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 July 3, 2013
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Some Like It Hot (+ win a free pair of HOKAS)
Rob Krar takes the heat in Grand Canyon and Western States 100
By Michael Benge

Last weekend’s Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (WS 100) was packed with hot veteran talent, from last year’s course-record-setter Timothy Olson to 1997 WS 100 victor (course record at the time) and 2012 24-Hour World Championships winner Mike Morton to the legendary Karl Meltzer, winner of a record 35 100-mile trail races. In sweltering 100-plus-degree heat, Olson would again come out on top, but relative-unknown Rob Krar, 36, of Flagstaff, Arizona, turned heads with a superb second-place performance, four-and-a-half minutes back from Olson and 33 minutes ahead of Morton.

Amazingly, Krar was a 100-mile virgin, and WS100 would make just his fifth ultra, his first coming last November, with Nevada’s Bootlegger 50K. A pharmacist by profession, Krar concocted a disciplined race strategy and beat the heat. “I had to be the smartest runner I'd ever been in a race,” says Krar, “running a very slow and controlled pace, staying on top of hydration and nutrition and simply waiting and see as the hours and miles went by if my body was going to make it.”

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Pacific/Desert   
08/05 Tuesday Trails & Tacos 3M, 5M; Trabuco Canyon, CA
08/08 Into The Wild Rockin Summer Run #1 8K; Orange, CA
08/10 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff 5K, 13.1M; Flagstaff, AZ
08/10 CCC Trail Runs 10M, 25K; Umatilla, OR
08/10 Crystal Springs Trail Run #2 5M, 11M, 22M, 26.2M, 50K; Woodside, CA
08/10 Echo Summit Trail Challenge 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 20M, 50K, 50M; Twin Bridges, CA
08/10 Genoa Peak Completely Madathon and Only Half Madathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Genoa, NV
08/10 Hypnosis Night Runs 15K, 31K, 62K; Avondale, AZ
08/10 Mount Ashland Hill Climb 13.3M; Ashland, OR
08/10 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #4 13M, 20M, 50K; Newcastle, WA
08/11 Angels Staircase 25K, 50K, 50M; Carlton, WA
08/11 Dirt Devils Stairway to Heaven 15K; San Diego, CA
08/11 Haulin' Aspen Trail Runs 13.1M, 26.2M; Bend, OR
08/11 Mud & Chocolate Trail Runs #2 4.5M, 13.1M; Sammamish, WA; www.mudandchocolate.com

08/11 XTERRA Hagg Lake 10K; Portland, OR
08/11 XTERRA Trail Run Oregon Series Championship 13.1M; Portland, OR
08/15 Into The Wild Rockin Summer Run #2 8K; Orange, CA
08/17 Alyeska Mountain Run 2K; Girdwood, AK
08/17 Bear Creek 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Martinez, CA
08/17 Hamster Endurance Runs 12H, 24H; Bellingham, WA
08/17 Ponderosa Hustle 5K, 10K; Flagstaff, AZ
08/17 Waldo 100K 100K; Oakridge, OR
08/17 Zoom Castle Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Walnut Creek, CA
08/18 Cinderella Trail Run #2 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Oakland, CA
08/18 Run On The Sly 12K, 13.1M, 20M, 50K; Pollock Pines, CA
08/22 Into The Wild Rockin Summer Run #3 5M; Orange, CA
08/24 Bill Flodberg Mount Madonna Challenge 6K, 12K, 18K, 30K; Gilroy, CA; www.svrchome.org/mtmadonnachallenge.htm

08/24 Bulldog Ultra Trail Runs 25K, 50K; Calabasas, CA
08/24 Cutthroat Classic 11.1M; Winthrop, WA
08/24 Dwight Dash 5K, 10K; Spokane, WA
08/24 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 2.0 5K, 10K; Vacaville, CA
08/24 Redmond Watershed Preserve Trail Run - August 5M, 10M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Redmond, WA
08/25 Crazy Eights 8K; Stockton, CA
08/25 Dirt Inspires Women Trail Half Marathon 4M, 8M, 13.1M; Santa Cruz, CA; www.ditrailruns.com

08/28 Burning Man Ultramarathon 50K; Black Rock City, NV
08/31 Skirt 'n' Dirt Trail Run 10K, 25K, 50K; Oakland, CA
08/31 Skirt Chaser 25K; Oakland, CA
09/02 Zoom Vasona Lake 5M, 13.1M; Los Gatos, CA

