A new record for The North Face 100
LAST WEEKEND, 600 ENTRANTS took part in the gruelling North Face 100km endurance trail running event.
The race, staged in the heart of the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park and at about 1000m above sea level, is rated by ultra-marathon man Dean Karnazes as the toughest 100 km he’s ever done. The arctic weather at the start line didn’t deter spectators who turned out in force for the 7am start.
A 23-year-old Spaniard, Kilian Jornet took out the men’s event, smashing last year’s record in the astounding time of 9 hours, 19 minutes and 09 seconds. In second place Frenchman Francois D’Heane came in at 9 hours, 24 minutes and 33 seconds and Ryan Sandes some 30 minutes later.
Australian Julie Quinn beat international challengers and her own 2009 record to win the female category and was placed an impressive 20th overall recording a time of 11 hours, 39 minutes and 07 seconds. She beat international competitors Nerea Martinez, Jen Segger and Devon Crosby Helms.