Golden ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter has made a habit of winning races, not just beating the women but all the men, too. She may be on the verge of another big win, a race in Tennessee that has no finish line.
At the Big’s Backyard Ultra in Bell Buckle, Tenn., competitors run around a roughly 4-mile loop over and over again. The race ends when all the runners but one have dropped out. The race started Oct. 20 and by mid-afternoon Monday, more than 70 runners had given up, leaving only three in the running. Dauwalter was in first place, ahead of two men.
At last check, Dauwalter had run 241.7 miles in 47 hours and 31 minutes. She held a lead of five minutes, 36 seconds over Johan Steene of Stockholm, Sweden. Gavin Woody of Bellevue, Wash. was in third, more than an hour and a half behind her. Her last female competitor dropped out after 183.3 miles.
Dauwalter, 33, has won 29 of 54 women’s races since 2011, topping the men’s winner in 10 of those races. On June 23, she was the first woman to cross the line at the prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in northern California. Her time — 17 hours, 27 minutes — was the second-fastest for a female in that race’s history.
Follow Dauwalter’s progress online here.