The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, founded in 1974 by Gordy Ainsleigh, is the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race. Starting in Squaw Valley, this gruelling 100 mile course climbs more than 18,000 feet and descends almost 23,000 feet to ultimately finish in Auburn, California. Runners experience the majestic high country of the California gold country, ice-cold river crossings and scorching hot canyons. The race has become one of the most prestigious ultra races in the world and runners from around the world enter the lottery year-on-year with the aspiration of winning an entry.
At 69, Gordy Ainsleigh, the founder, is not the oldest participant in the 2016 race! The oldest is 72, and the youngest 17.
Last year’s winner was Canadian runner, Rob Krar, originally from Toronto. Rob won’t be participating this year, but Seth Swanson (last year’s second place) will likely be looking to take the lead this year. Seth only took up running a few years ago and with his success at WSER last year, and his 4th place at UTMB, he has steadily climbed the list of the world’s best ultra-runners.
A few Canadians are on the list for 2016, including Lori Herron from Victoria.