For the first time in over a dozen years, I wasn’t up in Tahoe or Foresthill or Auburn for the Western States Endurance Run. I suppose it was a combination of my waning personal interest in the hundred mile distance combined with me having spent the previous three day weekend announcing Broken Arrow and the fact we’re going through another home remodel and I’m doing most of the work. Sunny and I had planned on heading up there after her run on Saturday, but one thing led to another and I was happier on a paddleboard then I was in the car so that was that.
But oh boy did I miss out! I’ve heard talk of a men’s race going on, but all four of my eyes were on Courtney (and Katie!) and watching history unfold in real time. After all the hyperbole and superlatives have been spilled on laptop keyboards, Courtney’s record will stand for a very, very long time and I’m sorry I missed it. She’s simply and indisputably the best female MUT runner of all time.
Here are Henry’s top ten takeaways from The Big Dance. Great comparison between Katie and Jared!
And here’s Kevin’s argument that the best female distance runners in the world would win most US ultramarathons outright. What do you think?
Jean’s race report from the SF
One Day 12 Hour. Come on Rangers! Change the permit policy back!
This is the same race that I ran many years ago. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before, but my day started at my wife’s company party where I consumed dangerous amounts of hot links, triptip, sauerkraut and beer, then thought it’d be a good idea to start my race. (It was an evening start for the 12 hour.) Ran OK until I didn’t, then I had a pitty party for myself, panicked, and used this new-at-the-time “uber” app to call a car to come pick me up. (I screwed up and ordered a limousine which considering the circumstances was laughable.) The driver took me to the bus station where I bought a ticket and went home and sulked. Pathetic then, but I can laugh about it now.
Anxious to get my hands…err….ears….on an audio copy of this book that looks into the inner-workings of UTMB.
I dropped off Sunny and three of her friends at Max King’s Trail Running Camp yesterday and the energy in the car was CRAZY. These kids are stoked to run in the mountains. Highly recommended for your 13-18 year old.
What type of money do professional MUT runners earn? I attempted to compile this info about ten years ago and the numbers were very, very different back then.
I really wish we had more of these orienteering races in the US.
Last year, Kae Ravichandran did pretty well at road and trail races around the country. (Note the sex.) In April, Ravichandran won the NB division at the Boston Marathon. And this past weekend, Kae won the Finger Lakes 50k in the women’s division.
And for the greatest irony, Finger Lakes is a “Trail Sisters Approved” race, which ostensibly is meant to support the efforts and needs of women in our sport. Seems that TrailSisters needs to add “Make men feel good about themselves by allowing them into our races” to the Standards listed on the front page.
A request from readers: Please don’t email or message me with “I support you on this position but can’t say anything publicly.” I get too many of these and it’s time to take a public position in support of fairness in women’s sports–at every level.