Posted by: Joe English | June 28, 2008

Races: Western States 100 canceled due to wild fires

Numerous news sources on the Internet were reporting today that the Western States 100-mile endurance run, one of the premier events in ultra-running, has been canceled due to fires in the area of the course.

The Roseville Press Tribune had extensive coverage, stating:

Lightning, fire and smoke did what snow, heat and the test of time could not.

In a move unprecedented since the Western States Endurance Run’s first 100-mile trek from Squaw Valley to Auburn in 1977, the event was called off Wednesday.

Tim Twietmeyer, Western States Run board president, said air quality and safety were key reasons for the decision to cancel the run.

“It puts a pall on things but it’s the right thing to do in terms of safety and maintaining the integrity of the run,” Twietmeyer said.

What a bummer for all of those runners that have prepared for the event. You can read the entire article by clicking here.

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