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2019 Western States 100 Women’s Preview

One hundred (point two) miles, 18,000 feet of climb, 22,000 feet of descent, high-country snow and mud, oppressive canyons heat, 45 years of history, the original 100-mile trail foot race, interesting storylines from the front of the race to the back of the pack, and always some unexpected variables mixed in: this is the 2019 Western States 100.

In the women’s race, eight of last year’s top-10 women return, all with improved resumes to boot. In that group is 2018 champ Courtney Dauwalter, who returns after debuting last year at Western States with the second-fastest time in race history. Then, we have a collection of women with excellent past experience at this race, including 2016 champ Kaci Lickteig. Mix in some fast women from abroad, including Italy’s Francesca Canepa who won last year’s UTMB, and some women who step up in distance to try 100 miles. All of this is a recipe for one very interesting day as these women travel the historic Western States Trail from Olympic Valley, across California’s Sierra Nevada, and to its finish in the city of Auburn.

Ahead of the race, we’ll publish interviews with a number of the women’s favorites. And, of course, we’ll cover the race live beginning at 5 a.m. PDT on Saturday, June 29. Stay tuned!

A special thanks to Drymax for once again making our coverage of the Western States 100 possible!

Thanks also to Hoka One One and BUFF® for their support of our Western States coverage.

Be sure to check out our in-depth men’s preview to learn about the men’s race, too.

Returning Top 10

Eight of last year’s top-10 women are back for more:

Courtney Dauwalter

Courtney Dauwalter – 1st, 17:27 (2019 pre-race interview)

In her first turnout at Western States, Courtney won in the second-fastest time ever recorded on the course and 73 minutes faster than anyone else in the women’s field. It’s impossible for me to not think about Ellie Greenwood in 2011 and 2012 when it comes to Courtney last year and this year. In 2011, Ellie won in 17:55, which was then the second-fastest time ever on the course. The next year she came back, ran over an hour faster than the previous year, and set the current course record of 16:47. Honestly, even if it’s a hot day, I could see Courtney running an hour faster than last year. So far in 2019, Courtney’s run and won three races, the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100k, the Behind the Rock 50 Mile, and the Madeira Island Ultra-Trail.

Kaytlyn Gerbin – 2nd, 18:40 (2019 pre-race interview)

Between her first and second WS 100 finishes in 2017 and 2018, Kaytlyn improved by two positions and, more significantly, by two hours! Since her second place last year, Kaytlyn’s best performances have been in setting a course record at the 2018 Bear 100 Mile and taking second at the 2019 Transgrancanaria. She did have an off-par run in taking sixth at the 2019 Madeira Island Ultra-Trail in there, too.

Lucy Bartholomew

Lucy Bartholomew – 3rd, 18:59 (2019 pre-race interview)

Last year, in her debut 100 miler and, of course, her debut WS 100, the Australian ran aggressively off the front, leading the race for quite some time until slowing later. She held things together to finish third and squeak under the 19-hour barrier. Lucy’s 2018 was a huge year, racing and traveling-wise, and she was very honest on her social media about how much it wore her out and the down time she needed to recover. This year, she’s still been out and about traveling, but racing fewer long races. She’s been on site in Auburn for a few weeks now, training on the course and acclimating to the heat. I am so curious about what Lucy can do in her second go at the WS 100.

Amanda Basham – 4th, 19:17

Amanda has twice finished fourth at Western States, last year and in 2016. Her fourth place last year was almost a full hour better than her 2016 run. Since last year’s WS 100, her top outings have been a third place at the 2019 Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k and a win of the 2019 SciaccheTrail 47k. While there are a lot of women I wouldn’t want right behind me late in a race because they are so good at closing hard, Amanda’s near the top of my list. I still have a memory of watching her hammer across the 2016 WS 100 finish line like a steam train.

Cecilia Flori – 5th, 19:42

Cecilia, the Italian living in New Zealand, had a successful first WS 100 last year when she took fifth. Also last year, she was 10th at the CCC. Cecilia is a quiet machine who generally performs best on runnable courses, so it’s hard to estimate just how high her potential is here–but I think it’s real high.

Camelia Mayfield

Camelia Mayfield – 7th, 19:46

Camelia also notched her first WS 100 finish with last year’s seventh place. It was her first 100 miler, too! What’s up with how well so many of last year’s top-10 women debuted at this difficult-to-get-right 100 miler? So far this year, she’s finished fifth at the Way Too Cool 50k and 10th at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile.

