2013 Western States 100 Results

Western States 100 logoThis year’s Western States 100 was the second-hottest race in its history, with a recorded temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit at the Auburn, California airport, the “official” temperature-record-keeping location for the race. It was definitely hotter in the canyons, though, and the hottest temperature I witnessed was 106F at Rucky Chucky, mile 78. But the heat didn’t seem to bother winners Timothy Olson (post-race interview and race report) and Pam Smith (post-race interview and race report).

In addition to this post, you can find our full play-by-play of the race as well as a collection of our pre-race interviews and preview on our 2013 Western States 100 Live Coverage page.

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2013 Western States 100 Men’s Race

What starts overly fast never ends well when it comes to a 100-mile race, and a number of early male fasties ended up on the DNF list or way off pace by the 100.2-mile finish line. This included early leader Cameron Clayton, who was pushing course-record pace by several minutes as early as Red Star Ridge, mile 16, and Hal Koerner, who also took a turn leading when Cam dropped back.

The eventual men’s podium, Timothy Olson, Rob Krar, and Mike Morton played it cool even in the high country before the temperature got hot, sitting outside the top five. Somewhere in the canyons and before Devil’s Thumb, Olson assumed the lead and, while he may have done some looking back, he stayed strong and ahead of the rest of the men, the rest of the day. Krar and Morton used the 16 miles of descent down Cal Street between Foresthill at mile 62 and the Rucky Chucky river crossing at mile 78 to step into their relative positions, which they would hold to the finish. It should be noted that Krar is a 100-mile rookie! What a finish, what a rise to ultrarunning stardom for him. We should also note that Morton’s 15:45:21 is a new masters course record and an eight-ish-minute improvement over Dave Mackey’s 15:53:36 record last year.

While fourth through sixth men Ian Sharman, Dylan Bowman, and Nick Clark ran within the top-10 men all day, the balance of the men’s top-10 list were well outside of their final positions until carnage occurred and they slipped in. This included 10th place Karl Meltzer, the 100-Mile King, who made his first appearance at States.

Timothy Olson - 2013 Western States 100 - win

Timothy Olson wins the 2013 Western States 100. Photo: Meghan Hicks/iRunFar.com

Rob Krar - 2013 Western States 100 - second

Rob Krar is second man. Photo: Meghan Hicks/iRunFar.com

Mike Morton - 2013 Western States 100 - third

Mike Morton takes third. Photo: Meghan Hicks/iRunFar.com

2013 Western States 100 Men’s Results

  1. Timothy Olson (The North Face) – 15:17:27 (pre-race, finish line, and post-race interviews as well race report)
  2. Rob Krar – 15:22:05 (pre-race, finish line, and post-race interviews)
  3. Mike Morton (Allied Van Lines) – 15:45:21 (masters course record) (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Ian Sharman (SCOTT Sports) – 16:20:25
  5. Dylan Bowman (Pearl Izumi) – 16:32:18 (pre-race interview)
  6. Nick Clark (Pearl Izumi) – 16:56:23 (pre-race interview)
  7. Jesse Haynes (INKnBURN) – 17:44:36
  8. Paul Terranova – 17:56:29
  9. Yassine Diboun (Inov-8) – 18:44:02
  10. Karl Meltzer (Hoka One One) – 18:51:55

2013 Western States 100 Women’s Race

Well, well, well, ultrarunning has a new star today in Pam Smith! Steady as she goes was Pam Smith’s motto, it seems. In the early miles, Pam ran among a train of women who filled out the back half of the women’s top five. She emerged into first position by Dusty Corners, mile 38. Over the course of the day, she built a bigger and more commanding lead over the rest of the women’s field. She proved herself a beast in the heat, running an 18:37 in near-heat-record conditions, which was more than 40 minutes faster than any other woman.

Pam Smith - 2013 Western States 100 - champ

Pam Smith on her way to championing the 2013 Western States 100. Photo: Marc Laveson/iRunFar.com

Nikki Kimball and Amy Sproston also ran in that early girl train. At Michigan Bluff and for a while after, Amy led Nikki. But Nikki’s always stellar when conditions are rough, and she assumed the second position in the last 20 miles. (After all, she was third overall in 2006, the most recent very hot year the race has experienced.) She was all smiles all day, her ninth Western States finish and her ninth finish in the women’s top five.

