With Western States 100 just over two weeks away, the attention of the ultrarunning world has once again focused on what will happen in the 100 miles from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California.
This year, it’s safe to say that the men’s favorites include a few runners from overseas (Kilian Jornet, Tsuyoshi Kaburaki) and 3 American men who are blazing fast: Hal Koerner (two-time defending WS Champ), Anton Krupicka (two time Leadville 100 champ, 2010 Miwok champ), and Geoff Roes (Wasatch 100, Bear 100, and several other course records). Anton and Geoff have never run WS100 before, Hal has, several times. But Hal’s been beaten by both runners in other races in the past (Anton at Miwok 100k, Geoff at Wasatch 100). Maybe these things matter, maybe not. More than likely though, it’s just about who has the best day on June 26th.