Pam Smith Breaks 100-Mile Track World Record

Smashes Hungarian ultra running great Edit Bérces' 11-year old mark
Staff Writer

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Pam Smith during record-breaking 100-mile run at 2013 Desert Solstice

Oregon ultramarathoner Pam Smith set a world record of 14:11 for 100 miles run on a track at the Desert Solstice Invitational 100-miler run in Phoenix, Arizona December 14.

Smith, 39, cut 14 minutes from Hungarian ultrarunner Edit Bérces' old record of 14:25:45 run in Verona in 2002.

She also took 18 mins off Ann Trason's U.S. record set in 1989. Trason still holds the overall 100-mile world record, having run the distance in 13:47:42 on the road.

Smith averaged an 8:31 pace for the distance

At the same event, Zach Bitter of Madison Wisconsin broke Jon Olsen's U.S. men's 100-mile track record by 12 minutes.

Bitter ran the distance in 11.47, an average 7:04 pace, to better Olsen's 11:59:28 set in Ottawa in September.

Olsen was the first U.S. man to run 100 miles on a track in under 12 hours, breaking Rae Clark's 24-year old record of 12:12;19.

"Records are meant to be broken and I know this mark will be broken in the near future," Olsen presciently wrote immediately after.


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