Fast Times to Placer High: Western States 100 Results & Story Roundup

Ellie Greenwood summed up the 2012 Western States 100 well when she said to fellow champion, Timothy Olson, at the finish, “It wasn’t good weather, it was fast weather.” Indeed, it was downright miserable for the first 40 or more miles with temperatures barely cracking 40F (4C), winds, and rain mixing with hail. Downright miserable.

That said, the weather allowed for three of four major Western States course records to be broken. Timothy Olson broke the Geoff Roes‘ men’s course record. Ellie Greenwood destroyed Ann Trason’s legendary women’s course record. Dave Mackey broke Tsuyoshi Kaburaki‘s men’s masters course record. In fact, the trio pulled a trifecta of lowering the three records sub-15, sub-16, and sub-17, respectively, any one of which would have been huge news on this, the “Real Course.” All four major course records are now “unified” with no dissent about fire or snow courses counting as “course records.”

Below we report on the top 10 men and top 10 women before our collection of articles, interviews, race reports, photos, and videos, which we’ll be updating throughout the week.

Many thanks to Montrail and Mountain Hardwear for sponsoring our coverage of the 2012 Western States 100.

Western States 100 Men’s Top 10 Results

In addition to “fast weather,” fast competitors led to a perfect storm for the men’s field. For more than 50 miles, a large group and then the still-far-from-small group of Timothy Olson (pre-race & finish line interviews), Dave Mackey, Mike Wolfe, Dylan Bowman, Nick Clark, and Ryan Sandes all hung within a minute of one another. Once that group splintered by Foresthill, Wolfe and Sandes and then finally just Sandes continued to push Olson. Throughout the day Olson displayed focused peace, never getting rattled and never backing off. Sandes hung onto second after pulling away from Wolfe after Foresthill, while Nick Clark came back from the dead multiple times. Dave Mackey added yet another feather to his ultrarunning cap in setting the Western States masters course record. Ian Sharman found himself in second in the high country’s early miles after being in tenth when the front of the back took a five-minute detour. The entire back half of the men’s top ten would fall into the relative “newcomer” or “surprise” category, at least on the Western States scene.

Timothy Olson winning the 2012 Western States 100 in course record time. Photo: iRunFar.com

  1. Timothy Olson (Pearl Izumi) – 14:46:44 (Course Record)
  2. Ryan Sandes (Salomon) – 15:03:56
  3. Nick Clark (Pearl Izumi) – 15:44:09
  4. Dave Mackey (Hoka One One) – 15:53:36 (Masters Course Record)
  5. Ian Sharman (The North Face) – 15:54:38
  6. Zeke Tiernan – 15:57:59
  7. Dylan Bowman (Pearl Izumi) – 16:03:24
  8. Jorge Maravilla (Salomon) – 16:05:30
  9. Joe Uhan (Sunsweet) – 16:13:14
  10. Neal Gorman (Salomon) – 16:18:40

Full results

Western States 100 Women’s Top 10 Results

Lizzy Hawker led out the women’s field in typical fashion and built a double-digit lead, challenging the top men while leaving even Ellie Greenwood (pre-race & finish line interviews) far behind. By the time Hawker crested the Devils Thumb climb at mile 47, Greenwood was within striking distance. Once the pass was made, it was all over… even relative to the legendary Ann Trason. Greenwood avoided looking at her watch from mile 78 to 98 while she kept motoring on the way to taking 50 minutes off Trason’s course record.

Rory Bosio continues to show she’s no fluke at Western States. In fact, she’s turning into an institute with fourth, five, and, now, second place finishes at the race, along with her aid-station jokes. Aliza (Lapierre, that is) can no longer hide in East-Coast obscurity after adding a third-place finish to her sixth from last year… especially when that third came directly in front of Krissy, Nikki, and Lizzy. That’d be Krissy Moehl (smart, ever-improving race, as always), Nikki Kimball (running solid all day), and Lizzy Hawker (who hung tough after a fast start). Tina Lewis was the top women’s WS100 rookie, while Team Oregon took the final three spots in the women’s top 10 with Amy Sproston (8th for the second year in a row), Ashley Nordell, and Meghan Arbogast.

