This weekend is the running of the Western States Endurance Run. For ultra/trail runners, this race is Mecca. The race, a point-to-point trail run through the Sierra Nevadas, winds from Squaw Valley ski area to Auburn, California, up and down through canyons and tough trails. It's tough to qualify for, tough to get in, and, of course, tough to finish.
Today hundreds of runners from around the world compete in a lottery for a spot in this historic race, one of the oldest ultramarathons in the world. All told, runners climb 18,000 feet and descend 22,000 feet. Even though every runner in this race is a veteran trail runner, not all will finish. But those who do will earn the coveted belt buckle! (That's right, all that preparation, pain, and commitment for a belt buckle!)
North Texas Trail Runners are running. Drew Meyer, who was so encouraging as I tried to finish at Cross Timbers, will be there, as will 2 others from NTTR. Here's to a strong finish for them!