Western States 100

Last updated: 01-Sep-16

By Alice Morrison

The Western States® 100-Mile Endurance Run, the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race, took place over the weekend and delivered some fine running and some surprise results.

The race is one of the “must dos” on the US circuit. It starts in Squaw Valley, California near the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and ends 100.2 miles later in Auburn, California, Western States. Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn.

The race was led all day by Jim Walmsley, but an error led him off course just 6 and half miles before the finish and Andrew Miller who ran strong and steady all through the day, gradually working his way up the rankings to deliver a win at the end. Congratulations to him, what a victory at the ripe old age of 20!

Didrik Hermansen from Norway came in second for the men with Jeff Browning in third place.

Paul Giblin from Scotland also gets a mention for his excellent placing – he came in fifth.

Men’s race:

  1. Andrew Miller (Salomon) — 15:39:36
  2. Didrik Hermansen (ASICS) — 16:16:08
  3. Jeff Browning (Patagonia) — 16:30:40

Magda Boulet had gone into the race as favourite to win the women’s title but she had to drop out early due to stomach problems. That left Kaci Lickteig way out in front and she dominated throughout the day, never looking less than comfortable. A storming performance.

Women’s race:

  1. Kaci Lickteig (Nike) — 17:57:59
  2. Amy Sproston (Montrail) — 18:54:44
  3. Devon Yanko (Oiselle) — 19:10:08

"The race was led all day by Jim Walmsley, but an error led him off course just 6 and half miles before the finish"

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