Wildfires in 2008 forced the cancellation of the Western States 100 for the first time in the race's history. The 2009 version only felt like there were wildfires with temps soaring into the 100's. The heat took a toll on the field as 160 of the 399 starters eventually dropped out.
Among the strong who did survive was LPTRunner Beth Simpson-Hall. She slowly worked her way through the field, moving up from 294 place at Red Star Ridge (16 miles) to 260th place by Devil's Thumb (47.8 miles). By the 100k mark Beth had vaulted 55 places to 205th and eventually finished the race in 191st place for her fifth finish at Western States!
Her time of 29:09:37 earned 3rd place in her division - Hardware on the big stage!!