Seconds Count – A Finish or Not?

Fort Collins, Colorado resident, Alex May did everything all the other Western States 100 finishers did.  He lined up at 5am at the start line in Squaw Valley, covered all the check points along the 100 miles of trail, ran around the Placer High School track, and crossed the finish line with people cheering loudly.  His status on the WS100 site?  “Dropped”.

Screen shot 2013-07-19 at 8.31.18 AMGary David was able to chat with Alex about his Western States adventure and talk about the range of feelings one experiences when he is the first finisher who runs out of time.  Hope you enjoy the interview.  Here’s Alex’s report.

Seconds Count WS100

6 thoughts on “Seconds Count – A Finish or Not?

  1. Thanks so much, Alex, for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your effort and grace are inspiring and touching. You should be incredibly proud of yourself because there are a lot of folks, myself included, who are proud of you. I know I’ll be thinking of your run at WS100 when I need that push late in a race.

  2. After pacing at the Vermont 100 and hanging out in the post-race face stuffing, I was chatting with a woman who was at WSER (as part of the Grand Slam). She was wondering what happened to “that guy” who finished just past the cut off! She was pretty happy to hear about the podcast and that she could get answers to all the questions she had!

    Elevation Trail, providing a community service.

  3. I don’t think it makes sense to have a finish line cutoff. It just seems cruel to hit times all day and be encouraged to proceed right through the last aid station, and then have that final arbitrary number dictate an official finish or not. Regardless, great job, Alex! The way you came back from the cot to finish strong is super inspiring.

  4. Great podcast! I find that some of the best stories are from the middle of the pack. Great job Alex, and I wouldn’t dwell on the 90 seconds too much. ( did I wait too long at an aid station?…etc ) So much goes into a 100-miler that it is hard to narrow down to one or two events. I feel it is akin to a basketball game where the guy misses the three-pointer in the last second….but what about all the other shots that were missed earlier in the game?

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