Pamela Chapman Markle: Breaking Records at Age 63

By Topo Athletic

Pamela & Joshua Stevens – Badwater Ultra Cup Winners

I am a 63, soon to be 64-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and cancer survivor. I have worked as a CRNA for the last 35 years, putting over 150,000 patients to sleep and bringing all of them back. I am a licensed sailboat captain and ran my first footrace of any distance at age 55 in 2011.

Since then I have completed close to 50 ultramarathons, including the Keys 100 six times, winning my age group each time and further setting age group course records in the Brazil 135, the Arkansas Traveler 100, Rocky Raccoon 100 and multiple other races. I have finished the Badwater 135 four times, setting an age group course record each time and finishing 3rd overall female in 2017.

In 2019, I won the Badwater 3 race UltraCup over all female entrants, as the oldest runner. I have set the all-time age group USA records in the 100k, 100 mile and 12, 24- and 48-hour races. I currently hold the USA records in the 100k, 12 hour and 24-hour races as well as the world record in the 12-hour race.

I intend to be the first female to finish the Badwater 135 ten times over the age of 60 and further intend to break the USA and world records for the 50 mile, 100k, 12 hour, 100 mile, 24 hour, 48 hour and 6 day races in the 65-69 age group while holding all of these records in the 60-64 age group.

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