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Western States Endurance Run on Saturday

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

More than 400 ultrarunners from 16 countries will be put to the test this weekend in the 33rd annual 100-mile Western States Endurance Run.

The run, which follows the Western States Trail originally used by gold and silver miners in the 1850s, starts at the base of Squaw Valley Saturday at 5 a.m.

Runners will then gain 2,550 feet in elevation over the course of 4.5 miles to Emigrant Pass. From there, they will continue west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Placer High School in Auburn.

The final cutoff time is 11 a.m. on Sunday, or 30 hours after the start of the race.

Last year, 317 of the 360 entrants finished the run.

With temperatures in the Sacramento Valley and foothills predicted to top the 100-degree mark over the weekend, this year’s run should prove challenging.

“It’s gonna be a scorcher,” said Tim Twietmeyer, an Auburn man and five-time winner who is entering his 25th ” and last ” Western States Endurance Run.

Twietmeyer, who also is the president of the Western States Endurance Run Foundation, finished 11th last year in 18:31.30. With the heat expected for this year’s race, Twietmeyer has no intention of beating that time.

“Not in these conditions,” he said. “You just go out there and try to survive.”

Robert Kronkhyte, of Tahoe City, will be competing in his seventh Western States Endurance Run.

“I always enter just with the goal to finish,” Kronkhyte said of the grueling race.

Other local competitors include Truckee resident Kathy D’Onofrio, who has entered the race several times beginning in 1985 and won it in ’86 and ’88, and Jack Driver, of Soda Springs.

Seven-time winner Scott Jurek, of Seattle, will not be competing in this year’s race. Jurek won last year in 16:40.46.

Men:

Jurek, Scott 16:40:46 31 WA

Jones-Wilkins, Andy 17:07:14 37 CA

Kulak, Joe 17:16:13 37 CO

Medina, Guillermo 17:56:27 30 CA

Kerby, James 18:01:34 42 WA

Ticer, John 18:03:18 48 OR

Karnazes, Dean 18:14:18 42 CA

Nielsen, Tom 18:18:30 45 CA

Huffman, Jim 18:22:42 37 UT

Thornley, Craig 18:25:42 41 OR

Women:

Bednosky, Annette 18:39:02 38 NC

Anderson-Abbs, Beverley 19:16:26 41 CA

Herry, Karine 19:58:47 37 France

Moehl Sybrowsky, Kristin 20:53:06 27 WA

Park, Luanne 21:31:22 44 CA

Fingar, Julie 22:03:47 29 CA

Conte, Francesca 22:41:24 32 VA

Sundermeier, Ronda 22:59:26 38 OR

Varlamova, Olga 23:14:52 35 OR

Bardessono, Leslie 23:39:28 42 CA