Roes Smashes Record at Western States 100
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In a nail-biting finish, Geoff Roes of Juneau, Alaska shattered the Western States 100 course record by nearly half an hour, Ultrarunning reports. Roes, who posted a 15:07:04 time at the 37th annual Auburn, California endurance run, trailed behind Anton Krupicka of Boulder, Colorado and Kilian Jornet of Spain for much of the day before charging ahead at mile 89. Roes and Krupicka ran neck and neck through Highway 49 crossing (mile 93.3) before Roes ultimately pulled ahead and opened a six-minute lead which he maintained until the end. The new record replaces seven-time champion Scott Jurek‘s 2004 time of 15:36:27.
Despite temperature highs of 93 degrees F, a record 325 racers finished the race within the 30-hour limit.