Western States 100 week...

Posted in At the Races by Matt Ward on Mon 20 Jun '11

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Just 5 days remain until one of the biggest races on the global trail calendar, as all roads head to Squaw Valley this weekend for the Western States 100 – and we’ll be counting down with the great Stateside site iRunFar.com…

When it comes to this daddy of US ultra-trail races you need some local knowledge. So when looking ahead to the hotly anticipated 2011 edition of this American classic it’s best left to Bryon Powell and the excellent iRunFar.com site, who has already gone deep on pre-race interviews and previews – mainly I guess as he is running it himself!

It is a shame that 2010 runner-up Anton Krupicka is not there, after suffering injury early in the year, and then this horror injury just a week or so ago. However, both the women’s and men’s fields are loaded with ultra-trail talent with 2010 men’s third-placer Kilian Jornet returning to once again go head-to-head with 2010 winner Geoff Roes. Of course the men’s field is packed with big-guns too in the shape of Britain’s Jez Bragg, Nick Clark, Ian Sharman, Hal Koerner and Dave Mackey – to name just a few.

2010 women’s winner Tracey Garneau also heads back to defend her title and will face some super-tough opposition from Anita Ortiz, Briton Ellie Greeenwood and three-time winner Nikki Kimball.

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Tracy Garneau, womens winner 2010

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 4½ 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.

There will be a live webcast from the event and you can also follow the WS100 on Twitter, and Facebook

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