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If you are a geek and really like numbers, this page is for you. It is mostly a collection of statistics by Tropical John Medinger, but there are also others who have and will contribute to this page. If you have other suggestions for content or have something geeky that others might be interested in, let us know.

Top Finish Times

Here are the all-time top 100 times for men and women from 1986 onward.

All-time Top 100 Men

All-time Top 100 Men

1Jim Walmsley28AZ201814:30:04
2Timothy Olson28OR201214:46:44
3Rob Krar38AZ201514:48:59
4Rob Krar - 237AZ201414:53:22
5Ryan Sandes30ZAF201215:03:56
6Geoff Roes34AK201015:07:04
7Anton Krupicka26CO201015:13:52
8Timothy Olson - 229OR201315:17:27
9Seth Swanson36MT201515:17:28
10Seth Swanson - 235MT201415:19:39
11Rob Krar - 336AZ201315:22:05
12Kilian Jornet23ESP201115:34:24
13Scott Jurek30WA200415:36:27
14Dylan Bowman28CA201415:36:41
15Jared Hazen20CO201515:37:55
16Mike Wolfe33MT201115:38:29
17Andrew Miller20OR201615:39:36
18Mike Morton25VA199715:40:41
19Gediminas Grinius35LTU201515:40:55
20Nick Clark38CO201215:44:09
21Max King34OR201415:44:45
22Mike Morton - 241FL201315:45:21
23Ryan Sandes - 232ZAF201415:46:59
24Ian Sharman33CA201415:47:50
25Nick Clark - 237CO201115:50:23
26Dave Mackey42CO201215:53:36
27Alex Varner28CA201415:53:42
28Tom Johnson32CA199115:54:05
29Ian Sharman - 231OR201215:54:38
30Francois D'Haene32FRA201815:54:53
31Jez Bragg30GBR201115:55:08
32Thomas Lorblanchet35FRA201515:56:32
33Brendan Davies37AUS201415:56:49
34Zeke Tiernan36CO201215:57:59
35Scott Jurek - 229WA200316:01:18
36Dylan Bowman - 226CO201216:03:24
37Kilian Jornet - 222ESP201016:04:50
38Jorge Maravilla34CA201216:05:30
39Nick Clark - 336CO201016:05:56
40Tsuyoshi Kaburaki42JPN201116:07:04
41Mark Hammond33UT201816:08:59
42Hal Koerner31OR200716:12:16
43Joe Uhan34OR201216:13:14
44Didrik Hermansen36NOR201616:16:08
45Neal Gorman35VA201216:18:40
46Timothy Olson - 327OR201116:18:42
47Scott Jurek - 328WA200216:19:10
48Ryan Sandes - 335ZAF201716:19:37
49Brett Rivers32CA201416:20:06
50Ian Sharman - 332CA201316:20:25
51Ian Sharman - 437OR201816:23:32
52Brian Purcell32CA198816:24:00
53Hal Koerner - 233OR200916:24:55
54Dave Mackey - 234CO200416:30:17
55Jeff Browning44OR201616:30:40
56Dylan Bowman27CA201316:32:18
57Graham Cooper41CA201116:34:41
58Julien Chorier34FRA201516:34:43
59Dave Mackey - 341CO201116:36:21
60Jesse Haynes41CA201416:36:42
61Erik Skaden35CA200716:36:49
62Chuck Jones27CA198616:37:47
63Scott Jurek - 427WA200116:38:30
64Tom Johnson - 231CA199016:38:52
65Brian Purcell - 235CA199116:39:08
66Andy Jones-Wilkins43ID201116:39:20
67Thomas Lorblanchet - 236FRA201616:39:55
68Ian Sharman - 530CA201116:40:19
69Scott Jurek - 531WA200516:40:46
70David Riddle30OH201216:42:55
71Yassine Diboun33OR201216:43:01
72Ian Sharman - 634OR201516:44:27
73Jeff Browning46UT201816:45:29
74Jez Bragg - 233GBR201416:45:36
75Dan Olmstead39OR201116:45:45
76Thomas Crawford31CA201216:46:08
77Jim Pellon36CA198616:48:19
78Sim Jae-duk42KOR201116:48:22
79Alex Nichols32CO201716:48:23
80Tim Twietmeyer35CA199416:51:01
81Tsuyoshi Kaburaki - 240JPN200916:52:06
82Mark Hammond - 232UT201716:52:37
83Paul Giblin38GBR201616:53:20
84Zach Bitter26WI201216:53:28
85Mark Brotherton32CA198916:53:39
86Tim Twietmeyer - 233CA199216:54:16
87Kyle Pietari31CO201816:54:23
88Jez Bragg - 328GBR200916:54:35
89Cody Reed26AZ201816:54:49
90Ian Sharman - 735OR201616:55:11
91Zachariah Miller34MT201016:55:17
92Shunsuke Okunomiya32JPN201116:56:18
93Nick Clark - 439CO201316:56:23
94Jasper Halekas33CA200916:56:25
95Glen Redpath45NY201116:57:58
96Chris Price33CA201416:58:34
97Charlie Ware32AZ201816:59:17
98Kevin Sullivan38MA200916:59:36
99David Laney26OR201517:01:37
100Chris Mocko30CA201617:01:47

