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Event:  24 Hour Run
Height:  5'4"
Weight:  112 lbs
Born: 1974 in Freeport, PA
Current Residence: Littleton, CO
College: Penn State University, 1996

Career Highlights

  • 24 hour team member in 2008 & 2009 (top American both years); team member in 2010
  • Ultrarunning Magazine's ultra runner of the year runner-up
    2008 & 2009
  • New American TRACK Record in the 200km (21:01)
  • USATFs athlete of the week 2009
  • Two time Badwater 135 women’s champion and current record holder

Other Race Results

  • Lost 118 (2/27/10)-1st female, 1st overall-18:36 (men's and women's course record!)
  • Philadelphia 100 (4/3/10)-1st female, 1st overall-14:58:23 (course record)
  • Rocky Raccoon 100, Texas (2/7/09)--1st female, 3rd overall-16:51
  • Delano Park 12 Hour Run, Alabama (3/14/09)--1st overall (78 miles) & new women's course record; tied men's course record
  • 24 Hour World Championships/Italy (5/2/09)--4th female, 1st American, 20th overall--136.83 miles
  • The North Face Endurance 50 mile, Washington (6/6/09)--1st female, 9:42
  • Badwater 135, California (7/13/09)--1st female, 5th overall-27:20
  • Leadville Trail 100, Colorado (8/22/09)--2nd female, 21st overall- 21:53
  • Self-Transcendence 24 Hour in Ottawa, Canada (9/26/09)--1st overall, 133 miles, New American TRACK Record in the 200km (21:01)


Donaldson is a middle school math teacher who has been the USA's top finisher at the 24-Hour Run World Championship the past two years, finishing fourth in 2009 world title race in Italy with 136.83 miles. She was runner-up to Kami Semick for Ultrarunning Magazine's Ultrarunner of the Year in those years and was a USATF athlete of the week in 2009. She is a two-time winner and women's course recordholder of the Badwater 135 mile race across Death Valley. She recently ran 21:01:28 to break the American track record for 200km.

In their own words...

Running achievement I am most proud of: Breaking the “unbreakable” Badwater 135 mile course record.

Why I run: I run to see what is possible, meet people, and explore amazing places.

Future Goals: To run 140 or more miles in the 24 hour run.

Favorite quote: You are better than you think you are and can do more than you think you can. 


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