Why do I compete in the fabled “Leadman” series? The reasons run deep. To tackle this series of five or six mountain bike and mountain running races over one summer is a physical and emotional challenge for anyone. Now that I compete with one good leg, whereas I had raced it with two, this legendary series takes on new personal meaning.
I first heard about the Western States Endurance Run (WS100) soon after I started running, living in London, around 2006 when I read Dean Karnazes’ ‘Ultramarathon Man.’ The crazy 100+ mile events he described seemed well out of my league and very intimidating, so I really didn’t expect ever to run that far in one go.
Jacky is an amputee trail and ultrarunner and member of the Altra Red Team. Despite the fact that she’s only been running for 3 years, she has already worked her way from marathons to 50ks up to a 50 mile race. She has fallen in love with trail running, specifically ultradistance events.
“I can’t begin to describe what this year meant for me,” Anderson said. “It was a milestone personally, as well as for the history of thru-hiking. I became the first female Calendar Year Triple Crowner, the first female Triple Triple Crowner and the fastest female Triple Crowner.”
After a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Western States 100, Mark proved that he was for real, by coming back and finishing 3rd place, yet again, in one of the most competitive 100 mile races in the history of the sport.
"This race was very, very surreal, I feel like I’m just starting my journey as an elite ultrarunner, and because of this, I’m overlooked a lot. So to have this win validate myself, it’s just really fulfilling" - #TeamAltra Elite Sabrina Stanley