweden with a brand new course file and sub-12 hour time of 11:26:19 at Tunnelhill in Vienna, Illinois. He’s your winner of the 2023 Tunnelhill 100. Congratulations! @zbitter @iRunFar @runcamille pic.twitter.com/JRc6abgrFy
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Together with Lawrence’s exceptional 50-mile efficiency, ladies’s 50-mile course file was smashed by American professional Polina Hodnette, who ran 5:54:14, the fourth quickest 50-mile time in North American historical past. The 100-mile occasion noticed Bitter’s course file demolished by Swedish runner Elov Olsson, who received in 11:26:19.
Take a look at the total Tunnel Hill 100/50 Mile outcomes right here.