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Krar, Boulet win Western States 100-Mile titles

Rob Krar won the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, finishing less than three minutes shy of the record.
Rob Krar won the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, finishing less than three minutes shy of the record. rbenton@sacbee.com

Top ultrarunner Rob Krar repeated as men’s champion Saturday at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, while Olympic marathoner Magdalena Boulet took the women’s title in her debut at the distance.

The race course started at Squaw Valley and snaked through the Sierra Nevada along dirt trails and across the American River before finishing on the Placer High School track in Auburn. More than 360 runners began the race Saturday at 5 a.m.

After threatening the course record much of the day, Krar finished in 14 hours, 48 minutes and 59 seconds, less than three minutes shy of the 14:46:44 standard set by Timothy Olson in 2012. Krar, 38, trains in the distance running hotbed of Flagstaff, Ariz., and has won some of the sport’s most prestigious competitions.

Runner-up Seth Swanson, 36, finished in 15:17:28. Twenty-year-old Jared Hazen placed third in 15:37:55.

Boulet, an elite 41-year-old runner from Oakland, won the women’s race just after midnight in 19:05:21 in her first 100-miler. Runner-up Kaci Lickteig, 28, finished in 19:20:31. Last year’s champion, Stephanie Howe, 31, was third in 19:32:58.

Boulet, a Cal graduate, ran the 2008 Olympic marathon in Beijing.

Of 250-plus finishers, 96 did it in less than 24 hours, a feat that earns runners a prized silver belt buckle.

Kevin Yamamura: 916-326-5548, @kyamamura

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