29 Jun '15, 9pm

70-Year-Old Woman Steals the Western States Show

It was one of the most dramatic finishes in 42 years of the Western States Endurance Run —and it wasn’t for first place. With just 90 seconds left before the 30-hour cutoff time and 300 meters to go in the 100.2 mile race on Sunday, Gunhild Swanson, 70, of Spokane Valley, Washington, dug deep to became the oldest woman to complete the course in a time of 29 hours, 59 minutes, and 54 seconds. The real buzz began for Swanson at the final aid station—Robie Point—about 1.3 miles from the finish. Volunteers there began receiving word that Swanson was arriving soon and would only have about 16 minutes to make it to the finish on the Placer High School track in Auburn, California. Swanson and her support crew, which included friends, her son, and grandson, climbed up the steep incline to the aid station, where volunteers screamed to her to keep moving. Along that last push, Rob K...

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