A Decade On

Brian Morrison and The Western States 100

Ten years ago, a young Washington ultra runner, Brian Morrison went down to California to run the granddaddy of ultra trail races, the Western States® 100-Mile Endurance Run. He took the lead over halfway through the race and didn't look back. As he entered the track at Placer High School, where the race finishes, he collapsed on the track. He got up, went a little further and collapsed again. Eventually his pacers helped him up and after a few more collapses, he finished and won the race. Only to be disqualified the next day for receiving assistance in the last .3 miles of the 100 mile race.

This race haunted him for 10 years. He went back multiple times and was never able to finish the race, let alone come close to winning it again. 

This past Summer and ten years later, Brian of Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, went back again, and his journey was filmed by The Ginger Runner Ethan Newberry. 

The film includes interviews with Brian's 2006 pacer Scott Jurek, Brian's 2016 pacers Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Morgan Henderson (of Fleet Foxes), Western States Race Director Craig Thornley, and John Medinger, Western States Board President.

"I'm incredibly proud of A Decade On. Initially, I was a bit disappointed with my 2016 finish. Seeing ADO for the first time and every time since, has given me a new appreciation for my accomplishment. I'm so thankful to have this time capsule to go back and revisit with my family years down the road."

A Decade On: Brian Morrison and The Western States 100