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Western States starts Saturday! Learn about it, and other notable 100-mile ultras, here:

Western States starts Saturday! Learn about it, and other notable 100-mile ultras, here:

WESTERN STATES 100-MILE ENDURANCE RUN, JUNE 23-24, 2012 Known as: "Western States" Website: ws100.com Where: Starts at the Squaw Valley Ski Area, Lake Tahoe, California, and runs 100 miles southwest, leaving the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range through the foothills and canyons and finishing on the Placer High School track in Auburn, California. Conditions/Known for: Snow levels vary each year, sometimes covering much of the first part of the course. Once in the canyons, heat can soar into the high 90s and 100s. As the first 100-mile race, dating back to 1974, Western States draws major competition. Iconic Course Highlight: Rucky Chucky River Crossing, mile 78.1: Racers cool off by dunking themselves and crossing the river, either by holding onto a safety rope or by raft (when water levels are too high). Historic Heroes: In 1974, Gordy Ainsleigh decided to run with the horses ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/microsite/article/0,8029,...

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