A DEMAND FOR EQUITY FROM THE WESTERN STATES 100 ENDURANCE RUN
|Bloodied knuckles from falling with trekking poles|
2. Badwater 135, Spartathlon, Leadville, Vermont, Puerto Rico 150+ - I was permitted to use trekking poles and have a guide (who was not a registered participant) when necessary, despite there being a finite number of runners permitted.
3. Various Other Races (California Int'l Marathon, Indian Creek 55k, North Fork 50k, Colfax Marathon, etc.) - I was permitted to have guides (free of charge & not registered as competitors), I was permitted to use trekking poles if necessary, and/or I was given 5 minute early starts to help me not collide with other runners at the beginning of the race.
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On June 23-24, 2018 at 5 am, I will begin running from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California on the Western States Trail. I will have guides and my own support crew. My run has it's own t-shirt and belt buckle. It is not a race. I am just running a trail that is open to the public. I hope that this run can influence the Western States 100 Race Director and Board of Directors to immediately stop their discriminatory practices, and include challenged athletes who need guides. SPECIFICALLY, the Western States must cease enforcing it's policy that "a runner who needs a guide must be accepted into the lottery, and his/her guide must also be accepted into the lottery in the same year in order to participate."
Even in a minority of one, the truth is the truth. ONWARD! #TWC100
|Together We Can 100 Belt Buckle|
Jason Romero explains why he is running the Western States Trail this weekend
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