Jim Walmsley breaks the Western States 100 record by over 15 minutes on a baking hot day
We posted on Tuesday that even with the forecasted hot weather, Jim Walmsley was going to break the course record set in 2012 by Timothy Olsen who clocked 14:46:44. For two years now, Walmsley’s public declaration that he will not only try and break the famous 100-mile course record but trim more than 45 minutes off it has bought him massive attention. Fast forward to this year's race. Jim hit the 85.2 mile mark in 12 hours 16 minutes. Could he hold on for 15 more miles? The temperature in Auburn, California where the race finishes at 6pm was 96 degrees. That was still a lot of miles in that kind of heat. At Pointed Rocks (94.3 miles) he was still trying to hold it together. He ran 10:50 pace for that 3.7 mile split. It was hot. Meanwhile Courtney Dauwalter continued to lead the women hitting 79.8 miles in 13 hours 48 minutes. Course records were still possible. Jim passed the 96.8 mile check point at No Hands Bridge and ran right on through without stopping. He was 14 minutes ahead of the course record still. Courtney was 33 minutes ahead of course record at mile 80 with Lucy Bartholomew in second place some miles back. Frenchman Francois Dhaene was in second place at 90.7 miles about an hour behind the leader. Reliable reports told I Run Far that Jim was delayed for about ten minutes by a bear with cubs along the trail at around 95 miles. He passed the Robie Point check point (98.9 miles) running 8:11 pace now knowing he was going to finally win the Western States 100 and maybe still set the course record. He kept it together and went on to win clocking 14:30:04 on a baking hot day, taking over 15 minutes off the course record.
posted Saturday June 23rd