Have you ever considered doing something really crazy? Like running the length of Connecticut? But, instead of doing it at sea level, you throw in a few thousand feet of elevation and also do it in the middle a hot California summer? Oh, yeah, and you have to do it in under 16 hours. Piece of cake, right? Well, that's what it's like when the contenders run the Western States 100, the United States' oldest ultra marathon.
This year proved to be one of the most exciting editions in the race's history. Remarkably, after completing over 85 miles of the grueling course that runs from Squaw Valley's base all the way to Auburn, California, the three men's leaders were still within eyeshot of each other. Montrail's Geoff Roes, who looked to be out of the race after losing significant time on the climb to Devil's Thumb at mile 50, had somehow managed to claw his way back up to Kilian Burgada and Anton Krupicka and the race was on. Roes reportedly was able to efficiently consume 400 calories per hour in the second half of the race, but was also feeding off the encouragement of his pacer, Dave Mackey, to great effect. By mile 89, Roes had passed both his rivals for good and was on his way to victory. His winning time of 15:07:04 was the fastest in race history, besting ultra legend Scott Jurek's old course record by close to a half hour. Unreal. It's difficult to overstate what an incredible achievement this is, and we here at Clif Bar & Company send the hardiest of congratulations out to Geoff for running an amazing race. Rumor has it Geoff will celebrate in fine fashion by traveling to France in August to run the 166km Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, one of Europe's toughest races. Yep, another typical summer.
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