Not a lot can be said about Jim Walmsley that hasn’t already been said. He is a 27 year old Ultra-marathoner from the United States. He was an incredible runner a Horizon High School in Scotsdale Arizona, at the Airforce Academy, and now he has become the golden cowboy of the ultra-world. He is public and his training and race data can be found on Strava.
Some Achievements: (from the Nathan Website)
- 2017: Tarawera Ultramarathon 100 Miler – 1st place, course record
- 2017: Gorge Waterfalls 100k – 1st place
- 2016: JFK 50 Miler – 1st place, course record
- 2016: Rim to Rim to Rim (R2R2R & R2R) Grand Canyon FKT – 5:55:02
- 2016: Stagecoach Line 55k -1st place
- 2016: Franklin Mountain 50k – 1st place, course record
- 2016: Lake Sonoma 50 Miler – 1st place, course record
- 2016: Moab’s Red Hot 55k – 1st place
- 2016: Bandera 100k – 1st place, course record
- 2015: JFK 50 Miler – 1st place
- 2014: JFK 50 Miler – 1st place
This weekend, June 24-25th, 2017 Walmsley will be competing in his second Western States Endurance Run and is considered a favourite to win. (The WSER 100 is “the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race” and “is one of the four 100-mile races that comprise the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, which also includes the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, and the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado”). At last year’s WSER after establishing an early lead and running most of the race well above Timothy Olsen’s course record time, Walmsley took a wrong turn. After realizing his mistake, t-boning a highway, he was face-to-face with a challenging puzzle; how to find the right pieces of mental and physical fortitude to finish the race. See the story in outside’s video:
Jim Walmsley should have no problem putting together a great race this weekend. There is a lot of pressure on him to do well. Expectations are high and based on this data on Strava he is more than ready. But we have seen in the past the puzzle of Ultramarathons not come together so easily. Remember Gary Robbins and the Barkley Marathons. I think fans are eager to follow Walmsley this weekend to see if he can finish on top and set a new course record. If you want to follow along you can do so on Ultralive, on twitter @WSER100, on Facebook, and of course irunfar will have some amazing coverage.
Local Manitoban runner Mallory Richard is running her first WSER 100. In irunfar’s 2017 Western States 100 Women’s Preview Mallory is considered one of the woman to watch.
- 2017 Ice Age 50 Mile – 1st place
- 2017 END-SURE 50 Km – 1st place, course record
- 2016 Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile – 1st place, course record
- 2015 Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile – 1st place
- 2015 Black Hills 100 Mile – 1st place
- 2015 Canadian Death Race – 3rd place
- 2015 Spruce Woods 50 Mile – 1st place
- 2015 Actif Epica 120 Km – 1st place
- 2014 Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile – 1st place
- 2014 Spruce Woods 100 Mile – 1st place
You can listen to an albeit awkward, but insightful interview with Mallory on the Rub Some Dirt On It Podcast. She is one of the nicest, humblest, and most powerful runners I have ever met. Have fun Mallory and go get that buckle. You deserve it.
Good luck to all runners at WSER 100 and around the world this weekend.