The Western States Endurance Run (WSER) has a way of generating powerful stories. Case in point: Tom Evans. The Brit turned in a respectable third-place finish in 2019 and managed to notch a record-breaking time for a non-American runner along the way. But that wasn’t enough for Evans.
With eyes on the top prize, he generated a dialed-in training plan, stuck to it, and put in the work. The runner even logged hours developing a prototype version of WSER-specific adidas TERREX. (Evans is an adidas athlete).
If you follow ultrarunning, you already know — the work paid off. Evans finished the 2023 race at a blistering 14:40:22. That’s the fourth-fastest time in WSER if you’re keeping track.
Knowing how it all shakes out is no reason to skip this watch. Witnessing a top-notch athlete prepare for and execute one of the world’s most iconic runs is worth 25 minutes out of your day.
“If I recover well, I’ll race [Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc] this year. People have said it’s impossible,” Evans says in the final inspiring moments of the film. “Don’t tell me what’s impossible or not.”
Runtime: 25 minutes