One America Ultra star has pocketed an extra $500.00 after selling his prize from this iconic California 100-miler.
Ultrarunner Jared Hazen has found a creative way to make an extra buck. The notable U.S. runner managed to sell his belt buckle won at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run for U.S. $519.09.
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The 20-year-old ultra star listed the belt buckle on Jan. 24 on eBay for U.S. $100. Those who are familiar with The Western States Endurance Run are aware of the prize– it’s awarded to runners who can run the 100-mile race in under 24 hours.
Last year, Hazen placed third in the event having run it in 15:37:55. Canada’s Rob Krar placed first for the second time in a row besting his previous time and running 14:48:59. Second was Seth Swanson who came in just over 20 minutes before Hazen. The belt which he is listing though was won at the 2014 event.
In his eBay description of the the prize, Hazen writes that the Western States 100 is “the oldest and most prestigious 100 mile footrace in the world. I earned the belt buckle at the 2014 race and have never worn it, it has no signs of wear,” he adds that its original value is over U.S. $300.
The 2016 running of this iconic ultra is on June 25-26, 2016.
The buckles are sterling silver and handcrafted meaning no two are absolutely identical. To see how these Western States 100 prizes are made, check out the video below.