“I worked really hard, and I trained really hard all spring, but this ‘taper’ I had in Alaska, I can’t understate what a trip that was,” Gallagher said. “We climbed like the second-highest peak in the Brooks Range, and I was super scared out of my mind. I thought I was going to die twice. Then I get to Western States and I’m like, ‘This is 100 miles on a trail, this can’t be that hard.’ ”
Boulder’s Clare Gallagher won the Western States 100 endurance run after spending two weeks in the arctic with Tommy Caldwell.