On June 26, 2010, I had the opportunity to test myself in one of the toughest one day endurance events in the world, the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.
The Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100.2 miles. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn.
It was the hardest thing I've ever done, and I was happy to simply finish. Here's some video I shot along the way.