For the second year in a row, HOKA ONE ONE athletes secured a podium in the gruelling 105-mile Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc race, while also successfully defeating the field in the 62-mile CCC. Tim Tollefson finished third in a hard-fought race on the men’s side of UTMB. Hayden Hawks took the win in the CCC, finishing 18 minutes ahead of second place and 36 minutes ahead of Ludovic Pommeret who finished third, after winning UTMB last year. Amandine Ferrato got the third place in OCC for her first participation.
“Huge congrats to Hayden Hawks, Tim Tollefson, Ludovic Pommeret and Amandine Ferrato on finishing on the podium in a field that has become one of the most competitive in the world of trail and ultra running,” said Mike McManus, Senior Sports Marketing Manager at HOKA. “The UTMB races will always hold a special place in our hearts because the first HOKA Mafate trail running shoe made its debut here back in 2009. Now, with these back-to-back podiums, we see the vision of Jean-Luc Diard and Nico Mermoud come full circle and help solidify our roots as a trail shoe brand.”
Tim Tollefson fought hard to finish third in the UTMB race with gruelling conditions including snow, cold wind and negative temperatures. He managed his efforts perfectly with a strong finish, overtaking his teammate and compatriot Jim Walmsley who ended 5th. He finished in 19 hours and 53 minutes, 52 min after 2017’s winner, French François D’Haene and 36 minutes behind the trail legend, Killian Jornet.
Leading from start to finish, Hayden Hawks won CCC in a time of 10 hours and 24 minutes, defeating a field of 1900 runners and finishing 18 minutes ahead of Marcin Swierc. Ludovic Pommeret finished in third, narrowly besting the competitive field after racing half of the route with Hayden Hawks and steadily moving his way up to Chamonix.
Participating for the first time in one of UTMB’s races, Amandine Ferrato took a third place in the OCC race. She finished 17 minutes behind Eli Gordon Rodriguez, this year’s winner, and only 10 minutes from second place, taken by Emilie Forsberg.
The 105-mile (170-kilometer) race around Mont Blanc remains the headline of the five UTMB races, with racers gaining more than 32,000 feet of climbing as they run through France, Switzerland and Italy. CCC boasts more than 20,000 feet of climbing over 62 miles and requires runners be adequately prepared to tackle harsh high-altitude conditions.