With the Western States Endurance Run, the oldest 100-miler in the world, set to go on Saturday morning, sit back and relax with these two newly-released documentaries on Jim Walmsley. The Flagstaff, Ariz.-based ultrarunner notably led, and was upwards of 30 minutes under course record pace, at the 2016 Western States Endurance Run before taking a wrong turn with less than 10 miles (16K) to go.
Both documentaries highlight Walmsley’s wrong turn that ruined his chances at winning. He persevered to finish 19th overall among men. Meanwhile, Billy Yang’s recent film, released back in March, focuses in on the women’s race from 2016 and is also a recommended watch ahead of the 2017 event.
Walmsley states on camera that he wants to win, and break the existing course record 14:46:44, at Saturday’s race from Squaw Valley to Auburn in California. He has even stated that sub-14:00:00 could be in the cards if all goes well.
Found on 49: The Story of Jim Walmsley
How One Wrong Turn Changed Jim Walmsley’s Career
Western States begins at 5 a.m. local time on Saturday morning and notably features Canadian Alissa St Laurent, who finished fifth in 2016.
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