Aliza Lapierre – 8th, 19:58

Aliza now has five WS 100 finishes to her name–with all of them in the top 10. You’ve got to wonder if she’s working on 10 top-10 finishes? Aliza’s fastest run was an 18:18 for third place back in 2012 and her slowest time was a 20:04 in 2013, when she took sixth. While she has had one DNF in 2016, it’s honestly hard to imagine Aliza not going top 10 again.

Corrine Malcolm – 9th, 20:01

When she took ninth, Corrine became the fifth woman of six total in last year’s top 10 to have done so in their debut WS 100. How incredible is that statistic!? Here’s another stat: you have to go back to the ‘cold’ year of 2012 to find any other year in WS 100 history where the top-10 women all crossed the line in under 20 hours (and one minute). Okay, but we’re here to talk about Corrine. In the last year, her other top runs have been finishing fourth at the 2018 TDS and 12th at the 2019 Lake Sonoma 50.

More Top Women

Kaci Lickteig

Kaci Lickteig (pre-race interview) has run the WS 100 every year since 2014, thereby compiling five previous finishes. Her finishes have been all over the board, with her best performances a win in 2016 in 17:57 and her toughest a 24-hour finish just a year later. Last year, she took 12th in 20:48. Her ups and downs at this race mark her years of great fitness and her journeys through injury and recovery. In the last year, Kaci’s been healthy, training consistently, and now seems as strong as she’s ever been. Her best runs in the last year have been a 10th place at the 2018 UTMB and a win of the 2019 Black Canyon 100k, at which she earned a Golden Ticket entry into the WS 100. I think we should expect a top finish from Kaci this year and I’d not be surprised if her finish time starts with 17 hours.

Canada’s Alissa St Laurent fits into the silent-assassin category. She just quietly goes about kicking butt. Alissa has two previous finishes at the WS 100, including one inside the top 10 in 2015. In the years since then, her top performances have been sixth place at the 2017 UTMB and fifth place at the 2018 TDS. Back in 2015 at the WS 100, she ran 20:27, and if she can put together another of those races, she’ll be knocking on the door of top 10 once again.

Nicole Bitter has had an up-and-down relationship with the WS 100 over the years–and she keeps coming back for more. I believe she’s started the race five times and finished it three, with her fastest run in 2015 when she ran 20:19 to take sixth. Last year, she finished in just under 22 hours. Since the 2018 WS 100, Nicole’s best run has perhaps been her win of the 2019 Zane Grey 50 Mile.

Clare Gallagher

Clare Gallagher (pre-race interview) is back at the WS 100! She raced for the first time in 2017, and was running in the mix for the podium until she dropped extremely late race with an injury. Over the years, she’s proven that she can run at the upper echelon of the sport, with examples including a 2017 win of the CCC, a second place at the 2017 The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championships, and eighth place at the 2018 Trail World Championships. Earlier this year, she won the 2019 Way Too Cool 50k. She should challenge for the podium once again.

Addie Bracy comes to trail ultrarunning via a circuitous path through other kinds of running. First she ran USA Division I collegiate track and cross country, then she launched into competitive track and road running which involved competing in both the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials on the track and road, then mountain running which has included a win of the 2016 U.S. Mountain Running Championships and representing the U.S. at the WMRA World Championships, and, now, here she is a couple years into trail ultrarunning. Addie stepped up to the 100-mile distance last year, taking second at the Leadville Trail 100 Mile after running strong early before fading a bit later with stomach issues. This year, she set her sights on getting into the WS 100, trying first but missing the mark with a fifth place at the Bandera 100k before circling back to nab a Golden Ticket with a third place at the Lake Sonoma 50.

Francesca Canepa

Italy’s Francesca Canepa is running the WS 100! Francesca has proven to be a mountain beast over the years, with wins and podium finishes at seemingly most of the big European mountain ultras. This includes two UTMB podium finishes, with a win last year. Francesca has raced ultras in the USA at least twice before, back in 2013 when she took 10th at the Speedgoat 50k and fourth at the UROC 100k, the latter of which was the heyday year of UROC’s competitiveness. Though Francesca runs big mountains a lot more than flat terrain, back in 2015 she ran 8:15 for 22nd place at the IAU 100k World Championships. She was an hour off the win, but it shows she has wheels on the flats, too. One more thing, it’s a net downhill race and Francesca is one of the best downhill runners out there.

