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Ultra-runner Diane Van Deren to speak at Squaw Valley Institute event

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Diane Van Deren

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) will celebrate the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run with Diane Van Deren, one of the world’s top ultra-runners.

Van Deren will talk about the determination and skills involved in running this type of race. The Western States presentation with Van Deren takes place on Thursday, June 27, 6:30-9 p.m. in the Squaw Valley Conference Center.

Held just two days before the prestigious 100-mile race, the Institute’s Western States presentation is a perfect fit for racers, crew and anyone interested in extraordinary human accomplishment.

A former tennis pro and determined athlete, Van Deren suffers from brain seizures — an impairment with which she has learned to live, if not thrive.

Included in the lecture is an opportunity to attend and listen in on an exclusive Western States running clinic. Gordon Ansleigh (first person to ever run Western States), along with top female finisher Ellie Greenwood and veterans Andy Jones-Wilkins and Tim Twietmeyer will give insights into their own experiences and running techniques.

This clinic takes place from 5-6 p.m. in the Squaw Valley Conference Center, immediately preceding the lecture, and is open to racers and ticket holders.

Tickets are available online at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or in-store at Alpenglow Sports and the North Tahoe Visitors Center in Tahoe City.

Adults are $10 and students and kids under 18 are free. This SVI event runs in partnership with Girls on the Run.

Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run

The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is the world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race. Starting in Squaw Valley near the 1960 Winter Olympics site and ending 100.2 miles later in Auburn, Calif., Western States has come to represent one of the ultimate endurance tests in the world since it s inception in 1974.

Following the historic Western States Trail, runners climb more than 18,000 feet and descend nearly 23,000 feet before they reach the finish line at Placer High School in Auburn. In the miles between Squaw Valley and Auburn, runners experience the majestic high country beauty of Emigrant Pass and Granite Chief Wilderness, the crucible of the canyons of the California gold country, a memorable crossing of the ice-cold waters of the main stem of the American River’s Middle Fork.

During the latter stages, runners traverse the historic reddish-brown-colored trails that led gold-seeking prospectors and homesteading pilgrims to the welcoming arms of Auburn.

For more information on this Squaw Valley Institute event, visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

Upcoming Lectures

Other upcoming lectures include education thought leader, with the most watched TED talk in history, Sir Ken Robinson on Oct. 10. Tickets also now available online.

About SVI

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. Founded in 2002, SVI’s mission is to create an incubator for critical thought, inspiring uncommon conversations in the North Lake Tahoe region.

Ranging in topics from athletes with insights to health, education and world affairs, SVI brings approximately one intellectually provocative speaker to the region each month, bringing together the community around a topic with relevance and inspiration.


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