ALAMEDA, Calif., June 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — For the second year in a row, The North Face athlete Timothy Olson beat out some of the fastest ultrarunners in the world to earn first place at the renowned Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Saturday, completing the course in 15:17:27. Runners faced stiff competition, 30,000 feet of elevation change and blistering heat on what turned out to be the second hottest day in race history with an official recorded temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

As the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race the Western States 100 has reached iconic status as one of the most challenging, competitive and prestigious 100-mile races in the country. More than 750 runners began the race at 5 a.m. Saturday in Squaw Valley, Calif., ascending more than 18,000 feet and descending nearly 23,000 feet through high country wilderness and steamy canyons, before reaching the finish line in