Ultramarathon

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Ultramarathoners compete at the Sahara Race 2011 (4 Deserts)

An ultramarathon, also called ultra distance, is any sporting event involving running and walking longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi).

There are two types of ultramarathon events: those that cover a specified distance, and events that take place during specified time (with the winner covering the most distance in that time). The most common distances are 50 kilometres (31.069 mi), 100 kilometres (62.137 mi), 50 miles (80.4672 km), and 100 miles (160.9344 km), although many races have other distances. The 100 kilometers is recognized as an official world record event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of track and field.[1]

Other distances/times include double marathons, 24-hour races, and multiday races of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) or even longer. The format of these events and the courses vary, ranging from single or multiple loops (some as short as a 400-metre (1,300 ft) track),[2] to point-to-point road or trail races, to cross-country rogaines. Many ultramarathons, especially trail challenges, have severe course obstacles, such as inclement weather, elevation change, or rugged terrain. Many of these races are run on dirt roads or mountain paths, though some are run on paved roads as well. Usually, there are aid stations every 20 to 35 kilometres (12 to 22 mi) apart, where runners can replenish food and drink supplies or take a short break.

Timed events range from 6, 12, and 24 hours to 3, 6, and 10 days (known as multi-day events). Timed events are generally run on a track or a short road course, often one mile (1.6 km) or less.

The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) organises the World Championships for various ultramarathon distances, including 50 kilometres (31 mi), 100 kilometres (62 mi), 24 hours, and ultra trail running, which are also recognized by the IAAF. Many countries around the world have their own ultrarunning organizations, often the national athletics federation of that country, or are sanctioned by such national athletics organizations. World records for distances, times, and ages are tracked by the IAU.

Regions[edit]

Ultra Marathons are run around the world with more than 70,000 people completing them every year.[citation needed]

Africa[edit]

Several ultra distance events are held in Africa.

The Washie 100 starts at 17h00 in Port Alfred on the first Full moon Friday in every July of the year, is run through the night and finishes at the Buffs Club in East London, South Africa. This race has attracted many international runners, over the years, as well as famous and legendary runners from all over the world, as well as the races own "legends", in their own way of course. Every runner that completes a Washie 100 is a legend in his or her own special way, as there is no prize money handed out as prizes, only trophies for EVERY COMPETITOR who finishes. These trophies, as well as a tracksuit for all novices (runners who completed their first journey), are handed out at a usually very emotional prize giving, on the Sunday morning (of the same weekend) at Buffs Club in East London at 09h00.

Interesting Statistics on the Washie 100 (Which can be found on www.washie100.co.za)

- Butch Duffy, a South African and also Buffs Club runner, has completed 23 Washie 100 Journeys in 2013, and has entered for his 24th in 2014.

- Eric Wright, a South African who runs for his Club in Gauteng, has completed 24 Washie 100 Journeys in 2013, the most Washie's done by any runner to date, and has entered for his 25th in 2014.

- The record for the Washie 100 was set by a South African, Manie Saaiman in 1982, during his 2nd Washie 100, with a time of 13:13:28, a record unbeaten by anybody for 30 years.

- The record now stands on 13:07:05, claimed by another South African, Johan Van De Merwe during his 1st Washie in 2012. Johan won the race again in 2013 but finished the race 13 minutes later than his own record in 2012. Johan has entered again for his 3rd journey in 2014, hopefully being success full at improving his own record set in 2012.

- The ladies record is held by a South African, Rae Bisshoff, set in 1998 in a time of 14:53:06 during her 1st (and only one ever) Washie 100 journey.

- The race was won by a lady once, and that was in 2008 by a South African, Vanessa Wayland, in a time of 16:19:52, in her first of only 2 Washie 100 journeys.

- The lady that has done the most Washie 100's to date, is Ina Henning, a South African who completed her 12th Washie 100 in 2007.

Asia[edit]

Ultrarunning has become popular in Asia recently, and countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea have hosted IAU World Championships.

Oceania, Australia, and New Zealand[edit]

Australia and New Zealand are host to some 100 organized ultramarathons each year. Additionally a handful of runners have run the entire length of New Zealand, a distance of around 2,200 kilometres (1,400 mi).[21]

In Australia, the Westfield Ultra Marathon was an annual race between Sydney and Melbourne contested between 1983 and 1991. Greek runner Yiannis Kouros won the event five times during that period. Australia is also the home of one of the oldest six-day races in the world, the Cliff Young Australian 6-day race, held in Colac, Victoria. The race is held on a 400-meter circuit at the Memorial Square in the centre of Colac, and has seen many epic battles since its inception in 1984. The 20th Cliff Young Australian six-day race was held between 20 and 26 November 2005. During that event, Kouros beat his existing world record six-day track mark and set a new mark of 1,036.851 kilometres (644.269 mi). The Coast to Kosciuszko inaugurated in 2004, is a 246-kilometre (153 mi) marathon from the coast to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest mountain.

