Jim Walmsley’s Insane Day at Western States | Outside Online

We’ve all had our bad races and ‘off days’… but this is taking it to a whole ‘nother level.

For well over an hour, an eternity even by ultrarunning standards, the Flagstaff native was nowhere to be found. Walmsley had missed a tight left turn and veered well off course. A crew of photographers finally spotted him lying on the 105-degree pavement of Highway 49. He’d given up the record, the lead, and, realistically, any chance of a top 10 finish.

Source: Jim Walmsley’s Insane Day at Western States | Outside Online

Honoring the Spirit of Ultrarunning

Credit: Ethan Veneklasen

by Special Guest Contributor, Ethan Veneklasen

For the past 13 years, the Western States Endurance Run has been an annual event for me. Whether running, crewing, or pacing, I rarely miss this gathering of our crazy ultra tribe.

This past weekend, I was honored to crew for my Canadian Salomon teammate, Andy Reed at his debut appearance at the “big dance”. I witnessed some amazing moments out on the trail, but that’s pretty much par for the course…amazing things happen every year at this most iconic race.

I saw something interesting this year that I want to call out.