Camille Herron will try to race the WS 100 for the third time. She’s been at the race twice, but DNFed early in 2017 with physical issues after the challenging snow-and-mud conditions in the high country and DNSed in 2018 due to injury. In the last year, her best run was at the 2018 Desert Solstice, where she set a 24-hour world record as well as 100-mile and 200-kilometer American records. The 2019 calendar year has been up and down for her, as she opened with a win of the Tarawera Ultramarathons 100 Mile, but then she DNFed both Lake Sonoma and the Comrades Marathon–the latter just three weeks before WS 100–with a hamstring injury. That said, she’s trying to heal her hamstring to get to the WS 100 start line.

The United Kingdom’s Beth Pascall is another fascinating women’s entrant. She has some stellar results on her resume, including in the last year an 11th place at the 2018 Trail World Championships and fourth place at the 2018 UTMB. Like Francesca Canepa, I tend to think Beth excels on mountainous terrain, but given her history with the sport, it’s exciting to see what she can do at the WS 100.

YiOu Wang

In two previous tries, in 2016 and 2017, YiOu Wang has yet to find her potential at the WS 100. YiOu has shown tremendous ability at shorter-distance ultramarathons, which goes to show how tricky this race is. In 2016, YiOu debuted with a 13th place in 22:16, fading in the second half of the race after running strong early. And in 2017, she DNFed. But when you want something, you want something, and she ran her way back onto the entrants list with a second place at the 2019 Black Canyon 100k and earning a Golden Ticket there. Two months later she backed that up with a second place at the Lake Sonoma 50.

Ladia Albertson-Junkans (pre-race interview) is another woman on the WS 100 entrants list who arrived to trail ultrarunning via the collegiate-Division-I-competitions-to-roads-to-mountain-running-to-ultras-with-some-other-stuff-mixed-in path. She came onto my personal radar in 2016 when she earned her first spot to compete for Team USA at an off-road global champs, running to 15th place at that year’s WMRA World Championships. The next year, she ran her first ultra at the Chuckanut 50k, won, and qualified to represent the U.S. again at the 2017 Trail World Championships, where she took 13th and was the first American home. This year, she’s set her sights on running Western States, earning a Golden Ticket via second place at the Bandera 100k.

While I think of Brittany Peterson as specializing at shorter-distance trail running, she’s run 100 miles before, having what looked like a rough race at the 2013 Leadville Trail 100 Mile–she finished, though. Brittany is definitely on a steep upward trajectory in the sport, and her top performances in the last year or so have been a fourth place at the 2018 Transvulcania Ultramarathon and a win of the 2019 Bandera 100k, the latter of which earned her a Golden Ticket.

It looks like Canada’s Kathryn Drew really wanted to race the WS 100 this year. In January, she took third at the 2019 Bandera 100k, missing a Golden Ticket entry there. In April, she was back at it at the Canyons 100k, at which she won and earned the Golden Ticket. Also this year, she was the Chuckanut 50k winner.

Canada’s Kim Magnus also gained a Golden Ticket at the Canyons 100k, taking second to countrywoman Kathryn Drew. Kim finished second to Kathryn at the 2019 Chuckanut 50k, too. Her top 2018 runs include winning the White River 50 Mile and taking second at the Pine to Palm 100 Mile.

Still More Fast Women to Watch

  • Moriah Buckley – 4th 2018 Miwok 100k; 12th 2017 Lake Sonoma 50
  • Rachel Bucklin – 1st 2018 Bigfoot 200 Mile; 1st 2018 Bryce Canyon 100 Mile
  • Luzia Buehler (Switzerland) – 1st 2019 Georgia Death Race (and a Golden Ticket); 1st 2017 Wasatch Front 100 Mile
  • Liz Canty – 2nd 2019 Georgia Death Race (and a Golden Ticket); 3rd 2018 Bear 100 Mile
  • Grace Fisher – 1st 2018 Yeti 100 Mile; 2nd 2018 Cruel Jewel 100 Mile
  • Mandie Holmes – 25th 2018 WS 100; 6th 2018 Quicksilver 50k
  • Rachel Kelley – 1st 2019 Mountain Masochist 50 Mile; 21st 2018 Western States 100
  • Marie McNaughton (New Zealand, lives in Hong Kong) – 9th 2019 Ultra-Trail Australia; 4th 2018 Kong Kong 100k
  • Annabelle Stearns (United Kingdom) – 2nd 2018 South Downs Way 50 Mile; 2nd 2017 South Downs Way 100 Mile
  • Amber Weibel – 1st 2019 Silver State 50 Mile; two previous WS 100 back in 2012 and 2013

Call for Comments

  • Who do you see winning this year’s race and why? Do you think Courtney Dauwalter will repeat, and do you think the course record is in play?
  • Who can you see filling the rest of the women’s podium?
  • Who do you think has the biggest potential for an upside surprise?
  • Let us know if someone we’ve listed isn’t racing or if there’s someone else we should have our eyes on during the race. We’ll be updating this preview until the starting gun goes off.
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.

