Montrail® Gears Up for the 2009 Western States Endurance Run

Montrail is honored to be the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Western States Endurance Run, the final race in the Montrail Ultra Cup series. This year, the race will host 450 of the best ultra runners from 38 states and 14 different countries.
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Erin Brosterhous
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erin@montrail.com

Montrail® Gears Up for the 2009 Western States Endurance Run

Richmond, Calif. (June 23, 2009) – Montrail, an innovative leader in trail-inspired footwear, is honored to be the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Western States Endurance Run, the final race in the Montrail Ultra Cup series. The 100-mile trail event will start on June 27th in Squaw Valley, CA and end in Auburn, CA on Sunday June 28th. This year, the race will host 450 of the best ultra runners from 38 states and 14 different countries.

The field at the 2009 event will prove to be the biggest and the most competitive to date. Due to last year's wildfires, the 2008 Western States 100 was cancelled, and as a result, the entire 2008 Runner List was granted automatic entry to the 2009 event. With no lottery for 2009, the only way to gain entry into one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world was to earn it with a top three finish in a 08-09 Ultra Cup qualifying race. The competition for these few remaining qualifying spots has been fierce and only the best of the best were able to run their way into this year's Western States 100. The Ultra Cup Championship trophy will go to the top ranking male and female upon the completion of the Western States 100. The top 3 male and female Ultra Cup finishers will split the $8,000 cash purse with the overall winners taking home a cool $2,500. Based upon current ranking in the Ultra Cup point standings, there are eleven men and three women in the hunt for the overall Championship.

Montrail Runners to Watch at Western States:

•Eric Grossman, current leader in the men's Ultra Cup standings and looking for the win
•Erik Skaden, winner of the 2007 and 2008 Ultra Cup whose training is 100% focused on a win at Western States
•Bev Anderson-Abbs is peaking now with recent wins at the Diablo 50, the Quiksilver 50 and the Silver State 50k.

Other Montrail athletes competing at Western States are: Russell Gill, Francesca Conte, Luis Escobar, Sean Meissner, Gary Robbins and Hiroki Ishikawa.

For more information about the Montrail Ultra Cup series, please visit: http://ultracup.montrail.com/overview.aspx

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