I will remember this year’s Western States magic forever 😭🔥 The women made history! Courtney and Katie ran under course record and in the process gave an inspirational tailwind to the whole field. The stories from some of our SWAP athletes are just a microcosm of everyone who stood on the start line.
Last year, @kt_asmuth
(F4) finished 9th with a broken navicular, which was pinned in surgery a few weeks later. From scooters to crutches to bonkers elliptical workouts to the illness ratio of a mom with two young kids, she clawed back to this start line and to the finish, running one of the fastest times in history.
This was @prissyforgie
‘s (F8) first 100 mile finish. Western States wasn’t on her racing schedule until a late Golden Ticket at Canyons 100K. She raced a smart, gritty, blazing fast race, running with joy and paced spontaneously by her partner Dan, who is going to be so, so sore today.
Everyone who came through the women’s top 10 asked us about @leah_yingling
(F9). Her fatigue resistance is legendary and no one wants to be chased by Leah. Leah’s time is as incredible as the impact she leaves on sport by uplifting the community in everything she and partner @shitinthewoods
At 25, @gomegmo
(F10) was the 2nd youngest competitor in the field, taking on her first 100. In classic Meg fashion, she went to work as a deeply intelligent, hilarious, spreadsheet-loving athlete, while mixing in lots of belief. Meg, I can’t wait for you to come back and spread your magic at this race.
My favorite quote of the night goes to @adventuresofjenthar
(F11). When the top 10 get invited back to race, 11th can be the hardest finish. But Jenny looked at us and said, “I might be the happiest 11th finisher ever”… (and she’s definitely the fastest). What an incredible race!
Finally, to @rye.outside
(14) who has the skillset to podium, but struggled with GI issues early on—we are so proud of you. They way someone handles puke says a lot about character, and Riley, you are a masterclass of a human.
We love you all ❤️ PC: 3,6,7,8,9 @shitinthewoods
PC: 2,4 @irunfar