While the GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run covers over a hundred miles, we spread it out over 6 days. Some trail running events, such as the Western States Endurance Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California, offer runners an opportunity to run a hundred miles in just one day. At least for those who are up for the challenge!
On June 27th, Anita Ortiz of Eagle, CO was up for the challenge. Ortiz, who won the 2008 GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run with teammate Katie Mazzia (Team Beaver Creek Super Fly), was definitely up for the challenge, winning the women’s division in her Western States debut. Ortiz finished the 100 mile course in 18 hours and 24 minutes, finishing 9th overall. Of the 399 runners that started this year’s western states, only 238 finished under the 30 hour time cutoff, running through 100 degree temperatures over 18,000 feet of vertical. Ortiz and Mazzia will defend their TransRockies Run titles again this August in Colorado.
Winning the men’s race was 2007 Western States winner Hal Koerner, with a time of 16 hours and 24 minutes. Koerner is also expected to confirm his participation in the 2009 GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run, pending partner selection. Other TransRockies Run alumni and ’09 registrants were liberally sprinkled throughout the Western States field, as well as pacing several runners. Nikki Kimbal (registered for the ’09 TransRockies Run with Kami Semick) finished 4th in the women’s race. North Vancouver’s Gary Robbins, who will race his first TransRockies Run this summer, finished an impressive 43rd in his first Western States, earning the coveted sub-24 hour belt buckle.
Congratulations to Ortiz and Koerner, and all those who took part in the Western States Endurance Run. We look forward to seeing you at the GORE-TEX® TransRockies Run August 23-28!