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Roy Pirrung
Events: Masters ultra running
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 130
Born: 7-7-1948 in Sheboygan, WI
Current Residence: Plymouth, WI
Profession: Athlete, speaker & writer
Club/Team: Badgerland Striders


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  • Succeed
  • CW-X
  • Tiger Tail


  • 50K-3:34
  • 50Mi-5:55
  • 100K-7:22
  • 12Hr-90MI
  • 100MI-13:15
  • 24Hr-154MI
  • 48Hr-243.43MI
  • 144Hr-400MI

Career Highlights

  • US Open championships at 100MI and twice at 24Hr
  • Open US records at 100MI and 48Hr and twice at 24Hr
  • Three top 4 finishes at Greece's Spartathlon and the American Masters course record holder
  • Three top 4 finishes at the 48 hours of Surgeres, FRA
  • Over 75 each US Championship titles and over 65 age group records
  • Undefeated in age group competition at 24Hr National Championships (20)
  • Owns one world age group record at 24Hr in 60-64 (pending world track record at 6-hours for 65-69)
  • Two-time world masters champion at 100 km
  • Finished over 132 marathons and 186 ultras
  • Holds three Guinness World Records


Fueled by his goal to run the 250K Spartathlon in Greece, Roy Pirrung took the aggressive advice of a friend who had run the classic ultra about how to get into the invitation only race.  In 1987, Roy was told he would have to win a U.S. national ultra championship or set an American record.  So, Roy, a self-identified couch potato from Wisconsin, was off to She Stadium in New York to run 100 miles in 14:58 for the win that he snared only after he passed the race leader at mile 97.  Since then the Wisconsin resident has won a total of 79 national ultra championship titles and broken 66 American records in both open and masters categories.  He has run internationally over 50 times since his first race in Greece.

Besides the quality competition that Roy enjoys at championship events, he represents many sponsors who fund his participation in great races.  He likes the prize money that ultra championships offer because “taking home a few dollars, seems to show non-participants in our sport that this is a serious sport.”

“To stay young, you need to work hard,” says the 65-year old Pirrung.  “For me, the incentive is to win national championship titles and break the American records.

See for more information on his running career.

Future Goals: Continue to serve my sport, compete, pursue a speaking career and write an autobiography.

Favorite quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

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