87: The 100-miler: Part 27 (1979) – Old Dominion 100


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By Davy Crockett You can read, listen, or watch The Old Dominion 100, established in 1979, was held in Virginia along the beautiful Shenandoah River. It was one of the first classic modern-era American trail 100-milers. Today, few ultrarunners have even heard about this race. Old Dominion 100’s origin story is similar to Western States 100. It also emerged from the horse endurance riding sport. The Old Dominion 100-mile Run patterned its practices from Western States, established two years earlier in 1977. Old Dominion 100 gave East Coast ultrarunners a trail 100-miler on their side of the country. Western States 100 claims it is the “world's oldest 100-mile trail race” (still being held), but technically Old Dominion 100 has legitimate rights to that claim because in those early years Western States was actually only 89 miles. Help is needed to continue the Ultrarunning History Podcast and website. Please consider becoming a patreon member of ultrarunning history. Help to preserve this history by signing up to contribute a few dollars each month. Visit https://ultrarunninghistory.com/member Alex Bigler Governor John Bigler Alexander Bowman Bigler Jr. was born Jun 8, 1935, in Merced, California. He played an important part in the history of Old Dominion 100. He came from a very prominent California family. His great-grandfather, John Bigler, was California’s third governor. Lake Tahoe was almost named Lake Bigler. His grandfather, Alexander B. Bigler was an attorney and superior court judge in Santa Barbara County for many years. His father, Dr. Alexander B. Bigler (1904-1968) was a medical doctor and a civic leader in Madero County, California and had a keen interest in California history. Bigler grew up in Northern California and went to Chowchilla Union High School during the early 1950s. He then attended Stanford University and lived in Redwood City where his first wife taught school. Bigler had a love for horseback riding. In 1960 he was president of the Auburn Sierra Rangers, a horseman’s club that was organized in 1946 to further the interest in riding, breeding better horses, and putting on showmanship and recreation events. Bigler became a close friend to Wendell Robie, the founder of the Western States Trail Ride (Tevis Cup) that in 1955 started to be held on the trail from Lake Tahoe to Auburn. Bigler became a big supporter of horse endurance rides. By 1961, public opinion came out against the Tevis Cup and its effect on horses, backed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A few horses had died during the rides. Bigler, living in Auburn, vigorously defended the horse endurance event. He wrote, “To participate in this event, riders and horses must be in excellent condition. Both must be well-trained which is accomplished only through months of rigorous training. In proper training, the rider comes to know this horse and its capabilities and therefore will not drive it beyond its limit. This event is well-organized and veterinarians are located at check points to watch for overly exhausted horses. In my opinion this ride is an outstanding event in terms of both pleasure and a sporting activity and is contributing much to our knowledge and history of the horse.” In 1966 and 1967, Bigler rode in the Western States Trail Ride on a thoroughbred, Joaquin, and finished well, in 16:46 and 17:12. During the early 1970s he served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Western States Trail Ride. Old Dominion 100 Mile Ride By 1973, Bigler and his wife Ila moved to Northern Virginia, where he took a job that was involved in planning for equestrian facilities. He brought with him a desire to organize a ride similar to the Western States Trail Ride. He gathered together a small group of enthusiastic endurance riders to organize an event. A non-profit organization was incorporated under the name “Old Dominion 100 Mile Endurance Ride” with sev...

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