Its June! I can’t believe after all the waiting, we are almost to the big day. Eyes on the prize!
I have been busy but I need to get off my ass and start boring the hell out of you know talking about this race. I have been too easy on you so far. I want you to start saying, “Just run it already!”
So the big day is June 23rd at 5AM. If you are new here, I will explain what my crew and I are doing.
The Western States Endurance Run, aka “Western States 100” or “WS100,” is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world! 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 4.5 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. A final lap around the Placer High School track and you are finished.
This race is a dream for many ultra runners. Its gotten harder to get into over the last few years. You either race your way into it by winning very competitive qualifier races or you win the lottery. Yes, there is a lottery for the spots and my name was drawn. Surely, not the most worthy so I won’t pretend to be. But I met the qualifications and paid my money like everyone else with a dream of running it. Some forces aligned and my name came up on the big board. I look at it as I have been given a shot that many want and I don’t want to squander it. I want to arrive in Squaw Valley in the best shape of my life (for this type of racing) and I want to arrive in Auburn in the worst shape of my life…after giving it my all.
I have a wonderful crew coming with me and I will be detailing out their assignments here live shortly. Its an open playbook. You tell us where the gaps are.
Let us all know in the comments what Western States means to you.