Nikki Kimball weighs in during her ninth WS100. Photo: Meghan Hicks/iRunFar.com

Nikki Kimball weighs in during her eighth WS100. Photo: Meghan Hicks/iRunFar.com

Amy Sproston keeping cool and hydrated on a hot day. Photo: Marc Laveson/iRunFar.com

Amy Sproston keeping cool and hydrated on a hot day. Photo: Marc Laveson/iRunFar.com

Fourth place Meghan Arbogast should certainly be noted, a bad-a#s run by a woman 52 years young. Rad! In the fifth and sixth slots were Rory Bosio and Aliza Lapierre who basically held these positions from nearly the start to the finish. Emily Harrison, in her debut hundred, was several positions out of the top-10 women early on, but she was not one of the day’s attrition victims, which brought down ladies like early leader and eventual DNF-er Joelle Vaught.

2013 Western States 100 Women’s Results

  1. Pam Smith (La Sportiva) – 18:37:21 (finish line and post-race interviews)
  2. Nikki Kimball (The North Face) – 19:21:43 (post-race interview)
  3. Amy Sproston (Montrail) – 19:25:11 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Meghan Arbogast (SCOTT Sports) – 19:30:50
  5. Rory Bosio (The North Face) – 19:52:09 (pre-race interview)
  6. Aliza Lapierre (Salomon) – 20:04:46 (pre-race interview)
  7. Emily Harrison (AdiUltra) – 20:28:40 (pre-race interview)
  8. Denise Bourassa (Patagonia) – 21:44:37
  9. Leila Degrave (Inov-8) – 21:59:26
  10. Abby McQueeney Penamonte – 22:36:29

Race Coverage Thanks

In addition to the support of Injinji, our coverage of this year’s WS100 was brought to you by a huge team of dedicated volunteers! iRunFar thanks our CoverItLive moderators/office team, Andrew “Stack” Swistak, Travis Liles, Travis Trampe, Tom Caughlin, Leon Lutz, David Boudreau, and “Slow Aaron Marks,” as well as our field team, Patrick McKenna, Mauri Pagliacci of Trail Running Argentina, Ellie Greenwood and her assistants, Marc Laveson, Nick Triolo, and Kirk Edgerton of Fleet Feet Fair Oaks.

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com’s Senior Editor, the author of ‘Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running,’ and a Contributing Editor at Trail Runner magazine. The converted road runner finished her first ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world’s wildest places. For more information on Meghan and her adventures, please visit her personal website.

There are 112 comments

  1. Johnny

    Flying under everybody's radar! Pam Smith! What an awesome run! And Timothy Olson – to be able to run with all that pressure, with that bullseye on your back. And to perform. Back to back wins. Simply amazing. And everybody's favorite personality – Speedgoat! So glad Karl got in top 10 to run Western States again next year.

  2. Brad S

    Our own mr. Powell with a DNF at green gate. Hopefully he's doing ok now. And AJW, creeping up 20 spots or so in the last 50 miles. Excellent race today.

    1. rms

      I hope he'll write up a good serious analysis of just what went wrong, and what he'd do differently (I wasn't following closely during the broadcast)

      1. Bryon Powell

        In the short term, not sure of anything major that I'd do differently. I took great care of myself in the heat, ran within myself while I was feeling good from mile 40-70, and was planning on running to the finish when my stomach turned. Neither stomach clearance (it's worked before) nor time and coaxing fixed the problem. Hopefully, I'll find the time for a full report.

    2. [email protected]

      I saw him hiking up from the river crossing and he seemed to be moving pretty good. From the brief conversation I heard it sounded like he had some problems, rested, then got moving again. I was surprised he stopped at Green Gate one final time and was thinking he would be heading to ALT and Brown's Bar. Sorry to hear his race ended short of Placer High.

  3. Pantman

    Under the radar award for unexpected excellence goes to 40yd old Jesse Haynes in 7th place in his first 100!

    Great live coverage! Kept me up until 5am here in the UK.

