Tom Johnson 15:54:05 and Ann Trason 18:29:07 repeated their impressive wins, each establishing a new course record. Perhaps no other athlete has accomplished so much and remained so little-known. It was clear in the weeks before the event that, not only would manning the aid station at Lyon Ridge be unworkable, but that access to Robinson Flat would remain blocked as well, despite heroic efforts by Placer County personnel to clear the roadway in. Over 400 runners were lined up on sixth and main street to start the Leadville 100. My helmet had been split in two andnumerous cuts around my eyes had required many stitches.
In truth, these debates are endless. I'm not a Zen person, so this is really weird for me. Thus it was in the 1994 Leadville Trail 100, when word of Juan Herrera's dash up Sugarloaf and past Ann Trason began reaching the aid station at May Queen even before he did. From a non-entrant's perspective, then, the journey becomes a series of vignettes, separated by large gaps of time filled with waiting, wondering, worrying. All five Tarahumara dropped out before the halfway point. .
Al año siguiente trató de sacarse la espina, pero esta vez la deshidratación —otra vez— volvió a impedir que completara el recorrido. Or, more often in recent years, letting them bark in frustration at her heels. Lo que ella hacía no era solo correr, era buscar la sintonía con su cuerpo. Ese mismo año nacía la versión de las cien millas para mountain bike, a la que han acudido míticas figuras como el hoy denostado Lance Armstrong. Men's muscle strength will always give them an advantage over women at short and medium distances, but certain aspects of women's anatomy - lighter bones, better fat metabolism, more estrogen - can help women in the long haul. The problem, it turned out, was an unfamiliarity with the trail and the strange ways of the North.
Bob Lind was the first official M. Tal vez por eso después de diez años sin hacerlo Ann volvió a correr una prueba de 100 millas. Some years went by, I had two babies, and we moved away from Kensington to a place near Oakland, so I rarely saw Ann anymore. Heading up the long climb to Hope Pass on the return trip, her husband Carl now along as pacer pacers are permitted even encouraged, during the last 50 miles at Leadville , Trason climbed steadily through the aspens and rockslides to the rarefied air above treeline. Durante los últimos diez años no ha parado de dar pedaladas y para su cincuenta cumpleaños se regaló algo muy especial: cruzar América en bici. Pero la legendaria edición de 1994 ha pasado a la historia por el duelo que sostuvieron esta tribu y la mejor ultrafondista de la historia: Ann Trason, que fue la única capaz de plantar cara a los tarahumaras. The Indians stood shyly at aid stations, waiting to be offered food.
It seems that they forgot to tell the Tarahumaras that the race was only 42 kilometers long. In fact, her husband informs me later, she set a course record. Why does she push herself so hard? The runners used this station to discard or exchange items of clothing. You could tell by looking at them that they are amazing athletes, but you have no clue about just how amazing. Ante sí tenía la posibilidad de ganar la Western a los hombres de una vez por todas.
What you are not ready for, though, is the race. The Indians stood shyly at aid stations, waiting to be offered food. They don't do that in the marathon. Aunque ejerce con gusto ayudando a los demás, su alma le pide estar ahí sobre el terreno, con las zapatillas puestas y el dorsal en el pecho. Then a friend took me to the Western States course and the first 30 miles changed my life.
The Raramuri eatthe three Ps every chance they get. The night before the race, it looked like the gringo promoter was goingto take his Indians and leave. Owing to relatively benign weather, no snow, and the continued diversion around Duncan Canyon, there were many personal bests with 76% of the field finishing, highest in the history of the Run. Trason had lost all of her fire, and she needed to be coaxed over the last few miles. With beautiful weather, just enough snow to be picturesque, and a high rate of completion, 1996 was another banner year for Western States. Here they came,descending the mountain, in almost the same order that they had arrived the last I saw them; la Bruja in firstplace, this time followed by Juan, Martimiano, and the rest of the Raramuri, then a large gap before the othertop Americans began to appear. Bjorg Austrheim-Smith was the first woman.
To be sure Ann Trason was among the first leaders to pass. When I tired, I would get a room for about adollar, jump in the lake to bath, relax and munch out on tropical fruit and an assortment of other goodies therest of the evening. That was an intense competition between two of the best ever. Lickteig, who knew she would be in for a battle with defending champion Magdalena Boulet, also ran a strong and steady race, taking over the lead for good after Red Star Ridge mile 16 when Boulet withdrew due to illness. There would be a very strong field all around for this race, a breakthrough year for Leadville.
Arrancamos a -6 grados y muy ventoso. A friend who knew more about running told me that Ann was the Western States champ. They started an all-girls program. Twelve women finished in under 24 hours, more than ever before. Over half of the starters will not finish and will have to suffer sleep interrupted by the loudspeaker announcing those who did. .
The carbonation from the Coke had caused a huge gaspocket of a stomach ache; Martimiano was hurting. En aquellos tiempos la bióloga promediaba seis ultramaratones al año y ganó 20 carreras. Con 20 años Ann Trason admiraba a Sally Ewards, una de las primeras atletas del mundo en completar un Ironman y ganadora de la Western States. Or so the theory goes. Ray Piva, age 71, became the oldest finisher on record, and 70-years-young Link Lindquist and Beacham Toler each completed the race as well. Also, many of theAmerican runners were thrilled by the return of these beautiful and unique people.