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Intriguing Storylines and Predictions for the 2024 Western States 100 – iRunFar


With Memorial Day weekend within the U.S. behind us, the calendar flips to June. And with that, the eyes of the ultrarunning world — and people of this columnist! — are directed to the 2024 Western States 100.

Going down on June 29, this 12 months’s occasion, like yearly, is crammed with intriguing tales. I’d like to spotlight 5 of essentially the most compelling tales on this 12 months’s race and in addition current the 12 runners — let’s name them AJW’s Soiled Dozen — who I feel are prone to be on the entrance of the pack come sunset on the end line at Placer Excessive College in Auburn, California, on race day.

Western States Starting Line 2021

The beginning of the 2021 Western States 100. Picture: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Eric Spector

California’s Eric Spector is trying to turn into the oldest finisher of Western States 100. The 77-year-old from Marin County has had a formidable build-up to the race this 12 months, with sturdy finishes on the Massive Alta 50k, Napa Valley Endurance Run 50k, and Marin Extremely Problem 50 Mile. In current weeks, Spector has additionally logged over 200 miles on the course in preparation for the large day.

1,000-Mile Bucklers

Due largely to the growing issue of moving into the race, it has been 5 years since we’ve seen a 10-time finisher circle the observe at Placer Excessive College. This 12 months, nonetheless, three runners try to gather their 1,000-mile buckles. Philip Sanderson of California, Ken Ward of Oregon, and Kaci Lickteig of Nebraska are all trying to realize the feat this 12 months.

Kaci Lickteig successful the 2016 Western States 100. Picture: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

No Defending Champions

Whereas Jim Walmsley and Kaci Lickteig, two earlier Western States winners, are within the subject this 12 months, neither winner from the 2023 version of the race is returning. Tom Evans and Courtney Dauwalter, the 2023 winners, have chosen to deal with different races this 12 months, leaving the sphere open for a brand new or returning champion.

Ladies’s Race

In 2023, we noticed an unbelievable ladies’s race, with Courtney Dauwalter successful in a course report time of 15:29, and the tenth place girl, Colorado’s Meghan Morgan, ending in 18:11, a time that will have gained the race outright a number of occasions through the years. With this 12 months’s ladies’s subject much more stacked than final 12 months, I’m anticipating much more density on the entrance of the pack this time round.

Environmental Components

Mom Nature has not been type to Western States over the previous few years. Between wildfires, snow, and street closures, the challenges dealing with the race group have been immense. This 12 months, nonetheless, it appears to be like like issues are returning to regular.

Whereas the injury from the 2022 Mosquito Hearth stays, the forest is slowly returning. Mosquito Ridge Street, the most important street accessing the Duncan Canyon and Dusty Corners help stations, has not too long ago been reopened after being closed for over 18 months as a result of hearth. And except there are vital late spring storms, it appears to be like just like the snowpack within the excessive nation can be minimal.

Total, it’s shaping as much as be a tremendous 12 months!

Jim Walmsley first place finish

Jim Walmsley successful the 2021 Western States 100. Picture: iRunFar/Alex Potter

AJW’s 2024 Western States 100 Race Predictions

There are clear favorites in each the ladies’s and males’s fields this 12 months: Jim Walmsley, the boys’s course report holder, and Katie Schide, the lady with the second-fastest time ever on the course. Behind them, a slew of different runners can be chasing. It’s anybody’s guess as to who will finally problem for the highest spot. However listed here are my picks for the highest six men and women:

Ladies

  1. Katie Schide
  2. Rachel Drake
  3. Leah Yingling
  4. Heather Jackson
  5. Emily Hawgood
  6. Devon Yanko

Males

  1. Jim Walmsley
  2. Hayden Hawks
  3. Tyler Inexperienced
  4. Jia-Sheng Shen
  5. Jonathan Albon
  6. Dakota Jones

Bottoms up!

Katie Schide - 2023 Western States 100 second place

Katie Schide after taking second on the 2023 Western States 100 and working the second-fastest time in race historical past. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

AJW’s Beer of the Week

Pigeon Head Brewery logoThis week’s Beer of the Week comes from Pigeon Head Brewery in Reno, Nevada. Silver Sage Pale Ale is a basic American-style pale ale that’s gentle and crispy, with a touch of sage added to the brewing course of. A deliciously drinkable beer, Silver Sage is an ideal summer time ale.

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