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Rob Apple and the ultimate finish: 600 ultras

My long time ultra friend Rob Apple knocked it out of the park.  He not only hit the cover of Ultrarunning Magazine (at right in Miwok 100K) but also wrapped up his 600th ultra at the Stump Jump 50K in Tennessee last weekend.

That's not a typo.  Six hundred ultras completed.

"It was nice to run  number 600 at Stump Jump, a course I enjoy," said Apple.  "And it was also great to have my own personal photographer, Susan (Donnelly) run every step of the 50K at my side!"

Apple states that 2011 has marked a milestone.  He made the cover of Ultrarunning - usually reserved for elites - and turned 50 while running in France earlier this year.

"I've been given the physical gift to be able to participate in a sport I truly love," said Apple.  "More importantly, I took advantage of the opportunities given and didn't waste precious time on other less useful endeavors.  I have taken care of my body over the past 30 years, managing the effect of long distance running."

Rob has a master's degree in exercise physiology and knows how to keep on keeping on.  He's a huge proponent of ice ("I ice my feet every night after my run") and also holds to the mantra "speed kills."  Rob takes is slow and easy, enjoying the event and the company he makes on the trails.

"While competing I not only think about the race I'm running, but about the next ten races on the schedule," concluded Apple.  "I always leave something in the tank."

Here's a big master competitor shout out to one of the sport's great ambassadors.  Well done, Rob.


  1. Anonymous1:32 PM

    Impressive indeed. I am closing in on 200 ultras. I was don't travel to many so gathering them is slower, especially now that I have moved from Washington state (where I could run 1 or 2 weekend) to Alaska. 600 is just beyond my imagination. *tc


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