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  • I believe Anna Mae Flynn is also racing this year. Gotta think she will be a top 10 threat with an outside chance of landing on the podium

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    • Will,

      Anna Mae was on the entrants list for a while courtesy of her Lake Sonoma win, but as of mid-week last week, she was no longer. Not sure what happened, but she's posted very little running on Strava, either. Injury? New focus?

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      • Hate to hear that, but thanks for the info. After her win at LS50 I was excited to see what she could do at States.

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      • She posted on her FB that she was pulling out due to a hamstring injury that happened in LS50.

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  • If Camille Herron can deal with this hamstring issue effectively, I think she will be tough to beat. I have grown to be far more interested in the women's races than the men's over the last couple of years. I am excited to see this field of talented ladies take on the trail.

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    • Or one can expect another excuse as with most of Camille's results. She has obviously shown a lot of speed in races, but she scratches more often than not with an excuse. Anyway, trails aren't her thing really, let alone ones that have climbing (as Western does early) or weather.

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      • Well, that is why they run the race. I try not to get too involved with all the other nuances. We'll see what happens soon enough.

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        • Seems odd to say "I try not to get too involved with all the other nuances" when you're reading and commenting on a race preview post. Of course we'll see what happens on race day, but this whole post is designed to dissect the nuances.

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    • Camille recently scrubbed her ultrasignup because she doesn't want to show all the times she DNF'd or didn't get the results she thinks she deserves. Given other factors like the stealing of camp ideas/IP from Mr. Krar, and you have kind of an unpleasant force in the ultra world. The ultrasignup deletion was one of the most childish moves I've ever seen a runner make. Failures make us all better.

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      • Wait, what? Looks like everything has been deleted? That's... yeah. Odd, at best.

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      • #aircamille

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  • Ladia Albertson-Junkans might surprise in her 100 mile debut. She is motivated, dedicated, and ready.....top 10?

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    • Go Ladia! Top 5 for sure. Notice how she keeps quiet about her training... It's a smart move!

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  • It'll be cool (no pun intended) to see how Nicole fares after moving to Arizona from flat ol Dallas, especially in the canyons!

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    • Hey! Dallas has that one hill.

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      • and what a hill it is!

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    • I also think that Nicole is a dark horse, especially with the move. I thought last year could've been the one but maybe its this year?

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    • She ran the Canyons twice over Memorial Day wknd so she is putting in the work.

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  • Your comments are yuck and uncalled for 'Hi Everyone' Please refrain from saying negative things. This is the crap I see on the Letsrun message board.

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    • This isn't just some echo chamber, nor should it be. There are some legitimate reasons for criticism here, and that's part of the storylines that make this sport fun/ nuanced as well.

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    • Hi Camille

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  • Go KACI Go !!! This years woman's field is STACKED.....the top 10 women is going to be one to remember.

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  • Courtney Dauwalter really seems to be the one to beat. Such impressive and consistent racing. She is at the top of her field. A lot of people at the top of the ultra world tend to get OT syndrome after too many ultras, but so far she's cooking along nicely. Her competitors just have to be ready to seize any moments of slack, but it's a tall order. Will be cool to see how all the ladies coming back for round 2 perform.

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    • Courtney seems to be dialing back the number of races she's doing. She had a half-dozen ultras in 2018 before Western States (including a 100 miler and two 100ks), but this year it's just been Tarawera, Behind the Rocks 50M, and the Mueller Marathon. Her blowup at Desert Solstice probably had something to do with this. I don't think you can be a fan of the sport and not root for Courtney, so hoping that she doesn't run herself into the ground and can keep competing for a long time.

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    • I agree Courtney is the one to beat, but others are writing off Camille way too easily. I've been guilty of that myself – only common sense, to most of us, when someone says she is going to beat the 100M WR by an HOUR in her first finish. "She doesn't understand that 100 miles is very different from 100K." Then again, "Yeah that was really, really impressive. Still, 24-hour is a different world, as she will soon learn." So far it's we who have done the learning. I saw firsthand how she went from destroyed, race over (lesson learned?), to, somehow, yet another new WR.

