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Canadian ladies stun elite area with large wins at Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

Canadian ladies stun elite area with large wins at Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

Geneviève Asselin-Demers and Caitlin Schindel additional energized an electrical environment in one among Mexico’s hottest vacationer locations on Saturday, when the Canadian runners—neither of whom was listed within the elite area—dominated the 2 most important occasions at Puerto Vallarta by UTMB.

Geneviève Asselin-Demers collapses after breaking the tape within the 100K race. Picture: Paul Baswick


Montreal’s Asselin-Demers toughed out withering warmth and humidity to complete the 100K in 12:07:50 to prime the ladies’s podium within the 100K race and place seventh total.

The enormity of the problem of working the course—a 95K route with a 100K UTMB classification—turned clear because the exhausted Quebecer collapsed upon breaking the tape, as race volunteers scrambled to soak her with scoops of chilly water.

The 100K course begins within the city of Mascota, persevering with by means of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain vary and three,300 metres of elevation achieve earlier than persevering with in technical descents by means of jungle to Puerto Vallarta’s seashores.

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Staying cool and hydrated was a problem for a lot of runners. Picture: Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

However the best problem for a lot of runners was managing warmth and hydration. Temperatures held regular at 32 C for a lot of the day, with the humidity making it really feel near 40 C.

Asselin-Demers was again on her ft lower than a minute after collapsing previous the end line and spoke in regards to the problem for Canadians competing in scorching temperatures.

“Once I got here right here it was like -4 C in Canada. It’s actually arduous—it’s actually arduous,” she mentioned, including that she adopted a easy technique to attempt to adapt to the warmth: “Ice, ice, ice, ice! All over the place! All over the place ice!”

She mentioned what motivated her through the actually robust occasions was understanding she was working this race in reminiscence of a detailed buddy, Marc-André Paillé, who died the earlier week.

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Geneviève Asselin-Demers and French runner Louis Travaillot on the eve of their races in Puerto Vallarta. Picture: Paul Baswick

Asselin-Demers added she additionally drew power from the overwhelming help her buddies have provided main as much as the occasion. “The race was so arduous. Each little bit of vitality my buddies gave me earlier than the race, I used it.”

Though she wasn’t a part of the race’s official elite area, Asselin-Demers was assured she might do effectively within the 100K—and she or he was clear about her goal.

“I need to go to UTMB and it’s my likelihood to do a podium so I’m right here for the rostrum.” Her win routinely qualifies her to compete at UTMB’s premier occasion in Chamonix, France subsequent yr.

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She was much less assured about how she would react to wildlife encounters on the path in Mexico. The Puerto Vallarta by UTMB race information advises runners to maintain a watch out for creatures together with rattlesnakes and scorpions.

“The one factor I’m not so certain about are the snakes that chunk. We simply have bears in Quebec. It’s not the identical measurement nevertheless it’s not the identical factor to have a look at it, so I’m just a little bit nervous for this.”

Canadian Operating requested her following her win if she had noticed any snakes whereas on the path.

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“Sure! I noticed snakes, I noticed tarantulas, however the factor I used to be most nervous about was a cow,” she mentioned. “There have been quite a lot of cows and I couldn’t move them. I attempted making sounds however they didn’t transfer.”

Becoming a member of Asselin-Demers on the rostrum have been People Lisa Jane Roberts (12:54:23) and Maya von Wodtke (13:18:32).


Teeing up Canada’s twin successes Saturday was Saskatoon’s Schindel, who blazed throughout the end line greater than half-hour forward of the second feminine finisher.

The registered nurse and mom of three mentioned she has shocked herself together with her current successes on the path, together with Saturday’s 50K.

Caitlin Schindel 50K winner
Caitlin Schindel crosses the end line of the 50K. Picture: Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

“I simply type of began working path races final yr,” she advised Canadian Operating after her victory in Puerto Vallarta. “I did one in Saskatchewan referred to as the Beaver Flat 50K and I ended up profitable it, so I used to be type of shocked by that. And I advised my husband, ‘I’m completed with street races. I’m into the paths.’”

