Western States 100 Gear Check

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 27, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM UTC

Kilian Jornet's nifty new kicks.

On his feet, Jornet wore some very light prototype shoes that he has worked with Salomon to design, shoes that allowed him to seemingly dance over the varying terrain with plenty of agility and feel for his footing.

Because Western States is a less technical, more runable course, many of the racers wore racing flats. For a guy like Jornet, saving some weight is important when averaging close to 9:00 per mile for 100 miles of racing on a difficult course with varying conditions and terrain.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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