I may have bested @Jesse_Canfield’s time at the 100k Ultra Challenge, but I’m not lining up in Olympic Valley, California, this Saturday for the Western States 100 like he is. In addition to Jesse, Rochester runner Olga Huber and Lake Placid’s Sarah Keyes are in the start list. Sarah’s a national class ultra runner with a decent shot at making the top 10. Another elite in the field is former Cornell cross country and steeplechase standout Max King. Also, Yassine Diboun is pacing west coast elite Tyler Green in the later miles.
The Western States 100 is basically the Boston Marathon of American ultra running, with a long, storied history, top level competition, qualifying standards, and a huge demand for a limited number of entries.
Anyone interested in following the race can use the live tracker at ultralive.net for any/all runners, and follow @iRunFar on Twitter for real-time updates on the men’s and women’s top ten. The race starts Saturday at 8:00 a.m. EST (5:00 PST.)