Tweitmeyer's epic Western States 200-miler halted by smoke

Ultra runner had planned to deliver resolution to Capitol
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Smoke from several forest fires in the region has stopped Auburn endurance runner Tim Tweitmeyer from completing a planned 200-mile run from Carson City, Nev. to Sacramento. Tweitmeyer embarked on the run Friday but decided to stop the same day after smoke in the Lake Tahoe area and along the Western States Trail to Auburn became too thick to continue. President of the recently cancelled Western States Endurance Run, Tweitmeyer said smoky conditions had cleared during the week but smoke had blown back into the Lake Tahoe area by Friday – forcing a halt to a personal ultra-marathon he hoped would draw attention to the drive to declare the Western States Trail a federally protected historic and scenic route. “Thursday was beautiful but the cooling spell stirred everything up on Friday,” Tweitmeyer said. “I don’t know where I’ll go from here.” Tweitmeyer, sponsored by outdoor clothing and equipment maker The North Slope as part of its challenge series, had intended to deliver a resolution in support of special trail status to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at