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Bandera 100K attracts top Canadian women

Ailsa Macdonald and Arden Young will compete at the first Golden Ticket race of the year

The first Golden Ticket race of the decade takes place this weekend, and there’s a fantastic lineup of people going to Texas to kick the new year off right at the Bandera 100K, including two top-tier Canadian women. A Golden Ticket race is one in which the top two males and females get automatic entry into Western States, and anyone who finishes in 17 hours or under at this race gets a ticket for the WSER lottery.

Kat Drew at Bandera 100K in 2019. Photo: Michelle Ford

Last year, Kat Drew of Vancouver took third place, and went on to finish in the top 10 at Western States.

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This year, Ailsa Macdonald of St. Albert, Alta., who finished in the top 10 at UTMB-CCC in 2019, and 2018 Sinister 7 winner Arden Young of Calgary will toe the line.

The women’s field also includes Americans Amanda Basham (2nd at UTMB-CCC in 2019) and Cat Bradley (2nd at Leadville Trail 100 Mile in 2019).

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The men’s field includes Justin Grunewald, whose wife Gabe passed away last June after a long battle with cancer. Grunewald ran (and won) his first 50-miler in September, while raising $10,000 for the foundation the couple founded, Brave Like Gabe.

The full lineup can be found here.

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