2015 Western States 100 Results

Clif Organic Energy FoodRob Krar and Magdalenda Boulet take away big wins of the 2015 Western States 100 via conservative early races, pushing through to the lead midway, and holding tight to their respective leads through the finish. In doing so, Rob earned his second WS 100 win and Magda her first.

In addition to this article, 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 Western States 100 live coverage page.

As usual, we’ll be updating this article with additional results as well as links to Western States-related articles, photo galleries, and race reports.

You can watch videos of the men’s and women’s podium finishes, as well as finish-line interviews with Rob and Magda.

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2015 Western States 100 Men’s Race

It’s quite unusual that a 100-mile ultramarathon could play out almost the same way two years in a row given all the variables of a race of such a distance and composition, but that’s what happened in 2014 and 2015 with Rob Krar’s (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews) two wins. Early in the race, both last year and this year, Rob ran chill, amongst the lead group of men. He did this until gradually the pack was whittled away at Michigan Bluff at mile 56. After Michigan Bluff, somewhere in Volcano Canyon, he made a move that would amount to a five-minute lead over everyone else when he emerged from it and into Foresthill at mile 62. From there to the finish, Rob put on a clinic, toying with the course record almost all the way to the finish. Though he ultimately missed the record by a bit over two minutes, he manhandled every part of the race, start to finish. The kind of 100-mile racing Rob does is, indeed, rare.

Rob Krar - 2015 Western States 100 - Finish shot

Rob Krar takes his second-straight Western States win. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Seth Swanson (pre-race and post-race interviews) proved that he wasn’t just a Western States flash in the pan with his second second place in a row, and his finish within minutes of (and faster than) his 2014 time. Start to halfway, Seth ran with or among the leaders, at times taking the pace-setting role. From Foresthill onward, he ran strong in second, fending off the challenges of anyone around him. With his performance, he, too, is proving himself among the upper echelon of 100-mile running.

Seth Swanson - 2015 Western States 100 - Rucky Chucky

Seth Swanson kept it positive on his way to his second-straight second place. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

At only 20 years old, third place Jared Hazen (post-race interview) was made to work all the way to the finish for his podium spot. After what seemed like a super-chill start, Jared moved into the top-five men for good around the halfway point before using the long descent down Cal Street to surge into third position by the Rucky Chucky river crossing at mile 78. Fourth place Gemininus Grinius challenged Jared for that third place in the race’s last miles, but Jared fended him off for good on the climb to Robie Point, the very last climb.

Jared Hazen - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Jared Hazen cruising through Robinson Flat on his way to third place. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Gediminus Grinius, with his fourth place, put away any question of how he would perform on a less-mountainous course than what he finds in Europe. Thomas Lorblanchet ran to fifth, after a smartly run race including what appeared to be making it through a couple rough patches in the middle of the race. Julien Chorier was sixth after moving smooth all day long. Ian Sharman ran to seventh place, and it looked like, at times, he really had to work for that spot. David Laney was eighth in another super-strong ultra performance, Andrew Tuckey ninth, and Paul Terranova (post-race interview) 10th after a latest-race takeover of the coveted Western States M10 position.

2015 Western States 100 Men’s Results

  1. Rob Krar (The North Face) — 14:48:59 (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews)
  2. Seth Swanson (The North Face) — 15:17:28 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  3. Jared Hazen (Drymax) — 15:37:55 (post-race interview)
  4. Gediminas Grinius (Inov-8) — 15:40:55
  5. Thomas Lorblanchet (Altra) — 15:56:32
  6. Julien Chorier (Hoka One One) — 16:34:43
  7. Ian Sharman (Altra) — 16:44:27
  8. David Laney (Nike) — 17:01:37
  9. Andrew Tuckey (The North Face) — 17:19:17
  10. Paul Terranova (Hoka One One) — 17:43:17 (post-race interview)

Full results.

