Sunday, 27 June 2010

Western States 100

WS100 Website | Route | 2010 Results

Up in Alaska's excellent blog post

The Western States 100 is a 100 mile endurance run across the Sierra Nevada in California, from Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe to Auburn near Sacramento. To get a flavour of the race, you should read Dean Karnazes' Ultramarathon Man.

The 2010 race took place this weekend, with a massive amount of build up on the excellent iRunFar website, in particular Bryon Powell's great super-relaxed interviews with most of the leading runners, for example Anton Krupicka who goes into the Western States unbeaten over 100 miles, and with a huge amount of training under his belt as documented on his incredible blog Riding the Wind.

The other 3 main candidates for winning the race were Kilian Jornet of Catalonia who ran 800 km across the Pyrenees in 8 days only 3 weeks ago, Hal Koerner, 2 times defending champion, and Geoff Roes from Alaska also unbeaten over 100 miles.

At 50 miles, all 4 of these runners were still together, until Kilian Jornet and Anton Krupicka began to pull ahead. However later in the race Jornet faded and Geoff Roes came through to break the course record, finishing in 15:07:04.


Stuart said...

I was following the race too, a bit last night and saw the results this morning - What a race! Anton goes and smashes the old course record and still comes second. UTMB will be interesting now with Geoff Roes running it for the first time and Killian trying to make it 3 in a row.

Chris said...

Yes, it was some race to follow. I loved all those pre-race interviews on with Bryon Powell. So laid back. Looks like Kilian fadely badly in the final quarter of the race.