Ultrarunner Finishes 37th 100-Miler of 2014, Breaks Record

Ed Ettinghausen ran the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in mid-July during a streak of 13 consecutive weeks of running races of 100 miles or longer. Photo: Allison Pattillo

Ed Ettinghausen is aiming to run three more to close out the year with 40.

Ultrarunner Ed Ettinghausen now owns the world record for the most 100-mile runs in a calendar year. And his 2014 schedule is not over yet.

Known as “The Jester” because of the outfit he wears during races, Ettinghausen finished his 37th 100-miler on Sunday. The race, Jester’s World Record Run in Bonita, Calif., was set up for him to break the previous record of 36 held by Liz Bauer (2012).

Ettinghausen finished in 36 hours, 17 minutes, according to Run It Fast. He plans to run three more 100-mile races this year to end the season with 40.

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Competitor profiled Ettinghausen in October and asked what drives him to run 100-mile races.

“Marathons are great events, and I love them. But 100 miles is more of a challenge for me,” Ettinghausen said. “There aren’t many people who go for that kind of distance. I’m a social runner and appreciate the strong community and good friendships in our small running world. Everyone running it understands the struggle. A 100-mile race is a competition, but we are also struggling together and working together. It’s also a totally different beast because there is so much that can happen over the course of 100 miles.”

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