Thomas Lorblanchet - Rob Krar - Francois Dhaene - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Thomas Lorblanchet , Rob Krar, and François D’haene racing in the lead at Robinson Flat. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2015 Western States 100 Women’s Race

Magdalena Boulet (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews) took her time finding her way into the lead, even extra time at that. After watching a few other women lead in the first 30 miles of the race, Magda went off course after Robinson Flat and lost about two miles of time. Once she found her way back to the course and learned she had a significant deficit to the lead, she put her head down until she’d run down anyone in front of her. When she arrived to Foresthill at mile 62, she was starting to build her lead. One-hundred-mile races are never easy, especially your first one. Magda said that the last 20 miles of the race were the most painful that she’s ever run. Her win was an example of perseverance after difficulty and perhaps stubbornness through pain.

Magdalena Boulet - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Magdalena Boulet on her way to winning her debut 100-mile race. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Kaci Lickteig (post-race interview), wow, if this had been a 105-mile race, she maybe could have challenged for the win. After a calm first half and working her way through a low spot in the middle of the race, Kaci just plain hammered the second half of the race, looking as if she had commanding control over her own body and the outcome of her race, two futile challenges of the 100-mile distance. In taking over second place, she also cut into leader Magda’s cushion by big chunks, but too late in the race to cut through the whole thing. At the finish she seemed totally content with her race.
Kaci Lickteig - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Kaci Lickteig (green, center) making it look easy at Robinson Flat. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Third place Stephanie Howe (pre-race and post-race interviews) seemed to have at least a partially painful day. As an outsider looking into her day, it appeared that during the second half of the race her body just didn’t agree with what she wanted to do with it. At the finish, she said that it was a hard day but that she was glad she persevered, and that she’d “salvaged” her race. She also said that she was almost prouder of her race this year than her win in 2014, in working through something that didn’t come easy.
Stephanie Howe - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Stephanie Howe couldn’t repeat as champion, but she was again on the podium. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Fourth place Aliza Lapierre’s (pre-race interview) race was a simple one: she just ran her own race all day long, keeping her head down despite whatever else was going around her. Fifth place Emma Roca (pre-race interview) ran pretty hard early on, and lapsed back to fifth place in the second third of the race, and then maintained that spot through the finish. Sixth place was Nicole Studer, who raced very well out of her home state this weekend, an unusual circumstance for her. Sally McRae was seventh, and it looks like she got good revenge on the course this weekend as compared to last year. Caroline Boller took eighth in her debut 100 miler, Erika Lindland (post-race interview) seems to have surprised most people, including herself, with her ninth-place performance. And, Nikki Kimball, what can we say about Nikki Kimball? With this 10th-place finish, she earned 10 WS 100 finishes in the women’s top 10.
Also of note, for the first time in the race’s long history, a woman 70 years of age or older has finished the race, Gunhild Swanson (post-race interview with video of her finish). Gunhild finished with seconds to spare before the 30-hour cutoff, and the Placer High School track, where the race finishes, was filled with cheering fans as she crossed the line. [Bonus: WeRunFar’s profile on Gunhild Swanson from this winter.]
Gunhild Swanson - 2015 Western States 100

Gunhild Swanson with the youngest female finish, Katie Trent, age 22, who finished just a few minutes ahead of her.
Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

2015 Western States 100 Women’s Results

  1. Magdalena Boulet (Hoka One One) — 19:05:21 (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews)
  2. Kaci Lickteig (Nike) — 19:20:31 (post-race interview)
  3. Stephanie Howe (The North Face) — 19:32:58 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Aliza Lapierre (Salomon) — 19:43:22 (pre-race interview)
  5. Emma Roca (Hoka One One) — 20:12:00 (pre-race interview)
  6. Nicole Studer (Altra) — 20:19:56
  7. Sally McRae (Nike) — 20:27:33
  8. Caroline Boller (Nike) — 21:44:11
  9. Erika Lindland — 21:47:25 (post-race interview)
  10. Nikki Kimball (Hoka One One) — 22:01:55

Full results.

Nikki Kimball - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Former champ Nikki Kimball earned her 10 Days, 1,000 Mile buckle for 10 sub-24 hours finishes. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Thank You!

Wow, iRunFar’s WS 100 race coverage was truly a community effort. Thank you so much to our field help Mauri Pagliacci, Marissa Harris, Kim Wrinkle, Travis Liles, Jason Eads, Eric Senseman, Adam St.Pierre, Kirk Edgerton, Aisha Weinhold, and Steve Denny. Thanks also to our office help Travis Trampe, Nick Pedatella, and Gretchen Brugman. Gracias to Rodri Lizama, Dani Torres, and Juan Pablo Montiel for making iRunFar en Español’s live coverage happen as well!

