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 36)
United States
Residence Oklahoma City, OK
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.765 m)
Weight 120 lb (54 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) Marathon and Ultras
Coached by Conor 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: 149,130m (92.665 miles)
100 miles: 12:42:40

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

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.[2] She was a 3-time Track State Champion at Duncan High School and 3-time All-Stater in Cross Country.[3] 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.[4] As an undergrad, she began applying her science and research knowledge to help her stay healthy and run farther and faster.[5]

Running career[edit]

Herron's marathon debut was at the Eugene Marathon in 2007 with a time of 2:48:36. Within two and half years, she had reduced her personal best time to 2:38:23 at the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon.[6] Herron competed for the 2011 US Pan American Team in Guadalajara, Mexico, finishing as the top American in 9th place.[7] Two weeks later, she finished as the 3rd American at the 2011 New York City Marathon in 2:40:06.[8] She proceeded to get her personal best down to 2:37:14 at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.[9]

Inspired by Bill Rodgers and other prolific racers/marathoners of the past,[10] Herron has built a career out of racing marathons frequently, competing in up to seven marathons in a 12-month period. For the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, she qualified seven times. After winning her first marathon at the 2010 Dallas White Rock Marathon,[11] (now called the Dallas Marathon) she began collecting marathon wins around the country. She is one of the fastest Marathon Maniacs and 50-State pursuers.[12]

Her domestic ultra debut was at the 2015 Mad City 100K/US Championship, where she ran the fastest 100K on American soil,[13] the third fastest performance ever by an American,[14] and broke Ann Trason's 26-year-old 100K National Championship Record.[15][16] On September 12, 2015, she won the IAU World Championship 100k in Winschoten, setting a personal record of 7:08:35, the fourth-fastest time ever recorded at that distance by a woman.[17] Facing a strong headwind and rain, she bested the 50 Mile World Record held by Ann Trason (5:40:18), by winning the Fall 50/US 50 Mile Road Championship in a time of 5:38:41.[18] She finished off 2015 by winning her second World title at the 1st IAU 50K World Championship in Doha, Qatar- running in the heat and wind, she ran 3:20:58 to capture the gold by over 7 minutes.[19]

In 2016, Herron transitioned to trail running. In her trail debut in April, despite a hamstring injury she finished 4th at the Lake Sonoma 50 Miler. After recovering and making a comeback, in July she finished as the 1st female and 4th overall at the White River 50 Miler, running the 2nd fastest time ever (7:36:42).[20] In September she set a 27+ minute Course Record at the Ultra Race of Champions 100K in 9:36:05,[21] which was the second best rated performance in the world in 2016.[22] She drank Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale en route to the Course Record at the Ultra Race of Champions, which is now part of her racing regimen.[23]

In 2017, she made her international trail debut, winning the 102k Tarawera Ultra in New Zealand with a new Course Record time of 8:56:00 and her first Ultra Trail World Tour win.[24][25][26] In June 2017, she won South Africa's Comrades Marathon, only the third American to do so and the first American to win since 1997.[27][28] In a memorable finish, she accidentally stopped at the wrong timing mat after being handed the penultimate rose and baton. Another male competitor finally came from behind, tapping and pointing that she wasn't finished yet. Herron went into an all-out sprint on the final 200m to wrap up the win.[29] In November 2017, completing her first 100 Mile race at the Tunnel Hill 100 in Vienna, Illinois with a time of 12:42:40, she broke the World Record for the women's 100 mile distance by over an hour—the prior record being Gina Slaby’s 13:45:49 set in 2016.[30] Therefore, Herron is the first woman to run under 13 hours. Her 12:42:40 is also the Fastest Known Time for 100 Miles for trail running, man or woman.[31] Notably, she drank 1 1/2 beers during the final 20 miles of the race.[32] In December 2017, she shattered two long-standing track American Records at the Desert Solstice Track Meet, running 5:59:10 to take 10 minutes off Donna Perkin's 50 mile performance from 1996 and 7:36:39 to take 13 minutes off Ann Trason's 100k performance from 1991. She continued on to break Ann Trason's 12 Hour World Record set in 1991.[33][34]

Representation & sponsorships[edit]

She is represented by Mark Mastalir of Millennium Sports Marketing. Her sponsors include Nike, Sword Performance, Rapid Reboot, Rogue Ales,[35] and Nathan Sports.[36]

Memberships & services[edit]

Herron currently serves as Secretary for the USATF Women's Long Distance Running Executive Committee and member #6488 of the Marathon Maniacs.[37] She also served as a USOC Athlete Services Coordinator for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.[38]

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,[1] and aiming to become the first woman to win a marathon in all 50 US States.[39] She won the 2015 USATF 100K National Championship at Mad City in 7:26:24, her debut at the distance.[40] She also became the first 3-time winner of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.[41] She won the 2015 IAU 100K World Championships with a personal best 7:08:35.[17] In October 2015 she set a new "World Road Best" for 50 Miles at the Fall 50/US 50 Mile Road Championship running a time of 5:38:41 on the USATF Certified and Sanctioned course.[42] In December 2015, she won the 1st IAU 50 km World Championships in Doha, Qatar in a time of 3:20:58.[19] In June 2017 she became only the third American to win the Comrades Marathon. In Nov/Dec 2017 she set new World Records for 100 Miles at the Tunnel Hill 100 (12:42:40)[43] and 12 Hours at the Desert Solstice Track Meet, while shattering the long-standing track American Records en route for 50 mile (5:59:10) and 100K (7:36:39).[44][45] She was voted the 2017 Ultrarunning Magazine Female Ultrarunner of the Year and is a three-time honoree of the USATF Ruth Anderson Ultrarunner of the Year award.[46][47][48] She was also voted the 2015 IAU International Athlete of the Year.[49][50]

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.[51] She gained skills in the specialized technique of bone histomorphometry.[52]

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.[53] She lives in Warr Acres, OK with her husband and two dogs and enjoys homebrewing beer.[54][55]


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