Geoff Roes will be racing on one of the hardest courses in the United States this weekend. Photo: Anchorage Daily News

He’s competing on one of the hardest courses in the U.S.

Last year’s Western States 100 champion and course-record holder Geoff Roes will be lacing up his shoes this weekend in Santa Barbara, California. He will be taking part in the inaugural 100-mile event that comprises part of the Santa Barbara Endurance Races.

Roes headlines the field which includes 27 runners who will be heading out on Friday night from Rancho Oso Western Village.

With 30,000 feet of elevation gain, the course is clearly no cakewalk. “Only two other events in America have more elevation gain than that,” said race spokesman Chris Stone. “This course is brutal, long, and likely one of the hardest courses in America, if not the world.”

Roes is the clear favorite. He was the ultra runner of the year in 2010 and looks to be the winner again this year.

“Geoff Roes is projected to finish in 24 hours, and there will likely be no runners within 10 hours of his time,” Stone said.

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