Rockies    
08/04 La Luz Trail Run 9M; Albuquerque, NM
08/04 La Sportiva Vail Berry Picker Trail Runs 3.2M; Vail, CO
08/04 Power of Four Trail 50K 50K; Aspen, CO
08/10 Beaver Creek Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Avon, CO
08/10 Bridger Ridge Run 20M; Bozeman, MT
08/10 El Vaquero Loco  25K, 50K; Afton, WY
08/10 Hunky Dory Half Marathon 13.1M; Breckenridge, CO
08/10 Kat'cina Mosa 100K Mountain Callenge Run 100K; Springville, UT
08/10 Kennebec Mountain Challenge 14M; Durango, CO
08/10 Park City Mini Trail Series 15K 15K; Park City, UT
08/11 Goat Pursiut 6.6M; Helena, MT
08/11 Leadville Trail 10K 10K; Leadville, CO
08/13 TransRockies 3-Day or 6-Day Run  58M, 120M; Buena Vista, CO
08/14 Summit Trail Running Series - #5 5K, 10K; Breckenridge, CO
08/17 Don't be a Turkey FUNdraiser Rogaine 3H, 6H; Pagosa Springs, CO
08/17 Leadville Trail 100 Run 100M; Leadville, CO
08/17 Pikes Peak Ascent 13.32M; Manitou Springs, CO
08/17 Shop To The Top Run 5M, 6M; Ketchum, ID
08/17 Skyline Mountain Marathon 14.1M, 26.2M; Liberty, UT
08/18 Pikes Peak Marathon 26.21M; Manitou Springs, CO
08/23 Ghosts of Yellowstone 100M 100M; Pony, MT
08/23 SHATS Trail Series Race #3 3.2M; Helena, MT
08/24 Bergen Peak Trail Race 13.1M; Evergreen, CO
08/24 Continental Divide Trail Run 15M; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com

08/24 Fool's Gold 50M 50M; Pony, MT
08/24 Mountain Chili Cha Cha 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events

08/24 Silverton Alpine Marathon & 50K 26.2M, 50K; Silverton, CO
08/25 La Sportiva Vail 10K at 10,000 Ft 5K, 10K; Vail, CO
08/25 Teton Pass Kicker 13.1M, 26.2M; Wilson, WY
08/31 Meeteetse Absaroka Challenge 5K, 10K, 15K; Meeteetse, WY; www.meetrec.org

09/01 10K @ 10,000 Feet 5K, 10K; Steamboat Springs, CO
09/01 Breck Crest 10K, 13.1M, 23M; Breckenridge, CO
09/01 Glenwood Springs Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Glenwood Springs, CO

Heartland    
08/07 A Midsummer Nights Trail Run 5M; Cincinnati, OH
08/10 Howl at the Moon 8H; Danville, IL
08/10 Tahqua Trail Run 10K, 25K; Paradise, MI
08/10 Victoria Secret Dirty Half 13.1M; Rapid City, SD; www.bhrctrails.com

08/10 Zombie Dash- Kalamazoo 5K; Kalamazoo, MI
08/11 Veggie Run 5K, 13.1M; Rush City, MN
08/17 The River Run 10M; West Lafayette, IN
08/18 Hell Creek on Heels 5K/10K 5K, 10K; Wilson State Park, KS
08/24 DINO Trail Run Series- SouthWestway 5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN; www.DINOseries.com
08/24 Lean Horse Ultra 50K, 50M, 100M; Hot Springs, SD; www.Leanhorse100.com

08/31 Dirty #12 - Leave No Trace 13.1M; Peninsula, OH
08/31 Mud & Muck 5K Fun Run 5K, 1M; Lee’s Summit, MO
09/04 Autumn Trail Series #1 5.8K; Bloomington, MN

Northeast    
08/04 Grings Mill Run 5K, 10K; Reading, PA
08/06 Summer Sunset 5k at Pine Hill Park 5K; Rutland, VT
08/08 Forge The Gorgeous 7M; Moravia, NY
08/11 Half-Wit Half Marathon 13.1M; Reading, PA
08/17 Blue Crab Bolt 10K Trail Running Series - #3 10K; Clarksburg, MD
08/17 Fab 5K 5K; Salem, VA
08/17 River Valley Run 10K Trail Run 10K; Manchester, MD; www.rivervalleyranch.com/rivervalleyrun
08/17 Run For Hunger Trail Challenge 2M, 8K, 13.1M; Freeport, PA; www.runrace.net

