29 Jun '17, 5pm

The fifth time's a charm for 2017 Western States winner Ryan Sandes.

The fifth time's a charm for 2017 Western States winner Ryan Sandes.

When Ryan Sandes, 35, of Cape Town, South Africa, toed the line of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance race last weekend, he was unusually nervous. Despite being a wildly accomplished, international sensation (Sandes has finished top five in 27 international ultras since 2008), Sandes has a tremendous amount of reverence for Western States. “There’s so much history to the race,” he says. “It’s the original.” Fifth time was a charm. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool Sandes is used to the heat, for which Western is known—he prefers it in fact. He began his career doing desert races “in really hard conditions,” he says. He was the first person to finish all four of the events in the 4 Desert Race Series, which features demanding seven-day, 250-kilometer stage races in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica. Partly because of the conditions, Sandes has always been drawn to...

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