UltraRunner Of The Year Jim Walmsley Still Has Big Goals In 2020 | Beneath The Grandstand (Ep. 5)
Apr 27, 2020
If you don't know much about the trail running scene (or if you do), this episode is for you. Ryan and Alex talk to 2019 UltraRunner of the Year and Western States course record holder, Jim Walmsley. Jim, known to not shy away from big goals, had his sights set on UTMB and the Comrades Marathon in 2020, two of the biggest races in the Ultra running world. With COVID-19 cancelling events around the world, Jim announces that he will no longer pursue Comrades in 2020, but instead will look at taking down an FKT (fastest known time) here in the US which is currently held by Kilian Jornet. Jim gives his thoughts on the disciplines within the sport of trail/ultra running and how people can get started. He also talks about the perception of the sport and what pro track runners he thinks could hack it if they tried.