All-time Top 100 Women

All-time Top 100 Women

1Ellie Greenwood33BC201216:47:19
2Courtney Dauwalter33CO201817:27:00
3Ann Trason33CA199417:37:51
4Ellie Greenwood - 232AB201117:55:29
5Kaci Lickteig29NE201617:57:59
6Stephanie Howe Violett30OR201418:01:42
7Rory Bosio27CA201218:08:06
8Nikki Kimball36MT200718:12:37
9Ann Trason - 231CA199218:14:48
10Ann Trason - 341CA200218:16:26
11Kami Semick44OR201118:17:34
12Nikki Kimball - 240MT201118:17:39
13Aliza Lapierre32VT201218:18:29
14Tracy Garneau42BC201118:22:15
15Anita Ortiz45CO200918:24:17
16Krissy Moehl34CO201218:29:15
17Larisa Dannis26NH201418:29:18
18Ann Trason - 430CA199118:29:37
19Nikki Kimball - 341MT201218:31:39
20Emma Davies37CA200218:32:17
21Lizzy Hawker36CHE201218:32:20
22Ann Trason - 529CA199018:33:02
23Ann Trason - 640CA200118:33:34
24Ann Trason - 742CA200318:36:03
25Rory Bosio - 226CA201118:37:17
26Pam Smith38OR201318:37:21
27Annette Bednosky38NC200518:39:02
28Ann Trason - 834CA199518:40:01
29Kaytlyn Gerbin29WA201818:40:59
30Nikki Kimball - 433MT200418:43:25
31Nathalie Mauclair43FRA201418:43:57
32Aliza Lapierre - 231VT201118:45:25
33Ann Trason - 937CA199818:46:16
34Ann Trason - 1028CA198918:47:46
35Meghan Arobgast50OR201118:50:19
36Kathy D'Onofrio23CA198818:52:40
37Amy Sproston42OR201618:54:44
38Ann Trason - 1135CA199618:57:36
39Lucy Bartholomew22AUS201818:59:45
40Tracy Garneau - 241BC201019:01:55
41Magdalena Boulet41CA201519:05:21
42Ann Trason - 1232CA199319:05:22
43Emma Davies - 236CA200119:09:34
44Tina Lewis39CO201219:09:49
45Devon Yanko34CA201619:10:08
46Pam Smith - 239OR201419:10:42
47Amy Sproston - 238OR201219:11:02
48Meghan Arbogast - 249OR201019:15:58
49Beverley Anderson-Abbs41CA200519:16:26
50Amanda Basham28UT201819:17:59
51Ann Trason - 1336CA199719:19:49
52Kaci Lickteig - 228NE201519:20:31
53Nikki Kimball - 542MT201319:21:43
54Nikki Kimball - 639MT201019:23:09
55Amy Sproston - 339OR201319:25:11
56Krissy Moehl - 231WA200919:26:02
57Ashley Nordell32OR201219:26:30
58Nikki Kimball - 735MT200619:26:51
59Meghan Arbogast - 352OR201319:30:50
60Beverley Anderson-Abbs - 243CA200719:31:18
61Cat Bradley25CO201719:31:30
62Rory Bosio - 325CA201019:32:07
63Emma Davies - 338CA200319:32:33
64Stephanie Howe Violett - 231OR201519:32:58
65Caren Spore42CA201019:34:29
66Amy Sproston - 437OR201119:36:19
67Luanne Park43CA200419:42:40
68Cecilia Flori37NZL201819:42:55
69Aliza Lapierre - 335VT201519:43:22
70Ann Trason - 1439CA200019:44:42
71Meghan Arbogast - 451OR201219:45:24
72Stephanie Howe Violett - 334OR201819:46:04
73Camelia Mayfield25OR201819:46:57
74Becky Wheeler36WY201119:46:54
75Magdalena Boulet - 243CA201719:49:15
76Nikki Kimball - 843MT201419:51:31
77Rory Bosio - 428CA201319:52:09
78Beverley Anderson-Abbs - 345CA200919:53:14
79Aliza Lapierre - 438VT201819:58:17
80Becky Wheeler - 235WY201019:58:40
81Karine Herry37FRA200519:58:47
82Corinne Malcolm28WA201820:01:06
83Kate Elliott32CA201820:04:38
84Aliza Lapierre - 533VT201320:04:46
85Kaci Lickteig - 327NE201420:07:10
86Luanne Park - 242CA200320:10:33
87Beverley Anderson-Abbs - 442CA200620:10:36
88Amanda Basham26CO201620:11:39
89Sabrina Stanley27CO201720:11:41
90Emma Roca41ESP201520:12:00
91Karine Herry - 239FRA200720:12:39
92Kathy D'Onofrio - 224CA198920:17:52
93Suzi Leon38CA200320:18:44
94Denise Bourassa44OR201420:19:30
95Joelle Vaught35ID201020:19:38
96Nicole Studer33TX201520:19:56
97Carol O'Hear29WA200420:24:13
98Alissa St. Laurent31AB201620:27:11
99Emilie Lecomte39FRA201820:27:17
100Sally McRae36CA201520:27:33

