In my third interview exploring the career of pro ultra running I was fortunate enough to talk to Clare Gallagher. She is new, she is excited, she is funny and she one fast runner. Clare is someone just starting her career as a runner, trying to figure out how to position herself, what’s important to her and how in the world do you make enough money to cover rent, much less save for a rainy day. Clare’s biggest feat so far is placing as the first overall woman at the Leadville 100 mile run in 2016. Since then she has signed as an athlete with The North Face as her primary sponsor as well picking up support from a number of other sponsors. We talk how all of this came about, what’s her hopes for the future and really how do you pay the bills sometimes?
One of my friends described Anton Krupicka as one of the godfathers of pro ultra running. I think he is right. Anton was one of the first people to make a career out of the curious sport of running more than 26.2 miles, usually much longer, in his case often 100 mile races, usually on trails in the middle of nowhere. In 2006 Anton was 23 years old, he’d wrapped up a not very notable college running career at Colorado College when he decided to enter the prestigious Leadville 100 trail race in Leadville, CO. He’d never run close to 100 miles at one time, but unlike almost any other runner his running obsession had led him to regularly average up to and sometimes over 200 miles a week often up in the mountains around Colorado Springs.
As fate would have it (fate, or thousands and thousands of training miles) Anton won the Leadville 100, his first ultra running race. That was the first step in a journey that has made him one of the most recognizable faces in the sport of ultra running. Along the way he became known for his high miles, long hair, beard, lack of a shirt, thoughtful speak-your-mind attitude, vagabond live out of a truck lifestyle and of course being one hard man to beat and a legend was born.
Over 10 years after that Leadville win I wanted to know how did he carve out that career? What does that career look like? How does a legend get created and how much ends up being myth? Does that myth get in the way? How did the legend status help that career? And all that and more is here in part 1!
Check out more of Anton’s writing, adventures and more on his social media outlets.
Twitter – @
Instagram – @antonkrupicka
website – www.antonkrupicka.com
Also if you want to know more about things like Anton’s diet and training when fully racing check out a FAQ he did a few years
Anton also has an interesting back story that we didn’t get into. I’d suggest check out another interview he did a podcast called Running On Om with Julia Hanlon