Courtney Dauwalter

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Courtney Dauwalter
Courtney Dauwalter (2019).jpg
Courtney Dauwalter at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 2019
Personal information
Born (1985-02-13) February 13, 1985 (age 35)
Sport
Country United States
Event(s)Ultramarathon, trail running

Courtney Dauwalter (born 13 February 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, and then earned a master's degree in teaching from the University of Mississippi in 2010 while participating in the Mississippi Teacher Corps.[3]

Dauwalter worked as a middle and high-school teacher in the Denver area before becoming a full-time professional runner in 2017. She lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband.

Ultrarunning[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

In 2018, Dauwalter won the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile race, with a finishing time of 17h27m. This was the second-fastest time by a woman in the race.[6] 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 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's Backyard 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byerly, Rebecca (December 8, 2018). "The gruelling sport in which women appear to hold a psychological edge". The Irish Times. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.irunfar.com/2019/01/courting-success-an-interview-with-courtney-dauwalter.html
  3. ^ https://www.mtc.olemiss.edu/mtc-in-the-news/2017/9/1/sample-post-1
  4. ^ Schranz, Eric (2017-09-15). "Courtney Dauwalter | Blind Perseverance at RRR100". Ultrarunnerpodcast.
  5. ^ Rojek, Taylor (2018-08-03). "There's No Stopping Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter". Runners World.
  6. ^ Gintzler, Ariella (2018-06-28). "This Ultrarunner Wins by Stressing Less". Outside Online. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  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". www.sierrasun.com. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  10. ^ https://ultrarunning.com/featured/dauwalter-and-walmsley-2018-ultrarunners-of-the-year/
  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. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  13. ^ "Gallagher wins Western States, Dauwalter drops out at 125km". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  14. ^ https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a34419496/bigs-backyard-ultra-2020-results/
  15. ^ Michelson, Megan (2019-10-08). "Inside the Mind of Ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter". REI Co-op Journal. Retrieved 2019-12-26.
  16. ^ https://www.rei.com/blog/run/inside-the-mind-of-ultrarunner-courtney-dauwalter
  17. ^ https://gearjunkie.com/courtney-dauwalter-moab-240-dream-kit