New Zealand's first ultramarathon was held on a 100 km (62 mi) track. The Kepler Challenge, 60 kilometres (37 mi) through Fiordland National Park, has been running since 1988 and is one of the country's most popular races. New Zealand's Northburn 100 ultra mountain run [2] is the first 100 mile (160 km) race through the Northburn Station.

Papua New Guinea has the Kokoda Challenge Race, an annual 96 km endurance race held in late August that runs the length of the historic Kokoda Track.[22]

In November 2012, Kim Allan planned to run and/or walk 500 kilometres (310 mi) nonstop, without sleep, on the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile track at the Auckland Domain. Her aim was to beat ultrarunner Pam Reed's record of 300 miles (480 km).[23] According to her Facebook page, she only managed 385.8 kilometres (239.7 mi).[24] She eventually passed the 500 kilometre mark at 86 hours, 11 minutes, and 9 seconds, breaking the 486 kilometres (302 mi) women's record.[25]

In April 2013, a Feilding man, Perry Newburn, set a new New Zealand record by running 483 kilometres (300 mi) without sleep at Feilding's Manfield Park.[26]

Europe[edit]

Ultrarunning is popular in Europe, and the sport can trace its origins here with early documentation of ultrarunners came from Icelandic sagas, or even the antique Greece from where the idea of the Marathon, and the Spartathlon comes. The history of ultrarunners and walkers in the UK from the Victorian Era has also been documented. The IAU hosts annual European Championships for the 50 km, 100 km and 24 hours. There are over 300 ultramarathons held in Europe each year. Some of the largest events include:

Antarctica[edit]

Due to logistics and environmental concerns there are only a handful of ultramarathons held in Antarctica, and travel costs can mean entrance fees as high as $14,000.[29] Ultramarathons in Antarctica include: The Last Desert, a multi-stage footrace, and the Antarctic Ice Marathon – a marathon and 100-kilometer race.

North America[edit]

There are several hundred ultramarathons held annually in North America. One of the most popular is the Western States Endurance Run, the world's oldest 100-mile trail run. The race began unofficially in 1974, when local horseman Gordy Ainsleigh's horse for the 100-mile Tevis Cup horse race came up lame. He decided to travel the course on foot, finishing in 23 hours and 47 minutes.'

One of the first documented ultramarathons in North America was held in 1926, and at the time was part of the Central American Games. Tomas Zafiro and Leoncio San Miguel, both Tarahumara Indians, ran 100 km from Pachuca to Mexico City in 9 hours and 37 minutes. At the time, the Mexican government petitioned to include a 100 km race in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam[citation needed]; however, nothing came of these efforts.

100 Mile Footraces in the Contiguous United States, 2011

In 1928, sports agent C. C. Pyle organized the first of two editions of the 3,455-mile-long Bunion Derby (the first went along U.S. Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago before heading toward New York; the 1929 Derby reversed the route). Neither the race nor the accompanying vaudeville show was a financial success.

Since 1997, runners have been competing in the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, which is billed as the longest official footrace in the world. They run 100 laps a day for up to 50 days around a single block in Queens, NY, for a total distance of 3,100 miles (5,000 km).[30]

In April 2006, the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame was established by the American Ultrarunning Association (AUA). Candidates for the Hall of Fame are chosen from the 'modern era' of American ultras, beginning with the New York Road Runners Club 30 Mile race held in 1958. The Inaugural inductees were Ted Corbitt, a former US Olympian, winner of the aforementioned race in 3:04:13, and co-founder of the Road Runners Club of America, and Sandra Kiddy, who kicked off her ultra career at age 42 with a world record at 50 kilometers, 3:36:56, and who went on to set a string of US and world ultra records.

