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Photo Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer

Photo Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer

 

JIM Walmsley

PRO ULTRA-TRAIL RUNNER

Age: 26 years old
Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
College: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Former United States Air Force Academy Officer

A relative newcomer to the ultra scene, Jim Walmsley is the one to watch. He’s young, fearless, and has a very long and promising career ahead of him.    

In 2016 alone, Jim has won five out of six ultras, setting course records in three, including the Bandera 100K and the Lake Sonoma 50M. Jim knows no fear, having led Western States 100M, his first 100M ever, through 93M. At that point, he had outpaced his pacer, and was 30 minutes under course record time before veering off course by five miles and finishing 20th.  While Jim was disappointed, this is how veteran writer, coach and athlete Mario Fraioli described Jim’s performance in the morning shakeout:

Watching Jim Walmsley light up the course like a pyromaniac before taking a wrong turn somewhere in the 94th mile and ultimately finishing in 20th place was something else. End result aside, it was one of the most impressive, awe-inspiring, straight-up ballsy displays of racing I’ve seen in 18 years of being involved with competitive running and it was exciting as all hell to see it unfold in front of my own eyes. Say what you want about Walmsley’s bold pre-race plans and kamikaze racing strategy, but it takes a large set of cojones to run that hard for that long and even bigger ones to finish when your day totally turns to total shit.

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PR’s / Titles:

  • 1 mile (indoors) - 4:04.25; 3000m Steeplechase - 8:41.05  5000m - 13:52.87
  • 2012 All-American in 3000m Steeplechase
  • 2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • 4-Time Mountain West Conference Champion

2016 Results: 5 Wins, 3 Course Records

  • Bandera 100K/USATF Nationals — 1st/Course Record 

  • Moab Red Hot 55K — 1st

  • Mesquite Canyon 50K  — 1st

  • Lake Sonoma 50K  — 1st/Course Record

  • Don’t Fence Me In 30K — 1st/Course Record

  • Western States 100M — 20th 

Select 2015 / 2014 Results

  • JFK 50M (2015) — 1st
  • Stagecoach 55K (2015) — 1st/Course Record
  • JFK 50M (2014) — 1st
  • Old Gabe 50K (2014) — 1st/Course Record
  • Don’t Fence Me In 30K (2014) — 1st