This last weekend was the 39th running of the oldest 100 miler in the US. The Western States started as a horse race after Wendell T. Robie rode the distance from Squaw Valley to Auburn in California in 1955. In 1974 Gordy Ainsleigh ran the course after his horse fell sick just before the race. The undoubted king of Western States is Scott Jurek who has won the race 7 times. This year the men’s field was hot with Anton Krupicka, Spanish wunderkind Killian Jornet, and eventual winner Geoff Roes. Check out the interviews for Anton, Killian and Geoff here on iRunFar. It is really interesting listening to the three perspectives of a really hot race (temperature and pace). Geoff hung back and then pushed hard later on in the race. Amazingly he was running 4:40 min km in the last 30 kms.
Interestingly Salomon machine Killian did not carry water for most of the way despite temperatures to 40*C and Anton carried bottles. Montrail’s Geoff managed to consume 40 cal/h which obviously gave him the necessary boost he needed.
So the rematch is coming at UTMB with Killian, Geoff and Scott dancing the big dance!