Western States champion completes 42-mile course more than 20 minutes under previous mark
GRAND CANYON, Arizona (November 15, 2017) – Western States 100 Endurance Run champion Cat Bradley set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Wednesday, putting an impressive cap on what has already been a breakout year for the 25-year-old Salomon athlete. Bradley completed the 42-mile out-and-back route in 7:52:20, beating out the previous women’s record set by Bethany Lewis in 2011 by over 20 minutes.
“I’m so excited,” said Cat Bradley. “I actually made this goal in 2015, when I had no business attempting it, after finishing in around 16 hours with a group of friends. The place was so incredible that I knew I had to go back. So, I made my second attempt a few months ago, and that didn't go well, either – I came down with bronchitis and was undertrained. This time around, for my third attempt, things went well. It was by no means a perfect day, but it feels so good to have finally reached this goal.”
Over the last 12 months, Bradley, of Boulder, Colorado, has proven herself an unstoppable force in the trail and ultra running scene. In addition to her win at Western States in June, Bradley set a course record at the Rio Del Lago 100 Miler in November 2016 and won at the Canyons Endurance Runs 100K in April 2017.
Bradley enjoyed mild weather in the canyon Wednesday and was slowed only by two mule trains on the way up South Kaibab, costing her approximately 10 minutes. She completed the FKT in a pair of the Salomon Sense Pro Max shoes, the Agile Skort and the women’s S/Lab Exo SS Tee. All are available for purchase at www.salomon.com.
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