SAN LEANDRO, Californiaâ€”June 27, 2011 â€” The North Face global athlete team dominated the winner's podium following the 100-Mile Western States Endurance Run 2011, which took place June 25 â€“ 26. Although, the athletes crossed the finished line after first place finishers, The North Face team earned six of the top 10 podiums spots in one of the world's most prestigious ultramarathons.
The North Face endurance runner Mike Wolfe of Bozeman, MT was the first American finisher and took second place (15:38) in the men's field in his Western States debut, finishing just four minutes behind winner Killian Jornet of Spain. Wolfe was followed by his fellow team members Jez Bragg of the UK in fourth (15:55) and Tsuyoshi Kaburaki of Japan in fifth (16:04).
Kami Semick of Bend, OR (18:17), who finished third at the historic Comrades Marathon in South Africa earlier this month, finished in second place in the women's field, just seconds before The North Face team member and three-time Western States champion Nikki Kimball (18:17). Western States 2010 Champion Tracy Garneau of Canada (11:22) finished fourth, running 45 minutes faster than her winning time just one year ago. Rory Bosio of Soda Springs, CA (18:37) finished fifth, rounding out the top finishers.
The North Face field team members Ian Sharman (16:40) and Helen Cospolich (20:44) also had notable races, finishing tenth and eleventh respectively.
The notoriously rugged course traversing the Sierra Nevada mountains was adjusted this year because of late snowfall, which forced runners to contend with 12 miles on hard packed snow, climb 2,250 vertical feet, battle temperatures in the 80s and 90s through sierra canyons, and face down the local wildlife. Several runners, including Semick and Kimball, were held up for as much as seven minutes due to safety concerns over a bear and her cub that runners spotted on the course about two miles from the finish.
In addition to The North Face global endurance events such as The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc and Ultra MaratÃ³n de Los Andes, several members of The North Face Endurance Team will be running in The North Face Endurance Challenge in Kansas City, MO, Madison, WI, Atlanta, GA, and San Francisco, CA. For information on The North Face Endurance Team and where they'll be next, head to www.thenorthface.com or www2.thenorthface.com/endurance.
About The North FaceÂ®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.