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Western States 100 Live Coverage – TALON Athlete Updates

The Western States 100 weekend has arrived!

Throughout the weekend, I will be periodically updating the status of our TALON athletes as well as how the front-end of the racing is shaking out by sorting through the various information floating across the internet. Not how smooth or easy it will be but willing to give it a try.

I will keep all updates within this post so it will be a living one and growing with information throughout the day. So make sure you come back and check it out throughout the weekend.

Race starts Saturday, 5:00 AM Cali time.

Sleep tight athletes!


Western States 100 Weekend Coverage

[Pre-Start]

Current temp is Squaw Valley – 61F, High – 93 Sunny.

Over 1600 Aid-Station Volunteers are ready to go!

Over 400 runners are excited for the 100 mile journey!

Due to too much darn snow, there is a short course re-route starting at mile 9 (~1.5 miles before Lyons Ridge).

Map of Course profile.

It’s go time!

[Race start 0500 hrs – mile 19.6]

Beautiful morning. The first 3.5 miles to Escapment include over 2000 feet of climbing.

Halfway up the first climb a small group of four pull away from the rest of the field with Kilian Jornet leading Hal Korner and Anton Krupicka.

Talbot Creek – mile 14

The first Aid Station is at Talbot Creek at mile 14. Talbot Creek is used this year due to the snow redirect. Less than two hours into the race, the 10 lead runners all passed through Talbot Creek within minutes of each other. The first female, Tracy Garneau, passed through five minutes later at 0705.

Top 10 males at Talbot Creek:

  1. Ian Torrence – 0656 (time in)
  2. Joshua Brimhall – same
  3. Geoff Roes – same
  4. Anton Krupicka – same
  5. Nick Clark – same
  6. Nick Lewis – same
  7. Hal Koerner – same
  8. Zacharian Miller – same
  9. Leigh Schmitt – 0657
  10. Dan Barger – 0702

(They must have missed Kilian Jornet in the group.)

Only have Trace Garneau (first female) for this check point at 0705.

Poppy Trailhead – mile 19.6

Next Aid-station/checkpoint is Poppy Trailhead at mile 19.6. This is also a part of the snow redirect route.

Reports have Kilian Jornet leading by a small margin over eight runners. Texas athlete, Quent Bearden has moved into the top 10!

Tracy Garneau is holding a seven minute lead over a pack of three chasers, Nikki Kimball, Joelle Vaught, and Devon Crosby-Helms.

Top 10 males at Poppy Trailhead:

  1. Kilian Jornet – 0736 (time in)
  2. Geoff Roes – 0737
  3. Leigh Schmitt – same
  4. Zacharian Miller – same
  5. Hal Koerner – same
  6. Joshua Brimhall – 0738
  7. Anton Krupicka – same
  8. Nick Clark – same
  9. Nick Lewis – same
  10. Quent Bearden – 0742 (Texas athlete!)

Top 10 females at Poppy Trailhead:

  1. Tracy Garneau – 0746 (time in)
  2. Nikki Kimball – 0753
  3. Joelle Vaught – 0754
  4. Devon Crosby-Helms – 0756
  5. Meghan Arbogast – 0801
  6. Becky Wheeler – 0807
  7. Caren Spore – 0809
  8. Jill Perry – 0810
  9. Pam Smith – 0810
  10. Tamsin Anstey – 0814

TALON Athlete Status (for those that have reached a timed checkpoint):

  • Quent Bearden – through Duncan Canyon (mile 23.8) – 0820 (time in)
  • Henry Bickerstaff – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0850
  • Neil Blake – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0848
  • David Brown – though Duncan Canyon (mile 23.8) – 0848
  • Michael Courtney – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0847
  • Mark Sobus – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0855
  • Meredith Terranova – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0828
  • Thomas Chapin – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0932
  • David Coats – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0858
  • Jen Foster – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0909
  • Jeffrey Genova – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0900
  • Paul Goodwin – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0928
  • Ian Maddieson – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0930
  • Drew Meyer – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0913
  • Axel Reissenecker – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0907
  • Fred Thompson – through Poppy Trailhead (mile 19.6) – 0913

[Duncan Canyon – mile 23.8]

The next aid-station/check point is Duncan Canyon at mile 23.8. We continue to drop in elevation. This aid-station sits at 6000 feet and the race peaked near 9000 feet in the early miles.

The front-end of the male race is stretching out ever so slightly. Top eight within three minutes. Geoff Roes Anton Krupicka and Kilian Jornet seem to be the engine driving this train to Auburn…so far. Long way to go. Quent Bearden (TX) is still rippin’ it and holding onto the 10th position with an assembly line following right behind him.

