Graeagle resident Scott Brand crosses the finish line. To race in the Western States 100, runners have to qualify, serve as volunteers, and win an entry by lottery.
Shannon MorrowSports Editor8/5/2010
The Western States 100, a premier ultra-running race from Squaw Valley to Auburn, tests the boundaries of human endurance.
The 100-mile course across the Sierra Nevada range takes runners through snowfields and swollen creeks before dropping them down into sweltering hot canyons. The route totals 18,000 feet of elevation gain and 23,000 feet of elevation loss.