GU Vice President of Research, Development and Innovation Magdalena Boulet won the 2015 Western States Endurance Run in spectacular fashion in her very first 100-mile race with a time of 19:05:21, and Rob Krar, a GU-sponsored athlete, won his second consecutive title with a time of 14:48:59.
Boulet used her many years of marathon and long-distance training, as well as a finely-honed nutrition strategy, to overcome the soaring heat of the Western States course, which begins in Squaw Valley and ends in Auburn, California. She also had to overcome a wrong turn mid-way through the race, running two miles off-course and giving up two spots to competitors.
“The last 20 miles were the toughest miles I’ve ever run,” noted Boulet, who pulled away in the last middle of the race and survived a strong closing kick by runner-up Kaci Lickteig to win by 15 minutes.
The former Olympian said, “My training for States has been very humbling. I have spent the last six months exploring new trails and covering more vertical distance than ever before. Despite logging fewer miles on weekly basis than what I used to run leading up to a competitive marathon, I spent about the same time on my feet, because the routes I run now have a lot more vertical distance. I have always been a big fan of hill work, so in my training for Western States I added longer hill repeats to gain confidence tackling some of the brutal canyons on the course.”