Podcast: Episode 141: Dave Mackey, the old school master: never talk about yourself, never be uptight ... always throw down


Dave is old school: extremely nice and will never talk about himself ... but don't enter a race that he is in, because you will probably get beat by a guy with one leg.  How would you feel about that?  (He feels fine about it.)

On May 22, 2015, during a casual run above Boulder, Dave stepped on a large boulder which rolled 30' downhill, landing on top of his leg.  He lay pinned there for hours, calmly directing his rescuers.  A year later, after multiple surgeries, he decided it would be best to amputate it.

"It took a year and a half to come back." 

Understated? That's Dave. This was a epic comeback for anyone, that Dave makes sound almost casual.

He recently did the Grand Canyon R2R2R, 15 years after his 2007 FKT (when he was the first person to go sub-7 hours).

"Proprioception is different. You have to register each step, pay attention where you're putting your foot. It's just another form of ultrarunning ... maybe little more advanced."

With that in mind, has Dave ever considered running roads or easy trails, where technical footwork is not required?

"No. Not at all. Too boring."

Dave is supported by Altra Footwear, the original zero-drop shoe with the wide toe box ultra-runners (and thru-hikers) love.  24% of WS100 runners use Altra's.  Their motto "Zero Limits" fits Dave. Thank you Altra!

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Full CV

Dave Mackey

  • Age: 51
  • City: Boulder, CO
  • Family: wife Elle, Ava (13), Connor (11)
  • Occupation: full time Physician Assistant and dad; part time athlete
  • Sports Highlights - - -  
    • 2007 R2R2R Unsupported FKT
    • Ultrarunning Magazine Ultrarunner of the Year 2011; runner-up 2004
    • USATF Ultrarunner of the Year 2004, 2005
    • Way Too Cool, Miwok 100k, San Juan 50k, San Juan Solstice 50m, Mountain Masochist, JFK 50, Zane Grey Highline, Tamalpa Headlands 50, Vermont 50, Moab Red Hot - FIRST PLACE (multiple times; too many to list).
  • Social Media - - -
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