LIFE IN A DAY | The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

LIFE IN A DAY | The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run



On June 25, 2016 a collection of trail and ultra runners toed the line at the historic Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run running from Squaw Valley to Auburn. Among the 350+ were 4 women vying for the win and a coveted top 10 finish which is recognized annually at this prestigious event:

Magdalena Boulet, a HOKA ONE ONE and GU ENERGY LABS athlete is the returning champion and a mother of one who lives and trains in the East Bay of Northern California. She has an incredible road background including earning a trip to the Olympics in 2008 by placing 2nd at the Olympic Trials. ( | @RunBoulet)

Devon Yanko is also a HOKA ONE ONE athlete and has excelled in many different ultra distances. This is her 2nd attempt at the Western States 100 Mile Race with her 1st resulting in a DNF, or Did Not Finish. She is the co-owner of MH Bread & Butter in San Anselmo, CA along with her husband Nathan. ( | @fast_foodie)

Kaci Lickteig placed 2nd in the 2015 running of the Western States 100 is among the favorites to win it. She hails from Omaha, Nebraska where she works as an in-patient physical therapist. ( | @ultrarunnerkc)

Anna Mae Flynn of Lake Tahoe, CA is going for her 1st 100 mile attempt after gaining entry via a golden ticket slot at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Race in 2016. She is a teacher and a recent ultra athlete. ( | @annamaeflynn on Instagram, @amflynnrunner on Twitter)

This is a story of their 100 mile journey of which the great Ann Trason compares to living a “life in a day”.

Cinematography by:
Zack Johnson
Mahting Putelis
Billy Yang
Scott Rokis

© www.billyyangfilms.com 2017

43 thoughts on “LIFE IN A DAY | The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run”

  1. I take inspiration from so many aspects of this fine film. I only hope that, some day, during my own running, I can experience a fraction of the feelings these courageous women experienced during this classic ultra race. Special props to Devon who made such a great comeback, not only in this race, but in other parts of her life. I also found it ironic that the tiny woman from the flatlands of Nebraska smoked the field so convincingly in the high Sierras. Bravo!

  2. Thank you Devon for sharing your story. Too many people are afraid to stand up to the people who do these horrible things to them. Your inner strength is an inspiration to many.

  3. You’re not seriously gonna make me have to go back and figure out who got engaged are you? I know it wasn’t any of the top 10, Magda (obviously), or Anna Mae. Fine, I’ll give you another view. I already watched almost every single ad break. You got your coint bro. Brb.

    Edit: okay, I went full stalker, checked the times on the website for official finishers, and still don’t know for certain bc you can’t see the hour in the photo 1:00:37. I have it narrowed down to three women who came in very close to last in their category. They’re still champions in my book for entering, running this race and actually finishing. I just don’t know it was a 36 year old Masshole or a Californian in her 40s going by the records and deducing who it could be right after catching their breath and getting some fluid in them at the finish line. I just wanted to be nosy bc I love romantic gestures and a partner who is that supportive of his partner that he proposed at the end of the race. I think it’s really sweet and beautiful. Now that’s a true ending to “Life in a Day”, showing the beginning of a new life together about to begin. 💖💍🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♂️💯

  4. The culture of runners is amazing. My wife and I have recently become runners…not at this level of course, but we have embraced the culture of DETERMINATION…it has done amazing things not only for my body but my mind! Philippians 4:13 is the new motto!!

  5. I fell in love with trail running at the age of 45. 3yrs ago I started my journey into the unknown. Although this past 12 months I've been sidelined due to medical reasons I'm happy to return back to where I ran my 1st "real" trail run. I'll only get 7 weeks of training before the day, but I'm going to enjoy every step. This video, and all of Billy's stuff, motivates me to keep going.

    Tejas Trails – Wild Hare – 11/16/19 (25k)

  6. Hey, greetings from Poland, I start running after long break and injury, looking inspiration I find your channel, thank you very munch I love your video, great job 😀

  7. Great! Great story. Great story teller. Great women. Especially one, Magdalena, a girl from my place!
    And finally the place, with a history in the background and one in the making!
    With your film I feel happy I could be there for just a moment. Especially today, resting from my own race 🙂
    Thank you.

  8. People at their most vulnerable after grinding themselves down to nothing then finding out they have a lot more inside! You find who you are, I’ve been at that point after races and I find out something new every time I finish it’s the most beautiful and painful experience but you come out the other side better for it.

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