05 Jul '16, 7pm

How did Kaci Lickteig win Western States? Rest days and race-day smiles were key

How did Kaci Lickteig win Western States? Rest days and race-day smiles were key

How Kaci Lickteig Won Western States A perfect training cycle, more rest days and a positive attitude led the Midwestern wonder to an outstanding day Photo by Gary Wang Only four and a half miles into the Western States 100 (WS100), runners reach the course’s high point, the Escarpment, at 8,750 feet. They’ve climbed over 2,500 feet to get there. So when Kaci Lickteig, who lives and trains in pancake-flat Omaha, Nebraska, found herself leading the women’s field, she was shocked. “I expected to be blown away by all the incredible mountain runners,” says Lickteig, 29. “I had envisioned sitting in fifth to eighth place until Robinson Flat [mile 29.7] or later.” Yet, aided by an early falter by defending champ Magdalena Boulet (who would drop at mile 16 with stomach issues), and perhaps running stronger than she gave herself credit for – she was runner-up at WS100 last year, a...

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