Pam Chapman Markle (ultrapam100.com) spoke at the National Running Show on Sunday. It was lovely to have a chat with her afterwards.
In her fifties Pam chose a 100 mile ultra as her first marathon in 2011. She ran two ultras each year for the following three years, then she began to run more, often setting course age group records. She specialises in 100 milers or more and in 2016 got a place at the Badwater 135 setting an age group record. She has run Badwater every year since, setting an age group record each time and improving her time by nearly 7 hours since 2016. Now 64, if she gets a place in 2020 she will become the oldest woman to have completed it.
On her website Pam says "I want older women to look at me and realize that they can still accomplish whatever they set their heart and their mind to."
Whirlwind of Races in 2019
*****posted January 10, 2020*****
Wow! What a whirlwind I have had in running in 2019! My first race was Badwater Cape Fear completing 51 Miles on a Beach in North Carolina. My time was 10:02, overall: 22, GP:5. The weather was beautiful and it was a great way to start my 2019 Races! My intention was to do as well as I could so I could compete in the, “Badwater Ultra Cup”, consisting of three Badwater Races run by Chris Kostman.
My next race was less than 4 weeks after, “Mad City Ultra” where I competed for 100K Age Group Road Race held in Maddison, Wi. which I received USATF Age Course Record with times of 11:30:52, Overall:14, GP:3. The Race Director Timo Yanacheck was wonderful and the race was extremely cold for me but I tuffed it out and finished!