The Pearl Izumi "Run Like an Animal Western States Challenge" is official! Pearl Izumi understands the enormity of one of the greatest ultra races to ever take place so they have stepped up with some cash-money! The rules are very simple and straight forward: no matter what course is run, $2000 to each man and women who are first to break the respective course records. For the men anything under 15.36:27 (set by Scott Jurek in 2004) and for the women anything under 17.37:51 (set by Ann Trason in 1994). They understand the course records were set on a different course with different conditions but, hey, that's trail running and this is a challenge. Let's see what you got!
Pearl Izumi is not a sponsor of Western States so a prize purse was out and any mention of this challenge at the race was out of the question. This is only way they knew the could be involved so late in the game without infringing upon the official sponsors of Western States. Pearl Izumi is committed to bringing out the best of the best in one of the greatest fields ever assembled. Again, Pearl Izumi is NOT a sponsor of this race so this challenge is completely funded separate from the race itself. Good Luck to everyone - especially my teammates Josh Brimhall, Nick Clark, and Nick Lewis! I'll be out there pacing Josh Brimhall motivating him with the smell of some cash-money!
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