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Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run 2017

History of the trail running is once again written at Western States

History of the trail running is once again written at Western States

 

This year, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run reserved beautiful surprises. The first appearance of new athletes has given a special taste to the competition and the American atmosphere of the race once again inspired us. This event kept its promises and stays one of the most mythical race in the world. Watch out trail running fans!

 

The disappointment of one and the consecration of the other:

 

Jim WALMSLEY (USA) wanted to write the story of Western States. Jim WALMSLEY had all it takes to make a perfect race. Jim WALMSLEY was flying at the beginning of the course but Jim WALMSLEY collapsed at the 78-miles mark. A champion is one who can come back despite failings, despite the difficulties and despite the obstacles. He did not enjoy the race this year but he will come back next year even stronger.

 

“It was a dream come true yesterday”. These are the words of Ryan SANDES and it is the best one to describe his victory at Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. After four attempts, the fifth is the good for the South African athlete. He had a special relationship with this race and despite a lot of chasers behind him, his strategy worked last Saturday. He ran without any thought to the others by focusing on his own physical possibilities and the result at the end is just wonderful. Thanks to this victory, he enters for the first time in the UTWT World Ranking at the 10th place. The next goal of Ryan is the CCC® in September and he is one of the favorites for the victory.

 

For their first race of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour, the two Americans Alex NICHOLS and Mark HAMMOND were not afraid in front of the best ultra-athletes of the world. Respectively 2nd and 3rd of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, they made an unbelievable race. We can say that the Americans wanted to make a strong impression at home. Indeed, the TOP 10 is mainly formed by Americans except Ryan SANDES, Ian SHERMAN, and Paul GIBLIN who finished 7th and 9th.

 

Cat Bradley, the new American trail running icon:

 

The women race of Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run was marked by a big intensity and the final verdict has been given at the last moment. After leading the race for a while, Andrea HUSER (SUI) suffered from the heat of the Californian sun at the 38-miles mark. Yiou WANG (USA), who already participated in 2016, took her chance on the course but she had to drop out the race less than 30 miles before the end.

 

Cat BRADLEY (USA) took the lead at this point. This young 23-year-old American, without pressure, managed her race from the beginning until the end. The gap between her and her competitors has increased throughout the course.  Cat finished Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in 19h31m30s with more than 18 minutes ahead of Magdalena BOULET (USA), the second of the race. “I can’t believe it” declared the new icon of the American trail running just after the race. More than a performance, it is a true sporting achievement for this teacher and it promises beautiful things for the future.

 

Despite health issues very early in the race, Magdalena BOULET stayed focus on her objective: to finish the race. Being 2nd of such a race is already a victory for all the athletes. Her next goal is simple: to improve on a 5th place finish last year at UTMB®.

 

Sabrina STANLEY (USA) is the outsider of the race this year. At 22, the 3rd of Western States 2017 is the new face of trail running. After a hard beginning of the race, where Sabrina was not in the TOP10, she was able to surpass all her competitors to finish the race on the podium.

 

TOP Western States

 

Special mention for the atmosphere of the event:

 

At Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the first and last runners are applauded with the same intensity. Karen BONNET had the chance to know that. She finished the race in 29h59m52s just before the cut-off time and she is the last finisher of the 2017 edition. As a reminder, on 369 participants, 248 enjoy the finisher’s buckle of the most famous 100-miles race of the world. A huge bravo to all the runners, who live for their passion.

 



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