Runhundred is the debut book of Chris Zehetleitner about his life-changing experiences at the Western States Endurance Run
"This is one of the few books on ultrarunning that I would truly consider a must read. It's thought provoking, well written, and most of all, inspiring. If you're not already an ultrarunner, Runhundred will probably make you one."Former editor in chief of Laufzeit Magazine | Host of "Vom Laufen Podcast"
"After my debut at Western States this year, while reading, I often found myself smiling, empathizing with Chris, and can confirm the myth. It feels like processing with guidance, running once again in that parallel world. Rarely do I put books aside to contemplate instead of doing something else."WSER Top10 Finisher
"Western States is not just any race, it is THE race. Chris beautifully captures his highly emotional adventure in his own unique way. Authentically written, his book leaves you craving for more. Chris demonstrates how running can positively transform your life."4th Woman at WSER 2022
"You might read this book and simply like it. However, you might well shed some tears while reading this. Just like I did."Runner’s World Editor
"Runhundred is a wonderful insight into ultrarunning for all to experience. Through Chris' writing, the reader can virtually feel what running 100 miles is truly like. It is an incredibly descriptive and captivating recounting of his long journey on foot. Through the preparation phase, to the start line in Olympic Valley, to the finish line in Auburn and everything in between, one rides the highs and lows with him."Australian Ultrarunner
"It's hard for me to look at RUNHUNDRED in a neutral way. I've seen firsthand how the person I love falls apart and gives up. But Ive also seen him retrieve himself through running, which I adore as well. Fortunately, I still don't understand his weird cutoff time calculation, so it remained only to hope that his situation will get better at some point. It would be the greatest recognition for the book if readers, faced with their own challenges, remembered this possibility."Ultrarunner | Western States Crew Captain | and author's wife
"100 miles are long. Long enough to fill a book with one single run? But Chris abolished my doubts: this book is written by a levelhead but tells the story of a runner, who punk-heartedly reached the finish line of his dream-race."Ultratrailrunner
When a level-headed amateur runner is granted the chance to run the grueling hot Western States Endurance Run, he discovers that his epic journey to the finish line is about much more than just battling the heat.
Chris Zehetleitner is a 44-year-old writer, ultrarunner, cat lover, coffee connoisseur and former touring musician and music professional from Munich, Germany.
He is the founder and owner of the running clothing brand WILLPOWER and a couple of other more or less visible side hustles.
Chris runs the Das Z Letter running blog and newsletter and occasionally contributes stories to Like the Wind Magazine, Runner’s World, and Laufzeit. He started running rather late in his life, when he was 34, and he hasn’t stopped since. Together with his wife Lisa, he enjoys life and running to the fullest and looks forward to many more exciting running projects in the future.
The Western States Endurance Run (also known as "Western States 100" or "Western States") is the oldest and most iconic 100-mile ultramarathon in the world. It takes place each June in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Participants of the race have to climb 18,090 feet (5,500 m) and descent 22,970 feet (7,000 m). Besides running at high altitude and rugged back country terrain, the intense heat up to 104 degree Fahrenheit (40 degree Celsius) is one of the major challenges of Western States.
Alongside the UTMB in Chamonix, France, the Western States Endurance Run is the most competitive and most sought-after ultrarunning event in the world. Almost without exception Western States sees the most outstanding athletic performances of our sport every year. It repeatedly redefines what is possible in ultra trail running and endurance sports in general. To almost every ultrarunner, it is the biggest dream and greatest honor to be a part of it.
If you order only the book (without a bundle) we offer lowered shipping rates:
- 1.90€ (Germany)
- 6.90€ (Worldwide)
Yes. In 2024 there will be a German language version of "Runhundred". No publish date has been assigned yet, though.