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Alex Kurt June 20, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 0

The 2012 Western States Endurance Run Preview

The Western States Endurance Run, arguably the biggest ultrarunning event of the year, kicks off at 5 a.m. local time Saturday in Squaw Valley, California.

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Photo by Kevin Winzeler

The Western States Endurance Run, arguably the biggest ultrarunning event of the year, kicks off at 5 a.m. local time Saturday in Squaw Valley, California.

It will be the 39th running of the famous 100-mile race, which ascends to 8720-foot Emigrant Pass near Lake Tahoe before weaving through the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the Western States Trail and finishing after a lap around the Placer High School track in Auburn, California.

2011 women’s champion Ellie Greenwood, of Banff, Alberta, who debuted at Western States last year in 17:55:29, the second-fastest time ever on the course, will be back to defend her title.

“This year we are running the original route, whereas last year was a snow route, which most claim is about 20 minutes faster than the original route,” says Greenwood. “My goal is to improve on last year’s time and hopefully defend my title. And if nothing else, it is a chance to race against many of the best female ultrarunners around.”

 



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