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.
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.
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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.