    1. AJW

      He dropped at the river. I passed him about 2 miles before the crossing and he was just walking along talking to people

    1. Mike Morton

      Ned,

      I think irunfar put it as my "team" name. Allied is just a generous company helping me out. They don't have any other intentions other than helping an athlete out! It is nice because I can run what ever race I want and they help out! Same with KillCliff recovery drink; they just what to help out a Special Forces guy do what he wants. I have been lucky to team up with both.

      Mike

  4. Adam

    Pam Smith is my new hero. And there should be a Super Masters category so everyone is forced to recognize what an amazing beast of a human Meghan Arbogast is. It's also worth noting that there were three pairs of Pearl Izumis in the men's top 10, since Timmy seems to have dusted off his from last year despite switching to TNF, and 0 pairs of Salomons.

    1. nbskis

      why is that of note? those 3 could have just as easily been on salomon or a host of other brands and had exactly the same results.

  5. Scott

    Tim Olson is the man at WS now. No one can question him now. Not only does he crush it in cold weather he does it again in hot.

    1. Jeff

      Timmy definitely has this course dialed in, but I'd love to see him matched against Killian at WS. I don't think Killian ran to his full potential in his 2011 win.

  6. Bob Schwartz

    Anyone know what happened to Trent Briney? Former Olympic Trials participant and now investing his talent and training in ultras and this was his first 100 mile race. Did he finish?

    Thanks,

    Bob

  7. Brett

    Absolutely amazing work by Krar to gradually cut into Olson's lead, especially at the end. Took it from 10-15 minutes with about 10 miles left down to 2 minutes with only 1.3 miles left/Robie Point. Krar wins 99 out of 100 times at that point against any human. But Olson ran a 6:30 pace in from Robie Point to seal the win. Ridiculous. Morton runs a 15:45 as a masters in that heat. AJW comes in M14. So many crazy stories.

    1. ET

      Krar was down by 13.5 minutes at mile 82. Morton was only 30 seconds behind Rob at that point. The States times for those two at Robie are inaccurate. Check Meghan's post further below. Irunfars times are right on. Tim was moving well with his three pacers joining him at Robie. Krar had dropped his pacer long before and was working it all the way to the finish alone. Tim stopped at No Hands for liquids and another sponge bath. Krar stopped for nothing and charged across the bridge as focused as he was all day, giving his usual 110% effort.

      1. Rob

        Krar was ten minutes behind at BB. I must say I thought Timmy looked fresher and stronger, but Rob clearly made up some time. Congrats to both.

  8. Jonathan

    Will be really interesting to see which sponsor will pick up Krar now. Considering TK's new venture into scrambling, NB should consider proposing to the dude.

      1. Pete

        Absolutetly everyone should be offering this guy a sponsership. I highly doubt NB is to concerned about TK. I wouldnt be surprised to see TK win UTMB this year. Despite his lack of race results over the past two seasons he is still one of the most well known ultra runners there is. After watching the runners go over to the top of squaw I headed out onto the pct where I was asked by a few rthru hikers if tk was running. They hadn't even heard of tim olson when I told them about him.

  9. Luke

    Speaking for myself, Tim O made a statement today. While I knew he earned it last year, and it seems it couldn't happen to a better guy, there was a part of me that just thought he happened to come out on top on a day with unbelievably good conditions. In other words, I didn't know how to relate to his 2012 time – was it good, great? Now a year later to lead with authority and hold on to win with the bullseye on his back and to put up such a good time with the heat really leaves no room for doubt.

    And of course the Krar and Morton storylines are fantastic, I'm hoping we see those names on the starting list a lot more. Can't wait for the post-race interview with Krar, see if he thinks he played it too conservatively given his lack of experience and if he thinks he could have taken it if he moved sooner.

    I wish there was a good way to catch the drama of the 28-30 hour finishers as well, I know many of us think of that as the real Western States.

