Race schedules have been finalized, and many of us are beginning new training cycles. In Canada, this means our mileage is increasing alongside the cold weather. Despite our best intentions, January can be a tough month for motivation. Focusing on your why or purpose in running is one way to get to the start line strong and healthy. In Billy Yang’s film Before your next 100 mile race, he evokes emotions that keep us coming back to the sport of trail and ultrarunning. The film features the highs and lows of the iconic Western States 100 mile race in California, and reminds us of the unifying reasons we head to start lines in the first place. Whether you’re toeing the line, or about to run in a blizzard, this video is like a Western States Golden Ticket to staying motivated. Watch it before your next race (or workout).