Schindel, who completed third within the Squamish 50’s 50K in August, says her power is tackling hills, which could not appear a possible expertise for somebody who lives within the Prairies.

“I’m undecided why—particularly as a result of I’m from Saskatchewan—however one way or the other I’m good at uphills. It’s very difficult to coach for this sort of terrain in Saskatoon. We now have trails by the river however they’re nothing like this. They’re not technical like this.”

Caitlin Schindel
Caitlin Schindel proudly sports activities her finisher’s medal. Picture: Paul Baswick

The Puerto Vallarta course—a 49-km route with a 50K UTMB classification—options 2,250 metres of elevation achieve.

“The start was quite a lot of simply up, up, up, and that gave me a bonus,” mentioned Schindel. “I knew there was going to be much more downhill, so I assumed, ‘I’m simply going to attempt my greatest to maintain this lead, as a result of I do know they’re going to begin catching as much as me.’

“Downhills aren’t as a lot to my power, the technical downhills, as a result of they type of scare me to be trustworthy. I’m not used to taking place such steep, curvy issues with slippery rocks and all that. It’s simply one thing I can’t prepare on—there’s no solution to actually mimic that.”

Caitlin Schindel wins 50K
Caitlin Schindel. Picture: Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

Like Asselin-Demers, Schindel knew adjusting to the warmth in Puerto Villarta can be a problem.

“It’s like winter in Saskatoon proper now. It’s been snowy, the precise reverse of this climate, so I didn’t know if I might be acclimatized to the warmth. A few occasions I ran on the treadmill in a sweater. I don’t know if that helped, nevertheless it was value a attempt.”

She mentioned she didn’t spend a lot time researching the course, and that the surprises that resulted added to her enjoyment of the race.

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Runners obtained a blessing earlier than beginning the 50K race. Picture: Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

“I simply beloved it. There was a unique shock round each nook, like ‘Oh, there’s a cow,’ or ‘There’s a suspension bridge,’ or ‘There’s a river.’ It was quite a lot of enjoyable.”

Describing herself as “an underdog” at Puerto Vallarta by UTMB, Schindel mentioned she hadn’t put a lot thought into her celebration plans. “I didn’t suppose I might win. I feel I’m going to go swimming within the ocean, hang around with my mother-in-law—have a dance occasion, possibly.”

Becoming a member of her on the 50K ladies’s podium have been American Klaire Rhodes (6:13:39) and Mexico’s Nayeli de la Torre (6:39:31).

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Mexico’s Juan Belman Ortiz overtakes American David Norris to win the 50K. Picture: Puerto Vallarta by UTMB

The lads’s 50K resulted in a dramatic dash between Mexico’s Juan Belman Ortiz and American David Norris. At across the 4:50:00 mark, the race announcer bellowed that the American was anticipated to show the ultimate nook and break the tape for the victory in about two minutes.

Nevertheless, that two-minute warning was repeated a number of occasions over quarter-hour, when all of a sudden Belman Ortiz and Norris appeared, in a remaining heated sprint to the end. Belman Ortiz broke the tape in 5:06:38—three seconds earlier than Norris—inflicting the gang to erupt in celebration. Becoming a member of them on the rostrum was American Mario Mendoza (5:30:59).


Oswaldo Damian Muñoz Diaz (51:33) and Ruben Dario Aranda (53:39) claimed prime spots within the males’s 10K for Mexico. The Netherlands’ Erwin Zeekant completed third (1:08:14), forward of Canada’s Ian Shewfelt (1:17:27).

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Runners launch from the beginning line within the 10K race. Picture: Paul Baswick

Mexico’s Alex Roudayna de la Huerta Susilla topped the ladies’s podium and positioned third total. American Sarah Foran completed second (1:10:29) and Perla Polino of Mexico positioned third (1:11:08). Canada’s Sabrina Tillberg completed fifth within the ladies’s race (1:17:59).

Puerto Vallarta by UTMB continues Sunday with 33K and 20K races.




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