The big news this year was the cool weather that brought incredibly fast times. Race day temperatures were the lowest recorded in the 39 years of the event. The low temperature in Auburn was 51 and the high was 71. The runners experienced near freezing temperatures with rain and hail in the high country.
The lead runners capitalized on the cool temperatures and ran course records. Timothy Olson of Ashland, Oregon and second place Ryan Sandes, from Africa ran faster than the previous course record set by Geoff Roes in 2010 with a time of 15:07:04. Olson’s time this year was 14:46:44 and Sandes’ was 15:03:56.
Ellie Greenwood of Banff, Canada defended her title and broke Ann Trason’s 18 year-old course record in the process. Greenwood ran 16:47:19 this year. Trason’s record time was 17:37:51. Second place finisher was Rory Bosio of Soda Springs, who ran the 4th fastest time in Western States history with an18:08:06 for 21st overall. Bosio also beat Ann Trason’s 18 to 29 age group record by 25 minutes.
Dave Mackey of Boulder, Colorado broke the master’s record with a 15:53:56, for fourth place. The top 6 men finished under 16 hours this year. 148 runners broke the 24 hour time and 82% of the field finished this year.
|Ellie Greenwood at the finish with race director Greg Soderlund.|