Australia’s Dion Finocchiaro among world’s best ultra runners chasing 100K record at Project Carbon X 2 event
Leading Australian ultra runner Dion Finocchiaro will join dozens of HOKA endurance athletes, who will attempt to break the 100km world records on January 24 from 1am (AEST) .
HOKA launched into 2021, announcing plans for Project Carbon X 2, an event in which 40 elite ultrarunners will attempt to break the men’s and women’s 100km world records. This is the second edition of the event (the first took place in May 2019), and it is set to feature some of the world’s best, including world record holders Jim Walmsley and Camille Herron both from the US and Australia’s Dion Finocchiaro. Fresh from Melbourne’s second lock-down, Finocchiaro broke the Australian 50km record at Box Hill Athletics Track in November 2020.
HOKA will hold two races on January 23, one in Chiba, Japan, and the other in Phoenix, Arizona, with all athletes looking to make history.
About Project Carbon X
During the first Project Carbon X race in 2019, also over 100km, Walmsley set a new US 50 mile record, running 4:50:08 to beat the previous national best by 43 seconds. Walmsley finished the race in fourth place in 7:05:24.
The men’s world record is 6:09:14 (set by Japan’s Nao Kazami in 2018) while the women have a time of 6:33:11, which was set by Japan’s Tomoe Abe in 2000.
Due to COVID-19, the Japanese contingent is unable to travel to Arizona to race but will compete on home turf. Both events will start at the local time of 7am on January 23 with the Japanese race to be completed before the US-based runners start.
Melbourne-based Finocchiaro, who has received a travel permit to race, will enter a two-week quarantine bubble in the US before competing and a second two-week quarantine period on his return to Australia after completing the race.
The remedial massage therapist and running coach has been competing at a national and international level for the best part of a decade. He’s won several city marathons on home turf and has been selected to represent Australia twice at the 100km World Championships. With more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons under his belt he loves an endurance challenge, running a solo 100km loop of his hometown of Melbourne the day before lockdown on July 8 and he regularly logs 200km a week in training while working full time. In November 2020, Finocchiaro set a new Australian 50km record time of 2:50:49 and completed a 60km training run at 100km race pace on January 4.
He’s particularly looking forward to joining ultra running legends Walmsley and the 2020 JFK 50 winner Hayden Hawks on the start line.
“After the 50km record attempt went so well this feels like a free shot, an opportunity to go out and give this record a crack,” Finocchiaro says.
“A lot of the runners who will be there are people I know and follow closely, they’re role models for me, so to be part of such a small elite field with them has given me extra fire in the belly to work and train even harder.”
There will be eight women in total racing in Arizona including Canadian 50-mile record holder Catrin Jones and Camille Herron, who are genuine threats to Abe’s 20-year-old record.
The full lineups set for the race in Arizona are listed below:
Caitriona Jennings (IRE)
Camille Herron (USA)
Catrin Jones (CAN)
Carla Molinaro (UK)
Courtney Olsen (USA)
Devon Yanko (USA)
Nicole Monette (USA)
Audry Tanguy (FRA)
Tyler Andrews (USA)
Kris Brown (USA)
Fernando Cabada (USA)
Sage Canady (USA)
Dion Finocchiaro (AUS)
Tim Frericks (USA)
Hayden Hawks (USA)
Jared Hazen (USA)
Joacim Lantz (SWE)
John Lantz (SWE)
Kyle Masterson (USA)
Elov Olsson (SWE)
Rajpaul Pannu (USA)
Patrick Reagan (USA)
Peter Van Der Son (NED)
Jim Walmsley (USA)
Cole Wilson (USA)
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