Running Inspiration at Western States 100

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This weekend, several hundred lucky ultrarunners toed the starting line at the Western States 100 mile trail run, one of four Grand Slam 100-mile events, the others being Vermont 100-Mile Endurance Run, Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run, and Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run.

According to the Western States website, "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."

Ellie Greenwood, a dominant ultrarunner competing in her first 100 mile race, overcame early hamstring tightness as well as a twenty-minute deficit with 22 miles to go when she surged into first place at mile 95, en route to a victory that set the second fastest women's Western States time ever. Spaniard Kilian Jornet won for the men, setting the third-fastest men's time in course history. Simply amazing.

Looking for more distance running inspiration? Check out AADL's collection of run training books, as well as the trail running specific books, Runner's World Complete Guide to Trail Running and The Outdoor Athlete.

Comments

That's so cool!


I am not a very good runner, but running somewhere with a view like that on the cover of "Runner's World Complete Guide to Trail Running" is sure an inspiration!


Ellie Greenwood is the real deal. She's already won 4 races this year: a 50 miler, two 50k races, and a half-marathon. Western States 100 miler makes 5.


gargusa, with views like that, how could a person not run every day? Truly inspiring. I'm making a promise to myself to run a race somewhere ridiculously gorgeous next year.


Awesome. These people really inspire me!!


cool


nice


Ultramarathoners impress me and scare me at the same time.