All-Time Fastest Splits

Western States 100 Fastest All-Time Splits
SectionMen  Women 
Start to Red Star RidgeTim Ball, 19892:19Lizzy Hawker, 20122:31
(mile 0.0 to 16.0)Hal Koerner, 20092:23Anita Ortiz, 20092:41
Dave Mackey, 20092:23Rory Bosio, 20122:41
Ellie Greenwood, 20122:41
Red Star Ridge to Robinson FlatJim Walmsley, 20161:54Lizzy Hawker, 20122:15
(mile 16.0 to 30.3)Jim Walmsley, 20171:55Ann Trason, 19902:16
Tim Ball, 19891:56Magdalena Boulet, 20152:16
Sage Canaday, 20161:56
Robinson Flat to Last ChanceJim Walmsley, 20171:33YiOu Wang, 20171:52
(mile 30.3 to 43.3)Jim Walmsley, 20161:35Stephanie Howe, 20141:53
Sage Canaday, 20161:36Kaci Lickteig, 20161:55
Last Chance to Devil's ThumbMark Brotherton, 19890:46Ann Trason, 19890:53
(mile 43.3 to 47.8)Kilian Jornet, 20110:47Ann Trason, 19900:54
Jim Walmsley, 20170:47Ann Trason, 19920:55
Devil's Thumb to Michigan BluffTom Johnson, 19911:13Ellie Greenwood, 20121:18
(mile 47.8 to 55.7)Jim Walmsley, 20161:14Ann Trason, 19941:23
Eric Clifton, 19911:17Ann Trason, 19981:26
Timothy Olson, 20121:17
Michigan Bluff to ForesthillJim Walmsley, 20160:51Ellie Greenwood, 20121:00
(mile 55.7 to 62.0)Kilian Jornet, 20100:52Ann Trason, 19941:01
Rob Krar, 20140:53Ann Trason, 19931:03
Foresthill to River CrossingRob Krar, 20142:03Ann Trason, 19982:33
(mile 62.0 to 78.0)Rob Krar, 20152:07Ann Trason, 19942:35
Jim Walmsley, 20162:10Ellie Greenwood, 20122:36
River Crossing to Highway 49Rob Krar, 20152:13Ellie Greenwood, 20122:49
(mile 78.0 to 93.5)Timothy Olson, 20122:16Ann Trason, 19943:01
Rob Krar, 20142:17Krissy Moehl, 20123:02
Highway 49 to FinishJim Howard, 19830:56Ellie Greenwood, 20111:07
(mile 93.5 to 100.2)Rob Krar, 20130:57Ellie Greenwood, 20121:10
Timothy Olson, 20120:58Kaci Lickteig, 20151:12
Jared Hazen, 20150:58

Ranking Years by Difficulty

Median finish times 1986 and onward. It should be noted that both 1995 and 1998 the finish time cutoff was extended to 32 hours. While those years were arguably very difficult they do skew the median times.

YearMedian TimeRank 
199528:15:001<--- Hardest
201224:48:2931<--- Easiest

Diamond Groups

Here is an interesting way to help you determine what splits you might want to target.  This idea came from The Great Ed Willson of Eugene, OR and coded by Julie Schulte. The splits for each segment are separated into finish hour groups. Let’s say you want to run 22-23 hours. You can look at the splits that the 22-23 hour finishers ran. Outliers to the positive ran slower for that segment that other 22-23 hour finishers, while outliers to the negative ran faster than the group. The perfect split for your time goal may be right in the middle of your diamond group.

Ed Willson’s Diamond Charts

Runner Surveys

Beginning in 2014, there has been an independent survey conducted by ultralive.net as runners go through check-in the day before the race in Squaw Valley. Participation is completely voluntary.



Mathematical analysis of lottery by Ryan Witko.


The Statistical Guide to a Silver Buckle by Ryan Witko.