Resultados Western States 100 2015

Rob Krar y Magdalena Boulet se llevan el gran triunfo en la Western States 100 2015, a través de dos carreras conservadoras al principio, subiendo el ritmo a mitad de camino, y aferrándose fuerte a su liderato hacia el final. Rob se llevó su segundo triunfo en WS 100, y fue el primero de Magda.

Además de este articulo, pueden encontrar nuestro seguimiento paso a paso de la carrera en nuestra página de cobertura en vivo de la Western States 100.

Como siempre, actualizaremos este articulo con resultados adicionales, como también enlaces a articulos relacionados a Western States, galerías de fotos y reportes de carrera.

Pueden ver también los videos de los arribos a meta de los hombres y mujeres que integraron el podio, como también la entrevista en meta a Rob y Magda (ambas en inglés).

Muchas gracias a CLIF por su generoso apoyo a nuestra cobertura de este año de la Western States.

Gracias, también, a Flora e Inov-8 por hacer posible nuestra cobertura de la Western States.

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Western States 100 2015 – Los hombres

Es algo inusual que una ultramaratón de 100 millas se pueda dar de la misma manera dos años seguidos, dadas todas las variables que presentan tal distancia y trazado, pero eso fue lo que paso con los dos triunfos en 2014 y 2015 de Rob Krar. Al principio de la carrera, tanto el año pasado como este, Rob corrió tranquilo, dentro del grupo de líderes. Hizo esto hasta que el pack gradualmente se fue desintegrando, hasta Michigan Bluff en la milla 56. Luego de Michigan Bluff, en algún lugar del Cañón Volcano, llevo a cabo su jugada que lo llevó a tener un liderato de cinco minutos sobre el resto al llegar a Foresthill en la milla 62. Desde allí hasta la meta, Rob dio una clínica, jugando con el récord del circuito casi hasta el final. A pesar de no haber alcanzado el récord por apenas dos minutos, dominó cada parte de la carrera, desde partida a meta. El estilo de correr 100 millas de Rob es, en realidad, poco común.

Rob Krar - 2015 Western States 100 - Finish shot

Rob Krar se lleva su segundo triunfo consecutivo en Western States. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Seth Swanson demostró que no solo fue un flash en la Western States del año pasado, consiguiendo su consecutivo segundo lugar, y un tiempo apenas unos minutos más rápido que el del 2014. Desde el comienzo hasta mitad de carrera, Seth corrió con los líderes o cerca de ellos, en algunas ocasiones incluso llevando el ritmo. Desde Foresthill en adelante, corrió sólidamente en segundo lugar, escapando de los demás. Con esta performance también está probando que se encuentra en el escalón más alto en lo que a carreras de 100 milla respecta.

Seth Swanson - 2015 Western States 100 - Rucky Chucky

Seth Swanson se mantuvo positivo, camino a su segundo lugar consecutivo. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

El tercer colocado fue Jared Hazen, quién trabajo hasta el final por su lugar en el podio. Luego de lo que parecía ser una salida muy tranquila, Jared se colocó entre los cinco primeros alrededor de la mitad de la carrera, justo antes de usar el descenso largo a Cal Street para reaparecer en tercera posición en el cruce de río en Rucky Chucky, en la milla 78. El cuarto colocado, Gediminas Grinius, desafío a Jared por ese tercer lugar en el podio en las ultimas millas, pero Jared se defendió muy bien y lo dejo fuera en la última subida a Robie Point. Agregamos también, que Jared tiene sólo 20 años y un gran talento.

Jared Hazen - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Jared Hazen corriendo en Robinson Flat rumbo al tercer puesto. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Gediminas Grinius, con su cuarto lugar, despejó todas las dudas de cómo sería su actuación en un circuito menos montañoso respecto a los que encuentra en Europa. Thomas Lorblanchet corrió hacia el quinto lugar de manera inteligente, y superando algunos momentos duros a mitad de carrera. Julien Chorier fue sexto luego de moverse con calma durante todo el día. Ian Sharman llegó en séptimo lugar, y por momentos pareció que tuvo que trabajar duro para mantener esa posición. David Laney fue octavo en otra actuación super sólida en una ultra, Andrew Tuckey noveno, y Paul Terranova décimo, en lo que fue una arremetida de último momento para la tan preciada posición M10 de la Western States.

