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2010 Western States 100 – Our Arkansas Trail Runners

Four ultra athletes from Arkansas will be running at the 37th annual Western States 100. I was able to get in contact with three of them and the group includes a 100 mile newbie, an experienced ultra runner but Western States newbie, and  a runner that wants to experience the final .9 miles he has yet to run.

Let’s meet our Arkansas trail runners.

Some chillin’ Run, Run, Run music to accompany the profiles.

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

Our Arkansas Trail Runners Heading to the Western States 100

Karen Martin – Bib # 309

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

Ultras…it will be one year in July.  I’ve been running 8 years…mostly marathons, some triathlons, too.  I read Ultramarathon Man last year and decided to try the ultras.  It’s kinda like a progressive dinner on the trail with lots of cool new people to meet…and you get to run!  What’s not to love!  I put my name in the hat for the WS lottery and can’t believe I won.

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

No, this will be my first 100…yikes!!  I didn’t make it to the training runs, so I’m in for a wonderful surprise, right?!?!

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?

I love running downhill!!  I’ve been training on the Syllamore Trail, but a few weeks ago I decided to run the road since the trails are so overgrown.  I ran three 2.5-3 mile hills up & down on a 50K training run in 90+ temps.  I’m really hoping that helps.  Otherwise, I always run the route with the biggest hills I can find near home.  Also, some hill repeats, too.

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

I really want to get Devils Thumb & Michigan Bluff behind me!  It’s all going to be so beautiful!  I’m just so excited to be on the Western States Trail with the other runners…what an honor!

Are there any Sponsors supporting your journey?

Just my family.  My husband, Barry, my 13 year old son, Sean and my 11 year old daughter, Sarah are going to be my crew.  I’m looking forward to seeing them on the course.

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

Of course, turtle comes to mind…but I seriously doubt that I’ll have that much self control.  I’m going to need to start out alot slower than I’m used to.  I may start out as the Hare morph into the Tortoise, and hopefully I won’t be road kill at the end.



Jen Foster – Bib # 165

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

Six years (five years running 100’s)

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

No, this is my first.

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?

Hill repeats on the longest hills I could find in a few hours drive.

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

Crossing the stream at Rucky Chuck.

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

Bobcat!


Jeffrey Genova – Bib # 314

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

I have been running Ultra marathons since 2005, so five years.

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

I have traveled to Squaw Valley the past two years and this will be my third year. The first year the race was cancelled due to fires. Then last year I made it 99.1 miles before my body quit and I ended up piled up in a driveway out side the track in Auburn.

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?

As far as training for the race I have incorporated a good bit of downhill running repeats to build my quads and also worked on having the proper footing on the downhills to protect my toes. Last year I lost eight toenails from the downhills.

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

I am most looking forward to running the last mile of the race since I was unable to run it last year. I feel that I need to redeem myself on that part of the course. Also the first part of the course when the sun is coming up is very beautiful and I am looking forward to running that section.

Are there any Sponsors supporting your journey?

I am sponsored by Brooks Running (Shoes and Apparel) , Rush Running (Everything else from fuel to Injinji socks), Moeben (sleeves), Dirty Girl gaiters (Gaiters), Rudy Project (Shades), GoPro Hero HD video (To record the journey), MotorTabs (Fluid Replacement), Creative Awards (Shirts and Screen printing), Stuffitts (Keep my shoes from stinking), That Butt Stuff (Keeping me from chaffing) and Maximum Performance Chiropractic (Keeping me healthy).

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

An Elephant, they never forget and I have never forgotten my fate last year and I will not let it be the same this year.


Thomas Chapin – Bib # 144

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get in contact with Thomas.


Good luck to Karen, Jen, Jeffrey, and Thomas on their Western States journey.

A special thanks to Karen, Jen, and Jeffrey for sharing with us.

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

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(Photos: Courtesy of Karen Martin, Jen Foster, masatsu, docentjoyce, Jeffrey Genova, and Tambako the Jaguar.)

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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