      Common sense no longer applies to her. Maybe her hamstring or something else will shut her down; maybe it will be a new CR. We will have to watch and see.

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  • Re Camiile’s ultrasignup: Actually, I have it in good authority that her profile was scrapped by the company not by Camille herself. But, that could just be hearsay. Nonetheless, it is strange.

    Interestingly, a few years back Dan Barger’s profile was scrapped and then was recently reinstated. Perhaps Mark could elaborate more if he cares to do so.

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    • Athlete has to submit a request to ultrasignup to have their records scrapped. Ultrasignup would not do that on their own.

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      • Yes, Ultrasignup would do that on their own...they did it to me because I once wrote to them asking about their new website years ago, I asked why they changed it, that I liked the current one at the time, and needed some help with the new one...HE did not like that comment and took ALL my results off the site. Asked for a donation to the site to get my results back up. True Story!

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    • This also happened to my husband after an email exchange with the owner of ultrasignup regarding a charged credit card but no resulting race lottery sign up about 6 years ago. His score keeps getting accrued but if you click on his name it's just a blank page. I guess, don't get on the wrong side of the ultrasignup guy, and don't try to get a customer service issue resolved or it may happen to you too.

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    • I also believe it's more an issue with the ultrasignup website. I've had results missing from my profile and then show up again a few months later.

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  • Wow, this is one stacked field of runners. Its going to be a class race for sure. In my eyes Beth Pascall will most certainly feature in this race; one tough cookie with age on her side and a lot more to come yet.

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    • Agreed. Beth won a rolling (5200' climb) 50 miler in the English countryside a few weeks back, missing the CR by only a few minutes. She may excel in the mountains but has the gears for less technical terrain. A good pick for upper podium imo.

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      • Beth finished 3rd at 2018 UTMB (small correction to above article) and seems to be a patient runner whilst the miles unfold. Always in the mix, will be cool to see how she does in the heat and speed of WS100

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        • JH,

          Beth was 4th at the 2018 UTMB. Jocelyne Pauly was 3rd.

          I am very interested to know how this race goes for her, especially since learning after I wrote this preview that she's been in the U.S. for a while and out on the course learning it and heat acclimating. Very cool.

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          • Quite right, apologies, I should pay better attention to your result reports! Thanks for the coverage, it's going to be a good weekend for us followers to enjoy.

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  • If only 3 weeks after DNFing in Comrades, her number one goal this season, Camille Heron still finishes a 100 miler, that would definitely be a story for AJW to tell in a few years in his column!! I hope I’m wrong but I can’t see that happening. I would be surprised to even see her start. Which leads me to the question: do sponsors push their athletes to withdraw as late as possible from a major race?
    So sad to see Anna Mae is not on the list anymore (no public announcement though?), she looked really sharp and withdrew from the trail world championship to focus on WS :(

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  • I think it is any one's race! I am super excited to watch this years race because I know both Kim and Kat Drew. Kat was one of my first ever running partners way back back when and before she became a running star!

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  • What about Stephanie? She seems looking a bit sad :-(

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  • What about Stephanie? She seems looking a bit sad :-(

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    • Olaf,

      Stephanie Violett had surgery in late April and appears, according to her Strava, to be on the mend right now, doing some running and hiking along with cross training.

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  • Courtney is gonna do it, I hope she hasn't burnt herself out she is damn talented. I'd also like to see kaci get it too. People who are not local dont realize this will be a tough course this year due to the heavy snow pack we has last winter. I don't think it will be a record breaking year.

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  • Great article and writing, thx! I agree with many of the commenters...the first woman to cross the finish line at Placer High will most likely be wearing basketball shorts:)

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  • Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to make a general point of clarification. We believe that conversations containing criticism are, at times, a needed part of community dialogue and are thusly okay here on iRunFar. In those cases, we ask everyone to engage in such criticism in a constructive way. Our comment policy explains why constructive forms of criticism are important and how to do this, https://www.irunfar.com/irunfar-comment-policy. Thank you.

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  • Thanks for the answer Meghan, I remember Stephanie went to Scandinavia but because she stood on the photo I thought she might be in the race. I didn't dare to ask herself.

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  • I am excited to see the GDR golden ticket winners take on Western States! That was an epic women’s race-in striking distance of one another all the way to the finish line. Those two are TOUGH!

