Ice & Fire: Western States 100 Men’s Race Preview

The list of potential top-10 finishers in the men’s race continues into the race’s deep field. Among the race’s entrant’s list are scores of dark horses, consistently strong racers, and relative unknowns who are primed for breakout races. Keep your eyes peeled on race day for any one of these guys to bring home the bacon:

  • Japan’s Tsuyoshi Kaburaki, 42, finished second at the 2009 WS100 (behind Hal Koerner and ahead of Jez Bragg) and set the Master’s course record in the process.
  • Idaho’s (he’s moving to Virginia after the race!) Andy Jones-Wilkins finished ninth in 2010, but has six consecutive top-10 finishes at WS100. This Mr. Consistency and master’s runner will surely bring home a strong finish.
  • Watch out for Montana’s Mike Wolfe, who finished second at the 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (behind Jez Bragg).
  • New York master’s runner Glen Redpath ran to eighth place at the 2010 WS100.

Two folks who finished in last year’s top 10 and who are on this year’s entrant list will not start the race. Colorado’s Anton Krupicka, and Canada’s Gary Robbins are both out with respective leg and foot injuries.

The talk of the town in Squaw Valley a day before the race is this year’s ice and fire, how much snow early and heat later in the race the runners will experience. Well, that and how hard the Western States Endurance Run’s course record could fall thanks to these men.

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Meghan M. Hicks is a Park City, Utah-based writer and trail runner. She’s covering the 2011 Western States Endurance Run as a journalist.

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