Boulet and Krar Win at Western States
First-time 100-miler and returning champion take top spots
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Rob Krar and Magdalena Boulet took first place in the men’s and women’s races at the 2015 Western States Endurance Run, Runner’s World reported Monday. The 100-mile race requires runners to climb and descend about 40,000 feet, from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California, with temperatures surpassing 90 degrees.
Returning from his victory in 2014, Krar crossed the finish line with a time of 14:48:59, just over the course record of 14:46:44, set by Timothy Olson in 2012. “Obviously the record was on my mind,” Krar told Runner’s World. “But my goal was to win the race, to take that cougar [trophy] home.”
The weekend’s race was the first 100-mile event for Boulet, who took placed second in the marathon at the 2008 Olympic Trials, with a time of 2:30:19, but Western States was her sixth straight ultra-distance event (including her victory in The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship last December).