Former Breck ultra-runner, Sabrina Stanley, at Vertical Runner for Western States talk July 5
Why? Because she just took 3rd place at classic 100-miler in the Sierra Nevadas this past June
Maybe in another part of the country, Sabrina Stanley would have suggested she showcase the best happy hour locations, or what bar and grill in town serves up the best hamburgers.
She’s an ultra-runner living in Colorado, however, so when she realized she’d be living in the same town as a racer she admired, temporarily transplanted Steamboat Springs runner Avery Collins, she reached out.
“I messaged him and said, ‘Hey! I can show you all my trails,” Stanley said. “I’d never met someone who trail ran the way I did. I was really excited.”
Stanley was living in Breckenridge at the time, and Collins was moving in for a six-month stint helping open a branch of Steamboat Springs’ Twisted Trail Running Company.
For Stanley, it was an opportunity.
A little more than a year after they met, now living in and training out of Steamboat, Stanley deployed that determination she came with, added a bit of knowledge Collins supplied and threw it together for a huge performance in one of ultra-marathon trail running’s biggest events.
She ran to third place last weekend in Western States, the granddaddy of trail ultra-marathons that stretches 100 miles across California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
She still can’t quite believe it.
“It hasn’t hit me,” she said Friday. “I don’t know if it ever will. I remember idolizing girls who took seventh place or 10th place in previous Western States. I can’t even wrap my mind around me being third place.”Read on for the complete story from SteamboatToday.com.
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