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  • GO MORIAH!!! Looking forward to seeing what all you fast ladies can do. I wish all the first-timers, first-time-finishers, and well basically anyone hardcore enough to take on this awesome 100 mile endeavor a successful, FUN, and memorable race!

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  • I witnessed Camille in Comrades 3 weeks ago really struggling to keep up early on in the race she was never even at her best going to get within 20 minutes of the winner but still had to roll out an excuse. She shows bad sportsmanship in doing this in every race she DNF'( which is most races)

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    • Wait, what? This is her job and I think it's in her best interest to think tactically about whether or not she chooses to finish a race. If it's not in her best interest to finish and she can pull out and focus on another race or avoid getting injured why wouldn't she do it? I really don't understand what this has to do with sportsmanship or lack thereof? She's not a weekend warrior gutting out a finish, she's a professional athlete.

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      • There's nothing wrong with a strategic DNF. There is, however, something wrong with making up an excuse for your DNF.

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        • I'm still not understanding. If a hamstring injury is the reason she DNF'd how is that making up an excuse? What is she supposed to say about her DNF?

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          • I'm not understanding why you were arguing that her DNF was strategic if the hamstring was the real reason for the DNF.

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    • Wow - didn't realize a DNF = bad sportmanship. It takes huge guts to put ourselves out there, especially when we may struggle with injuries or low times in our life. Success does not always mean winning, but improving and rising when we fall. We should be all be cheering for each other not bringing others down. This applies to all things in life! GO EVERYONE!

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    • I understand why many elites will DNF early in a race if they feel their chances of placing on the podium are gone. That being said, it is extremely inspiring to see elites have problems in a race, fall way back in the field, yet still push on only to merely finish.

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    • This comment, and others like it on this thread, are some of the most inappropriate I have ever read on an ultrarunning forum. The handful of trolls who are anonymously bashing one athlete here have absolutely no business spreading their hate in a sport that relentlessly prides itself on universally supporting any athlete willing to lace them up and run down the trail.

      This athlete has not cheated. This athlete is decorated internationally. This athlete is a person with feelings. This athlete owes absolutely nothing to anyone except perhaps her sponsors or others with whom she has made professional commitments. She is free to run where she wants, when she wants.

      I ask everyone who reads this - suppose you who were the public figure being anonymously attacked for reasons that were personal to you? And who among these trolls has the courage to run their heart out for 24 hours in front of the entire world?

      (Meghan and Bryon: As the creators and owners of this otherwise fine forum, it will always be your decision. But perhaps ultrarunning, as well as the freedom to post anonymously, both call for a higher standard of editorial decency. John Gardner. laddybuck1@gmail.com

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      • If somebody expresses an opinion that is different than yours, it does not mean that they are negative or a troll and that you are correct. Camille makes public statements on social media and so people have the right to have an opinion about that. If a professional athlete stays away from social media and internet forums then they are much less likely to be publicly criticized. It seems unprofessional to start and drop from multiple races because that sends a message that an athlete does not know what they are doing. If you are sick, under-trained or not fully focus on the upcoming race then do not start it. Simple. Trying to win an event like Western States or Comrades by trying to wing it is a recipe for a big disappointment and you subject yourself to public scrutiny. If you have doubts about your training or health then it would be smarter to take a break, heal, put slowly some serious training and come back strong 6 months later. Camille is by far one of the most talented ultra runners in the world, but she insist on making the same poor choices year after year and brushes all comments under the rug of "criticism or trolling".

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      • + For what John said. I've personally been bashed on here as well as LetsRun.com. It's all the same....distance running communities (whether ultras-trails or roadies) will have some critical people....often hiding behind their keyboards with fake names. I'm up for it being "part of the territory" and being active on social media...However it is the "hate" and "jealousy" that shines through in some comments that is often a driving cause of the "criticism". At some point one could almost call defamation in some instances. The spreading of misinformation or making assumptions...without knowing the full story (or forgetting that an elite athlete is still a person just like everyone else). What I think is really ironic is the trail running community likes to claim to be "opening and welcoming" but then is ironically extremely judgmental (well a few people only maybe!). Roadies/track runners can be too of course....but sometimes there is more mutual respect in the standard distances off the trails. LetsRun.com forums or comments on here...its all the same to me though. I've learned to get thick skin.

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    • I also don't understand how she shows bad sportsmanship. She has the right to drop out for whatever reason. This would include possible injuries. Also, she "had to roll out an excuse" I didn't know you knew Camille body more than she does.

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