Women are “closing the gap” in competitive endurance sports. Here’s a list of a few incredible women who are ultra marathoners and who prove just this. They’re people I’d like to hang out with, and they’re all around badass. They go for it and are totally inspiring.
1. Lucy Bartholomew
Lucy Bartholomew is a plant eating trail ultramarathoner. She’s Australian, 24 years-old, and is sponsored by Salomon Australia, Suunto, CLIF bar and Le Bent. She began runninging when she was 15 years old as a way to bond with her dad, and has been running ever since. She is plant-based, and loves cooking and yoga.
2. Courtney Dauwalter
Courtney Dauwalter is just not gonna stop. Her list of accomplishments is through the roof in particularly long ultras, and I must say, she might be the most impressive because of her damn good attitude. She runs 200+ mile races and somehow seems to stay chill the entire time. She’s one of those no frills runners only concerned with running: her diet consists of chicken wings, pizza, and beer, and she laughs when she is often asked about her diet. Basically, take her running advice and maybe leave her eating advice. With tons of experience over the years, Courtney has developed an amazing ability to push through the most trying parts of ultras, leading her to tons of wins. Fyi, she was a teacher before becoming a pro runner.
3. Jay Bowen
Jay Bowen was an avid marathoner before attempting her first ultra marathon – the Resort to Rock 60K – in 2016. A coworker convinced her to give it a shot and she has since then completed about a dozen more. She loves being out in nature and enjoys relying on the good vibes from her friends to get her through tough runs.
4. Krissy Moehl
Like Jay, Krissy signed up for her first ultra marathon when a coworker suggested it (who are these amazing – or cruel? – co workers!), and has been hooked ever since. She’s got a super impressive track record, and loves powering through the toughest parts of races. It’s a sort of meditation for her: when things are so difficult that all she can do is focus on putting one foot in front of the other, she thrives. Krissy reminds us that meditating, reflecting, and living in the moment are no doubt rewarding.
Having been in in the sport for 20 years, Krissy is an incredible coach, Patagonia ambassador, and author: Running Your First Ultra: Customizable Training Plans for Your First 50k to 100-mile Race.
5. Caryn Lubetsky
Caryn is an attorney, mother, and ultra marathoner known for donating all funds she raises from racing to the non-profit The Childhood Cancer Project. When the going gets tough, she reminds herself of who and what she is running for. She has completed the notorious Badwater 135-miler in Death Valley and is a huge inspiration to those who want to pay it forward.
6. Jenn Shelton
Jenn is a terrific marathoner and ultra-marathoner who is sponsored by Patagonia. You may have heard of her from Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run, or maybe you even heard about her 2007 accomplishment: when she was the first woman to finish the Frederik Marathon in under three hours, IN A BIKINI. Talk about fun and why not.
7. Camille Herron
Camille Herron sets ultra marathon records all over the world. She qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trial in 2008, 2012, and 2016, and works on the USA Track & Field’s Women’s Long Distance Running Committee. She’s incredibly accomplished, and when she’s not out running you can find her researching bone imaging at the University of Oklahoma. Camille just goes after it (and gets it).
Maybe now’s the time to try to convince a co worker to sign up for an ultra. And want more inspo? Read Caroline’s running transformation story here.