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About Our Research Program

A need to formalize research activities at the Western States Endurance Run was recognized in 2005. In early 2006, the development of a Research Committee was approved by the Western States Board with the charge of:

  1. Assuring proper human studies requirements were being met
  2. Expanding funding opportunities
  3. Promoting greater quality and publishable research from the event
  4. Proposing specific lines of research

The Research Committee was developed, and research proposal submission processes and funding opportunities were made available beginning with the 2007 Western States Endurance Run. Through this initiative, the Western States Endurance Run supports basic, applied, clinical and behavioral research associated with the event. Research directly applicable to ultramarathon running, as well as research using the event as a model for other conditions, will be considered.

Listen to Dr Marty Hoffman talk to Dr Shawn Reardon about our research program.

Research Committee Scientific Members

Marty Hoffman, MD, FACSM, FAWM
Chief of PM&R, VA Northern California Health Care System and Professor of PM&R, University of California Davis
Sacramento, CA
Rob Shave

Rob Shave, PhD
Professor and Director of Research, Physiology and Health, Cardiff Metropolitan University
United Kingdom
Guillaume Millet

Kristin J. Stuempfle, PhD, ATC, FACSM
Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA
Bob Weiss

Robert H. Weiss, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of California Davis and Chief of Nephrology, VA Northern California Health Care System
Sacramento, CA
Ian Rogers

Ian Rogers, MBBS, FACEM
Professor of Emergency Medicine
St John of God Murdoch Hospital & University of Notre Dame
Perth, Western Australia

Want to Help Support our Research?

Good research doesn’t come cheap! But we get a lot out of each dollar we put towards research, as you can see from the list of research publications above. If you want to help with our advancement of new knowledge related to ultramarathon running, please consider a tax-deductible donation (WSER Tax ID #094-2902794). You can contact Dr. Marty Hoffman to make your donation and to discuss how your contribution will be used.

We thank the following…

Past corporate and individual sponsors of our research program.


Jose Suarez


Karsten Louis Solheim


Rossi Family Foundation

Sutter Health

Dr John Diana