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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

1Timothy Olson28OR201214:46:44
2Rob Krar38AZ201514:48:59
3Rob Krar - 237AZ201414:53:22
4Ryan Sandes30ZAF201215:03:56
5Geoff Roes34AK201015:07:04
6Anton Krupicka26CO201015:13:52
7Timothy Olson - 229OR201315:17:27
8Seth Swanson36MT201515:17:28
9Seth Swanson - 235MT201415:19:39
10Rob Krar - 336AZ201315:22:05
11Kilian Jornet23ESP201115:34:24
12Scott Jurek30WA200415:36:27
13Dylan Bowman28CA201415:36:41
14Jared Hazen20CO201515:37:55
15Mike Wolfe33MT201115:38:29
16Andrew Miller20OR201615:39:36
17Mike Morton25VA199715:40:41
18Gediminas Grinius35LTU201515:40:55
19Nick Clark38CO201215:44:09
20Max King34OR201415:44:45
21Mike Morton - 241FL201315:45:21
22Ryan Sandes - 232ZAF201415:46:59
23Ian Sharman33CA201415:47:50
24Nick Clark - 237CO201115:50:23
25Dave Mackey42CO201215:53:36
26Alex Varner28CA201415:53:42
27Tom Johnson32CA199115:54:05
28Ian Sharman - 231OR201215:54:38
29Jez Bragg30GBR201115:55:08
30Thomas Lorblanchet35FRA201515:56:32
31Brendan Davies37AUS201415:56:49
32Zeke Tiernan36CO201215:57:59
33Scott Jurek - 229WA200316:01:18
34Dylan Bowman - 226CO201216:03:24
35Kilian Jornet - 222ESP201016:04:50
36Jorge Maravilla34CA201216:05:30
37Nick Clark - 336CO201016:05:56
38Tsuyoshi Kaburaki42JPN201116:07:04
39Hal Koerner31OR200716:12:16
40Joe Uhan34OR201216:13:14
41Didrik Hermansen36NOR201616:16:08
42Neal Gorman35VA201216:18:40
43Timothy Olson - 327OR201116:18:42
44Scott Jurek - 328WA200216:19:10
45Ryan Sandes - 335ZAF201716:19:37
46Brett Rivers32CA201416:20:06
47Ian Sharman - 332CA201316:20:25
48Brian Purcell32CA198816:24:00
49Hal Koerner - 233OR200916:24:55
50Dave Mackey - 234CO200416:30:17
51Jeff Browning44OR201616:30:40
52Dylan Bowman27CA201316:32:18
53Graham Cooper41CA201116:34:41
54Julien Chorier34FRA201516:34:43
55Dave Mackey - 341CO201116:36:21
56Jesse Haynes41CA201416:36:42
57Erik Skaden35CA200716:36:49
58Chuck Jones27CA198616:37:47
59Scott Jurek - 427WA200116:38:30
60Tom Johnson - 231CA199016:38:52
61Brian Purcell - 235CA199116:39:08
62Andy Jones-Wilkins43ID201116:39:20
63Thomas Lorblanchet - 236FRA201616:39:55
64Ian Sharman - 430CA201116:40:19
65Scott Jurek - 531WA200516:40:46
66David Riddle30OH201216:42:55
67Yassine Diboun33OR201216:43:01
68Jez Bragg - 233GBR201416:45:36
69Ian Sharman - 534OR201516:44:27
70Dan Olmstead39OR201116:45:45
71Thomas Crawford31CA201216:46:08
72Jim Pellon36CA198616:48:19
73Sim Jae-duk42KOR201116:48:22
74Alex Nichols32CO201716:48:23
75Tim Twietmeyer35CA199416:51:01
76Tsuyoshi Kaburaki - 240JPN200916:52:06
77Mark Hammond32UT201716:52:37
78Paul Giblin38GBR201616:53:20
79Zach Bitter26WI201216:53:28
80Mark Brotherton32CA198916:53:39
81Tim Twietmeyer - 233CA199216:54:16
82Jez Bragg - 328GBR200916:54:35
83Ian Sharman - 635OR201616:55:11
84Zachariah Miller34MT201016:55:17
85Shunsuke Okunomiya32JPN201116:56:18
86Nick Clark - 439CO201316:56:23
87Jasper Halekas33CA200916:56:25
88Glen Redpath45NY201116:57:58
89Chris Price33CA201416:58:34
90Kevin Sullivan38MA200916:59:36
91David Laney26OR201517:01:37
92Chris Mocko30CA201617:01:47
93Peter Findlay32BC199117:02:59
94Kyle Pietari29MA201617:05:01
95Gary Robbins33BC201017:06:20
96Tim Twietmeyer - 330CA198917:06:51
97Andy Jones-Wilkins - 237CA200517:07:14
98Christopher DeNucci36CA201617:07:57
99Tom Johnson - 334CA199317:08:34
100Glen Redpath - 244NY201017:10:06

