2013 Western States 100 Results

This 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.

Thanks to Injinji for sponsoring iRunFar’s coverage of the race.

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

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

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 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 eighth WS100. Photo: Meghan Hicks/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 the Managing Editor of iRunFar and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

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  • What happened to Hal? He was in first, then no more tweets about him.

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    • Dropped at Rucky Chucky (mile 78) i think

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    • he hurt him self around cal 2 and pretty much walked to the river 8 or 9 miles where he threw in the towel.

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  • 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.

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  • Great race coverage!

    Congratulations to all.

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  • I was pulling for you the whole way Pam! You Rock!

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  • Great coverage and well done Tim!

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  • I'm moving to Oregon. And not just because it's beautiful.

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    • Come on out Ethan! The weather is great, the people are wonderful and we are an outdoor paradise!

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  • coverage was great ,it was sad yet excited thanks guys sorry i was not there

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  • 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.

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    • 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)

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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • went from 23rd to 7th or so, nice work.

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  • What happened to Hal Koerner? He was in first place and then you just totally stopped tweeting about him?

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

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  • Thanks for the race coverage!!!

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  • Any word on Joe and Jacob? Seems they may have dropped but I can't tell.

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    • Joe dropped at Michigan Bluff after leaving and walking back. Shot quads, I believe.

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  • What's the story of Morton's sponsorship? I'm willing to bet he was the only finisher from Team Allied Moving company.

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    • What do you mean? Didn't you hear, Team Allied Moving just poached Killian away from Salomon. ;)

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    • 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

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • You're right. It was a stupid observation.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • Meghan, great writing! I'm so impressed how you can crank out a well-written story like this on top of tweeting & sleep deprivation.

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    • We love Meghan!

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  • How about Rob Krar in his 100 mile debut? What a gutsy race! I think we've seen the next "star" in the ultra world.

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  • 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

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    • He didn't start due repeated illness this spring.

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    • Trent Briney did not start.

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • Everyone should consider proposing to the dude.

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      • 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.

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