Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – The United States and Mexico were the countries with the highest number of winners in the 100-kilometer and 100-mile (180 km) routes, respectively, of the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) Mexico competition, which concluded in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday with an award ceremony on the Malecón.
Alejandro Ochoa Reyes, director of ‘Puerto Vallarta Mexico by UTMB’, thanked the municipal government of Puerto Vallarta, led by Mayor Luis Alberto Michel Rodríguez, as well as the authorities of the Jalisco Secretary of Tourism and the Tourism Trust, for their support and the facilities for the realization of this competition, in which 2,500 runners from more than 33 countries and from all the states of the Mexican Republic participated.
The competition concluded on Sunday with the awarding of the winners of the 100k and 100-mile routes, in which the United States and Mexico took first place in the different categories.
In the women’s category of the 100k race, with runners from 20 to 34 years old, the representative of the United States was the winner; in the category of 34 to 39 years, Ecuador; 40 to 44 years old, Brazil; 45 to 49, Argentina; 50 to 54 years old, Peru, and in the category of 55 to 59 years old, the United States.
In the men’s category of the 100k race, the runner from the USA was the winner of the 20 to 34 years old category; ages 35 to 39 went to China; 40 to 44, Mexico’s Federico Díaz de León; 45 to 49, Mexico’s Isaías Leonardo Melo López; 50 to 54, USA; from 55 to 59, Mexico’s Pablo González; and from 60 to 64, Mexico’s Miguel Dávila Segura.
In the general category of 100k, women from the United States took the first 5 places; while in the men’s category, China took first place, followed by the United States with 2nd and 3rd place; 4th place went to Juan Belman, from Mexico, and 5th place to the runner from Ecuador.
In the 100-mile race (180k) for women in the 20 to 34 years old, 35 to 39, and 40 to 44 categories, the winners were all from the United States.
In the men’s category of the 100-mile race amongst 20 to 34 year olds, the victory went to the runner from the United States; from 35 to 39 years old, Colombia; 40 to 44 years old, Canada; 45 to 49 years old, Mexico’s Omar Lemus; 50 to 54, Mexico’s Fausto Gallardo Cruz; 55 to 59, Mexico’s Misael Gómez Urbina, and ages 65 to 69, went to the USA.
In the women’s 100-mile general category, the first, second and third place went to the United States; fourth place Michelet Ornelas Arredondo, and in fifth place was Sandra Erika López García, who did not specify her nationality.
In the general category for men, the runner from Canada obtained first place; second place went to the representative of Colombia, third and fourth place went to the United States, and Tony Rodríguez, from Mexico, took fifth place.
It should be added that within this first trail running competition in Latin America, which included the municipalities of San Sebastián del Oeste, Mascota and Puerto Vallarta, two local recreational races of 20 and 10 kilometers were also held on Sunday.
It should be noted that last Saturday, the director of the Municipal Sports Council (COMUDE), Jesús Villa, CODE Jalisco authorities, among other personalities, gave the official start to the runners of different races, who began activities at a very early hour, seeking to take home the victory in their categories.
Source: Diario de Vallarta