Montrail Gears Up for the 2012 Western States 100 Weekend Events

“It’s the sport’s yearly crowning event, and it’s arguably the best day in sport — for a variety of reasons. There’s no admission, no parking charges, no assigned seating, no parimutuel betting. And it’s as compelling as any horse race, baseball game or boxing match. The arena, which extends from
Squaw Valley to Auburn, offers the opportunity to watch endurance athletes at intimately
close range.” – James Raia,

Montrail is honored to be the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Western States 100 Endurance Run, one of the oldest and most prestigious ultra trail events in the world, taking place Saturday, June 23, 2012. This year’s race features defending women’s champion Montrail athlete Ellie Greenwood along with a field of more than 360 entries, from 34 countries and 41 states.

Runners start at 5 a.m. in Squaw Valley, Calif. on the morning of June 23, then climb and descend more than 40,000 feet following trail on the remote and rugged Northern California terrain finishing 100 miles later at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif. Top runners will cross the finish about 9 p.m. Saturday, and the 30-hour time limit means finishers will be coming in to Auburn throughout the night and well into Sunday morning.

Left to right, Joelle Vaught – Photo Jim Williams, Amy Sproston – Photo Kevin Winzeler, Ellie Greenwood – Bob McGillivray, Erik Skaden – Photo Bob McGillivray, Ryan Burch, Topher Gaylord

In addition to reigning women’s champion Greenwood, who had the winning time of 17 hours 55 minutes in the 2011 Western States 100, Montrail athletes Amy Sproston and Joelle Vaught will be racing. On the men’s side, Montrail athletes Erik Skaden and Ryan Burch as well Mountain Hardwear & Montrail president Topher Gaylord will be racing.

As the final race in the Montrail Ultra Cup, there are several runners in contention for the overall men’s and women’s series championship, including current leaders and Western States 100 competitors Timothy Olson and Cassie Scallon. The awards ceremony for both the Western States 100 and the Montrail Ultra Cup will be held Sunday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif.

Montrail will be hosting several events over the weekend leading up to the infamous 100 mile race. A screening of Unbreakable will be held at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The film follows four of the world’s top ultra runners, including Montrail athlete Geoff Roes, and their battle for the 2010 Western States 100 victory. Greenwood will be present and signing posters after the screening, which will be timely inspiration for both racers and spectators of the big event.

In addition to the 100 mile race, on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. Montrail will host the first annual 6k Uphill Challenge and Fun Run, where participants will start in Olympic Village and then run up to the finish at High Camp where they can enjoy the beautiful views and the free tram ride back down. Registration is free at the Unbreakable screening on Thursday or at the Montrail booth in the Olympic Village from 8-9:30 a.m. Friday.

Follow the weekend’s excitement and race updates on Montrail Facebook and Twitter.

You can also follow Western States coverage by subscribing to iRunFar via RSS, email or follow along on Twitter. On race day, they will have a Live Coverage page with additional insight and commentary as well as an open discussion.

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