Top 10 males at Duncan Canyon:

  1. Geoff Roes – 0812 (time in)
  2. Anton Krupicka – same
  3. Kilian Jornet – same
  4. Zacharian Miller – 0813
  5. Hal Koerner – same
  6. Leigh Schmitt – same
  7. Joshua Brimhall – 0814
  8. Nick Clark – 0815
  9. Nick Lewis – 0818
  10. Quent Bearden – 0820 (Texas athlete!)

Tracy Garneau continues to hold a seven minute female lead. Fortunately for the rest of the woman, this lead hasn’t really increased since the last checkpoint. The race is starting to spread out a bit more for the women with 33 minutes separating first through tenth.

Top 10 females at Duncan Canyon:

  1. Tracy Garneau – 0826 (time in)
  2. Joelle Vaught – 0834
  3. Nicki Kimball – 0838
  4. Devon Crosby-Helms – 0840
  5. Meghan Arbogast – 0845
  6. Becky Wheeler – 0850
  7. Caren Spore – 0853
  8. Pam Smith – 0857
  9. Jill Perry – 0858
  10. Tamsin Anstey – 0859

TALON Athletes at Duncan Canyon (will be updated as athletes come in):

  • Quent Bearden – 0820 (10th OA!) (time in)
  • David Brown – 0848
  • Joe Constantino – 0902
  • Meredith Terranova – 0920
  • Cindy Melder – 0933
  • Michael Courtney – 0940
  • Neil Blake – 0941
  • Henry Bickerstaff – 0948
  • Mark Sobus – 0952
  • David Coats – 0956
  • Jeffrey Genova – 1001
  • Alex Reissnecker – 1007
  • Jen Foster – 1011
  • Drew Meyer – 1012
  • Fred Thompson – 1012
  • Paul Goodwin – 1014
  • Karen Martin – 1019
  • Ian Maddieson – 1032
  • Thomas Chapin – 1034

[Robinson Flat – mile 29.7]

Time to climb a bit again up to our next checkpoint, Robinson Flat at mile 29.7. There are plenty of ups-and-downs (1800 feet climbing – 1200 feet of descent) with an extra 600 feet going up.

The crazy train of Anton, Kilian, and Geoff continue to hammer as the rope among the top 10 finally begins to stretch with 20 minutes separating first to tenth. With that being said, only five minutes separates first through sixth.

Facebook pic of the leaders.

Reports are Hal is going through a tough patch.

Top 10 males at Robinson Flat:

  1. Anton Krupicka – 0911 (time in)
  2. Kilian Jornet – same
  3. Geoff Roes – same
  4. Hal Koerner – 0914
  5. Zacharian Miller – 0916
  6. Leigh Schmitt – same
  7. Nick Clark – 0921
  8. Joshua Brimhall – 0926
  9. Nick Lewis – 0930
  10. Glen Redpath – 0931

Tracy’s lead has inched up to eight minutes from Joelle. Annette Bednosky has now joined the top 10. The difference between first through tenth has growth since the last check point. The spread is now 46 minutes.

Top 10 females at Robinson Flat:

  1. Tracy Garneau – 0937 (24th OA) (time in)
  2. Joelle Vaught – 0945
  3. Nicki Kimball – 0954
  4. Devon Crosby-Helms – 0957
  5. Jamie Frink – 1000
  6. Becky Wheeler – 1006
  7. Caren Spore – 1011
  8. Tamsin Anstey – 1018
  9. Pam Smith – 1018
  10. Annette Bednosky – 1023

Quent dropped out of the top 10 OA (now 12th) but only one minute down.

TALON Athletes at Robinson Flat (will be updated as athletes come in):

  • Quent Bearden – 0932 (time in)
  • David Brown – 1009
  • Joe Constantino – 1026
  • Meredith Terranova – 1053
  • Cindy Melder –
  • Michael Courtney –
  • Neil Blake –
  • Henry Bickerstaff –
  • Mark Sobus –
  • David Coats –
  • Henry Bickerstaff –
  • Jen Foster –
  • Jeffrey Genova –
  • Paul Goodwin –
  • Ian Maddieson –
  • Drew Meyer –
  • Axel Reissenecker –
  • Fred Thompson –


Unfortunately, I will be unable to continue with the updates as I will not have computer access for a while.

You can still follow the action by heading over to http://ws100.ultralive.net/webcast.php for race updates.

Here is a snapshot where things stand for the TALON athletes and top men/women.

TALON athletes status at 1:30 pm (1330) – 8 hours 30 minutes into the race

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Top 10 Men at 1:34 pm (1334) – 8 hours 34 minutes into the race

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Top 10 Women at 1:38 pm (1338) – 8 hours 38 minutes into the race

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Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

(Photo: Courtesy of ClatieK.)

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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