Eight years ago in the weeks leading up to the Western States 100, I sat around a kitchen table with three WS100 veterans and a few runners preparing for their first go at the race. The knowledge I gained in that hour or two left me feeling like a WS veteran as I toed the line in Squaw Valley a few weeks later, despite it being my first 100 mile race. Ever since, I’ve firmly believed that it’s invaluable to learn from ultrarunners who’ve successfully gone before you. That’s why I am so thrilled that iRunFar joins Montrail in sponsoring the Memorial Day Weekend Training Run’s Panel Discussion on Sunday, May 27th.
The evening, which follows the second day of the Memorial Day Weekend Training Runs, kicks off with a pasta meal (suggested $10 donation to cover costs) at 6 pm. Whether or not you take part in the meal, the free talk will start sometime around 7 or 7:30 in the evening. At that point six successful Western States veterans will share their own thoughts about and experiences from the race. Learn their takes on the course, race day strategy and problem solving, nutrition, gear, pacers and crew, and any other subjects the crowd throws the panel’s way. Also, find out how they approach the last four weeks until race day… and maybe even gain a little inspiration.
Here are the details:
Where: Sierra Room of Auburn Canyonview Community Center, 471 Maidu Dr, Auburn, CA 95603
When: Sunday, May 27th with food served at 6 pm and the panel starting between 7 and 7:30 pm.
- Led by Andy Jones-Wilkins, 8-time WS finisher with 7-straight Top-10 finishes; with
- Dan Williams, 21-time WS finisher (10-year buckle: ’95; 20-year buckle: ’10);
- Dr. Kevin Sawchuk, 10-time WS finisher (10-year buckle: ’09) and current medical volunteer;
- Erik Skaden, 7-time finisher with multiple Top-10 finishes;
- Meghan Arbogast, 5 consecutive Top-10 WS finishes; and
Rory Bosio, 2 Top-10 WS finishes in two attempts.
- Food – $10 suggested donation for pasta and salad from String’s Café. Any money over costs will go to the WSER to support trail work.
- Talk – Absolutely free.