Kilian Jornet, 2011 Western States 100 Champion, Interview

An interview with Kilian Jornet, the 2011 Western States 100 champion, following the race.

By on June 26, 2011 | 9 comments

A year after finishing third, Catalan Kilian Jornet returned to the Western States 100 in 2011. He won after a day long battle with numerous runners, especially Mike Wolfe, Nick Clark, and Jez Bragg. He talks about remembering that racing is about pleasure, the dynamic of racing against so many runners late in the race, how his new equipment worked out, the difference in his 2010 and 2011 races from mile 80 to the finish, and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (and his two week training regimen for it).

If you’re looking to compare Kilian’s pre- and post-race thoughts, here’s our pre-race interview with the champ.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.