Monday, June 22, 2009

WMRC Western States 100 Mile Taper Run

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning 5:15 AM. Meet at the very top parking lot of Squaw Peak Drive past the main trail head of Piestewa Peak. Plan on a little over one hour at a SLOW pace. Why slow, because this will be a taper run for those that are participating, running, crewing and pacing at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Saturday. If the slow pace isn’t intriguing enough to get you out early how about the fact it will be 106 degrees that afternoon. Runner of the Week: Congratulations Jeff Jones who ran the San Juan Solstice 50 Mile trail run in Lake City, Colorado. Very high drop out rate this year. Battling the cold, snow, altitude and climbs he had a real good time of 13:31:00. Good for 3rd place in has age group. I wonder if he received any swag?ROW runner up: is Randy Ohlinger who finished the Coeur d' Alene full ironman in Idaho in 13 hours 27 minutes. As noted above, this weekend is the WS 100. Good luck to Mark Cosmas and Chris Harrison. Cosmas will be crewed and paced by the stellar team of Higgy and Klown. Don’t let those names fool you, they take their jobs serious (between beers). This will be Cosmas’ 2nd time running WS. In 2007 he finished 39th with a time of 21:53:44. This will be Harrison’s first Western States.

WS 100 is run from Squaw Valley, California to Auburn California starting 5:00 AM Saturday. The main goal is to finish within 24 hours to get the silver buckle. After 30 hours you are SOL.

The 2009 race is incredibly competitive with a bunch of the best national and international Ultra Runners competing.

WS 100 has one of the best if not the best Webcasts. So follow the leaders including Mark (#169) and Chris’(#242) progress here: WS 100 Webcast

New this year you can follow up to 5 specific runners progress by getting an e-mail notification that they went through an aid station, finished or god help them DNF. Sign up for this service here: WS email tracking

Lastly, the WMRC Blog has been set up to Post with Text Messaging and Photos with portable web/phone devices. Check back frequently or subscribe for a RSS feed as we will post updates and photos instantaneously (Within seconds!) from the event.

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