Ellie Greenwood leading the 2012 Western States 100 at Foresthill en route to a course record. Photo: iRunFar.com

  1. Ellie Greenwood (Montrail) – 16:47:19 (Course Record)
  2. Rory Bosio (The North Face) – 18:08:06
  3. Aliza Lapierre (Salomon) – 18:18:29
  4. Krissy Moehl (Patagonia/UltrAspire) – 18:29:15
  5. Nikki Kimball (The North Face) – 18:31:39
  6. Lizzy Hawker (The North Face) – 18:32:20
  7. Tina Lewis – 19:09:49
  8. Amy Sproston (Montrail) – 19:11:02
  9. Ashley Nordell (Pearl Izumi) – 19:26:30
  10. Meghan Arbogast (Sunsweet) – 19:45:24

Full results

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Last updated February 20, 2018

Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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  • What awesome coverage from the irunfar team. Thanks to Bryon, Meghan & AJW

    Staggering times all the way down the field. Will take one hell of a race to top that.

    Looking forward to seeing what Ellie can do on the UTMB course now

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  • Pearl Izumi take the men's team bragging rights?

    Great coverage Bryon et al. even though it kept me

    up most of the night.

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  • Watching Tim Olson set a new course record, amazing.

    Watching Ellie Greenwood crush Ann Trason's long standing record, inspiring.

    Hearing Rory Bosio busting out a joke on request at the finish line -- a great one at that -- priceless!

    Thanks for all the coverage today. Enjoy the ZzZz.

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  • Great work irunfar! You guys rock!

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  • I'm moving to scotland for 5years then onto to canada. Greenwood is a monster

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  • Absolutely loved the realy-timey-ness of the Twitter coverage! ... snuck several peaks at the feed on my smartphone while at a movie with my family. Shhhhhhhhhh.

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  • Good stuff! I am hoping that JB Benna and crew were there filming, this WS100 would make a great movie

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  • Though I plan to blame irunfar if I am tired at work in the morning, the coverage was fantastic.

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  • Fantastic coverage! You guys are an absolute blessing to the sport! Well done and thank you!

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  • Thanks for the great coverage! As Ellie said, it was fast weather. But the ultrafast times that we saw this year cannot just be attributed to the weather. In the women's race, the field was stacked with a lot of fast and strong ultrarunners - in this respect, the field might have been the strongest yet. If you look to the time differences between 1st and 10th women, however, this time difference is even lager this year than in the previous years. This is one (of several) indications of Ellies outstanding achievement!

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  • I think it is safe to say what most have suspected... Ultra running has reached its tipping point... And the performances and level of athleticism we are seeing now is truly at another level.

    Blown away by Tim... But completely agog at Ellie's time. I mean, Ann Trason is on the Mount Rushmore of this sport. So to improve the time that much, even with the rare "fast" weather... Amazing.

    Oh. And in case anyone wasn't sure. We know now that temps impact Ultras even more than the lay people thought.

    In hindsight, given the massive impact heat has on a race as short as a Marathon, it should come as no shock. If 30 degrees temp difference means 30 seconds a mile... That's 50 minutes right there.

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  • And a special congrats to coach Bryon Powell for Aliza's great showing.

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  • Congratualtions to all the amazing performances..... On a side note I wonder what killian would have done on a day like yesterday.....

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  • ellie is awesome!!!!, lets see where she is in 10 yrs, ann trason still the best ever

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  • Rory is hot! :)

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  • Amazing!!! Congrats to both Timothy and Ellie on their record breaking runs this weekend!!!

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  • Astonishingly impressive new course records!!!! Congratulations to all and thank you so much for keeping us posted as to the race happenings and results!!

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  • btw. I suggest that Nick Clark puts a 'Two times WS100 3rd place finisher' in the top of his blog... :)

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  • Rory also broke a 20 year standing age group record,. Good job Rory

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    • AND, it was another Ann Trason record :)

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  • Truly amazing coverage. While watching the ustream of the finish line, I saw the PR guy announce that Timmy was at Robie...then I saw Bryon walk through the view texting...then, moments later, the twitter feed updated.

    Thanks Bryon for all you do. Despite the fact I was up late last night following along (Tim Olson is a WI native, like me!), I PR'd in the marathon I ran this morning!

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    • Hearing Tim talk about what Fatherhood meant to him in a previous interview had me running harder than ever. My best splits (6:35 miles) were miles 21, 23, and 26!

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