Roes sets record in Western States 100 (Running)

June 26, 2010

Maybe this will finally put Juneau’s Geoff Roes over the top as the greatest ultramarathon runner in this country.

Perhaps even the world.

The 34-year-old added one the final piece missing from his remarkable resume, winning the Western States Endurance Run 100-miler today in California’s Sierra Nevada range.

And in typical Roes fashion, he didn’t just win he set the course record.

Roes shattered the previous mark by almost a half hour, crossing in 15 hours, 7 minutes and 4 seconds.

The old record of 15:36:27 was set in 2004 by seven-time winner Scott Jurek.

Roes has now run seven 100-mile races, including the Wasatch 100 in 2008 and 2009, and won all seven of them; most in record-breaking time.

“I wish I could say it was a strategy but I was feeling just horrible at mile 40,” the Alaskan reportedly said. “It’s obviously a blessing in disguise to have a rough patch.”

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