  10. Dan T

    I was at Rucky Chucky, waiting to pace my runner to the finish at about 1:30 AM when I heard a woman offer to pace a guy who was running solo. I thought she looked familiar so when she stuck out her hand and said, "I'm Ann," the light bulb in my head went off. The guy asks her if she knows the course, she smiles and says, "Yep." Dude had no idea (at least initially) that Ann Trason was going to be his pacer. I understood that she was there to pace a friend, but maybe they dropped? I thought it was incredible jester and a story this guy will be able to tell for years. Another word of thanks to Tim Twietmeyer and Nikki Kimball for cheering the runners in coming up to Robie Point.

    1. ET

      Ann had paced Christina Williams to the river and someone else took Christina from there. Ann use to baby sit her as a child. Dan Williams is her Dad.

      1. [email protected]

        Yep, Christina Williams was paced by Ann to the river, Suzie Lister to Hwy 49 and Dan Williams (her dad) to the finish (in 27:01). Between the 3 of them there are 43 buckles, most of them silver. It was interesting to see Ann out on the course after being gone for 10 years.

    2. Johnny

      No way that happened! Haha. I imagine it would be the conclusion of the Ann Trason movie. Years after her retirement, she shows up at Western States as an anonymous pacer. "Do you know the course?" "Yep."

  11. jb

    Does anyone know if the Robie Point splits for Olson were accurate?

    The iRunFar live Twitter account had Olson coming into Robie Point about 7 minutes ahead of Krar, which would be consistent with Krar slowly gaining but both runners going strong. But the official WS splits had Olson coming into Robie Point only 2 minutes ahead of Krar with slowing splits on this second-to-last stretch, and then running an extremely fast last 1.5 miles to the finish while Krar slowed a huge amount relative to Olson over the last 1.5 miles. It's hard to believe that Olson could have ran 6:30 mile pace into the finish particularly given that he slowed down at the end to pick up his kid and wave to the crowd.

    It seems like the iRunFar splits seem more probable than the WS ones, and Krar was actually 7 minutes behind at Robie, not 2 minutes.

    1. Meghan Hicks

      jb,

      We had our own set of eyes at Robie Point reporting what was happening as it was happening, so I definitely vouch for the accuracy of our splits. I just double-checked my data and we had Olson coming through Robie at 15:05 elapsed and Krar at 15:11 elapsed.

  12. Mark

    I was glued to your twitter feed all day like a total nerd. My girlfriend and I are huge fans of Tim Olson but being Canadian we were also rooting for Krar. Man, can that guy roll! Exciting things in his future, for sure.

  13. Sophie speidel

    IRunFar knocks it out of the park, again! Between your twitter feed and ultralive's splits, I was addicted all day and night. Thanks so much for what you do to cover the sport of ultrarunning. And Bryon, looking forward to your report. So sorry your stomach rebelled, and I hope you get another shot soon!

  14. Messenjah

    My wife was not real pleased that I had the computer "spoken for" all night with all of the different tabs open to Ultralive, iRunFar, the stupid "off air" "live" video, twitter, Facebook and all of the other sites :)

    Timmy has shown the world that he is the real deal. Super humble. Great guy. Great dad and a BADASS ULTRARUNNER!!!!

  15. Pete

    Thanks for the amazing coverage as always IRF team. I made my way up and caught a glimpse of the race from the top of squaw. Pretty amazing to watch the elite just cruise up and over squaw the way they did.

  16. Paul in Ireland

    Huge respect to all that crossed the start line knowing that this was going to be one of the hottest WS100's. I'd love to run such an iconic race but just know I couldn't deal with that heat! For those who finished in those conditions, words can't express my admiration.
    Great coverage. Kept me up all night. Donation on its way!

  17. Nicole

    Congratulations to my brother, Paul Terranova, on his under-the-radar 8th place finish. The man is a machine! Last year he was the first person ever to do the Grand Slam (with the top time for 2012) and the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in one year (that's 540.8 miles of racing in 16 weeks). Amazing stuff!

  18. KenZ

    Not to diminish my admiration or any respect for the others, and I'm sure as always there were mid and back packers with absolutely epic efforts, but… Meghan Arbogast's performance blew me away. What an absolute pro. Is IRF going to be able to get a post-race interview with her?

  19. kIRK

    The real race begins after 10am. The effort and determination put in by those is amazing to see and experience. The last runner to come through the final aid station missed the 11am mark by a minute twenty, 3 of our aid station crew ran with him to the finish hoping and trying to get him there in time. Although he missed it, he did finish and will carry a lifetime of memories.

