Canadian marathoner Reid Coolsaet set to run Western States ultra
Fresh off a big win in his debut ultramarathon at Quebec Mega Trail earlier this year, Reid Coolsaet, one of Canada’s best-known and most highly decorated marathoners, is set to compete at one of the biggest and most competitive ultras on the planet: the Western States 100 miler.
According to a post on Coolsaet's Instagram, the popular runner landed a spot thanks to sponsor Stoked Oats.
"WS has been on my bucket list for a long time but getting in is half the battle," Coolsaet wrote. "I feel very fortunate and lucky to have this opportunity and it goes without saying I'm stoked! Lots of learning and running in the coming months."
The Western States 100-mile Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race, which was first run in 1977. Jim Walmsley is the defending champion having won the last three events (2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19, The race traverses the trans-Sierra portion of the historic Western States Trail, which is a dedicated trail that runs between Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California.
Normal entry into the race is via a lottery system. This year's lottery was held on Dec. 4.
Other Canadians that made it into the race of the 220 lottery winners include Oakville's Aytug Celikbas, Chelsey Topping of Lethebridge, Alta; Adam Harris of Squamish, BC; Steve Day of North Vancouver, BC; Francis Lebeau of Montreal, Que.; Patrick Humenny of Kimberley, BC; Mike Jolie of Auckland, Alta; and Leo Fun of Calgary, Alta.
Western States is scheduled to begin June 25, 2022.