2014 Western States 100 Results

Western States 100 logoThe 2014 Western States 100 put on a fierce fireworks show, and it was Rob Krar and Stephanie Howe whose performances burned brighter than anyone else’s, allowing them to become this year’s champions.

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 previews on our Western States 100 Live Coverage page.

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2014 Western States 100 Men’s Race

What a fun race to watch unfold. In the earliest part of the race, Nick Clark pace set, though his leading effort soon gave way to the forces of Max King, who would lead for the majority of the race’s first two thirds. This is what was the most fun to watch: Max would roll through aid stations literally saying, “I’m going to pay for this later.” Perhaps half joking, half serious, he’d proceed on the same way!

Rob Krar was like a predator in wait, however; it appeared that he pounced on a tiring Max on the approach to Foresthill at mile 62 through sometime before mile 71 on California Street. (Emphasis on appeared as it was actually a case of Rob accelerating past a still-speedy King. Rob’s move was just that fast.) When Rob did assume the lead, he did so, according to Max, by flying right along by. From Cal Street to the finish, Rob flirted with Timothy Olson’s course record, getting within one to three minutes of it at times. In the end, he would run the second-fastest effort in the race’s history and finish looking equally surprised and expectant of the race’s outcome.

Rob Krar - 2014 Western States 100 - Finish

Rob Krar, 2014 Western States 100 champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Seth Swanson earned the award for the the day’s biggest surprise. Seth is a guy who wins about every race he enters around his home state of Montana, but this was by far his greatest ultrarunning stage. He ran with seeming confidence all day, staying in the top five from nearly the start through the finish. When you nail a run, you nail a run, and this is exactly what Seth did.

Seth Swanson at the Rucky Chucky River Crossing. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Seth Swanson at the Rucky Chucky river crossing. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

It was hard not to get behind Dylan Bowman’s effort. Twice he’s finished Western States saying those races nearly killed him, running what we know was not his absolute potential. And he’s publicly said that a States podium would pretty much mean the world to him. He ran in the back half of the men’s top 10 for much of the day, assuming first fourth place and then, at the last minute, third position. A podium it is!

Dylan Bowman - 2014 Western States 100 - Rucky Chucky

Dylan Bowman at the Rucky Chucky river crossing. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Max King, after his hot early pace, did not completely melt down. Though he lost several places, a 15:44 Western States to take fourth is an impressive showing. Ryan Sandes, who started the day somewhere at the end of the top 20, slowly picked his way forward. He would tap out his day’s abilities, however, with a fifth place calling it a rough day on the job for him.

Ian Sharman, Alex Varner, Brendan Davies, Brett Rivers, and Jesse Haynes filled out the rest of the men’s top 10. Each of these men ran remarkably strong races, though Brett Rivers’s was the one who moved up the most as the day went on. From outside the top 20 to inside the top 10, he just kept moving up. Consider this a big breakout race for a guy who’s had plenty of success in his home region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

2014 Western States 100 Men’s Results

  1. Rob Krar (The North Face) – 14:53:22 (finish-line and post-race interviews)
  2. Seth Swanson (Pearl Izumi) – 15:19:39 (post-race interview)
  3. Dylan Bowman (Pearl Izumi) – 15:36:41 (pre-race and post-race interviews)
  4. Max King (Montrail) – 15:44:45 (pre-race interview)
  5. Ryan Sandes (Salomon) – 15:46:59 (pre-race interview)
  6. Ian Sharman (SCOTT) – 15:47:50 (pre-race profile)
  7. Alex Varner (Nike) – 15:53:42 (pre-race interview)
  8. Brendan Davies (Inov-8) – 15:56:49
  9. Brett Rivers (San Francisco Running Company) – 16:20:06
  10. Jesse Haynes – 16:36:42

Full results.

2014 Western States 100 Women’s Race

Stephanie Howe was like a machine in this race. The end. While we have a few more words to say about her, that about well enough tells her story, doesn’t it? Early in the morning, she was chill, hanging back and letting other women lead the way. The early pace pusher among the women was Emily Harrison, who would succumbed to physical issues somewhere around the halfway point. When she faltered, Stephanie stepped forward, rolling into Dusty Corners, mile 38, in the lead. For a long time, she built and then maintained a 20-minute lead on the rest of the field that would grow in the final miles to about 30 minutes. She came to States a 100-mile rookie. A rookie no more, talk about a textbook race!

Stephanie Howe - 2014 Western States 100 - Rucky Chucky

Stephanie Howe at the Rucky Chucky river crossing. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Larisa Dannis might have been the female version of Seth Swanson. She just ran confident, not afraid to put herself among and stay with the race’s top women from the get go. Additionally, she was a positive force, bringing a smile wherever she ran.

Larisa Dannis - 2014 Western States 100 - Michigan Bluff

Larisa Dannis at Michigan Bluff. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Nathalie Mauclair has, in her career as a trail runner, earned a reputation for starting her races really fast. Today, it seemed like she had moments where she pushed a little bit among more moments where she tempered her pace. It looked like she was, at times, having an internal struggle–go fast, go smart, go fast, go smart. In the end, running smart payed off and she found herself on the Western States podium.

