USATF Florida MUT Championship’s

Several weeks ago I attended the USATF Florida annual meeting in Miramar. During the meeting chairpersons were being elected for the various committees in USATF Florida, when it came to the MUT ( Mountain, Ultra, Trail ) position, no one in the room knew anything about the sport, so I volunteered to chair the position.   And just like that I’m now the Florida MUT rep.

One of the firstt things on the agenda is identifying races to be considered “Championship” events.  Since Florida doesn’t have any noteworthy mountains, we’re going to focus on the Ultra & Trail sections.  Championships can be held for any “Ultra” distance, so one can be held for 100 mile road, and another for 100 mile trail ( and a 100 mile mountain, if we had any mountains )  That would also apply for 100 km road & trail, 50 mile road & trail, and 50 km road and trail, as well as a distance above 100. Not saying there will be a championship in every distance and a race may have a championship in more than one distance at the same time ( ex the 100 mile & 50 mile or the 100 mike & 100 km )  Not all races will qualify, a race like Ancient Oaks which is limited to 60 runners due to Park rules won’t be considered due to its limited field size, also I won’t have a championship event at PALM100 or Picnic Island, since I direct & codirect those events.  To check interest, I’ve created a document to apply for a championship, you can find it here.

A committee has been formed to review the races that express interest in becoming a “Championship” event. Email me at with any questions you have!  With over 80 Ultras in Florida it’s time to showcase Florida Ultras to the rest of the country!    

Scott Richards
Florida USATF MUT Rep

List of Ultras in Florida ( FUC List )

2019 ICARUS Florida Ultrafest

2019 Results:

I attended the 2019 version of ICARUS Florida Ultrafest that started on Monday morning November 18 in Snyder Park, Ft. Lauderdale, with 11 runners toeing the line for the start of the 6 day race.That’s right, 144 hours of running, all day, all night, again and again till the race ends on Sunday morning.

In total, runners from 11 states and 6 different countries were represented in the 5 events that comprise Icarus Florida Ultrafest. There was also a 72 hour or 3 day as it’s sometimes called along with a 48 hour, a 24 hour and a 12-hour races. Forty nine athletes competed for American age group records as well as international records

Several notable records have been set on the USATF and IAAF certified and IAU Bronze Label ICARUS course, a one kilometer loop through the park that is mostly shaded, fast, and flat. Some of the records set over the last few years are:

2014 Records:

Brad Compton - New American Age Group 144H Record

Jovica Spajic - New Serbian 144H Record


2015 Records:

Colby Wentlandt - New American Age Group 48H Record

Colby Wentlandt - New American Age Group 144H Record

Kimberley Van Delst - New Canadian Female Age Group 72H Record

Kimberley Van Delst - New Canadian Female Age Group 144H Record

Ed Ettinghousen - New American Age Group 144H Record


2016 Records:

Tina Andersen - New Danish Female 144H Record

Tina Andersen - New Scandinavian Female 144H Record


2017 Records: 

Nicu Buceanu - New Romanian Age Group 144H Record

Adrian Bontiu - New Romanian Age Group 144H Record

Betty Smith - New American Age Group 144H Record

Olivier Leblond - New American 48H Record


2018 Record: 

Mara Guler - New Romanian 144H Female Record

Rex Stine - New Danish 48H Female Record


As Icarus always seems to deliver both incredible performances and inspiring stories, this year was no different. Perhaps the most notable story is that of Bryon Solberg, a survivor of a horrific car accident that left him quadriplegic. After many years of recovery, Bryon regained the ability to walk – with a cane – and through his experiences, became interested in pushing his abilities as far as he could. Abandoning the limits that might have been placed on him, his goal was to become one of the few challenged athletes to walk 100 miles. 

And yes, he succeeded. In fact, he didn’t just walk 100 miles in six days, he walked as astounding 163 miles, and in the process, reminded us all that challenges are what you make of them. Hats off to you Bryon!

In the six-day race, another truly inspirational athlete provided another salient reminder: age is what you make of it. At a spry 78 years of age, Dr. Betty Smith walked 132.5 miles in six days.

Winning the race with 405.47 miles (and a new PR) was Pablo Espinosa, a Canadian athlete and creator of GoJuice, a recovery and hydration supplement that he, and many Icarus athletes, used at the race. In second with 329. 2 miles was Mark McClasin, a seasoned six-day runner and returning competitor at Icarus.

And there was yet another inspiring story in the six-day race. Lorna Rickey Michael, who was the first American woman to finish the Spartathlon and 2018 Ultrarunning Hall of Fame Inductee ran her first six-day race in 35 years and finished as the first female with 316.37 miles.

The 72-hour race was a very close competition between James DeLorme (40), whose goal was to run 200 miles and Christian Marti (67), from Switzerland who was returning to Icarus for the second time. Pushing each other hour after hour, the final result was determined by a mere 81 meters with Christian Marti coming out on top and in the process, setting a new Swiss National AG Record of 202 miles. In the women’s division, Pamela Sanchez, who was also returning to Icarus for the second time, won the event with 119.33 miles.

The 48-hour featured several talented athletes. Pamela Chapman Markle who holds multiple records, including Badwater, faced Canadian National 24 team member Charlotte Vaserhelyi, and another Badwater finisher Lisa Micheletti DeVona. While each wanted to win the race, for Lisa, there was one goal – run 202 miles for an automatic qualifier to the Spartathlon.

With the three women pushing themselves throughout the two days, some incredible performances began to unfold. Pamela (64) set a new age group record with 190 miles. Lisa got her qualifier and won the race with 203.76 miles. Malu Paredes outlasted Charlotte to finish third with 166 miles. Charlotte finished with a solid performance of 143.57 miles. In the men’s division, Brad Compton who has been at Icarus every year since its’ inception and has set multiple age group records in the six-day race won the race with 150.68 miles and Lucien Boulet was second with 131 miles.

In the 24-hour race, Patrick Hrabos also came looking for an automatic Sparthalon qualifier (140 miles) and put in a stellar effort but ultimately came up short, winning with 120.39 miles. For the women, Caryn Vogel Lubetsky also a Badwater finisher, won with 111.94 miles.

In the 12-hour race, Bernard Speedy Etienne, a relative newcomer to ultrarunning, surprised everyone with an incredible 70.90 miles, in the process winning the race. For the women, Addie Green who has also qualified for the Spartathlon, won the race with 67.36 miles. 


Submitted by: Scott Richards, USATF Florida MUT Chair, with input from Icarus race directors Andrei & Claire Nana and D3 RD Bill Schultz.


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