Trail & Ultrarunners
It’s time to change up the scenery in our Women’s Running Bracket and head to the trails! This group of runners is ultra-impressive in terms of being able to go the distance. From running up Everest to crossing deserts, these women will knock your socks off with their running feats.
Let’s find out how they did in Round One!
The first round of competition in our trail and ultrarunners didn’t have too many close contests. The smallest margin of victory was Jamie Donaldson’s 64% to Nikki Kimball’s 36%. Western States’ record holder Ellie Greenwood dominated Connie Gardner, 92% to 8%. (Full results for Trail & Ultrarunners, Round One)
Now let’s move on to Round Two!
Ann Trason vs. Jamie Donaldson
Ann Trason holds several course records at top ultra races, including the American River 50, Leadville Trail 100 and Comrades. In both 1996 and 1997, Trason won both the Western States 100 just 12 days after winning the Comrades Marathon in South Africa – a race with a misleading name, as it is actually 56 miles! She has won Western States 100 a whopping 14 times, and broken 20 world records during her career.
Jamie Donaldson, a sixth-grade math teacher, is a three-time champ of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon. Besides holding the women’s course record at Badwater with an amazing 26:12:12, she holds the top three women’s times of the event’s history. Jamie also holds the USATF record for 200,000 meters (~124 miles), and in 2010 ran 100 miles in 14:58:23.
Ellie Greenwood vs. Krissy Moehl
Ellie Greenwood is a 2:42 marathoner who holds the Western States 100 course record. She was the 2010 100k world-champion and was named the female Ultrarunner of the Year twice by Ultrarunning Magazine.
Krissy Moehl is a veteran ultrarunner with 12 years of competition and 96 races under her belt. Her career includes 46 female wins and 2 outright wins… if you’re not great at math, that means she’s won nearly 50% of her races! (factoring in the two DNF’s). In 2005, she became the youngest female to complete the Grand Slam of ultrarunning, an honor bestowed to those who complete the Western States 100, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, and the Leadville Trail 100 – all in one calendar year.
Amy Palmiero-Winters vs. Sue Ellen Trapp
Amy Palmeiro-Winters was a runner in high school, but lost her left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1994. A decade later, she entered her first marathon, winning her age group! Palmeiro-Winters turned to ultras in 2009, winning the Arizona Road Racers Run to the Future twenty-four-hour race, marking the first time an amputee had won an ultramarathon. In 2010, she became the first amputee to finish Western States and in 2011, she became the first female amputee to finish Badwater.
Sue Ellen Trapp managed to balance being a full-time dentist with ultrarunning for much of her running days. The three-time USTAF Masters Ultrarunner of the Year winner specialized in 24-hour and 48-hour events. She began her ultra career in 1979, breaking the American women’s record in the 100K. From 1979-1981, she frequently traded American and world record standards for the 50 miles, 100K and 24 hour events with fellow American Mary Schwam. By 1981, Trapp owned the world 100k record (8:05:16) and the world 24 hour standard (123 miles, 593 yards).After a semi-retirement, Trapp returned to the sport and reclaimed both the national road and absolute 24-hour marks from Ann Trason in 1993. She also set national and world records in the 48-hour event in 1997, with a distance of 234 miles, 1425 yards. Setting world records 17 yeards apart, it may go without saying that Trapp is a member of the American Ultra Hall of Fame.
Tomoe Abe vs. Anne-Marie Flammersfeld
Tomoe Abe straddled the marathon and ultramarathon worlds during her competitive career in the 1990s and early 2000s. Her marathon best was 2:26:09, and she won a bronze medal in the 1993 World Marathon Championship. On the other side of the coin, Abe shocked the ultrarunning world in 2000 by setting a women’s world record in the 100k with a time of 6:33:11 – nearly 30 minutes faster than the previous record!
Anne-Marie Flammersfeld was the first woman to win all four events in the 4 Deserts ultra race series. The series includes the Gobi March (China), the Atacama Crossing (Chile), the Sahara Race (Egypt) and The Last Desert (Antarctica); all are weeklong stage races that take place over 155 miles of desert.