In 1974, Gordy Ainsleigh ran alongside horses in the Western States Trail Ride. Finishing 23 hours and 42 minutes later, Gordy proved that a runner could travel the 100 miles in one day. The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run – the granddaddy of them all – was born.
Since then, during the last full weekend in June, dedicated runners and top-class athletes from around the world have converged in Squaw Valley, CA to challenge 18,000ft of climbing, 22,970ft of descending, and an unforgiving, never pausing clock to earn themselves a handmade finisher’s buckle. Finish in less than 30 hours and the buckle is bronze, less than 24 hours and it’s silver. Either way, it’s legendary.
Learn more about the race here.
Check out the Montrail Ultra Cup standings here.