Karen Bonnett-Natraj was about as close as one could get to sneaking under the 30-hour cutoff at the Western States Endurance Run.
The 61-year-old, who at 248th is the last official finisher, completed the 100-mile (160K) event with less than 10 seconds to spare on Sunday morning. According to Ultra Live, her official time is 29:59:51. The final minute is known as the “Golden Minute” at the world’s oldest 100-mile endurance race. Lance Gilbert also finished within the golden minute clocking 29:59:07.
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More than 50 runners finished the Western States 100 within the final hour. Of the 369 starters of the race, 248 finished as there was a 33 per cent dropout rate, in part due to the heat.
According to Western States performance rules, “runners crossing the finish line after the 30-hour cutoff will not be listed as official finishers.” The event winners, Ryan Sandes and Cat Bradley, completed the race in 16:19:37 and 19:31:30, respectively.
The event began at 5 a.m. local time on Saturday morning in Squaw Valley, Calif. The finish line is located on the track at Placer High School in Auburn. The course was open until 11 a.m. PDT Sunday morning, which marked 30 hours from the gun.