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Auburn runner set for 100-miler

Elke Truscott looking forward to race now that her daughter is recovering nicely from motorcycle crash
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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It took a frightening near-tragedy to throw Elke Truscott?s focus off of the upcoming Western States Endurance Run. But the Auburn runner believes, ultimately, her daughter?s recent motorcycle accident could be good for her mentality on race day. ?In a way it takes the nervousness off of it,? Truscott said of her 21-year-old daughter Chloe?s accident on Foresthill Road, from which she is recovering nicely. ?They?re going to be OK. Now I?m getting my head back in the game.? Truscott is back at Western States for the first time since 2007, when her 100-mile debut was cut short at Michigan Bluff. She ran into kidney trouble, which she believes may have been caused by taking ibuprofen during the race. Truscott has learned from her mistake and is excited to tackle the challenge. An employee of Fleet Feet in Roseville, Truscott is a big fan of Hoka One One shoes. The funky looking shoes have become wildly popular among ultrarunners as they offer an extra-thick sole for cushioning but are very lightweight. ?They?re like a minimal shoe with a lot more cushion,? she said. ?I?ve turned a lot of people onto them.? Truscott has been a fixture in the Auburn running community for many years. She is drawing inspiration from Angie Williams, with whom she coached cross country at Placer Hills School. Williams, an accomplished marathoner, is battling cancer. Kathy Welch has also been a valuable mentor. ?I started out road running when my oldest daughter was 2,? Truscott said. ?I immediately got wrapped up in it. Running with the group of ultrarunners that I do, it?s almost expected that you progress to longer and longer distances. They take you under their wings and you progressively add miles. The mental aspect of it becomes second nature.? A 1982 alum of Placer High, Truscott first experienced Western States a few years after graduating. ?I saw it coming through Foresthill and I thought, ?These people are crazy,?? Truscott said. ?I never in a million years thought I could do that.? Truscott said dedication is the key to training successfully for Western States. It takes a support group and a family that is willing to make sacrifices. ?You have to really, really want this,? Truscott said. ?Training for Western States is like a second full-time job. Your family has to be very supportive. I have two great daughters and a wonderful boyfriend and my family has been behind me. It?s definitely important to be involved in local running groups. Now I mentor others and it?s very rewarding.?