Elite backpacker and Sierra Designs’ brand ambassador, Andrew Skurka, took home the bronze medal at this past weekends’ Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile Endurance Race in Steamboat Springs, CO. Skurka finished the difficult race, which has 20,191 feet of vertical gain and loss, in 20 hours and 12 minutes.
Though more widely recognized for his long-distance backpacking excursions than as an elite ultra runner, this was Skurka’s second 100-mile race pursuit. His last race was the Leadville Trail 100 back in 2008 where he impressed many by placing second.
Boulder-based Skurka utilized his backpacking expertise and recent summer multi-day trips to prepare for Run Rabbit Run. His most recent thru-hike, the Kings Canyon high Basin Route, was a 204-mile route featuring 70,000 vertical feet of gain and 102 miles of off-trail travel which Skurka completed in 9.5 days.
Though he felt he was initially out-matched by the talented field of registered runners, he attributes his placement and successful race to running smart and being patient.
"It was a very exciting race for me and my wife, who was my lone crew member. I started off relatively slowly and steadily reeled in the field,” said Skurka. “Before the race, I thought that Top 10 and a 20-hour finish was realistic but no gimme. A third-place seemed way too far-fetched, but it goes to show the value of early patience in a 100-mile race.”
Skurka has been a brand ambassador for Sierra Designs since January of this year.
“We continue to be impressed by Andrew and are proud to have him as a part of the team,” stated Michael Glavin, Sierra Designs’ VP and Brand Manager. “Aside from his ridiculous fitness level, Andrew’s strategy for the race, oddly enough, is very similar to SD’s – determining a strategy for success by being patient and paying attention to detail, not following the crowd who is starting off too fast and burning out.”
Next on Skurka’s race schedule is The North Face Endurance Challenge taking place December 5-6 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California.
To learn more about Andrew Skurka, visit www.andrewskurka.com.
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