South America[edit]

There are few ultramarathons in South America, but the sport is getting more popular every day. The Brazil 135 Ultramarathon is a single stage race of 135 miles ( 217 km) with a 60 hour cutoff, held in Brazil. This is a Badwater "sister race".[31] Several ultramarathons are held in Chile and the activity is becoming more popular among Chileans.[32] Ultramarathons held in Chile include:

There are six stages in seven days, with almost four marathons run in the first four days, then a 74 km stretch,then a rest day and a final stage of 11 km. It is part of the 4 Deserts Series, which, as the name suggests, is a desert race series.[34] The Atacama Crossing take place in terrain that is rarely flat underfoot, with a harsh climate and an altitude that averages 2500 m (8000 ft). The race uses the town of San Pedro de Atacama as its host town, and in 2012 the race began at its highest point of over 3,000m in the Arcoiris Valley.

View from the Atacama Crossing 2011.

The event, organized by NIGSA, aims to promote the conservation of Chilean Patagonia and contribute to the sustainable development of the region. For each runner, a tree will be planted in the Torres del Paine National Park through the “Corre y Reforesta” (Run and Reforest) campaign[36] run by the organization “Reforestemos Patagonia” (Let’s Reforest Patagonia)[37] which aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving these areas and contribute to the reforestation of native trees in Chilean Patagonia.

List of ultramarathons[edit]

This is only a partial list of events. For a full list, see Ultramarathon Running's Calendar and local countries' ultrarunning websites.

Road and dirt paths[edit]

LocationName
 CanadaDeer Lake 67
 PhilippinesAll Women Ultra Marathon
 PhilippinesBataan Death March Ultra marathon
 GermanyBerlin 100 Miles[dead link]
  SwitzerlandBiel/Bienne 100 km
 South AfricaWashie 100
 South AfricaComrades Marathon
 SingaporeCraze Ultra (100 Mile/50 Mile/25 Mile) - Are You Nuts Enough?
 United KingdomDartmoor Discovery
 United StatesFANS 6, 12, 24 Hour Races Fort Snelling State Park / Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
 United KingdomGrand Union Canal 145 mile Race
 United StatesGraveyard 100
 CanadaHaney to Harrison 100k Ultra[dead link]
 United StatesJFK 50 Mile
 United StatesKeys 100
 JapanLake Saroma Ultramarathon 100 km / 50 km [39]
 United KingdomLondon to Brighton
 United KingdomMarlborough Downs Challenge
 JapanMiyakojima Ultra Marathon 100 km etc.
 Italy100km del Passatore
 JapanRiver Shimanto Ultramarathon 100 km / 60 km[40]
 NetherlandsRUN Winschoten, Netherlands
 ItalyStrasimeno
 GreeceSpartathlon
 SingaporeSundown Ultra Marathon Singapore 100 km
 IndiaThe Taj Mahal Marathon 222k Ultra
 South AfricaTwo Oceans Marathon
 United StatesTW 50k Ultra
 JapanTrans Okinawa Foot Race 353 km/292 km
 Brazil100km Volta ao Lago Caixa (website in Portuguese)
 LithuaniaUltramarathon Baltic cup 100 km
 United StatesWay Too Cool 50 Kilometer
 IndiaBangalore Ultra
 MalaysiaPutrajaya 100 Miles, Watergate 16 Hours

Track Ultramarathons[edit]

LocationName
 United KingdomBarry 40
 CanadaSelf-Transcendence 24 Hour Race Ottawa

Mountain and trails[edit]

