The following email was sent to all 2013 WS runners on 5/16/13.
Race day continues to approach, coming at us in 43 days. I hope your training is going well and you’re feeling good about running from Squaw Valley to Auburn on June 29. I know anticipation may be high for you whether this is your first or 51st 100 miler. There are a lot of things for you to absorb so hopefully this update #3 will provide you with some information that is helpful and will ease some of the anxiousness.
The starter database is complete, bib numbers have been assigned, and the count stands at 411. If for whatever reason, you decide not to start the race, please let me know.
For going on 40 years, Western States has set the standard for medical care of its runners. We are very proud of our medical infrastructure. In addition to the start and finish there are ten medical checkpoints along the way. These are staffed with doctors, paramedics, nurses, etc. They are there to help you get to the finish. Your weight, pulse and blood pressure will be taken pre-race on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and recorded on your wristband. When you get to one of the medical checkpoints, your weight will be taken. Recent research suggests that modest 3-5% weight loss during prolonged exercise is required for maintenance of appropriate hydration. Excessive weight loss suggests dehydration. Weight gain suggests fluid retention and in some cases may be associated with a serious medical condition (hyponatremia). How the runner feels and looks and his or her mental status is more important to the medical staff than a number on a scale.
Be sure to read the Medical and Other Risks from the WSER website. It has been updated to reflect the most recent research.
There are lots of pre-race activities up at Squaw Valley. In addition to the regular WS sponsored clinics and activities, there is the Montrail 6K Uphill Challenge on Friday at 10:00 a.m. This is the second year for this event and if last year is any indication it will be popular again. No entry fee.
On Thursday evening after the WS Veteran’s Panel Discussion, the Squaw Valley Institute is presenting a talk by Diane Van Deren who, after a lobectomy in 1997 to stave off epileptic seizures, was left without the ability to understand the passage of time. Diane’s story is one of overcoming challenges that most ultra runners would have difficulty even imagining. This talk costs $10 with the proceeds going to the non-profit Squaw Valley Institute. You can purchase tickets online from Squaw Valley Institute at the link above or buy them at the door.
In addition, two-time Western States 100 women’s champion, women’s course record holder and Montrail athlete Ellie Greenwood will be signing posters at Alpenglow sports (415 North Lake Blvd) from 2-3 p.m. followed by a fun run and Montrail Shoe Demos from 3-6 p.m.
Race Day Webcast
Once again we will have close to real-time updates on race day via ultralive.net so your fans, family and friends can follow your progress. Webcast features include:
- New look for webcast
- Runners and general spectators can sign up for email/sms updates
- Runners can activate Facebook wall posts of their splits if they want to
- Runners can activate Twitter updates of splits
These features will be available the first week of June. Check the wser.org site for any news/updates for the live webcast.
The WS online store is open for business under new management by Fleet Feet Sacramento. Look for many new items to become available in the next weeks. In addition to the online store, the store will be physically open at the Memorial Weekend training runs and up at Squaw Valley.
Montrail Ultra Cup
Western States is the final Montrail Ultra Cup event and the competition is heating up! Check the website for standings through Leona Divide. Standings after Ice Age will be updated in a week, so check back then if you made it over to Ice Age. Keep in the loop by following Montrail on Facebook and reading the blog.
Enjoy the last month or so of training. We’ll see many of you Memorial Day weekend.
Craig Thornley, Race Director