Tag: Western States 100

The Spirit of Western States 100

At mile 99 I kept glancing at my watch. I heard myself whimper, “Am I going to make it?” The sun was radiating fire so hot that I swear I could hear my skin sizzling. I was so tired that my eyes were begging for a moment...

Western States

Front-runner Jim Walmsley, his lean body strip-mined of all excess after six months of incredibly focused training, and already on course record pace, transitioned from the snow at 8,200 feet to the dirt single track lea...

Failing Spectacularly: Golden Ticket Races Provide Bob Shebest a Silver Lining

Bob Shebest will be the first to tell you that he’s always on the lookout for inspirational quotes to help fuel his training and racing…and his life. Yet there is more to Shebest’s appreciation of memorable lines than...

73: Just Another Number on a 100-mile Western States Journey

With each passing year, it’s a race we know we shouldn’t be running.  But often, against our better judgment, knowing full well the runner we were last year, or 10 years ago, or 20 years ago could be far different fro...

Winter Western States

Traditionally the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is held on the last weekend of June, summertime in the Northern Hemisphere. The race is notorious for its brutally hot canyons at the midpoint and the dry dusty con...

Western States

Together, over a surprisingly frenzied weekend in late June, three runners came to represent the ultimate triumph of dreams that can be realized or be dashed at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. There was the...

Western States

A defiant growl… A sigh, tinged with momentary and fleeting disappointment… A piece of paper that had taken months to write upon… A little boy’s love of his mother… A pair of flip-flops that took their owner...

Evolution of Western States Course

Every sport has its majors: world-class competitions that crown champions. Most of these events travel to different locations each year, highlighting either the home team or a special venue. But for a few athletic pursui...