Here are some ultrarunning gear insights of three-time Western States 100 winner Nikki Kimball.
When it comes to choosing a kit for her ninth running of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run on June 28 from Squaw Valley, Calif., to Auburn, Calif., Nikki Kimball, 43 of Bozeman, Mont., likes to keep it casual, and confesses to not being very picky about gear. In fact, she suggested that some runners tend to get overly tied to their stuff because running is such a low-gear sport and there isn’t much to freak out about. “Successful ultra runners are not absolutely married to their gear,” Kimball says. “Its important to be flexible. Your crew may not make to a checkpoint or something can go differently than planned.”
After running more than 60 ultra-distance events and several “Fastest Known Time” trail records, Kimball has plenty of firsthand experience. But that’s not to say she doesn’t have favorites. Click through the gallery of photos to get some of her gear insights for race day.