    1. SFBayDuck

      Having paced/crewed a 29:56 finisher last year, this is so true. At 10:50 yesterday I was "following" those last 2 runners who had checked into Robie but hadn't yet made the finish, rooting for 2 guys I'd never met. The greatest hour in Ultrarunning, indeed.

      1. kIRK

        There was a report (via Tim T) of one last runner with 18 minutes to go and we hadn't seen him, so we ran with buckets of water and sponges in search. Ran to the road near No-Hands looking for him, but he had turned around and called it a day there. These are 'normal' folks trying to do something remarkable, great to be a part of their adventure.

    2. Dan T

      As a proud back of the packer, I have paced runners the last 4 years to finishes in the 26-28 hour range and it is the highlight of my running year. I have done 50ks and my first 50 miler this year, but I can attest to the communal effort that forms over the trail. So incredibly inspiring to see "normal" people doing extraordinary things. The closer you get to the finish line, the more encouragement you see given and received by each runner and pacer, until you reach that moment when they realize they are really going to finish, that all of the hard work and sacrifices are going to pay off and that they will be joining a truly elite group. If you have never paced, I highly encourage you to get out there and see the race from the trail itself.

  20. Dan Sloan

    Yeah I was following a guy from Alabama that finished around 29:30 that I didn't even know. He ran Pinhoti 100 last year and got picked first lottery try.

    This year I'm running Pinhoti 100 and hoping I can get picked for Western States. What a dream that would be.

  21. Joel Wright

    Thank you for spectacular coverage IRF team!

    Thoughts from this year's WS100:

    1. Timmy Olson is awesome: He is a class act, and a fun guy. He proved his win last year in the cold temps wasn't a fluke, winning it this year in the hottest temps. I hope we see him for many years to come.

    2. Krar was amazing in his first 100 miler: This guy is amazing. So much potential. If he keeps learning things, and doesn't injure himself, he might be able to take out Killian. Seriously.

    3. We really need Killian, Krar and Olson to all agree on a 100 miler in 2014, and make it their A race. That would be a dream race. I nominate Western States. Are you listening Salomon and Killian? ;-)

  22. Joel Wright

    I think the most interesting story at this year's WS100 was Rob Krar. Finishing a very strong second under tough conditions in his first 100 miler? Amazing. I can't wait to see him get a little more experience, and then go head to head with Killian. I still remember last February hearing he torched Dakota Jones at the Red Hot 55K down in Moab, and thinking maybe he was just lucky. Then he killed the FKT record at the Grand Canyon. Now this. And he has the best beard in ultrarunning, no offense Hal or AK!

  23. Chris

    Lot's of well deserved talk about the Men's race here. How about 'Unbreakable 2: the Women's Race 2013'? Pam Smith just owned the race while there was a fierce battle for top 3 and top 10 honors.

    I love Timmy, Hal, etc. but want to start up a discussion about the Women's race…

      1. Pete

        Sadly if there is no test then there will never be evidence. Basically makes the rule pointless. The good news is there is no prize money at westerns so there should be no need to cheat.

    1. Dan T

      I was working on sleep deprivation and couldn't believe what was happening right before my eyes, so I didn't get the guys name. I know he came in to Rucky Chucky (near) somewhere between 1:30-2:00 AM, I took a look at the aid station stats and a good number of men came in during this window. Dark, wavy hair, 30-40 yrs old (?) and would have finished under 28:11 (when the runner I was pacing came in). We passed 44 runners from Rucky Chucky to the finish, but try as we might, we never caught up to Ann and the guy she was pacing, he looked to be in decent shape, so hopefully he didn't drop.

  24. Brian in CT

    Ha! Sounds like my wife's reaction as well on Saturday! It is the "Super Bowl" of ultra running after all.

  25. Adam

    I agree. The women's race seemed much more exciting and unpredictable. Pam Smith hardly registered on anyone's predictions, yet she led 2nd place by 40 minutes and beat both the 9th and 10th place men. Totally amazing. Meanwhile, young Rory Bosio, a lot of people's pick for the win, got beat by four significantly older women, including the truly inhuman Meghan Arbogast. This is a very unscientific assessment, but it seems to me that while the men may have the speed, the women have significantly greater longevity.

