The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Presented by Altra Footwear took place on June 23rd-24th. Runners travel 100.2 miles from Squaw Valley to Auburn, CA battling high altitude, sometimes snow, river crossings and the suffocating heat of the infamous canyons. Western States is one of the most competitive 100 milers in the world and the stacked field this year was no exception.
The 2018 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run was definitely one for the books. Despite high temperatures, the finisher rate was still 81%. Being such a hot year, staying wet and cool was the name of the game, and the 65 pounds of ice per runner really paid off! The field was stacked this year and did not disappoint. For Jim Walmsley, the third time was the charm; he returned, determined, confident and, most importantly, a year wiser. Walmsley ran a smart, albeit blazing race and set a new course record in 14:30:04. Courtney Dauwalter ran strong, winning the women’s race in 17:27:00 and placing 12th overall.
#TeamAltra collectively had a great day with 4 of our men placing in the top ten: Mark Hammond rounded out the podium in 3rd with a time of 16:08:59, Ian Sharman was 4th with a time of 16:23:32, Jeff Browning 5th in 16:45:29 and Kyle Pietari 6th in 16:54:23. Other Altra Elite Men of note included Zach Bitter 11th, and Jesse Haynes 20th. On the women’s side, Amanda Basham placed 4th in 19:17:59, Cecilia Flori 5th in 19:42:55, while Kaci Lickteig came in 12th, Nicole Kalogeropoulos 17th and Traci Falbo, 43rd. Altra Red Team finishers included Ricky Roane, Kenneth Ringled, Jenny Welch, Kyle Northrop, and with just over 5 minutes to spare Cory Reese claimed his buckle in a time of 29:55:44. Congrats all around on another historic journey from Squaw to Auburn. Rest well!
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