Author John Trent

John Trent is past president and longtime board member of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. He is a 10-time WS 100 finisher and has been involved in the sport as a journalist, organizer, race director and volunteer since 1987. A two-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year, he lives in Reno, Nevada, with his ultrarunning family – wife Jill and daughters Annie and Katie.

A Helping Hand

I hadn’t trained much that spring in preparation for the 2010 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. I had spent more time sitting in a chair next to a hospice bed that had been set up in the living room of Mom’s condominium. She was dying from colon cancer.

Father and Son

The father had always been old school and a bit old-fashioned. He was a man who could easily handle both a stethoscope and a shotgun, his life shaped by time tending patients in emergency rooms in Roseville, California, and in caring for horse riders, and then for runners, on the Western States Trail.