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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Unbreakable. Western Sates 2010 Video.

Anyone who has even a passing interest in Ultra Marathons knows that last years throw down at the Western States 100 was beyond the sphere of any other race. For me it was a thrilling race to follow, on a computer. Thousands of blogs and articles have been written about it and the battles fought that day are the stuff of legend. The hype going into the race was at fever pitch but no one had any idea just how epic it would be, what transpired will be the yardstick for every other ultra for many years to come.

Luckily now we have an insiders view into how it went down. JB Benna from Journeyfilm is not only an amazing film maker but also a solid ultra runner himself. This gives him the eye for a great shot but also the mindset of his subjects and the ability to get right into the heart of the action. His previous works, UltraMarathon Man (Dean Karnazes inspiring 50 marathons 50 states 50 days), The Runner (David Hortons 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail running record) to name just two, are in depth and inspiring viewing but judging by the new trailer below his latest work may be his finest yet. Unbreakable:The Western States 100 is an account of this race, as the official site states....

On June 26, 2010 four of the greatest ultramarathoners on earth toed the start line in Squaw Valley at the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race.

"Unbreakable: The Western States 100" follows the four lead men on this amazing journey. Hal Koerner, two time defending Western States champion, and running store entrepreneur from Ashland, Oregon. Geoff Roes, undefeated at the 100-mile distance, an organic chef from Juneau, Alaska. Anton Krupicka, undefeated in every ultramarathon he has ever started, a graduate student living in Boulder, Colorado. Killian Jornet, the young mountain runner and two time Ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc champion, from Spain.

The film shadows each runner from the pre-race preparation in their hometowns to the daily life they each lead in and outside of running. While their lives may be quite different, the goal is the same: win the Western States 100-mile run. Only one will win and the journey is unforgiving.

With unprecedented access, the film takes the viewer on the course and with each of the crews, pacers and family members who are working to get their runner across the finish line. From battling injury to surprising changes in the lead, to in-depth interviews with race champions and ultrarunning figureheads, "Unbreakable: The Western States 100" showcases perhaps the most exciting race of its kind.

Also posted is a video of CLIF Shot comeback with Geoff Roes and his amazing turn around. Anyone running 6:20 miles at mile seventy is tougher than a coffin nail.



  1. Love the WS video. Maybe next year the lottery will be kind to me. Great site and family you have.

  2. Hey Thomas, thanks for leaving a comment. WS looks like the dream for every ultra runner, unfortunately a little too expensive for me. I checked out your blog and its fantastic, you have covered an inspiring journey so far :) Keep up the great work.

  3. Thanks Malcolm and will check back to see how things are going for you. See you on the trails someday.


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