Western States offers three training runs to acquaint runners with the last 70 miles of the trail. It is recommended that each entrant, especially newcomers to Western States, take advantage of these runs as they will acquaint you with both the trail itself and the conditions you can expect to encounter on Race Day. There will be many runners participating in these runs who have considerable experience on the trail. They will be more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences.
You do NOT need to be a WS Runner to participate in the training runs.
Plan on carrying your own water and whatever supplies you may need. At least two water bottles and a fanny pack is recommended. Aid stations and bus service will be provided.
We will have cutoffs based on 30-hour 100-mile pace which is approximately 18 minute miles.
From the Foresthill Elementary School, we will provide bus transportation to Robinson Flat, a drive taking approximately 1 hour. You will run from Robinson Flat (depending on snow conditions) back to the FH Elementary School, a distance of approximately 32 miles. This section will acquaint you with the canyons and the two most difficult climbs of the entire Run (Devil's Thumb and Michigan Bluff). Depending on the weather, the run may also help acquaint you with the heat you are likely to experience in the canyons on Race Day. If we are unable to get to Robinson Flat, a substitute route over as much of the scheduled trail as possible will be run. The exact route of this training run will depend upon snow and weather conditions in the high country. Check-in begins at 5:45am. Buses will leave by 7:00am or sooner if they are full.
The second day, we will meet at the Foresthill Elementary School. From this location you will run the California Street section of trail. Departure time will be 8:30 a.m. A shuttle bus will return runners to the elementary school from Drivers Flat beginning at noon.
The third day, buses will transport you to the Green Gate (50-minute ride), where you will run the final 20 miles of the trail back to the finish line at Placer H.S. Buses leave from the High School at 8:30am.