Courtney Dauwalter

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Courtney Dauwalter
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Courtney Dauwalter at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 2019
Personal information
Born (1985-02-13) February 13, 1985 (age 38)
Country United States
Event(s)Ultramarathon, trail running

Courtney Dauwalter (born February 13, 1985) is an American ultramarathon runner.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dauwalter was raised in Hopkins, Minnesota and competed in track, cross-country, and Nordic skiing in high school. She was a four-time Minnesota state champion in Nordic skiing during her high school career.[2] She attended the University of Denver on a cross-country skiing scholarship,[3] and then earned a master's degree in teaching from the University of Mississippi in 2010 while participating in the Mississippi Teacher Corps.[4]

Dauwalter worked as a middle and high-school teacher in the Denver area before becoming a full-time professional runner in 2017.[3]


In 2016, Dauwalter set a course record at the Javelina Jundred 100K and won the Run Rabbit Run 100-mile race, finishing 75 minutes ahead of second place. She also won the 2017 Run Rabbit Run while battling temporary blindness when running the final 12 miles.[5]

Dauwalter won the 2017 edition of the Moab 240 race in 2 days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes, finishing first overall and beating the second-place finisher by more than 10 hours.[6]

In 2018, Dauwalter won the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile race, with a finishing time of 17h27m. Dauwalter competed in the Big's Backyard Ultra in 2018, finishing second overall and completing a total of 67 laps, setting the women's course record at 279.268 miles.[7][8] She also placed second in the Tahoe 200, beating the previous women's course record by over 18 hours.[9]

Dauwalter was named Ultra Runner of the Year in 2018 by Ultrarunning Magazine after winning 9 of the 12 races that she entered, including two where she finished first overall.[10]

In 2019, Dauwalter won the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in a time of 24 h 34 min 26 sec, coming in 21st overall.[11][12] She also competed in the 2019 edition of the Western states, but dropped after 77 miles.[13] Dauwalter competed for the United States at the IAU 24 Hour World Championship in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France in October 2019, finishing 12th.

In 2020, Dauwalter won the American section of Big Dog's Ultra. She ran 68 laps for 283.3 miles for a finish time of 56 hours, 52 minutes, and 29 seconds. She set the record for the longest distance recorded by a female runner in the race.[14]

Dauwalter is sponsored by Salomon.[15] She is known for wearing looser shirts and baggy basketball-style shorts while running, which is uncommon among elite ultramarathoners.[16][17]

In 2020, Dauwalter received the George Mallory Award [18] for pushing the boundaries of physical human achievement.

Selected race results[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Result Notes
2023 Bandera 100k Texas 1st 100 km 8:59:34 WSER Golden Ticket
Transgrancanaria Canary Islands, Spain 1st 128km 14:40:39 Fastest Known Time [19]
2022 Grand Raid Réunion island 1st 164 km 24:37:47 [20]
Hardrock 100 Silverton, CO, USA 1st 100 Miler 26:44:36 Women's course record [21]
Collegiate Loop Trail Twin Lakes, Colorado, CO, USA 1st 160 Mile 40:14 Fastest Known Time [22]
2021 Ultra-trail Cape Town [23] Cape Town, South Africa 1st 100 km 11:20:04
The Barkley Marathons Frozen Head State Park, TN, USA N/A DNF
Hardrock 100 Silverton, Colorado, USA N/A 100 Miler DNF
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Chamonix, France 1st 100 Miler 22:30:54 Women's course record [24]
2019 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Chamonix, France 1st 100 Miler 24:34:26
Tarawera Ultramarathon Rotorua, New Zealand 1st 100k 9:28:04
2018 Western States Endurance Run Olympic Valley, CA 1st 100 Miler 17:27:00
Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji Shizuoka, Japan 1st 100 Miler 23:57:48
Tahoe 200 Homewood, California 1st 200 Miler 49:54:36 2nd overall
2017 Moab 240 Moab, Utah 1st 240 miles 57:55:13 Overall win and course record [25]
2016 Javelina Jundred Fountain Hills, Arizona 1st 100k 8:48:25
Run Rabbit Run Steamboat Springs, Colorado 1st 100 Miler 21:23:37
2014 Ouray 100 Ouray, Colorado 1st 100 Miler 26:46:20


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  2. ^ "Courting Success: An Interview with Courtney Dauwalter". 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Woman Who Outruns the Men, 200 Miles at a Time". The New York Times. 2018-12-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  4. ^ "Education Edge Magazine features MTC Alumnus, Courtney Dauwalter '08".
  5. ^ Schranz, Eric (2017-09-15). "Courtney Dauwalter | Blind Perseverance at RRR100". Ultrarunnerpodcast.
  6. ^ Rojek, Taylor (2018-08-03). "There's No Stopping Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter". Runners World.
  7. ^ "Golden woman ran 4-mile loop for 67 hours aiming to be the last person standing in a crazy ultra-race". The Know. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  8. ^ "Big Dog's Backyard Ultra: The Last Man Standing". YouTube. 2018-11-13.
  9. ^ Scacco, Justin. "Colorado ultrarunners shatter Tahoe 200 course records". Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  10. ^ "Dauwalter and Walmsley 2018 UltraRunners of the Year". 16 January 2019.
  11. ^ "'Sluggish' Courtney Dauwalter looks back on UTMB win". Trail Running. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  12. ^ Strout, Erin (2019-09-18). "Ultrarunning Star Courtney Dauwalter's Superpower? Don't Overthink It". Women's Running. Archived from the original on 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  13. ^ "Gallagher wins Western States, Dauwalter drops out at 125km". South China Morning Post. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  14. ^ "Courtney Dauwalter Wins U.S. Big's Backyard Ultra with a Record-Tying Effort". 20 October 2020.
  15. ^ Michelson, Megan (2019-10-08). "Inside the Mind of Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter". REI Co-op Journal. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
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  17. ^ "Dream Kit: Courtney Dauwalter's Moab 240 Head-To-Toe Gear". 11 December 2017.
  18. ^ "George Mallory Award". Wasatch Mountain Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  19. ^ "Courtney Dauwalter dominates Transgrancanaria in record-setting fashion". Canadian Running. February 26, 2023.
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  21. ^ "2022 Hardrock 100 Results: Dauwalter and Jornet Smash Course Records", IRunFar], July 16, 2022
  22. ^ "Courtney Dauwalter sets a remarkable FKT in Colorado". Canadian Running. September 1, 2022.
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  24. ^ "Courtney Dauwalter Breaks UTMB Record To Win", Trail Runner Mag, Outside, August 30, 2021
  25. ^ "How Courtney Dauwalter Won the Moab 240 Outright", Trail Runner Magazine, Outside, October 19, 2017