Finishing the 48 Hour strong are Bob Law, left and Joel Cervantes, right.

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John Geesler, left and Jeff Hagen, right are both multi-day veterans. Jeff set a World Age Group Record for the 75-79 category.

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The inaugural GOMU 48 Hour Championship was a giant success in spite of the intense summer heat.

In the men’s portion of the Championship Greek National and soldier in the Greek Army Dimos Marifoglou came out strong the first day with 199K/123 miles. Mongolian multi-day star Budjargal Byambaa followed 10 K behind Dimos.

As the summer heat increased, topping at 90°F/32°C in the afternoon of the second day, Budjargal mirrored the intensity of the blazing sun pulling ahead of Dimos taking command to secure a victory and becoming GOMU’s first Overall 48 Hour World Champion. The podium was rounded out by American athlete Byron Lane.

In the women’s competition 72 hour World Record holder Viktoria Brown from Canada led the first day with 195K/121 miles. Steady on the prowl, 10K behind Viktoria was US athlete and personal trainer Lisa Devona. Lisa closed the gap in the last 12 hours but ultimately ran out of real estate. Viktoria Brown, GOMU’s Vice President, became the 48 hour Women’s World Champion. Their focus, determination and grit was palpable. Congratulations to Anna Miglio of the USA for her Third Place showing.

GOMU’s first World Championship witnessed the exceptional performance of Jeff Hagen of the United States in the men's 75 to 79 age group. This pending age group World Record of 265.6858 K/166.5384 miles broke the former record of 259 K/161 miles.

For those who are interested, this race is an IAU Bronze Label event. It is a certified and measured loop of .9913080 of a mile. It meets all USATF/IAU/GOMU requirements and standards for certification. The laps were recorded by electronic chip timing.

I want to offer deep gratitude to the unflappable Race Directors Vanessa Kline and John Swanson in whose generous stewardship embraced us all. I want to thank the never ending flow of tireless volunteers who created such positive energy. A special thanks to the kitchen staff who created an abundance of delicious food for all palates.

The next pair of GOMU Championships will be in 2023. Come represent your country.

GOMU 6-Day World Championship- March 2023

-6-days UMF–Italian Ultramarathon Festival – Winter Edition 2023

-March 12-18, 2023

-Policoro, Italy

Registration is open.

GOMU 48 Hour World Championship– August 2023

-August 11-13, 2023

-Gloucester, UK

Registration is open January, 2023

Dimosthenis Marifoglou of Greece placed second man.

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Lisa Devona of the USA placed second woman.

Photo credit: Emily Theresa Kazmac