Resultados Western States 100 2015 – Masculino

  1. Rob Krar (The North Face) — 14:48:59
  2. Seth Swanson (The North Face) — 15:17:28
  3. Jared Hazen (Drymax) — 15:37:55
  4. Gediminas Grinius (Inov-8) — 15:40:55
  5. Thomas Lorblanchet (Altra) — 15:56:32
  6. Julien Chorier (Hoka One One) — 16:34:43
  7. Ian Sharman (Altra) — 16:44:27
  8. David Laney (Nike) — 17:01:37
  9. Andrew Tuckey (The North Face) — 17:19:17
  10. Paul Terranova (Hoka One One) — 17:43:17

Resultados Completos

Thomas Lorblanchet - Rob Krar - Francois Dhaene - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Thomas Lorblanchet, Rob Krar y François D’Haene liderando la carrera en Robinson Flat. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Western States 100 2015 – Las Mujeres

Magdalena Boulet se tomó su tiempo para encontrar el liderato, incluso algo de tiempo extra. Luego de ver a otras mujeres liderar en las primeras 30 millas de carrera, Magda perdió el circuito después de Robinson Flat, y corrió alrededor de dos millas de más. Una vez que volvió al trazado correspondiente, y se enteró de la considerable diferencia que tenía respecto a la líder, agachó su cabeza y corrió hasta no tener a nadie delante de ella. Cuando llegó a Foresthill, en la milla 62, comenzó a construir su liderato. Las carreras de cien millas nunca son fáciles, especialmente la primera. Según dijo Magda, las últimas 20 millas fueron las más doloras  de su vida. Su triunfo es un gran ejemplo de perseverancia tras las dificultades que se presentan, y quizás de tenacidad ante el dolor.

Magdalena Boulet - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Magdalena Boulet rumbo al triunfo en su debut en carreras de 100 millas. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Kaci Lickteig, wow, si hubiese sido una carrera de 105 millas, hubiese peleado por el triunfo. Luego de un calmo comienzo y de superar un momento duro a mitad de carrera, Kaci destrozó la segunda mitad del trazado, dando la sensación de tener el total control de su cuerpo y de su resultado final, dos de los desafíos más duros a la hora de hablar de carreras de 100 millas. Mientras afirmaba su segundo lugar, también recortó considerablemente el tiempo de respaldo de Magda, pero demasiado tarde para recortarlo todo. Ya en meta, se la vio totalmente contenta con su performance.

Kaci Lickteig - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Kaci Lickteig (verde, centro) haciéndolo parecer fácil en Robinson Flat. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

El tercer lugar fue para Stephanie Howe, quién parece que tuvo al menos un día parcialmente doloroso. Mirando su día desde afuera, pareció que durante la segunda mitad de la carrera su cuerpo no estaba de acuerdo con lo que ella quería hacer. En la meta, dijo que fue un día duro pero que estaba contenta de haber sido perseverante, y que había “rescatado” su carrera. También dijo que estaba casi más orgullosa de esta carrera que de la del 2014 donde triunfó, al haber sobrepasado un momento difícil.

Stephanie Howe - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

Stephanie Howe no pudo repetir el triunfo, pero si estuvo de vuelta en el podio. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

El cuarto lugar quedo en manos de Aliza Lapierre, quien corrió de manera muy simple: se dedicó solamente a correr su carrera, manteniendo la cabeza baja y sin mirar a lo que pasaba a su alrededor. Emma Roca fue quinta, quién corrió bastante fuerte al principio, y se ubicó en quinto lugar en el segundo tercio de carrera, y mantuvo ese lugar hasta el final. En sexto lugar entró Nicole Studer, quien corrió muy bien fuera de su estado este fin de semana, una circunstancia algo inusual en ella. Sally McRae fue séptima, y parece que tuvo su revancha con el circuito este año comparándolo con el año anterior. Caroline Boller se llevó el octavo puesto en su debut en 100 millas, Erika Lindland parece haber sorprendido a más de uno, incluso a ella misma, con su performance que la llevó al noveno lugar. Y finalmente Nikki Kimball, ¿Qué podemos decir de Nikki Kimball? Su 10º lugar también trae consigo su 10º arribo dentro del top 10 femenino de WS100.

