Camille Herron

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Camille Herron
Camille Herron en route to the 100 Mile ultramarathon World Record at the 2017 Tunnel Hill 100.
Personal information
Born (1981-12-25) December 25, 1981 (age 37)
United States
ResidenceOklahoma City, OK
Height5 ft 9.5 in (1.765 m)
Weight120 lb (54 kg)
Country United States
SportTrack and Field
Event(s)Marathon and Ultras
Coached byConor Holt
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Marathon : 2:37:14
50K: 3:20:58
50 Miles: 5:38:41
100K: 7:08:35
12 hrs: 149.130km (92.665 miles)
100 miles: 12:42:40
24 hrs: 262.193km (162.919 miles)

Camille Herron (born December 25, 1981) is an American long-distance runner from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1] She won the 2017 Comrades Marathon and holds several world records at ultramarathon distances, along with the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a Superhero costume.[2]

World records[edit]

According to the International Association of Ultrarunners and Ultrarunning Magazine, as of March 2019.

50 miles Road 5h 38min 41s 6:46 per mile
100 miles Road/Trail 12h 42min 40s 7:37 per mile
100 miles Track 13h 25min 00s 8:03 per mile
12 Hours Track 92.66 miles 7:46 per mile
24 Hours Track 162.919 miles 8:50 per mile

Early life[edit]

Herron was born in Norman, Oklahoma to Dr. Jack and Susan Herron and graduated from Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City in 2000. Growing up playing a lot of sports, primarily dance and basketball, she was inspired by her Dad and Grandpa who both played at Oklahoma State University for the legendary coach Henry Iba. Her Mom was a swimmer. From an early age she had no fear of pushing herself to the extreme. At the age of the three, she almost drowned and was rescued by her Mom. Hearing stories from her Dad of practicing six hours without water or food, at the age of seven she would practice basketball in the heat of the summer until she'd black out. She went out for track in the 7th grade and fell in love with running after going out for cross country in the 8th grade.[3] She was a 3-time Track State Champion at Duncan High School and 3-time All-Stater in Cross Country.[4] Her family lost their home in the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. She went on to run for a year at the University of Tulsa, but injuries ultimately ended her collegiate career. She got back into competitive running as a road racer in her fifth year of college guided by her now husband and former elite distance runner, Conor Holt.[5] As an undergrad, she began applying her science and research knowledge to help her stay healthy and run farther and faster.[6]

Honors & notable performances[edit]

She is a three-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, 21-time marathon winner, Guinness World Record holder for the fastest marathon in a Superhero costume,[2] and aiming to become the first woman to win a marathon in all 50 US States.[7] She represented Team USA in the marathon at the 2011 Pan American Games, finishing 9th.[8] She also became the first 3-time winner of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.[9] She's won three National titles in ultra events (100K Road, 50 Mi Road, 100K Trail).[10][11][12] In 2015, she won the IAU 100k World Championships and the IAU 50k World Championships. As of Dec 2018, she has set eight Open American Records (50 Mi Road Best, 50 Mi Track, 100K Track, 12Hr Track, 100 Mi Road, 100 Mi Track, 200K Track, 24Hr Track)[13][14][15] and three Open World Bests (100 Mi, 12Hr, 24Hr).[16] Her 100 Mile World Record of 12:42:40 at the 2017 Tunnel Hill 100 is also the fastest women's time on trail.[17] She was voted the 2017 Ultrarunning Magazine Female Ultrarunner of the Year, three-time Ultra Performance of the Year, and is a four-time honoree of the USATF Ruth Anderson Ultrarunner of the Year award.[18][19][20][21] She was voted the 2015 and 2018 IAU International Athlete of the Year.[22][23][24]

Representation & sponsorships[edit]

She is represented by Mark Mastalir of Millennium Sports Marketing. Her sponsors include Nike, Nathan Sports [25], COROS Wearables [26], and Unived Sports [27]. In February 2019, COROS released the Apex 24Hr World Record Edition Watch to honor her 24Hr World Record.[28]

