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10 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE WESTERN STATES 100-MILE ENDURANCE RUN!

It's Western States 100 time! It's happening right now! You can watch the live stream here:

    1. The Western States Endurance Run is the oldest 100-mile race in the United States.

    2. While the elevation profile is a net downhill course, there is still 18,000+ feet of elevation gain across the race.

    Image credit: https://www.wser.org/course/maps/

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    3. Every year the heat is intense in the middle of the day. The hottest day on record for the race was in 1995, when the heat peaked at 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

    4. The women's course record is currently held by British runner Ellie Greenwood at 16 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds, and was set in 2021.

    5. The men's course record is currently held by American runner Jim Walmsley at 14 hours, nine minutes, 28 seconds, and was set in 2019.

    6. The race starts in Olympic Valley near Lake Tahoe, and ends on the Placer High School track in Auburn.

    Image credit: https://www.wser.org/course/maps/

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    7. The first person to run the now-official Western States course is Gordy Ainsleigh in 1974.

    8. The first official race took place in 1977. There were 14 runners and three finishers.

    9. The most wins by a man is seven by American runner Scott Jurek.

    10. The most wins by a woman is 14 (!) by American runner Ann Trason.

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