LocationName
 South AfricaAddo Elephant Trail Run
   NepalAnnapurna 100
 United StatesAmerican River 50 Mile Endurance Run
 United StatesAngeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
 CanadaArc'teryx Squamish 50
 United StatesBarkley Marathons
 United StatesBear 100 Mile Endurance Run
 United StatesBighorn Trail Run
 United StatesBull Run Run 50 Mile
 United StatesBurning River 100 Mile Endurance Run
 CanadaCanadian Death Race
 United StatesCascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
 United StatesChimera 100 Mile
 United StatesElizabeth's Furnace Fat Ass 50K
 United StatesEvergreen Trail Runs
 NicaraguaFuego y Agua 25k,50k,100K & Survival Run
 United StatesGrand Canyon Ultra Marathon
 RéunionGrand Raid de la Réunion
 United StatesGrindstone 100 Miler
 United StatesHardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run
 JapanHasetsune Cup 71.5 km
 United StatesHAT Run
 JapanHida Takayama Ultra Marathon
 United StatesHUFF 50K Trail Run
 United StatesHunter Gatherer Ultras & Survival Run
 United StatesJackson County 50-50
 United StatesJavelina Jundred[dead link]
 United StatesKesugi Ridge Traverse
 United StatesKettle Moraine 100 Endurance Runs
 Papua New GuineaKokoda Trail
 CanadaKnee Knackering North Shore Trail Run
 IcelandLaugavegur Ultramarathon
 United StatesLeadville Trail 100
 United StatesLean Horse Ultramarathon
 United StatesMassanutten Mountain Trails 100
 United KingdomMourneway Ultra Marathon
 United StatesMcNaughton Park Trail Runs
 United StatesMiwok 100K Trail Race
 United StatesThe Mountain Ultra[dead link]
 United StatesMountain Masochist Trail Run
 JapanMuraoka Ultra Marathon 100 km/88 km/44 km
 United KingdomNorth Downs way 50,100
 AustraliaNorth Face 100
 United StatesOil Creek 100 Trail Runs - 50K, 50 & 100 miles
 United StatesOld Dominion 100 Miler
 United StatesOld Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run
 Hong KongOxfam Trailwalker
 Australia
 United StatesPillar Mountain Run, Kodiak, AK
 United StatesPinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Run Alabama
 United StatesQuad Dipsea
 GermanyRennsteiglauf
 United StatesResurrection Pass Ultra Trail Races
 United StatesRio Del Lago
 JapanShin'etsu Five Mountains Trail 110km
 United KingdomSouth Downs way 100
 CanadaScorched Sole
 CanadaSinister 7 100 mile
 United StatesStumpJump 50k
  SwitzerlandSwiss Alpine Marathon
 United KingdomThames Path 100km
 JapanTrans Japan Alps Race (TJAR) 415 km
 United StatesTransRockies Run, 6 stages, 125m
 JapanUltra-Trail Mt. Fuji 168 km / 88 km
 FranceUltra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
 Italy
  Switzerland
 United StatesVermont 100 Mile Endurance Run
 United StatesWasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run
 United KingdomWest Highland Way Race
 United StatesWestern States Endurance Run
 United StatesWickham Park Marathon, 50M, 100M, 200M
 MalaysiaBorneo TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 50K, 100K
 Turkeyİznik Ultramarathon
 TurkeyLycian Way Ultramarathon
 JapanYatsugatake (Mount Yatsuga) Nobeyama Highland 100km Ultra Marathon

Extreme conditions[edit]

LocationName
 ItalyTor des Geants
 MoroccoMarathon des Sables
 Canada6633 Ultra: The Arctic, Canada
 United StatesBadwater Ultramarathon
 South AfricaKalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon
 United StatesArrowhead Winter Ultramarathon
 SpainAl Andalus Ultimate Trail
 United StatesBeast of Burden Winter 100 Miler
 New ZealandNorthburn100
 FinlandRovaniemi 150 Arctic Winter Race
 FinlandThe Lapland Extreme Challenge Race, 900 kilometers (15 days)
 TurkeyRunfire Cappadocia Ultramarathon
 AntarcticaThe Last Desert
 China4 Deserts
 Egypt
 Chile
 Antarctica

Very long events and multidays[edit]

LocationNameDescription
 CanadaBruce TrailOntario, Canada 800 kilometers in (10–15 days).
 United StatesThe Bunion DerbyLos Angeles to New York 3,455 miles (3 months).
 HungaryLake Balaton Supermarathon [dead link](4 days)
 United StatesSelf-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race [30]
 United StatesSelf-Transcendence 6- & 10-day
 JapanTrans Japan Alps Race (TJAR)415 km/7–8 days
 GermanySpreelauf
 EuropeTrans Europe Foot Race
 FranceParis-Colmar450 km march (Racewalking).
 FranceTrans-Gaule
 ChileAtacama Crossing
 ChinaGobi March
 EgyptSahara Race

IAU Race Results[edit]

IAU 100 km World Championships[edit]

