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2010 Western States 100 – Our New Mexico Trail Runners

Of the 23 TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) ultra athletes registered for the fast approaching Western States 100 mile trail run on June 26-27, three will depart from the state of New Mexico.

I was able to get in contact with two of the dirt running connoisseurs, and they were kind enough to share a bit about themselves. While both are experienced trail runners, one of them will be experiencing his first Western States and the other, his 15th.

Our introduction music is below. 🙂


(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Let’s get to it!

Our New Mexico trail runners Heading to the Western States 100

Ian Maddieson – Bib # 306

How many years have you been playing in this goofy sport of trail/ultra running?

I think I did my first ultra in 1980, but it might have been a couple of years earlier.

Have you run Western States in previous years? If so, how many runs on the historic course?

I have done Western States 14 times, the first time in 1982 and the most recent in 2006.

Western States puts your downhill running skills to the test. What specific training (if any) have you done to prepare yourself for this unique challenge?

Probably not enough! I have done some workouts in which I try to include sustained downhill sections. Also have been doing squats to increase flexibility and add strength to relevant muscles.

Besides the finish, what specific section of the course are you most looking forward to running or experiencing?

My favorite section of the course is the downhill leading out of the Peachstone (Cal II) aid station.  Nice assist from gravity, but not too steep.

Fun bonus question: Which animal best characterizes that way you plan on running Western States?

This year there’s going to be a moose on my crew t-shirts.  This seems an apt animal, as they just mosey along grazing as they go, but are capable of the occasional burst of speed.

Note: Ian also recently completed the challenging Jemez Mountain 50 mile trail run in just over 16 hours. Nice!


Mike Courtney – Bib # 155

How many years have you been playing in this goofy sport of trail/ultra running?

Running for almost 20 years (I’m 54 years old) and ultrarunning for about 10 years.

Have you ran Western States in previous years? If so, how many runs on the historic course?

Never have run WS100.  I’ve been trying to get into it for years but never got picked in the lottery.

Western States puts your downhill running skills to the test. What specific training (if any) have you done to prepare yourself for this unique challenge?

Nothing special really.  I’ve been training like I do for any 100.

Besides the finish, what specific section of the course you are most looking forward to running or experiencing?

I really don’t know that much about the course having never been on it yet.  I hear the canyons can get hot and I’m not looking forward to possible high temps.

Fun bonus question: Which animal best characterizes that way you plan on running Western States?

A hound dog-  It follows the trail (scent) and doesn’t give up.


Neil Blake – Bib # 103

Unfortunately I couldn’t get in contact with Neil but I did notice that he finished the Jemez Mountain 50 mile trail run in 12:15. Solid time!


Good luck to Ian, Mike, and Neil – our New Mexico athletes heading out to the Western States 100!

A special thanks to Ian and Mike for spending some time with us.

To see the complete list of athletes profiled so far, check out the 2010 Western States TALON Athletes article.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

(Animal Photos: courtesy of carolynconnor and Let Ideas Compete)

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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