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Western States 100 Is Back With Live Coverage

whoaAnother year has quick passed and it is time for one of the most prestigious 100 mile trail races in the world – Western States 100.

Their website provides a nice description of the course.

The Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100 miles. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn.

Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.

Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Western States Endurance Run differs substantially from other organized runs. Adequate mental and physical preparation are of utmost importance to each runner, for the mountains, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.

Check out the brief history of the race.

The race starts at 5 a.m. on Saturday and you must reach the finish by 11 a.m. on Sunday to be an official finisher. That is a total of 30 hours. Yes 30! This year’s race will probably be a bit extra special since last year’s event was canceled due to wild fires in the area.

The course recorder holders are Scott Jurek (15:36:27, 2004) for the men and Ann Trason (17:37:51, 1994) for the women. Will there be new records set this year?

Here are a couple Runner’s World interviews with the male and female top contenders.

Live Coverage

There will be some sort of Live Webcast starting Saturday. It looks like it will consist of a live blog as well as an ability to track runners. There may be more but it is not exactly clear.

A Little Taste

Sarah Lavender Smith put together an enjoyable audio segment with Western States 100 veteran Tim Twietmeyer as he recently shared some race moments with the RRCA.

Good luck to my friends Matt and Mike who will both be racing the event for the first time. Oh, the stories they will have to share. I look forward to it!

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David – EnduranceBuzz.com

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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