South Africa’s Ryan Sandes, who finished second in the 2012 edition of the grueling Western States Ultra, pulled out the night before due to a gastric virus.
Ryan expressed his disappointment on Twitter, but also indicated that he was keen to return in 2016 to hunt down the elusive gold winner’s belt buckle.
I’m super disappointed to pull out of Western States 100 due to a gastric virus. I really hope to be back in 2016! pic.twitter.com/LKo9NBiMiV
— Ryan Sandes (@ryansandes) June 26, 2015
Ryan did congratulate winner Rob Krar, who crossed the line almost a full 30 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, missing the course record by three minutes.
Rob Krar, 38, repeated as men’s champion of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run just before nightfall at Placer High School in an unofficial time of 14 hours, 49 minutes.
The second-place finisher was Seth Swanson of Missoula, Montana.
Magdalena Boulet won the women’s race. The Polish-born athlete is the first female Olympian to participate in WS100, and this was her first 100-miler, which she completed in 19 hours, 5 minutes.
You Stole My Heart @wser100. Thank you for the incredible experience and huge congratulations to all the runners.
— Magdalena Boulet (@runboulet)
The event, which begins in Squaw Valley and ends in Auburn, follows the historic Western States Trail. Runners climb a total of more than 5,400m and descend nearly 7,000m before they reach the finish line.