Trail and Ultra Welcomes Duncan Callahan

TrailAndUltraRunning.com welcomes Duncan Callahan as our newest contributor!

Husband, father, and Champion Ultra-Runner Duncan Callahan brings 7 years of high-level ultra performance and experience to the trails. Duncan began racing ultras in 2007, and came onto the scene with a win at the 2008 Leadville Trail 100. It was Callahan’s first 100-mile victory at Leadville that gave him the confidence to pursue ultra-running and coaching at a high level. Callahan’s 2009 race season consisted of 7 podium finishes in 7 ultra events, including a 2nd place finish at the Rocky Raccoon 50 mile with a PR of 6:11, a victory and course record at the 2009 Moab 100, a 3rd place effort at the 2009 Leadville Trail 100, and a course record performance at the Grand Teton 50 mile. Pushing into 2010, Callahan set a course record of 6 hours 50 minutes in route to winning the Leadville Silver Rush 50 mile in July. He followed that up with a strong victory over a deep field at the 2010 Leadville 100, finishing 1st with a time of 17:43. 2 weeks after this performance, Callahan placed 2nd at the Grand Teton 100 with a time of 19 hours and 3 minutes.

 

Callahan began ‘Strategic Endurance Coaching‘ in the spring of 2011 while winning both the Spring Desert Ultra 50 mile and the Sun Mountain 50 mile. Duncan and his wife Annie welcomed the arrival of their first beautiful child (Daughter Jordan Elizabeth) in July. Exciting times indeed! Other 2011 results included an 8th place showing at the Hardrock 100 and a 9th place showing at Callahan’s 5th consecutive Leadville Trail 100.

 

Throughout 2012, Callahan pushed the limits of his performance with victories at the Spring Desert Ultra 50 mile and Grand Mesa 50 mile. In May, Duncan rallied to an 11th place finish in the inaugural Ultra Trail Mt Fuji in Japan, while learning a lot in his first international competition. In September 2012, Duncan steadily moved up the ranks with a super consistent effort to finish in 5th place overall, with a time of 22:36 at the Steamboat 100, a race which included the largest prize purse in Ultra-running history.

 

Recently, Callahan has partnered with Life Time Fitness, Life Time Run, and the Leadville Race Series to be the official ultra-running coach of all three entities. Looking ahead, Callahan will be taking another shot at victory at the 2014 Leadville 100 on August 16th, 2014! Here’s to an incredible 2014!

 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: (2 x Leadville 100 Champion) (2008 & 2010)

 

2012 – Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile – 5th Place – 22:36

2012 – Grand Mesa 50 Mile – 1st Place – 7:15 – Course Record

2012 – Ultra Trail Mt Fuji 100 Mile – 11th Place – 23:35

2012 – Spring Desert Ultra 50 Mile – 1st Place – 7:44

 

2011 – Hardrock 100 Mile – 8th Place – 30:57

2011 – Sun Mountain 50 Mile – 1st Place – 6:16 – Course Record

2011 – Spring Desert Ultra 50 Mile – 1st Place – 7:38

 

2010 – Grand Teton 100 Mile – 2nd Place – 19:03

2010 – Leadville 100 Mile – 1st Place – 17:43 – Personal Record

2010 – Silver Rush 50 Mile – 1st Place – 6:50 – Course Record

 

2009 – Grand Teton 50 Mile – 1st Place – 7:33

2009 – Leadville Trail 100 Mile – 3rd Place 18:26

2009 – Spring Desert Ultra 25 Mile – 1st Place – 3:10 – Personal Record

2009 – Moab 100 Mile – 1st Place – 18:51 – Course Record

2009 – Rocky Raccoon 50 Mile – 2nd Place – 6:11 – Personal Record

 

2008 – Leadville 100 Mile – 1st Place – 18:02

2008 – San Juan Solstice 50 Mile – 3rd Place – 9:45

 

2007 – Spring Desert Ultra 50 Mile – 1st Place – 7:41 – Then Course Record

 

Author: Matt Williams

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