Agregamos también que por primera vez en la larga historia del evento, una mujer de 70 años de edad ha finalizado la carrera, Gunhild Swanson. Gunhild finalizó apenas unos segundos antes del corte final de 30 horas, y la pista de la Placer High School, donde finaliza la carrera, se vio llena de fans alentándola mientras cruzaba la meta.

Gunhild Swanson - 2015 Western States 100

Gunhild Swanson con la finalista mas joven, Katie Trent, de 22 años, quien termino solo unos minutos delante de ella.
Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Resultados Western States 100 2015 – Femenino

  1. Magdalena Boulet (Hoka One One) — 19:05:21
  2. Kaci Lickteig (Nike) — 19:20:31
  3. Stephanie Howe (The North Face) — 19:32:58
  4. Aliza Lapierre (Salomon) — 19:43:22
  5. Emma Roca (Hoka One One) — 20:12:00
  6. Nicole Studer (Altra) — 20:19:56
  7. Sally McRae (Nike) — 20:27:33
  8. Caroline Boller (Nike) — 21:44:11
  9. Erika Lindland — 21:47:25
  10. Nikki Kimball (Hoka One One) — 22:01:55

Resultados completos

Nikki Kimball - 2015 Western States 100 - Robinson Flat

La Ex Campeona Nikki Kimball se ganó su hebilla de 1000 millas en 10 días por 10 arribos sub-24 horas. Foto: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

¡Muchas gracias!

Wow, la cobertura en vivo de iRunFar de la WS100 fue realmente un esfuerzo comunitario. Muchas gracias a nuestro equipo en campo integrado por Mauri Pagliacci, Marissa Harris, Kim Wrinkle, Travis Liles, Jason Eads, Eric Senseman, Adam St. Pierre, Kirk Edgerton, Aisha Weinhold, y Steve Denny. Gracias también a la ayuda en oficina de Travis Trampe, Nick Pedatella y Gretchen Brugman. Gracias a Rodri Lizama, Dani Torres y Juan Pablo Montiel por hacer posible también la cobertura en vivo de iRunFar en Español!

There are 23 comments

  1. rockdancer27_

    Hey! You guys so superbly rock! Thanks for all you do! GREAT coverage of Western States 2015! Thanks for the killer coverage of Laverado as well, thanks again Megan!! (from Ravinwolf). We'll be sure and kick down a few bucks for the cause! Bryon- have the experience of a life time at Hardrock- you're one of the great things about this sport! A real class act. Rock on.

  2. Mrmjb

    I can't help but notice that Ian Sharman wasn't mentioned in the text, the only one of either top ten to be missed. Is that a mistake or does irunfar have beef?

    1. iRunFar - Bryon

      No beef at all. In fact, we used a photo of Mr. Sharman to share the results article on social media. :-)

      The results article was written on the Placer High Track after a ridiculous day while still working on many other things. We just missed him in the narrative. Adding him now. Having seen us work a race, I'm sure he'd understand our accidental omission.

      1. Meghan Hicks

        I wrote the narratives of this article, while Bryon organized everything else. At the point of writing, I was actually approaching 43 hours of continuous wakefulness amidst executing iRunFar’s WS100 and Lavaredo live race coverage. I’m surprised I formed a single complete sentence. Sorry, Ian!

  3. akopa

    Thanks for the great coverage irunfar!
    By the way, I never heard why Ryan Sandes was a DNS …. anybody know?
    Congratulations to all the finishers, nice try and best wishes to all those who didn't finish, thanks to all the volunteers, and peace to all beings everywhere :)
    Om shanti

  4. EvanKimber

    Absolute, incredible coverage as always Bryon and Meghan! The amount of work and coverage you handle at irunfar is just amazing, and what an honor to get to enjoy the viewing at home.

