GOLDEN TRAIL FINAL, MEN: ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI WINS RACE. RÉMI BONNET SECOND TITLE
GOLDEN TRAIL FINAL, MEN: ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI WINS RACE. RÉMI BONNET SECOND TITLE. Elhousine Elazzaoui wins the Golden Trail Series Grand Final, the most competitive race of all time. Rémi Bonnet wins his second title!
GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES FINAL MEN RESULTS.
ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI WINS RACE. RÉMI BONNET SECOND TITLE
Elhousine Elazzaoui demonstrated he was in great shape in the prologue and today he proved he was the out-and-out strongest! Elhousine Elazzaoui (Holyfat, Morocco) has just won the Golden Trail Series Grand Final, the most competitive trail race to date with a 920.6 average ITRA index for the 10 top athletes on the start line.
“I’m so happy,” he confided at the finish line. “I needed to prove that I could win another race after the Dolomyths. I couldn’t go to the USA because of the visa and so I was eager to prove myself. I was feeling really strong today, but Philemon was incredibly fast. If it had been Rémi, I could’ve tried to attack but it was impossible. I just had to keep in pace with him and wait for the right moment! I’m thrilled with this result and I can’t wait for next year! I’ll say it again: my dream is to win the Golden Trail Series!“
Philemon Kiriago (Run2gether, Kenya) led the entire race before succumbing to the Moroccan’s attack just before the final loop. “I can’t be disappointed to be beaten by such an incredible athlete! He was better than me, that’s all! My legs were in great shape today so I could really enjoy it all, the climbs, the flat and the downhill. My aim was to be in the top 5, so I’m immensely satisfied with 2nd place. I can’t wait for next year!”
His teammate, Patrick Kipngeno (Run2gether, Kenya) rounds off this Grand Final’s podium. “I had a few issues with my knee before the race, but in the end I felt really good. I was careful in the downhill and pushed hard in the climbs. It was a really tough race but I’m thrilled with this podium spot and I also can’t wait for next year!”
Rémi Bonnet keeps his title!. With a 93-point lead heading into the final, Rémi Bonnet (Salomon/Red Bull, Switzerland) was feeling fairly confident about winning the GTWS 2023 title. However, the Swiss runner had a tricky day. He just managed to hang in there and finished 4th to secure the Golden Trail Series title, his second after last year. “The goal was obviously to win the title and I knew I had enough of a gap, but I also wanted to win the race. It was impossible today; I gave it my all but they were just too strong. I can’t wait for next year, because with these three there’s going to be some incredible battles!” At the end of this exceptionally intense race, Patrick Kipngeno managed to keep hold of his second place overall in front of his teammate Philemon Kiriago.
GTNS WINNERS. The National Series.
Miquel Corbera Rubio wins the GTNS Grand Final! After Eef Van Dongen for the women, it is Miquel Corbera Rubio (Spain, GTNS ESP/POR) who wins the men’s GTNS Grand Final. Overall he finishes in front of Marco Filosi (Italy, GTNS ITALY) and Linus Hultegard (Sweden, GTNS Nordics).
The GTNS NORDICS team takes the crown!
In the GTNS team rankings it is the GTNS NORDICS who triumph after Eef Van Dongen’s victory in the women’s and Linus Hultegard’s third place for the men. Remember, the ranking takes into account each GTNS’ top two men’s and top two women’s times. The GTNS ESP/POR finishes in 2nd place and the GTNS CZE/SVK/POL takes 3rd.
GOLDEN TRAIL WORLD SERIES 2023 FINALS. Results – Men’s Grand Final
1 – ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI (HOLYFAT – MAR): 1:56:14 (+300 pts)
2 – PHILEMON OMBOGO KIRIAGO (RUN2GETHER – KEN): 1:56:29 (+282 pts)
3 – PATRICK KIPNGENO (RUN2GETHER– KEN): 1:57:14(+264 pts)
4 – RÉMI BONNET (SALOMON / RED BULL – CHE): 1:59:35 (+249 pts)
5 – ELI HEMMING (SALOMON – USA): 2:03:44 (+234 pts)
GTWS – Overall Ranking
1 – RÉMI BONNET (SALOMON/RED BULL – CHE): 937 pts
2 – PATRICK KIPNGENO (RUN2GETHER – KEN): 859 pts
3 – PHILEMON OMBOGO KIRIAGO (RUN2GETHER – KEN): 840 pts
4 – ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI (HOLYFAT – MAR): 831 pts
5 – ELI HEMMING (SALOMON – USA): 818 pts
6 – ROBERTO DELORENZI (BROOKS – CHE): 777 pts
7 – BART PRZEDWOJEWSKI (SALOMON – POL): 711 pts
8 – MANUEL MERILLAS (SCARPA – ESP): 695 pts
9 – DANIEL PATTIS (BROOKS – ITA): 647 pts
10 – ALEX GARCIA CARRILLO (BROOKS – ESP): 594 pts
1 – MIQUEL CORBERA RUBIO (ESP – GTNS ESP/POR): 2:42:40
2 – MARCO FILOSI (ITA – GTNS ITALY): 2:43:37
3 – LINUS HULTEGARD (SWE – GTNS NORDICS): 2:43:42
4 – OSCAR CLAESSON (SWE – GTNS NORDICS): 2:44:36
5 – TABOR DOMINIK (POL – GTNS CZE/SVK/POL): 2:46:09
1 – GTNS NORDICS: 12:09:31
2 – GTNS ESP/POR: 12:25:58
3 – GTNS CZE/SVK/POL: 13:06:56
4 – GTNS FRANCE: 13:20:41
5 – GTNS JAPAN: 13:41:33
GTWS 2023: CALENDAR
- 14 May: Zegama-Aizkorri, Spain — 42 km / 2,736 m D+*
- 25 June: Marathon du Mont-Blanc, France — 42 km / 2,540 m D+
- 15 July: Dolomyths Run, Italy — 22 km / 1,750 m D+
- 12 August: Sierre-Zinal, Switzerland – 31 km / 2,200 m D+
- 16 September: Pikes Peak Ascent, United States — 21 km / 2,382 m D+
- 22 September: Mammoth 26K—Mammoth Trail Fest, United States — 26 km / 1,400 m D+
- From 19 to 22 October: Grand Finale, Il Golfo dell’Isola Trail Race, Italy — 23 km / 1,200 m D+ (+ prologue)