Ultramarathon Daily News | Fri, June 24

Western States time predictions based on historical data, courtesy of David Roche.

Did you get your picks into FreeTrail Fantasy yet? (I’ve re-added Ailsa MacDonald to my podium.)

Geez, I wear a fanny pack to school and the students make fun of me for a week. I can’t imagine what this parent will face.

Another great shot of Kilian’s new CR at Zegama. It looks like Biel is on a bike with a gimbal mount, right? Can’t figure out how he gets some of these shots.

iRunFar: Zach Miller writes about the different gears necessary to succeed in running. Excellent essay with appropriate comparisons to cars, trucks, SUVs, etc.

Wardian Update! Mike is planning to be done with his transcon some time next week. Here are the relevant links to watch his progress, join him, and most importantly, help get him to his goal of $100k raised.

Gediminas Grinius (I’d forgotten about him!)┬álays down five tips to help speed up your ultramarathon game.

Ultrarunning Mag/Stern: What’s up in the ultramarathon world this weekend? Yeah, like, anything going on?

Interesting predicament for the Western States Board: Trueheart Brown earned a Golden Ticket for this years’ race, but was busy fighting the wildfires in Flagstaff and had to decline his entry. Here’s the deal.
Q1: Should the WS Board allow him to use his Golden Ticket for next year’s event?
Q2: What if, instead of a GT, he’d earned his spot thru a lottery draw. Would a deferral be appropriate? (Personally, my choice would be a “special consideration” spot from the BOD.)
Q3: Is a change.org petition the right avenue in which to deal with this? (No.)

As much as I’d love to run with the Tarahumura in the Copper Canyon, the narco violence is just a bit too much for my comfort level.

Harvard: Cannabis makes you sto0pid.
Question: Would be willing to give up 5.5 IQ points for better overall mental health and a good night sleep each night?

This weekend: Sunny and I will be in Foresthill (look for the blonde on a unicycle) and then the track. See you there.

Once you’re done here, head on over to Semi-Rad to check out Brendan’s Friday Inspiration.

Happy Friday everyone.

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