Today we’re beginning a series of podcasts profiling participants in this year’s Western States 100. We’re calling it “The Road to Western States 2010.” Western States is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and one of the most challenging. It starts in Squaw Valley, California, and ends in Auburn, California. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor to Emigrant Pass, a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.
Amy Palmeiro-Winters will be one of the athletes participating in the June 26th event. The mother of two, lost her left leg below the knee following a 1994 motorcycle accident but has gone on to compete at the elite level in triathlons, marathons, and now ultramarathons.