2014 Performances of the Year (Ultra)

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Kilian Jornet After Winning Hardrock 100

Kilian Jornet After Winning Hardrock 100

Back in July, Kilian obliterated the record at Hardrock. He ran 22:41:35 on one of the most challenging hundred-mile courses in the world. He will be back at Hardrock in 2015 running the course in the opposite direction. He will have some decent competition (Jamil Coury, Adam Campbell, Iker Karrera, Tony Krupicka, Denis Mikhaylov, etc.) but expect Kilian to race to another record.

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Max King After Winning 100km World Championships

Max King After Winning 100km World Championships

Max King is probably the most versatile runner in the world. He is extremely fast at every distance. In November, he won the 100km World Championships in 6:27:43. That averages out to 6:14/mile. He set an American record and helped the U.S. take the team title.

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Steve Durbin (race director) and Traci Falbo photo credit: Mike Howard

Steve Durbin (race director) and Traci Falbo
photo credit: Mike Howard

I’ve written about Traci Falbo before. She is the best runner you’ve never heard of. In November, she set an American record for a [trail] hundred mile race. She ran 14:45:25 (8:51/mile) at the Tunnel Hill 100-Miler. That broke Jenn Shelton’s seven-year-old record by nearly twelve minutes. Traci has described Ann Trason’s 100-mile [road] record (13:47:42) as “untouchable” but I’m not so sure anymore…

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Ellie Greenwood Winning Comrades

Ellie Greenwood Winning Comrades

If you haven’t had a chance to read Ellie’s race report from Comrades (89.28km), you should take a minute to do it. It’s very inspiring, and it might be just what you need the next time you have to dig deep in a race.

Check out the video below (Ellie takes the lead at the 6:09:50 mark in the video):

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