YearLocationChampion (m)Champion (f)
1987Belgium Torhout Domingo Catalán (ESP) Agnes Eberle (SWI)
1988Spain Santander Domingo Catalán (ESP) Ann Trason (USA)
1989France Rambouillet Bruno Scelsi (FRA) Katherina Janicke (West Germany)
1990United States Duluth Roland Vuillemenot (FRA) Eleanor Adams (GBR)
1991Italy Faenza Valmir Nuñes (BRA) Eleanor Adams (GBR)
1992Spain Palamós Konstantin Santalov (RUS) Nurzia Bagmanova (RUS)
1993Belgium Torhout Konstantin Santalov (RUS) Carolyn Hunter-Rowe (GBR)
1994Japan Yubetsu/Saroma/Tokoro Aleksey Volgin (RUS) Valentina Shatyeyeva (RUS)
1995Netherlands Winschoten Valmir Nuñes (BRA) Ann Trason (USA)
1996Russia Moscow Konstantin Santalov (RUS) Valentina Shatyeyeva (RUS)
1997Netherlands Winschoten Sergey Yanenko (UKR) Valentina Lyakhova (RUS)
1998Japan Shimanto Grigoriy Murzin (RUS) Carolyn Hunter-Rowe (GBR)
1999France Chavagnes-en-Paillers Simon Pride (GBR) Anna Balosáková (SVK)
2000Netherlands Winschoten Pascal Fétizon (FRA) Edit Bérces (HUN)
2001France Cléder Yasufumi Mikami (JPN) Yelvira Kolpakova (RUS)
2002Belgium Torhout Mario Fattore (ITA) Tatyana Zhyrkova (RUS)
2003Taiwan Tainan Mario Fattore (ITA) Monica Casiraghi (ITA)
2004Netherlands Winschoten Mario Ardemagni (ITA) Tatyana Zhyrkova (RUS)
2005Japan Yubetsu/Saroma/Tokoro Grigoriy Murzin (RUS) Hiroko Sho (JPN)
2006South Korea Misari Yannick Djouadi (FRA) Elizabeth Hawker (GBR)
2007Netherlands Winschoten Shinichi Watanabe (JPN) Norimi Sakurai (JPN)
2008Italy Rome Giorgio Calcaterra (ITA) Tatyana Zhirkova (RUS)
2009Belgium Torhout Yasukazu Miyazato (JPN) Kami Semick (USA)
2010Gibraltar Gibraltar Shinji Nakadai (JPN) Ellie Greenwood (GBR)
2011Netherlands Winschoten Giorgio Calcaterra (ITA) Marina Bychkova (RUS)
2012Italy Seregno Giorgio Calcaterra (ITA) Amy Sproston (USA)
2013cancelled

IAU 24-Hour Run World Challenge[edit]

YearLocationChampion (m)Champion (f)
NameDistanceNameDistance
2003Netherlands Uden Paul Beckers (BEL)270.087 km Irina Reutovich (ru(RUS)237.052 km
2004Czech Republic Brno Ryōichi Sekiya (JPN)269.085 km Sumie Inagaki (JPN)237.154 km
2005Austria Wörschach Anatoliy Kruglikov (RUS)268.065 km Lyudmila Kalinina (RUS)242.228 km
2006Taiwan Taipei Ryōichi Sekiya (JPN)272.936 km Sumie Inagaki (JPN)237.144 km
2007Canada Drummondville Ryōichi Sekiya (JPN)263.562 km Lyudmila Kalinina (RUS)236.848 km
2008South Korea Seoul Ryōichi Sekiya (JPN)273.366 km Anne-Marie Vernet (fr(FRA)239.685 km
2009Italy Bergamo Henrik Olsson (SWE)257.042 km Anne-Cécile Fontaine (FRA)243.644 km
2010France Brive-la-Gaillarde Shingo Inoue (JPN)273.708 km Anne-Cécile Fontaine (FRA)239.797 km
2011cancelled[41] SwitzerlandBrugg, then TaiwanTaipei (commonly known as Taiwan)
2012Poland Katowice [41] Mike Morton (USA)277.543 km Michaela Dimitriadu (CZE)244.232 km
2013Netherlands Steenbergen Jon Olsen (USA)269.675 km Mami Kudo (JPN)252.205 km

IAU World Best Performances[edit]

Men[edit]

