30 May '17, 3pm

Western States will drug test at next month's race. Here are the details of the new policy.

The Western States Endurance Run will start testing for performance-enhancing drugs this year, race organizers announced Wednesday. The country’s oldest and most competitive 100-miler, Western States occupies a place of unique prestige within trail running. Its adoption of a drug-testing policy marks a significant step for a sport with few anti-doping controls. “This action will hopefully spur other events in the trail space to join this clean sport initiative and provide education, testing and a zero-tolerance policy,” says Nancy Hobbs, the executive director of the American Trail Running Association. Though anyone starting the June 24 race may be selected for post-competition testing, the focus will be on elite athletes and top age-group runners, according to a press release. “We want to promote a drug-free sport, and we want to lead in this effort,” says Craig Thornley,...

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