Have you heard? The Western States 100 is this weekend!
100.2 miles of snow, mud, and blistering heat… and we are thrilled that several GU Crew runners will be toeing the line in Squaw Valley at 5am this Saturday, June 29th.
The Western States 100 is a special race for us because it’s one of the reasons GU Energy Labs exists! Back in the late 80s, ultrarunner Laura Vaughan needed an easily digestible fuel to help her make the trip from Squaw to Auburn, and her father, Dr. Bill Vaughan, was inspired to create the first Energy Gel. Since then, we’ve fueled some legendary champions like Ann Trason, Magdalena Boulet, and Rob Krar on their way to the top of the podium.
GU Crew at States
This year’s Western States is deep with talent, with eight of the top-10 finishers from 2018 on both the men’s and women’s sides returning (including reigning champs Jim Walmsley and Courtney Dauwalter). As the GU Crew contenders taper for the big day, we caught up with them to talk about goals, training, nutrition, and more.