    Since I'm interested in comparison trends through time (and I'm sure there will be a summary on this year by Tropical John), I was a bit surprised to see a finishing rate of only 68% (lowest since 2009 and that year the high in Auburn was 99 degrees). I also noticed that the average finish time this year (25hrs 26mins) returned to 2010 levels (that year it was 25hrs 26mins as well). The average finish times of the top ten by gender slowed as well (even with Krar and Swanson's blistering fast times).

    I suppose I'm intrigued of this finding because it put a bit of a halt on the otherwise dominant trend and theme of how much faster each year gets (not accounting for years like '13 of course where the weather was 102). So I'm just curious as to any explanations or thoughts. I immediately assume it is correlated with weather, as hotter temperatures always slow the times, but I see that Auburn recorded a high of 91 (hot, yes, but it was 89 in '14). I also wonder though if the starting temperature this year trended very warm in comparison to starting temps in the past (it looks like the overnight low was much above average). This could result in runners getting behind on hydration too early and coupled with an early aggressive pace could lead to both DNF's and slower finish times.

    I also wonder if the sheer strength, depth, and talent of the field creates a more aggressive pacing by default, and if some of our elite runners are being stretched thin with the amount of racing they are trying to undertake (several of them now at a global level). We are in a new era with ultra competing and I think the demands have gone up significantly.

    Just some food for thought.Thanks again for such excellent coverage and congrats to everyone who participated out there!

    1. @sharmanian

      It definitely felt much hotter this year than last year and somehow felt harder than even the super hot year in 2013. I think it must have been more humid and this meant less people finished.

      But the much slower top 10 times compared to last year (apart from Rob and Seth) are a little bit of a mystery. I can only assume it was due to the more aggressive start causing more carnage, combined with the heat/humidity.

  5. mjlaye

    Last year at the start Squaw was much cooler than this year. I imagine that contributed to more heat early and while Auburn might not have been different other places on the course may have. Just a little bit of that combined with an aggressive early pace may have something to do with the top 10 slowing down and a lower finishing rate.

    1. iRunFar - Bryon

      Per Dylan's Instagram feed, "No excuses. Just a really tough day. All we can do is our best." I also know the heat got to him and he was puking a bunch. He also rolled his ankle.

      Per Michele's Facebook page, "Yesterday certainly didn't go as planned… Unfortunately my thyroid is still giving me hell. Long rest and back to the docs for a detailed resolution. I'm still so grateful for the opportunity, the 78 miles of pain and exhaustion, and all of you for your love and support!"

  6. Cocayo73

    There is an interesting race report by François D'Haene here (in french, though, sorry…) : http://www.nordicmag.info/western-states-francois… . He says that he had the same stomach bug as Ryan Sandes two days before the race, which could explain why he suddenly bonked after Michigan Bluff though he was feeling very comfortable with the pace until then. I hope he tries it again next year. I don't know if anyone can beat Rob on this course, but I think that a fully fit and well prepared François could push him quite far.

  7. ajoneswilkins

    I, too, was intrigued by the lower finishing rate this year and the general slow-down in the top-10. In particular, I found it interesting that only 3 of last year's top-10 males repeated top-10 this year. I, of course, did not run this year so I can't provide first hand analysis, however, as a long time observer and student of the race I think the biggest issue was heat in the High Country and the "pre-heating" that took place in the week preceding the race. For the first time in many year, for example, Robinson Flat came close to running out of ice. This is only one metric, of course, but the fact that an aid station 30 miles into the race at 6700 feet was hot enough to cause many to complain of the heat is noticeable. I think the fast carnage inducing pace argument is less likely as that has been happening for several years now. This years race rewarded experience and smarts. Nikki Kimball and Paul Terranova provided good examples of that.

    1. paulandmer

      Although the afternoon was not any warmer than a 'normal' warm year (mid-90s), this was a comparable early morning temp (av. 73) to 2013 and then the warmest since 1985 (year of Jim King) . Yep, did a little geek work to wonder why so much early suffering. The speed of the class field normally gets the benefit of early morning cooler temps before the scorcher of the afternoon spreads the race. My guess is that folks probably didn't manage themselves between early morning speed and necessary fluid/fuel adjustments to survive the heat of the day which everyone typically plans for (slow down, cool off, manage until sundown). Also, the reality of the speedy first 20-30 miles for some just creates a natural undoing, as AJW mentioned.

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