Nathalie Mauclair on her way to a podium place. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Nathalie Mauclair on her way to a podium place. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Oh Pam, talk about a race of ups and downs. At first she looked great, until she didn’t, at mile 38. There she told her crew her legs felt really bad. But then her pace and demeanor pepped up again I suppose that was until her quads totally went out on her and she was forced to bully her body to the finish in fourth place. Nikki Kimball also, by her own reckoning, had a bit of a difficult day. She was emotionally happy throughout the day though her body didn’t fully comply. No matter, a ‘tough’ day for Nikki yielded fifth place and her ninth WS 100 finish.

Kaci Lickteig, Denise Bourassa, Meghan Arbogast, Shaheen Sattar, and Sally McRae made up the rest of the women’s top 10.

2014 Western States 100 Women’s Results

  1. Stephanie Howe (The North Face) – 18:01:42 (pre-race, finish-line, and post-race interviews as well as race report)
  2. Larisa Dannis (Altra/INKnBURN) – 18:29:18 (post-race interview)
  3. Nathalie Mauclair (La Fuma) – 18:43:57 (post-race interview)
  4. Pam Smith (La Sportiva) – 19:10:42 (pre-race interview)
  5. Nikki Kimball (Hoka One One) – 19:51:31 (pre-race interview)
  6. Kaci Lickteig (Pearl Izumi) – 20:07:10 (pre-race profile)
  7. Denise Bourassa (Patagonia) – 20:19:30
  8. Meghan Arbogast (Scott) – 21:14:48 (pre-race interview)
  9. Shaheen Sattar – 21:20:49
  10. Sally McRae (Nike) – 21:24:43

Full results.

Thank You

Our coverage was made possible by a large group of people. Thank you to our in-person helpers Travis Trampe, Kim Wrinkle, Sarah Bradham, Adam Nawrot, Alvin Lubrino, Gretchen Brugman, and Jamie Frink. Thanks also to our online helpers Mauri Pagliacci, Aaron Marks, Tom Caughlin, Nick Pedatella, Aliza Lapierre, Dave Bourdreau, Jon Allen, Travis Liles, and Ellie Greenwood. There is no way to do this without so much help!

Meghan Hicks

is iRunFar.com's Managing Editor 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.

There are 18 comments

  1. deanger

    A few thoughts:

    1) Krar runs the fastest ever Cal street… Beating Max King on that section who runs the second fastest ever Cal street (if John Trent was right in his interview). People talk about Max and Sage's speed (along with many others) but let's not forget Krar had serious foot surgery for problems which had limited his racing for years. He was/is speedster too.

    2) Howe looked like if the race was 200 miles she would have won by the same or a larger gap. I think she's found her distance.

    3) I think with this many of the men running this fast, (not leaving out the women/just the depth is a little greater on the men's side right now) it is safe to say that 'new era' in ultra running people keep talking about is here. And this is just the beginning.

    4) iRunFar does yet another absurdly outstanding job to cover a live 24-hour event that requires driving at least 200 miles in and around roads to nowhere to cover. I've seen them do it in person. Every one of us should donate even a few bucks to them… Because this show is as good as any sporting event on TV

  2. Jimmy Mac

    Us folks in the Bay Area aren't surprised by Brett (Rivers) top-10 finish, that guy is fast, trains hard and loves the sport. Considering what he (and Larissa, Jorge, Victor, Lauri and all the SFRC gang) has done for the sport here, it's a pretty sweet story. Interview him posthaste (please?)

  3. NWRunner

    Great to see Seth swanson nab 2nd place, definitely off the radar. It's getting more and more impressive each year with these finishing times!

    1. bazzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Anyone who witnessed his win at the Capitol Peak 50 in April wouldn't be that surprised with this performance. Strolled to the win a full hour ahead of the rest of the field, as I recall.

  4. Jackson_B

    Karl might need to change his motto to "80 miles is not that far". :)
    In all seriousness, hope he recovers well and is ready for the AT attempt.

    1. sharmanian

      Difficult to compare year-to-year, but I'd say Rob's run was the most impressive ever at WS. Followed by Timmy's win last year in the extreme heat. Those 2 guys have probably run the 4 best WS races ever.

    1. Bryon of iRunFar

      No idea. Never saw him after Michigan Bluff. He dropped out at a weird spot 5 miles later. His only post-race tweet, roughly "Again, in recent months, the result doesn't correspond with my effort. The hardest thing, to disappoint."

        1. Bryon of iRunFar

          Posted on behalf of Karl Meltzer:

          "Quickly on Karl. My left foot has had an ongoing neuroma for about 2 years, although it was not that sore during th race, I really feel like I was compensating slightly which made my left quad really sore. My right one felt great, and I felt great otherwise. When one thing hurts oddly, and the other is fine, like a quad, it's likely compensation of some sort. If I did not have the AT coming in a month, I would have pulled a Clark/Aish. I was actually enjoying the walk from Peachstone to the river, but figured I was at a high injury risk if I continued. I've spent way too much effort with the AT so far, over 20k on it already to jeapardize not starting. So I'll recover now and stick that "2183 miles is not that far" thought in my head. 80 miles… is not far Jackson… not even close, but for some reason, it was far enough for me on this day. It's all pretty surreal now, I don't even feel like I was in California a few days ago. These things happen when you get old."

  5. @Steve314


    Great coverage. Wish I could make a bigger donation.

    If you are looking for other angles to cover (next time) I'd be interested in seeing a listing of what shoes, what hydration system, what watch, etc. these folks choose for their big 100. Should be doable, probably not in real time, but as part of a wrap up with some high-res photos, or maybe as part of the pre-race interview and then summarized in a table.

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