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Western States 100: Canadian results

Kat Drew of Vancouver was the top Canadian in 2021

The much-anticipated return of the Western States 100, after being shut down by COVID last year, did not disappoint, with Jim Walmsley scoring his third straight victory, multiple women in the top 20 and an international female podium consisting of Beth Pascall (U.K.), Ruth Croft (New Zealand) and Ragna Debats (Netherlands). It was tricky for Canadians to contemplate traveling to the race, knowing they would have to isolate for 14 days upon their return, and only four toed the line.

RELATED: Jim Walmsley wins his third consecutive Western States 100, Beth Pascall wins the women’s race

Kat Drew, 34, of Vancouver, was the fastest Canadian this year, finishing in 53rd position overall. Drew had a big year in 2019, finishing eighth at Western States and scoring top finishes at the Chuckanut 50K and Canyons 100K. She also represented Canada at the IAU Trail World Championships in Portugal (for the second time) in June 2019. Drew received Canadian Running’s Golden Shoe Award for Trail Runner of the Year in 2019.

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Sarah Seads, 45, of Courtney, B.C. finished in 137th position in 28:33:23. This was Seads’ first time racing Western States and her first 100-miler.

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Marty Reed, 50, of West Vancouver, finished in 170th position in 29:28:29.

 

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Elliot Cardin of Bromont, Que. made it through at least 62 miles of the race before dropping out.

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