“… following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 18,000 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters. Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Western States Endurance Run differs substantially from other organized runs. Adequate mental and physical preparation are of utmost importance to each runner, for the mountains, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.” I’m hoping some of Shannon’s luck of the Irish comes my way and I get picked in the lottery!
Looking through Squaw Valley to the Sierras
At the base of the mountains (Start of the course)
Looking back down toward Squaw Valley
Up over Emigrant Pass
The WS100 confirmation email ended with a cool quote:
“See the best in every one, expect the best from yourself.”