EventRecordAthleteDatePlaceRef
50 km Road2:43:38 Thompson Magawana (RSA)12 April 1988South Africa Claremont, South Africa[42]
50 km Track2:48:06 Jeff Norman (GBR)7 June 1980United Kingdom Timperley, United Kingdom[42]
100 km Road6:13:33 Takahiro Sunada (JPN)21 June 1998Japan Yubetsu-Saroma-Tokoro, Japan[42]
100 km Track6:10:20 Donald Ritchie (GBR)28 Oct 1978United Kingdom London, United Kingdom[42]
100 miles Road11.46.37 Yiannis Kouros (GRE)7/8 Nov 1984United States Queens New York, USA[42]
100 miles Track11.28.03 Oleg Kharitonov (RUS)20 Oct 2002United Kingdom London, United Kingdom[42]
100 miles Indoor12.56.13 Donald Ritchie (GBR)3/4 Feb 1990United Kingdom Milton Keynes, United Kingdom[42]
6H Road92.188 km Tomasz Chawawko (POL)7 Mar 2004Netherlands Stein, Netherland[42]
6H Track97.200 km Donald Ritchie (GBR)28 Oct 1978United Kingdom London, United Kingdom[42]
6H Indoor93.247 km Denis Zhalybin (RUS)7/8 Feb 2003Russia Moscow, Russia[42]
12H Road162.543 km Yiannis Kouros (GRE)7 Nov 1984United States New York, USA[42]
12H Track162.400 km Yiannis Kouros (GRE)15/16 Mar 1985France Montauban, France[42]
12H Indoor140.844 km Aleksander Korotkov (RUS)21/22 Feb 2004Finland Lohja Citymarket, Finland[42]
24H Road290.221 km Yiannis Kouros (GRE)2/3 May 1998Switzerland Basel, Switzerland[42]
24H Track303.506 km Yiannis Kouros (GRE)4/5 Oct 1997Australia Adelaide, Australia[42]
24H Indoor257.576 km Nikolai Safin (RUS)27/28 Feb 1993Russia Podolsk, Russia[42]
48H Road433.095 km Yiannis Kouros (GRE)2/3 May 1998Switzerland Basel, Switzerland[42]
48H Track473.495 km Yiannis Kouros (GRE)3–5 May 1996France Surgeres, France[42]
48H Indoor426.178 km Tony Mangan (IRL)16 Mar 2007Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic[42]

Women[edit]

EventRecordAthleteDatePlaceRef
50 km Road3:08:39 Frith Van Der Merwe (RSA)25 March 1989South Africa Claremont, South Africa[42]
50 km Track3:18:52 Carol Hunter-Rowe (GBR)3 March 1996United Kingdom Barry, Wales United Kingdom[42]
100 km Road6:33:11 Tomoe Abe (JPN)25 June 2000Japan Yubetsu-Saroma-Tokoro, Japan[42]
100 km Track7:14:06 Norimi Sakurai (JPN)27 Sept 2003Italy Lupatotissima, Italy[42]
100 miles Road13.47.41 Ann Trason (USA)4 May 1991United States Queens New York, USA[42]
100 miles Track14.25.45 Edit Berces (HUN)21/22 Sept 2002Italy Lupatoto, Italy[42]
100 miles Indoor14.43.40 Eleanor Robinson (GBR)3/4 Feb 1990United Kingdom Milton Keynes, United Kingdom[42]
6H Road82.838 km Ricarda Botzon (GER)7 July 2001Germany Kiel, Germany[42]
6H Track83.200 km Norimi Sakurai (JPN)27 Sept 2003Italy Lupatoto Verone, Italy[42]
6H Indoor80.600 km Marina Bychkova (RUS)7/8 Feb 2003Russia Moscow, Russia[42]
12H Road144.840 km Ann Trason (USA)4 May 1991United States Queens New York, USA[42]
12H Track147.600 km Ann Trason (USA)3/4 Aug 1991United States Hayward, USA[42]
12H Indoor135.318 km Eleanor Robinson Adams (GBR)3/4 Feb 1990United Kingdom Milton Keynes, United Kingdom[42]
24H Road247.076 km Lizzy Hawker (GBR)23/24 Sep 2011United Kingdom Llandudno, United Kingdom[42]
24H Track254.425 km Mami Kudo(Kudou, Kudoh) (JPN)12/13 Dec 2009Taiwan Soochow, Taipei[42]
24H Indoor240.631 km Sumie Inagaki (JPN)29/30 Jan 2011Finland Espoo, Finland[42]
48H Road368.687 km Mami Kudo(Kudou, Kudoh) (JPN)8-10 Apr 2011Greece Athens, Greece[42]
48H Track397.103 km Sumie Inagaki (JPN)21–23 May 2010France Surgeres, France[42]
48H Indoor372.415 km Irina Reutovitch (RUS)22-24 Mar 2002Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic[42]

World or national-record holding or world-championship-winning ultramarathon runners[edit]

For reliable and updated information, see IAU(International Association of Ultrarunners) annual report of current world records on its newest "World's Best Performances" page in "statistics".

Born to Run[edit]

In 2009, Christopher McDougall's book Born to Run was released. Written from both anthropological and scientific angles, this book is a story of an entire people of ultramarathoners. While other books had previously been written specifically about ultramarathons, McDougall made conclusions about humanity's roots in long distance running that were just controversial enough to excite the masses who had never heard of the sport. It quickly became a national bestseller and a Forbes and Washington Post book of the year, helping spread the idea of ultramarathons.

See also[edit]

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