Features

The First Mass Assault on the Western States Trail

On June 27, 1987, the Western States Endurance Run was staged, completing ten years as the Boston Marathon of ultras. Over 350 runners, chosen from a field of over a thousand candidates, embarked on one of the most ambi...

Multi-Day Race Directing in the Land of Oz

Prospects for the country's only remaining six-day race were grimmer than ever this year. Years of running, watching, and directing multi-day events had taught me at least one lesson: They are attractive enough as a curi...

Dusan Mravlje: World-Class Ultrarunner from Yugoslavia

The following interview took place in Australia, two days before the Sydney-to-Melboume race in March. In that race Mravlje succumbed to an infected toe and had to retire after about 300 miles. Ultrarunning: How did you...

The Joys of Crewing

This year was a special treat for me. For the first time in three years my name was not chosen in the Western States lottery. I had problems dealing with this for a while but I eventually adapted. Eventually I decided to...

From the South: Advice to Beginning Ultrarunners, Part 1

There seems to be a consistent demand for how-to articles on ultrarunning. Newcomers to our joyous sport eagerly seek advice on how to minimize the time spent as novices so that they can play the game without learning ma...

An Old Salt Gets Through His First 100 Km

The good news about my completion of the Ruth Anderson 100 Km race in April (see July-August issue) is that I was first in my age group and finished seventh overall. The bad news is that there wasn't anyone else in my ag...

It's Not Just a Run, It's an Adventure

It's not just a run; it's an adventure. That's a perfect description of a run I and fellow Phoenix runners K. C. Baum, Bill Petco, Kay Alderton, Dante Ciolfi, Karey Durbin, Scott Modzelewski recently completed. We starte...

Being Careful Wasn't Enough

I never thought it would happen to me. But it did. It could happen to you, too. I'm a street-runner—always have been and, until recently, thought I always would be. I'm also a cautious street-runner. I run against...

Race Results

First Interstate Western States 100 Mile

At the eleventh running of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run two newcomers shared the victory limelight: Herb Tanzer of Topanga, California, and Mary Hammes of Fort Worth, Texas. Hammes became the first non-Calif...

September 1987

Running Western States may be a lot of fun, but the best part is crossing the finish line, as evidenced by Tom Crawford's exuberance after over 29 hours on the trail. (Photo: Rick Meyers)