All-time Top 100 Women

All-time Top 100 Women

1Ellie Greenwood33BC201216:47:19
2Ann Trason33CA199417:37:51
3Ellie Greenwood - 232AB201117:55:29
4Kaci Lickteig29NE201617:57:59
5Stephanie Howe30OR201418:01:42
6Rory Bosio27CA201218:08:06
7Nikki Kimball36MT200718:12:37
8Ann Trason - 231CA199218:14:48
9Ann Trason - 341CA200218:16:26
10Kami Semick44OR201118:17:34
11Nikki Kimball - 240MT201118:17:39
12Aliza Lapierre32VT201218:18:29
13Tracy Garneau42BC201118:22:15
14Anita Ortiz45CO200918:24:17
15Krissy Moehl34CO201218:29:15
16Larisa Dannis26NH201418:29:18
17Ann Trason - 430CA199118:29:37
18Nikki Kimball - 341MT201218:31:39
19Emma Davies37CA200218:32:17
20Lizzy Hawker36CHE201218:32:20
21Ann Trason - 529CA199018:33:02
22Ann Trason - 640CA200118:33:34
23Ann Trason - 742CA200318:36:03
24Rory Bosio - 226CA201118:37:17
25Pam Smith38OR201318:37:21
26Annette Bednosky38NC200518:39:02
27Ann Trason - 834CA199518:40:01
28Nikki Kimball - 433MT200418:43:25
29Nathalie Mauclair43FRA201418:43:57
30Aliza Lapierre - 231VT201118:45:25
31Ann Trason - 937CA199818:46:16
32Ann Trason - 1028CA198918:47:46
33Meghan Arobgast50OR201118:50:19
34Kathy D'Onofrio23CA198818:52:40
35Amy Sproston42OR201618:54:44
36Ann Trason - 1135CA199618:57:36
37Tracy Garneau - 241BC201019:01:55
38Magdalena Boulet41CA201519:05:21
39Ann Trason - 1232CA199319:05:22
40Emma Davies - 236CA200119:09:34
41Tina Lewis39CO201219:09:49
42Devon Yanko34CA201619:10:08
43Pam Smith - 239OR201419:10:42
44Amy Sproston - 238OR201219:11:02
45Meghan Arbogast - 249OR201019:15:58
46Beverley Anderson-Abbs41CA200519:16:26
47Ann Trason - 1336CA199719:19:49
48Kaci Lickteig - 228NE201519:20:31
49Nikki Kimball - 542MT201319:21:43
50Nikki Kimball - 639MT201019:23:09
51Amy Sproston - 339OR201319:25:11
52Krissy Moehl - 231WA200919:26:02
53Ashley Nordell32OR201219:26:30
54Nikki Kimball - 735MT200619:26:51
55Meghan Arbogast - 352OR201319:30:50
56Beverley Anderson-Abbs - 243CA200719:31:18
57Cat Bradley25CO201719:31:30
58Rory Bosio - 325CA201019:32:07
59Emma Davies - 338CA200319:32:33
60Stephanie Howe - 231OR201519:32:58
61Caren Spore42CA201019:34:29
62Amy Sproston - 437OR201119:36:19
63Luanne Park43CA200419:42:40
64Aliza Lapierre - 335VT201519:43:22
65Ann Trason - 1439CA200019:44:42
66Meghan Arbogast - 451OR201219:45:24
67Becky Wheeler36WY201119:46:54
68Magdalena Boulet - 243CA201719:49:15
69Nikki Kimball - 843MT201419:51:31
70Rory Bosio - 428CA201319:52:09
71Beverley Anderson-Abbs - 345CA200919:53:14
72Becky Wheeler - 235WY201019:58:40
73Karine Herry37FRA200519:58:47
74Aliza Lapierre - 433VT201320:04:46
75Kaci Lickteig - 327NE201420:07:10
76Luanne Park - 242CA200320:10:33
77Beverley Anderson-Abbs - 442CA200620:10:36
78Amanda Basham26CO201620:11:39
79Sabrina Stanley27CO201720:11:41
80Emma Roca41ESP201520:12:00
81Karine Herry - 239FRA200720:12:39
82Kathy D'Onofrio - 224CA198920:17:52
83Suzi Leon38CA200320:18:44
84Denise Bourassa44OR201420:19:30
85Joelle Vaught35ID201020:19:38
86Nicole Studer33TX201520:19:56
87Carol O'Hear29WA200420:24:13
88Alissa St. Laurent31AB201620:27:11
89Sally McRae36CA201520:27:33
90Denise Bourassa - 242OR201220:28:10
91Emily Harrison27AZ201320:28:40
92Meghan Arbogast - 555CA201620:30:11
93Caren Spore - 239CA200720:36:09
94Jenny Capel39NV201220:36:19
95Diana Fitzpatrick46CA200420:38:16
96Bethany Patterson37VA201620:40:42
97Pam Smith - 336OR201120:40:48
98Sue Summerhays-King34CA198820:41:27
99Annette Bednosky - 243NC201020:43:04
100Helen Cospolich34CO201120:44:50

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.