ULTRA 55 Hour Race Raises over $165,000 for Childhood Cancer Research
HOUSTON (Jan 9, 2016)… On December 30, 2015, over 350 racers from across the country toed the starting line at the Snowdrop ULTRA 55 Hour Race & Relay.
With 3 members of the USA 24-Hour World Championship Teams in the field, we knew big miles were possible.
Records began to fall just barely into the 55 hour race, when 2013 24-hour World Champion, Jon Olsen clocked a 100 mile course record 14:16:59. This beat the previous course record by over 6 hours. Olsen would go on to finish 2nd overall with 233 total miles in 55 hours.
The legendary Connie Gardner shattered the women’s course record for most miles by covering a personal best 200 miles throughout the race, beating last year’s course record by 65 miles.
Gardner also set a women’s course record for 100 miles in 19:12:51.
The King of the Multi-day, Joe Fejes put forth a performance for the ages. Literally. Fejes set an American Age Group 48-Hour road record for men 50-54 by logging an official 232.2 miles, obliterating the previous record by over 14 miles.
Fejes wasn’t finished though as he won the overall title with 250 miles in 54:33:44, crushing the course record by 65 miles.
In the relay category, it wasn’t even close as our 2 time defending champions, Team Wildebeests took home the title again, breaking their own course record with 359.2 miles.
However, the biggest record broken, and certainly the most important for a charity sporting event, is that $165,000 was raised so far for the childhood cancer organization, Snowdrop Foundation. With fundraising efforts open until February 29, that total is sure to grow.