For the fourth consecutive year, Montrail is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the famed Western States Endurance Run, featuring 100 grueling miles of racing from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California. Once again, this is the ultra to watch featuring the most competitive field of any 100-mile race in the USA. Last year’s champions Geoff Roes and Tracey Garneau will both return to defend their titles; however, some the world’s top talent plans to challenge them along the way.
Montrail will have 10 sponsored athletes racing Western States 100 this year; eight from the North American team and two from the Asian team. Last year’s WS100 champion and two-time Ultrarunner of the Year, Geoff Roes, is certainly one to keep an eye on, as well as Canadian superstar and 2010 100km World Champion Ellie Greenwood. Also racing for Montrail are Ryan Burch (1st WS100 appearance), Joelle Vaught (7th place female, 2010), Erik Skaden (5-time top ten finisher), Amy Sproston (1st WS100 appearance), Luanne Park (8-time top ten finishing female), Jill Perry (2nd time at WS100), Shunsuke Okunomiya (Japan, 1st WS100 appearance), and Sim Jaeduk (Korea, 2nd time at WS100).
The Western States Endurance Run acts as the final race of the Montrail Ultra Cup series, with series champions to be crowned at the award ceremony following the race. A $16,000 cash purse is on the line, with the male and female Ultra Cup champions taking home $5,000 each. This year the standings are closer than ever. On the men’s side, Dan Olmstead, Scott Jaime and Dave Mackey are on top separated by only a few points. After them, five others have a good shot at finishing in the Ultra Cup top 5 with a strong showing this weekend. For the women, last year’s Ultra Cup champion Meghan Arbogast looks to have a solid lock on 1st place, with Pam Smith and Amy Sproston hoping for a big day at Western States in order to catch her. Final Ultra Cup overall results will be announced immediately following the race.