- New Film Follows Jim Walmsley’s Life from the Air Force to Last Year’s Infamous Wrong Turn at Western States
New Film Follows Jim Walmsley's Life from the Air Force to Last Year's Infamous Wrong Turn at Western States
"One of the things that I'm realizing about ultrarunning ... is that you've gotta kinda have that crazy"
Mike Benge June 22nd, 2017
With the lead up to the 2017 Western States 100 Endurance Run reaching a fever pitch, the timing of the release of Lighting the Fire: Wrong Turns, by 9MindAsylum, about current ultrarunning star Jim Walmsley couldn’t be better. Walmsley, of course, is famous for his wrong turn at mile 92—while on a blistering course-record pace—of the 2016 Western States 100 (see also “The Legend That Could Have Been”). Walmsley is gunning to avenge that wrong turn in this year’s Western States, June 24-25, 2017.
The powerful, emotional Lighting the Fire tracks Walmsley’s exciting, now-historic 2106 race, and backtracks through his life in the Air Force as a nuclear “missilier,” a questionable DUI, discharge from the military, subsequent depression and rejuvenation through ultrarunning after moving to Flagstaff, Arizona.