Pro. Road, Track, Trail: Multi-Day Ultra Superstar
Trans-contenintal Rock Star
Chaski/USATF Certified Coach
24-hours: 163.68 miles
100-mile run: 14 hours, 4 minutes
Fastest run across America: 3,067 miles in 42 d, 6 hr, 30 min
First person to run from Alaska to Florida (5,384 miles, 98 days, 6 hours, 57 min)
Badwater 135 two-time champion in 2015 and 2016
Like many Americans, Pete started running to lose weight. During college, he tipped the scale at 200 lbs and set a goal to complete a marathon, something he thought he would never do - the Marine Corp Marathon while he was interning in Washington, DC. Shortly thereafter back at college in Ames, Iowa, Pete met his future wife who inspired him to start running again (after she beat him on their first run together), and to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which he did in 2009 and ran in 2010. After getting burnt out on road marathons, Pete was still thirsty for more. He ran his first "ultra" in 2011, and met Marshall Ulrich at the Pikes Peak Marathon that year after also running Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim. Pete was hooked, and after reading his book about running across America several times, he couldn't look back.
At a very young age, Pete enjoyed going on road trips with his family: "We drove everywhere you can in the US--even Alaska! With my passion for running and seeing the open road, running across America just made sense. So much so that I want to do it a second time! Between the people you meet, the places you see, and the challenge you set out to tackle, it's been my most rewarding experience."
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