Zach Bitter Breaks U.S. 100 Mile Open Track Record

Zach Bitter went down to Arizona to battle it out with the best of the best at the Desert Solstice 24 Hour in Phoenix and he’ll be going home with a new U.S. 100 Mile Open Track record after blazing 100 miles in 11:47:21.

So that must be kinda fast right? Oh, yeah, well just a 7:04 per mile pace. Run It Fast!

The previous record was recently set by Jon Olsen in 11:59.

He followed it up with the 12 Hour WORLD Record with 101.66 miles.

American Pam Smith, not to be outdone by Bitter, set the female U.S. and World 100 Mile Track Record in 14:11:26.

The Desert Solstice 24 Hour is hosted and put on by Aravaipa Running.

Overall winner of the 24 hour event was Olivier Leblond with 152.36 miles. He was followed in second place by Ed ‘the Jester’ Ettinghausen with 144.41 miles and third overall (first female) went to Connie Gardner with 110.11 miles in just 19:41:23.

2013 Desert Solstice 24 Hour Results:

  1. Olivier Leblond – 152.36 miles (23:57:19)
  2. Ed Ettinghausen – 144.41 miles (23:58:26)
  3. Connie Gardner – 110.11 miles (19:41:23) – 1st female
  4. Roy Pirrung – 106.88 miles (23:59:39)
  5. Hung K Ng – 103.64 miles (18:50:00)
  6. Zach Bitter – 101.66 miles (11:59:15)
  7. Pam Smith – 101.41 miles (14:44:28) – 2nd female
  8. Jay Smithberger – 100.91 miles (17:36:25)
  9. Victor Vella – 100.66 miles (17:47:14)
  10. Padraig Mullins – 100.17 miles (17:12:02)
  11. Beth McCurdy – 84.76 miles (16:57:49) – 3rd female
  12. Debra Horn – 82.02 miles (14:18:05)
  13. John Maas – 78.79 miles (12:50:09)
  14. Anthony Forsyth – 77.8 miles (11:12:08)
  15. Anthony Culpepper – 76.06 miles (12:46:24)
  16. David Ploskonka – 71.58 miles (12:46:02)
  17. Kristina Pham – 65.37 miles (10:24:50)
  18. Eric Clifton – 62.39 miles (10:09:47)
  19. John Ticer – 62.14 miles (10:39:55)
  20. Carilyn Johnson – 52.44 miles (8:42:57)
  21. Jennifer Aradi – 51.7 miles (9:18:25)
  22. Tracy Hoeg – 31.57 miles (5:14:03)

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Congrats to all of these elite ultramarathoners!

[image: Aravaipa Running]

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One Response to “Zach Bitter Breaks U.S. 100 Mile Open Track Record”

  1. Peter Defty says:

    Sponsor and coach both Zach and Jon…..they have more in them if you can believe it….look at their splits for a clue….most of these records have been broken by going out hard and hanging on whereas both Jon and Zach’s performances are ‘machine-like” in their execution….this is the power of “fat as fuel”…..

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