Sad, so sad! 2008 Western States Officially Canceled Due to Fires

Shock and sadness. Very tough decision by race organizers. Something us runners all have to consider when preparing for a race.

"35th Western States Endurance Run has been Canceled.
Dear Western States Runners,

It is with deep regret that we announce today that the 35th running of the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run has been canceled, due to the unprecedented amount of wildfires that have struck northern California in recent days and the health risks that have been associated with these wildfires. The Board of Trustees of the Western States Endurance Run has consulted with many of our local and state race partners, including the U.S. Forest Service and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, in coming to this decision. We apologize to our runners for any inconvenience this decision has created."

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I first heard about it here and here. I have had no contact from anyone from Hawaii who left for the race.