Evgenii Glyva (6:31:51) grinded out a first place finish over nearly 800 runner at the Swiss Alpine Ultramarathon (78km) in Davos, Switzerland.
Part of the 30th anniversary of events in the Alps, the biggest mountain ultramarathon, is surrounded with scenic views to help motivate runners through tough terrain and major gains in elevation.
Runner-up Dimitri Tsyganov (6:37:47) and third-place finisher Vajin Armstrong (6:38:34) were among a total of six runners to come in under seven hours.
For the women, it was Jasmin Nunige (6:52:21) and no one else for almost 35 minutes.
Similar to Nunige, second-place finisher Andrea Huser (7:27:41) put plenty of time between her and the field.
Simina Staicu rounded out the top three with a time of 7:48:03.
Out of more than 600 runners, just three finished the Swiss Alpine Marathon in less than four hours.
Stephan Wenk led the trio with a time of 3:33:52.
Martin Lustenberger made it a close race for the top spot, finishing in 3:37:00.
Lukas Gehring, last year’s runner-up, came in third with a time of 3:53:56.
For the women, it was Cathrin Cheridito coming in first with a 4:33:23 finish.
Yvonne Haefeli (4:41:52) held her own on the demanding run to finish second.
Evelyne Blumenthal, the only other women to clear five hours, took third with a time of 4:51:01.
Alexander Heim’s time of 3:47:17 is the mark to beat going forward in Europe’s highest mountain marathon.
Replacing the culture marathon to add more competition, the first-year race saw close to 900 runners loop through two valleys and a pair of passes, with some serious increases in elevation along the way.
In a race for runner-up it was Sondre Ovre-Helland (3:50:27) holding off Stefan Pulfer (3:52:52).
For the women, it was Ornella Poltera (4:17:11) pushing past nearly 300 women to win the first-ever event.
Eliane Josi followed for second with a time of 4:26:11.
Third-place was decided by less than 30 seconds as Luzia Schmid (4:27:53) legged out a spot on the podium over Samira Schnuriger (4:28:18).
Over 400 runners took part in the extra-scenic run over the Zugenschlucht Gorge and across the Wiesner Railway Viaduct ending in Filisur.
Patrik Wageli (1:54:46) and Thomas Capponi (1:58:10) were the only two to finish in less than two hours.
Lukas Muller made the top three with a time of 2:04:13.
For the women, it was Felizitas Bolt (2:28:08) beating Raphaela Nadja Precek (2:29:07) for first.
Sarah Swaney took third, finishing in 2:30:12.
Matthias Bieri (1:30:58) bested nearly 700 runners to win the Swiss Alpine Half Marathon.
Christian Schumacher (1:33:34) came in just over a minute ahead of Jakob Oswald (1:34:36) for second.
For the women, it was Monika Oberlin taking the top spot with a time of 1:42:20.
Julia Bleasdale (1:44:17) beat Sabine Reiner (1:44:18) by just a second for second.