28 Oct '14, 2pm

National 50-Mile Champ Was Recreational Runner 4 Years Ago

Larisa Dannis, 27, averaged 7:11 per mile in winning the USA 50 Mile Road Championship on Saturday. She set the event record by more than 37 minutes, and her time of 5:59:11 was the fastest 50-miler by an American woman in 20 years and the third fastest by an American woman ever. Only ultrarunning legend Ann Trason, who holds the world best of 5:40:18, and Donna Perkins (5:55:41) have run faster, according to ultrarunning.com . Dannis finished fifth overall in the race, closer to men’s winner Tyler Sigl, who ran 5:32:24, than the second place female, Carolyn Smith did to her, despite the fact that Smith’s 6:28:17 was also under the previous event record. While Dannis’ run was not a shock to those who have followed her amazing trajectory from recreational runner to ultramarathon champion over the past couple of years, she said the performance surprised her. “My pace was 100...

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