  26. Adam

    Agreed. She is not human. How many other 50+ year olds are there, either male or female, who are still competitive enough to beat the 28 year-old odds-on favorite for the win at 100 miles, in 100+ degree heat no less? Not to diminish the truly amazing talent of Olson, Krar, Morton, and all the other leading men, but I will be curious to see where they are at 52.

  27. Pete

    man would be nice to get a healthy TK at that race to. Could probably add dakota and sage and a few others in to.

    1. Joel Wright

      Yeah, I think it is almost like boxing, where the top 5 racers aren't going to face off unless there is a lot of money and/or prestige on the line. Also, some courses clearly favor certain runners, so you can't entirely blame them for seeking out those races. Of course, there isn't much money in ultrarunning, which is why it is still so much fun. I mean, no one can make a living just from the prize money, they all need sponsors if they want to quit their jobs. And, many of them still keep jobs doing physical therapy or selling shoes.

      1. Speedgoatkarl

        All of them should run at the Run RAbbit Run 100 in September, 30k prize purse and growing. But for some reason many of these faster guys are going to UTMB, (not killian) to run for a cowbell. And maybe a little prestige. :-) I'll be in the STeamboat where the money is. I got lucky last year, it would be cool if elite 100 mile runners would show up there.

  28. John Andersen

    Mike, you are a very inspiring runner, and special forces no less! All the more impressive! That you won this race 15 (?) years ago, went off and served your country, and now come back and place third was just really, really great to see. You made our day! And your sponsors are awesome, a sponsor is a sponsor!

  29. Scott

    Newbie question:

    In pics posted on Facebook I noticed that runners are weighed at the aid stations. Why is that?

    1. Joel Wright

      If you lose more than 10% of your weight during the race, they pull your race number and you have to drop out of the race. Note that Killian came dangerously close to losing 10% of his body weight in the 2010 Western States 100, and ended up still finishing 3rd place after resting like 30 minutes at an aid station, after it became clear he was dehydrated. Note also that this practice of weighing the runners on a 100 mile race first began when it was a horse race – if you are racing a horse a long distance, they don't want you to abuse the animal, so if your horse loses too much weight, you also have to drop.

  30. Mo

    Olson and Morton are my inspirations, after seeing them dominate the race so well, I feel like putting in a 100 miles myself now…Great coverage irunfar!

    1. Joel Wright

      Do you think it is the Hoka shoes? I think it is more due to how smart of a runner Karl is, with runners like Cameron Clayton being the exact opposite of Karl. (Though, hopefully Cameron will get smarter as he gets older.) But I'm starting to believe the Hoka's have something to do with it. I'm 41, and I got a couple pairs of Hoka's earlier this year, and they definitely result in less wear and tear on the body. I don't think they slow me down on any distance of a 5K or more, and I definitely think they make me go faster down hill.

      1. Speedgoatkarl

        can't deny extra cushioning, especially at a race like WS. No I havent' done a techical "study", but for me, they are amazing and save my body over long runs. Not the shoe for a 5k, no way, but for long races….you can't beat them…In my opinion.

        I got lucky on my prediction at 10th. Since the Sonoma 50 on April 13, my average weekly miles were a whopping 33…..I was "hoping" to run 10th to slip in for 2014…moving up to 7th at one point even encouraged me, until my quads decided to not run downhill anymore. I'm just happy I came out of it without getting hurt. Injuries are overrated.

        1. Jacko

          Karl, I was wondering, what is your height and weight? I know your light and the Hokas work for you by keeping your body from wear and tear. I thought for heavier runners ( like myself) Hokas might help as well.

  31. Mic

    And please, do use a moving company like Allied for your next move, professionals.

    In college, I visited a friend weekly and I could never sit at a real Dining Room table because some Moving Company made up of college kids broke the table while "moving" it. You could place your cell phone on it or a Backpack but outside of that the Table top would fall off. : )

    I did not like visiting that house. :)

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