28 Jun '17, 4pm

Do You Believe in Miracles? Cat Bradley Wins at Western States

Do You Believe in Miracles? Cat Bradley Wins at Western States

Of more than 1,100 ballots cast in the iRunFar prediction contest for the 2017 Western States 100, just one predicted Cat Bradley would win. That is less than 0.1 percent. On top of that, Bradley gained entry to the race with just one ticket in the lottery system, which granted her a 2.5-percent chance of being selected. Thankfully, probabilities and statistics don’t have feelings—because these rotten odds failed miserably to predict what would happen next. On December 3, 2016, against all odds, Cat Bradley’s name was selected in the lottery. When it came time to race on June 24, another improbability got added to the fold—impossible snow and mud in the first 15 miles that gave way to scorching 100-plus-degree heat later on. Bradley, though, took a pragmatic approach to the day’s adversity. “Every time I stopped, I felt like I was going to faint,” Bradley says. “So I stopp...

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