Strong fields assembled for Western States this weekend

western states 100

by Trail Running staff |

Seven of the top 10 women from last year's Western States Endurance Run will be back on the start line tomorrow for this year's edition of one of the world's premier trail races.

The 100-mile event from Olympic Valley to Auburn, California, will this year be missing Jim Walmsley, who has won the last three races, and Britain's 2021 winner Beth Pascall, but nevertheless has a strong field.

New Zealand's Ruth Croft, who was second last year, leads the challengers on the women's side. She was just 23 minutes behind Pascall's time, which was the second fastest in race history.

Other top-10 finishers from last year who are back are Brittany Peterson, Katie Asmuth, Keely Henninger, Emily Hawgood and Kaci Lickteig. Camille Herron, the world 100-mile record-holder is back to try to make up for her below-par 26th last year and DNF in 2019.

Tyler Green, last year's runner-up, will be trying to go one better. He will be joined by Drew Holmen, Cody Lind and Tim Tollefson, who were third, fourth and fifth last year. Jared Hazen, who ran the second quickest time in race history behind Walmsley in 2019, is also back.

The 49th edition of the race is due to have 385 starters from 30 countries and begins at 5am local time (1pm BST).

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Pic credit: Tonya Perme

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