Three Lincoln athletes complete 100-mile Western States Endurance Run

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Three Lincoln athletes competed in the 37th annual 100-mile Western States Endurance Run over the weekend. Lincoln’s Tony Overbay, 40, and Chris Perillo, 40, competed in the men’s division while Lincoln’s Lainie Callahan-Mattoon, 34, competed for the women. The course starts in Squaw Valley and ends at Placer High in Auburn. Callahan-Mattoon (time of 25:34.27) was the 22nd finisher among the women while Overbay (24:18.15) placed 125th overall (men and women combined) and Perillo (25:50.24) was 151st overall. Overbay and Perillo trained together to prepare for the race but had never met Callahan-Mattoon until Saturday. “We saw Lainie’s name on the list of entrants but never met her,” Overbay said. “I met up with Lainie around 36 miles into the race and ran with her up to mile 42. Then I ran with her again from (mile) 56 to 62.” It was the first time competing in this event for all three runners and it was the first 100-mile race of any kind for Perillo and Callahan-Mattoon. Overbay competed in the Rio Del Lago 100-mile run in Sept. of 2008. There were 478 runners that began the race over the weekend but only 328 finished it. “I’m typically asked why run a 100 miler? How many chances do you have to do something truly epic in your life?” Overbay said. “Running 100 miles takes you through so many emotions, many that you didn’t even know you had in you. I had a near perfect day. So many things can go wrong, from hydration, food, your feet, your stomach, fatigue, and then there’s the emotional piece. “You learn a lot about yourself at 2 a.m. running on a trail in the middle of nowhere, having been up for over a day and knowing you still have 20 something miles to go.” Perillo battled foot problems throughout the race and he expects to lose all 10 toenails. Perillo went to the doctor on Monday and confirmed that he had two small stress fractures in the first metatarsal on his right foot. He thinks the fractures occurred sometime during the latter part of the race.