Pam Smith Breaks 100-Mile Track World Record

Smashes Hungarian ultra running great Edit Bérces' 11-year old mark
Aravaipa Running

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.

Let's Be Friends. Follow The Active Times on Facebook!

Most Recent

secrets to tell your doctor
Omitting these details could actually be dangerous
How to Save on a Disney Cruise & Other Secrets
Disney cruises are full of as many magical secrets as their parks
25 Haunted Houses You Can Actually Stay In
You’re in for a scare! Visit at your own risk.