08/17 TARC Summer Classic 50K, 1250M; Medfield, MA
08/18 Catharine Valley Half  13.1M; Watkins Glen, NY
08/18 Hampshire 100 Ultra Trail Runj 100K; Greenfield, NH
08/21 Fleet Feet Sports Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series #5 6M; Rochester, NY
08/24 Dam Scramble Trail Event 10M, 20M; Curnwensville, PA; www.clfdccd.com

08/24 Mount Cuckoo 15K & 30K 15K, 30K; Adamstown, PA
08/24 She Rocks the Trails - Boston 25K, 50K; Milton, MA
08/25 Dam Good Trail Race 14M; Mt Morris, NY
08/25 The North Face Race To The Top of Vermont 4.3M; Stowe, VT
08/31 Iron Mountain Trail Run 16M, 30M, 50M; Damascus, VA
08/31 Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival 5K, 25K, 50K; Jay, VT
09/01 Labor Pain Endurance Trail Run 12H; Reading, PA

South    
08/10 Annihilator 50K 50K; Connelly Springs, NC
08/10 Still Hollow Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com/greenway/

08/17 Bernheim Seven Miler 7M; Louisville, KY
08/17 Forge Trail Series - Furtive 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Lafayette, LA
08/17 Springmaid Summer Splash Trail Races 5K, 10K; Spruce Pine, NC
08/17 XTERRA Table Rock 15K 6K, 15K; Pickens, SC
08/24 Capt'n Karl's: Reveille Ranch 10K, 30K, 60K; Burnett, TX
08/31 XTERRA North Carolina Fisher Farm 5M, 10M; Davidson, NC

International    
08/04 Devilbend fun run 5K, 10K, 21.1K; Devilbend Reservoir, Australia
08/04 Port Edward Odyssey Adventure Race  Port Edward, Natal, South Africa
08/04 Yukon River Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M, R; Whitehorse, YT
08/07 Mongolia Sunrise To Sunset 42K, 100K; Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia
08/09 Dirty Girls Run 12H, 24H, 48H; Mansfield, ON; www.dirtyrunnerproductions.com

08/09 Swiss Irontrail 46K, 80K, 136K, 201K; Pontresina, Switzerland
08/10 Arc’teryx Squamish 50 23K, 50K, 50M; Squamish, BC; www.Squamish50.com

08/10 TrailCross Edmonton 2K; Edmonton, AB
08/10 Try A Trail 14K 14K; Winnipeg, MB
08/11 Gutbuster Mt Washington 9K; Courtenay, BC
08/15 Official 26.2 Mile Inca Trail Marathon 26.2M; Cusco, Peru
08/15 Trail de Porticcio 12K, 21K; Porticcio, France
08/16 Fat Dog 100 20M, 30M, 50M, 70M, 120M, 120R; BC; www.mountainmadness.ca

08/16 TransScania 246K, 60H; Lund, Sweden
08/16 XC Of The Valley 10K, 21K, 35K; St Raymond, QC
08/17 5 Peaks Trail Run - Camp Fortune 5K, 15K; Chelsea, ON
08/17 5 Peaks Trail Run - Delta Kananaskis 5K, 15K; Kananaskis Country, AB
08/17 Iron Legs 50 Mile 50M; Calgary, AB
08/17 Mountainman  21.1K, 42.2K, 80K; Engelberg, Switzerland
08/24 5 Peaks Trail Run - Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area 5K, 15K; Parkland County, AB
08/24 5 Peaks Trail Run - Parc D'environnement Naturel De Sutton 5K, 15K; Sutton, QC
08/24 5 Peaks Trail Run - Whistler Blackcomb 5K, 15K; Vancouver, BC
08/24 Capilano Canyon Night Run 12K, 18K; North Vancouver, BC
08/25 Trail De Thabor 30K; Bardonecchia, Italy
08/26 The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc La Petite Trotte à Léon 300K; Chamonix-mont-blanc, France
08/29 The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® Sur Les Traces Des Ducs De Savoie 119K; Chamonix-mont-blanc, France
08/30 The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® CCC® 100K; Chamonix-mont-blanc, France
08/30 The North Face® Ultra-Trail Du Mont-Blanc® UTMB® 168K; Chamonix-mont-blanc, France
08/31 Go Home Via The Hanes Valley 14K, 18K, 30K; North Vancouver, BC
08/31 Ring O Fire-Anglesey 131M; Holyhead, United Kingdom
09/01 La Chute du Diable 50K; St Mathieu du Parc,  
09/01 Meet Your Maker 50M; Whistler, BC

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