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Viktoria Brown breaks 72-hour world document, 48-hour Canadian greatest in Italy


Earlier in March, Whitby, Ont., runner Viktoria Brown broke her personal 48-hour Canadian document and 72-hour world document whereas competing on the GOMU (World Group of Multi-Day Ultramarathoners) six-day world championships in Policoro, Italy. Brown ran 364 km over 48 hours and 471 km after 72, beating her two earlier data by 11 km and 4 km, respectively. She completed the six-day occasion with a grand whole of 684 km to take dwelling the ladies’s particular person gold medal. 


The occasion in Italy marked the primary six-day world championship organized by GOMU, which was based in 2021. Brown is a vice chairman, as is Greek ultrarunning legend Yiannis Kouros; Canadian ultrarunning pioneer Trishul Cherns is president. The group held its first world championship occasion—a 48-hour competitors—in New Jersey in September 2022, and Brown and the group need to add 72-hour and 10-day races into the combination within the close to future.

Canada didn’t ship a group to the GOMU worlds, so Brown competed for Hungary, the place she additionally holds citizenship. She helped carry the Hungarian ladies to the group world championship to pair along with her particular person gold medal. Going into the occasion, Brown’s Canadian 48-hour document stood at 353 km, which she ran in June 2022 on the Six Days within the Dome occasion in Wisconsin. After two days of working in Italy, she had eclipsed her PB so as to add one other 11 km to her nationwide document, which now stands at a whopping 364 km. 

Up subsequent was the 72-hour mark, and Brown had her eyes on her world document of 467 km. She ran that tremendous consequence on the identical race the place she posted her 48-hour greatest final June. Identical to she did in Wisconsin, Brown charged ahead after securing her 48-hour document, and ultimately toppled her 72-hour greatest, too, with a tally of 471 km.

At that time, Brown already had two data within the books, however she was nonetheless solely midway via the six-day race. She carried on for an additional three days, ultimately ending with an exceptional successful results of 684 km. That’s a tremendous whole, however much more unbelievable is the truth that it’s greater than 50 km shy of Brown’s six-day PB (and, you guess it, one other Canadian document) of 736 km. As along with her 48- and 72-hour marks, Brown ran that consequence on the Six Days within the Dome final 12 months. 

Brown says the following race on her schedule is the Badwater 135 ultramarathon in California, however since that isn’t till July, she could take one other shot on the 72-hour document with hopes of bettering her world document as soon as once more. 


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