Shortly before 6:00 am, south of the island, a huge crowd was beginning to gather behind the starting line. 1200 runners from 22 different countries were given appointments to attend what would be an historic race for the evolution of the trail running in the world. From the amateur to the elite, every athlete was proud and full of emotion to be part of this adventure.
The departure was given in a dark night and the broom head lamps could start at the foot of the first section that would be a difficult 18km with 2000m of elevation gain! The ground was soft, like the volcanic sand, and everyone was looking for the best place to have better foot support... Without success. The first stop was held at KM7, and what a surprise to see a large crowd gathered along one kilometer at night, they had come to encourage all athletes! The road opened gradually as the audience departed, and the fervor of the public added the finishing touch to this exceptional day. The whole village seemed to be in the streets, and children, still in pajamas and not quite awake, watching this show with lots of stars in eyes.
Florent Troillet (Switzerland) had decided to take the race in hand by imposing a steady pace from the start. Only Jornet (Spain), Dakota Jones (USA), Ikerkarrera (Spain) and Mike Wolfe (USA) were able to follow him in this ascenscion endless. A little further, we found those who had decided to better manage their efforts with Andy Symonds (UK), Thomas Lorblanchet (France), Geoff Roes (USA).
At KM10, Dakota Jones imposed its rhythm, and only able to follow was Kilian. From that moment, these two runners traverse much of the race set before being joined by Andy Symonds at KM71 in favor of a long descent.
This began a new race to victory, anything was possible for each of these runners. Andy was the first of three to go on the offensive in this descent of 20km. Dakota arrives at the bottom of this descent 20" behind, while Kilian suffered discomfort in the heat, no longer thought of victory.
Finally, Dakota left the valley floor at a very steady pace to catch up with Andy and give him 20 "before tackling the final climb towards the finish.
This is a very good win for Dakota who won for the first time on an international event. At 21, he stands out as the great rival of Jornet for years to come. No doubt we will see big duels between these two runners in the future.
For women, a little suspense with Anna Frost of New Zealand (above) who has dominated discussion during the start of the race and finish 13th in the scratch before Mike Wolfe! A new enormous performance from Anna who dominates the specialty of 50 miles since 2010. Yesterday, between km 57.8 and km83.3, she realized the 8th best timing overall! Frost won in 8:11:06 under the previous record by 1hr 50mins (held by Mónica Aguilera), with second going to Nuria Pica Alberts 40 minutes back and third going to American Nikki Kimball.
Frost will be able to compete with the male soon.
Top 5 Male : Top 5 Woman :
1.Dakota Jones (Montrail) - 6h59'07" 1.Anna Frost (Salomon) - 8h11'30"
2.Andy Symonds (Salomon) - 7h00'34" 2.Nuria Pica Alberts (Catalonia) - 8h51'59"
3.Kilian Jornet (Salomon) - 7h09'53" 3.Nikki Kimball (The North Face) - 9h10'
4.François D'Haene (Salomon) - 7h23'40" 4.Darcy Africa (Pearl Izumi) - 9h17'35"
5.Iker Karrera (Salomon) - 7h38'58" 5.Uxue Fraile Azpeitia (Spain) - 9h21'11