A low-carb, high-fat Paleo dieter just won the Western States 100, an ultramarathon through the Sierra Nevadas.
…somewhere in those final 15 miles, Tim Olson opened up an an additional 15 minute gap between himself and all the other runners. That means, after running 85 miles, he was able to put on a burst of speed at the end of the race, and he finished 15 minutes ahead of his next closest competitor.
Tim Olson finished 15 minutes ahead?
STEVE PHINNEY: Yes, but more importantly he knocked 21 minutes off the overall time course record.
He beat the course record by 21 minutes!
STEVE PHINNEY: That’s correct. This is all on a low-carb high-fat diet with relatively little of what people call in-race calories.