Jared Hazen, 24 just beat his best friend Jim Walmsley’s 2018 course record at Western States 100-mile Endurance Run (WSER). 17 minutes after Walmsley crossed the finish line at the 2019 WSER, slaughtering his previous course record by 21 minutes–his best friend, training partner, and roommate Hazen did the same. Hazen’s unofficial time is 14:26:46 and Walmsley’s is 14:09:28.
“We really just elevate each other.” said Hazen, minutes after finishing his race.
Walmsley was eight to 10 minutes ahead for most of the day. “That was motivation to keep hammering as hard as I could. We train really hard. We take it really seriously. We keep each other accountable.” Explains Hazen.
The top three men, Walmsley, Hazen, and United Kingdom’s Tom Evans just broke 15-hours. In the race’s 46 year history, this has only been accomplished by three other men: Jim King in 1984, Tim Olson in 2012, and Rob Krar in 2014 and 2015.