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With the lead up to the 2017 Western States 100 Endurance Run reaching a fever pitch, the timing of the release of Lighting the Fire: Wrong Turns, by 9MindAsylum, about current ultrarunning star Jim Walmsley couldn’t be better. Walmsley, of course, is famous for his wrong turn at mile 92—while on a blistering course-record pace—of the 2016 Western States 100 (see also “The Legend That Could Have Been”). Walmsley is gunning to avenge that wrong turn in this year’s Western States, June 24-25, 2017.
The powerful, emotional Lighting the Fire tracks Walmsley’s exciting, now-historic 2106 race, and backtracks through his life in the Air Force as a nuclear “missilier,” a questionable DUI, discharge from the military, subsequent depression and rejuvenation through ultrarunning after moving to Flagstaff, Arizona.