From the inspiring to the tragic and everything in between, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure. Here’s what you missed this weekend and a few things to look forward to.

It was a record-breaking weekend in ultrarunning.

On Saturday, Courtney Dauwalter (USA) became the fastest woman to run the UTMB and François D’haene (FRA) took home his fourth UTMB win, iRunFar reports. This year’s ultra trail race around Mont Blanc kicked off in Chamonix, France, on Friday, August 27. The mountainous 106.5-mile (171.5 km) course winds through France, Italy, and Switzerland and gains nearly 33,000 feet (10,000 m) of elevation in the process.

Dauwalter crossed the finish line with 22:30:54 on the clock, breaking the women’s UTMB speed record set in 2013. Dauwalter gained an early lead ahead of the competition, ultimately winning the women’s division by a 1.5-hour margin. Notably, this weekend’s performance marks the Coloradan’s second UTMB win and a 2-hour improvement on her 2019 UTMB time.

D’haene took the UTMB’s top overall spot, breaking the tape at 20:45:59. He’d previously won in 2012, 2014, and 2017, setting the yet-unrivaled course speed record of 19:01:32 in 2017. The Beaujolais-based vintner has had a productive summer so far — D’haene won the 2021 Hardrock 100 (and set yet another speed record) in July.

On Sunday, Aleksandr Sorokin (LTU) ran 192.25 miles (309.4 km) in 24 hours, setting a new world speed record. Sorokin set the new FKT while running the UltraPark Weekend 24 Hour race in Poland. His accomplishment unseats the previous record of 188.59 miles (303.5 km) set in 1997 by Yiannis Kouros.

MTB Olympian Chris Blevins took gold at the 2021 UCI Mountainbike World Championship’s Short Track Cross Country race in Commezzadura, Italy, on Thursday. The 23-year-old Colorado native is the first American man in 30 years to win an Elite MTB title, according to USA Cycling. John Tomac was the last when he won the Elite Men’s XCO race back in ’91. Overall, Blevins had an impressive week at this year’s World Championships, earning silver in the team relay on Wednesday and bronze in the Men’s E-MTB race on Friday.

The Big Mountain Enduro race came to Purgatory Resort over the weekend. The 2-day event brought pros, amateurs, and newbies from across the states to battle it out on some of southwestern Colorado’s most impressive terrain.

The enduro race was one of the resort’s last warm-weather blowouts before it starts prepping for the powder crowds. New for the 2021-2022 winter season: kids 12 and under can hit Purgatory’s slopes for free.

(Photo/Purgatory Resort)

In more winter-prepper news, Vail Resorts announced the 2021/2022 opening dates for all 34 North American locations. The company plans to start operations at its Keystone, Colorado, location as early as October 6. To supercharge the stoke, all of its Epic passes are 20% through September 6.

Plus, Eldora, the Boulder County winter resort, will open its doors on November 19. Patrons have until September 14 to take advantage of Eldora’s preseason pricing on season and 4-passes, rental gear packages, and multiweek classes.

The 34th Rock Master climbing competition took place on Friday in Arco, Italy. Adam Ondra (CHK) won men’s, while Jessica Pilz (AUS) and Mia Krampl (SLO) shared a rare tie for first in women’s. Rock Master is notable for a one-of-a-kind format, combining KO Boulder and Duel Lead climbing comps. The men and women with the top scores after both events are awarded the Rock Master trophy. The full results list and footage from the live event are available on the Rock Master 2021 event page.

Arc’teryx hosted its annual Climbing Academy August 23-29 in Squamish, BC. The live events may have wrapped up on Sunday, but the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy recordings and course materials remain free of charge through the Climbing Academy library.

With its Academy, the brand provides instructor-led live and virtual classes and resources to educate and inspire climbers in topics like stewardship, training to send, leadership, survival, and even outdoor photography.

“Through workshops, clinics, seminars, and socials, Arc’teryx Academies give you a safe and supportive space to advance technical skills, boost confidence, and learn from the best in the field while connecting with people who have a shared passion for the outdoors.”

Uplifting news for animal lovers: Backcountry announced its partnership with Mutual Rescue, a national animal welfare organization. The multi-speared partnership aims to raise awareness and funds for local animal shelters.

Starting August 26, all Backcountry customers will be able to make donations directly to Mutual Rescue, which elevates its cause by publicly dispelling the idea that saving animals comes at the cost of helping people. Rather, it believes that uniting humans and pets is mutually beneficial and can prove tremendously valuable to all beings involved.

And 100% of donation proceeds made through Backcountry will benefit Mutual Rescue. Make your donation to help animal shelters across the country today.

At Backcountry, we are firm believers that dogs make our days better. Our data shows that our customers consider dogs a beloved member of their family and their favorite adventure partners. More than 84 percent of our customers have dogs in their households, and more than half adopted them … As dog lovers, we are thrilled to partner with an organization like Mutual Rescue that aligns in our beliefs, which will allow us to use our platform to elevate awareness and deliver financial support to local animal shelters. — Sarah Crockett of Backcountry.

Backcountry partners with Mutual Rescue to raise funds and awareness for animal welfare
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