|Agent Kimberly White in front|
By Dan Stone/Regional Administrator, Region 1
Ask Parole Agent II Kimberly White about her running, and she’ll say she just loves being out on the trails in the Sierra foothills.
But, Agent White, supervising field training coordinator in Region I, Division of Adult Parole Operations, she is far from the average weekend runner. Last month, she completed the Western States Endurance Run, known commonly as the Western States 100.
The Western States 100 is a 100-mile ultra marathon run on trails in California’s Sierra Nevada, annually on the last full weekend of June.
Beginning in Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, the trail ascends from the valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (8,750 feet at its highest point), a climb of 2,550 feet in the first 4 miles. From the pass, the trail follows the original trails used by the gold miners of the 1850s.
Runners climb a total of 18,090 feet and descend a total of 22,970 feet on mountain trails before reaching the finish in Auburn.
Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, the domain of rattlesnakes, mountain lions and bears. Temperatures can drop below freezing, and runners face the dangers of dehydration, and hypothermia.
Because of the length of the race, it begins at 5 a.m. and continues through the day into the night and the next day. Runners finishing the race before the 30-hour overall time limit receive a bronze belt buckle; runners who finish in less than 24 hours receive a silver belt buckle.
This year it was unseasonably cool during the run.
Agent White ran through 36-degree temperatures, rain, hail and even a little snow shower to complete the race in 28 hours and 18 minutes.
Agent White also has run six 50-kilometer (about 31 miles) races, three 50-mile races, one 100k race, and another 100-mile race in San Diego.