Personal life[edit]

After graduating from The University of Tulsa in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science cum laude, she continued to pursue her Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State University. Studying bone and exercise, she completed her master's thesis on enhancing bone recovery through whole body vibration training.[29] She gained skills in the specialized technique of bone histomorphometry.[30]

Following grad school, she worked in Bone Research at Purdue University and the University of Michigan and currently works as a Research Assistant in Osteoimmunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.[31] She splits her time between Warr Acres, OK and Alamosa, CO with her husband and two dogs and enjoys homebrewing beer.[32][33][34]

In Fall 2018, she and her husband launched a coaching business, Run With Camille.

In January 2019, she survived a near fatal rollover car accident and came back less than two weeks later to win the Tarawera 100 Miler in Rotorua, New Zealand in a new course record of 17:20:52.[35]


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  2. ^ a b "Fastest marathon in superhero costume (female)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  3. ^ Gary, Cohen. "Camille Herron — July, 2017". Gary Cohen Running. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Herron keeps on running". The Duncan Banner. December 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Camille Herron and American Women Win 100K World Championships Gold". Runner's World. Runner's World. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Camille Herron uses sports science to run farther and faster". Polar Blog. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Camille Herron Chases Marathon Wins in All 50 States". Runner's World & Running Times. 3 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Team USA opens competition At Pan American Games". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  9. ^ "2015 Memorial Marathon". Oklahoma City National Memorial. Oklahoma City National Memorial. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  10. ^ "This Week In Running: April 13, 2015". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  11. ^ "This Week In Running: October 26, 2015". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  12. ^ "This Week In Running: January 8, 2018". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  13. ^ "UltraRunning Magazine All-Time Lists". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  14. ^ "American Open Road Records". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  15. ^ "American Open Outdoor Track & Field Records". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  16. ^ "IAURecords Committee 2017 - 2020" (PDF). International Association of Ultrarunners. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Tunnel Hill 100 Mile". American Trail Running Association. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Herron and Walmsley named 2017 UltraRunners of the Year". Ultrarunning Magazine. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  19. ^ "USATF's Mountain Ultra Trail Council Announces 2018 Runners of the Year". ATRA. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  20. ^ "USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces 2016 runners of the year". ATRA. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  21. ^ "USATF's Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces 2017 runners of the year — ATRA". ATRA. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  22. ^ "Reus & Herron win IAU Athlete of the Year 2015". Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  23. ^ "International Association of Ultrarunners".
  24. ^ "The Winner of the 2018 IAU Athlete of the Year". International Association of Ultrarunners. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Nathan Signs Four Elite Ultrarunners". Running Network.
  26. ^ "Tracking a 24 Hour Record on COROS APEX". COROS Wearables. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Camille Herron". Unived. Unived. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  28. ^ Bock, Christine. "COROS Honors Avid User and Champion Long-Distance Runner Camille Herron for Recent World Record Run". Globe Newswire. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  29. ^ Herron, Jacquelyn (July 26, 2007). "The Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Bone Recovery Following Hindlimb Unloading of Adult Female Rats" (PDF).
  30. ^ "Bone Histomorphometry 101" (PDF). Washington University-St. Louis. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  31. ^ "Long-Distance Vision: Camille Herron is Driven to Excel in Marathons and in Research" (PDF). OU College of Medicine. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  32. ^ "HAPPY PLACE: Why a return to Oklahoma launched Camille Herron to ultrarunning greatness". NewsOK. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  33. ^ "Endurance Junkie Podcast: Camille Herron". Endurance Junkie Podcast. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  34. ^ "Camille Herron's Comeback". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  35. ^ Dutch, Taylor. "Camille Herron Breaks 100-Mile Course Record 2 Weeks After Harrowing Car Accident". Runner's World. Retrieved 10 March 2019.

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