Courtney Dauwalter and Big’s Backyard Ultra

But the key player in this brutal game was Dauwalter. She pushed Steene into uncharted territory. Her 279 miles obliterated the previous top women’s mark of 120 miles, and was, in fact, more hours and miles than she’d ever run. This was not a great woman’s performance; it was an extraordinary human achievement. Two-hundred-seventy-nine miles is the farthest anybody, save one, has ever run at Big’s Backyard.

Courtney Dauwalter is slowly becoming one of my favorite athletes to read about, watch, and listen to. She’s a remarkable runner — maybe the best female distance runner who has ever existed. These are exciting times.

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