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HURT100 2009 champs win Western States 2010

Geoff Roes (HURT100 winner in 2009) and Tracy Garneau (two-times HURT100 winner and current  HURT100 course record holder) won the WS100 last night in what looked like perfect conditions. Geoff Roes (15:07) as well as runner-up Anton Krupicka (15:13) both bested Scott Jurek's 2004 course record, with long-time leader and 2008 UTMB winner Kilian Jornet Burgada (22 years old!) in 3rd. Tracy's winning time of 19:01 put her safely ahead of Meghan Arbogast and Nikki Kimball in 2nd and 3rd place. Full results (and more) can he found here.

A little extra drama was added to the women's race by the evening announcement that the female lead Tracy Garneau had dropped out of the race at mile 80.  The cause, a confusion of runners at the Green Gate checkpoint, became clear when she magically reappeared two hours later running side by side with the sole finisher from HI, Paul Hopwood!

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Speaking of Paul... 19th place in 18:59 in what was arguably the strongest field at WS in living memory. I think he mentioned he was hoping for a sub-24hr time. Well, that seems to have worked. Duh!

Visual impressions from the race can be found on youtube, and here's a glimpse of Paul at mile 62 looking totally at ease.

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janM

IM-pressive, indeed. Clearly, no pressure got to you (ahem, Harald!! okay, your turn....) what a great race, congrats. way to represent HI on the mainland. good on ya!

Jake H

Paul,

Awesome finish, awesome...jake

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