Richard Burgunder

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Richard Burgunder
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Richard Burgunder competing at the 2008 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, HI.
Personal information
Full name Richard Paul Burgunder III
Born (1979-11-14) November 14, 1979 (age 38)
Pittsburgh, PA
Education Pennsylvania State University
University of Cambridge
Harvard University
Height 6 ft (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Country United States
Sport Alpine climbing, mountaineering, trail running, ultrarunning, vertical running

Richard Burgunder (born 14 November 1979) is an American extreme sports athlete, adventurer, and mountaineer. Burgunder is a five-time Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run Series Regional Champion and is the only runner in XTERRA Trail Run Series history to earn titles in four different regions.[1][2][3] Burgunder has regional championship titles in New England (2009), northern Ohio (2011), Pocono (2011 and 2012), and Utah (2013).[4] Burgunder made history in 2011 by winning XTERRA regional championships in two different regions.[5]

Burgunder finished 33rd at the 2008 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship, 67th at the 2009 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship,[6] and 66th at the 2012 XTERRA Trail Running World Championship.

Burgunder won national titles for the men's 20-29 age group at the 2008 USA Trail Marathon and 50 Mile Road National Championships. Burgunder is also a two-time top ten medalist at the USA Track & Field National Championships, as he finished 6th at the 2008 USA Trail Marathon National Championships and 9th at the 2009 50 Mile Road National Championships. Burgunder finished 12th at the 2008 50 Mile Road National Championships. Burgunder was featured as one of "The Dirty Half Dozen" by Competitor magazine.

Burgunder was invited and sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank to represent the inaugural Team USA in leg one of The Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) 2007/08 held in Nairobi, Kenya. Team USA finished 28th.[7]

Burgunder ran a 3:43:20 in his ultramarathon debut to set the record for the fastest 50k time by a 20-year-old resident of Pennsylvania at the GNC 50k in Pittsburgh on March 25, 2000.[8]

Burgunder has summited eight of the highest peaks in the contiguous United States, Japan’s Mt. Fuji and Mt. Shirane, Colorado’s Longs Peak and Pike’s Peak, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, and Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.[9]