Check out these shots from the one of the world’s most iconic ultras!
This past weekend marked the 41st running of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100.2-mile trail race from Squaw Valley, Calif., to Auburn, Calif. The route, with more than 18,000 feet of climbing and almost 23,000 feet of descending, takes runners over mountain passes, deep into canyons and across the American River before finishing on the track at Placer High School in Auburn. Even though the 399 racers had a snow-free route, temperatures were chilly as they waited for the 5 a.m. start. But the thermometer rose into the mid-90s with clear and sunny skies, making for hot running as the day progressed. The heat didn’t slow Rob Krar, 37, of Flagstaff, Ariz., as he ran to victory in 14:53:22. Western States newcomer Stephanie Howe, 30, of Bend, Ore., ran strong in her 100-mile debut, finishing at the top for the women in 18:01:42. Scroll through the photos below from Luis Escobar and Mario Fraioli to get a glimpse at the course and how the race unfolded.
Top-10 Results: 2014 Western States 100