Podcast: Episode 153: Let's hear this again: UTMB champ Courtney Dauwalter talks about her FKT attempt on the Colorado Trail


It's a great time to re-air our 2020 interview with Courtney Dauwalter who - only 1 week ago - won her second consecutive Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc title, setting a new women's course record in the process. On top of all that she was the 7th finisher overall.

During 2020 when UTMB was canceled, Courtney turned her attention to setting an FKT on the Colorado Trail, going from Durango to Denver. In this interview she discusses why the attempt was eventually stopped and much more. This is our most popular episode of all time and for good reason!


Courtney once ran 279 miles ... and received a "DNF"!  Huh?  How did that happen?  

"They ring a bell when it's time to start, and if you don't go right then, you're out.  That's it."

"It takes two to tango, two to keep the game going, to see what's possible."

From choices of candy, to Bronchitis on the Colorado Trail, and the amazing world of Big's Backyard Ultra, Courtney offers wonderful, simple, and helpful insights.

"Running is so cool … it’s such a cool way to explore, and to spend time with people, and with ourselves.”

"Running is a choice ...to live our lives however we want, to make choice to do or not do things.  I'm choosing every day to run and explore these long distances because I love it.  To keep this perspective every day is helpful, and I feel very lucky for that."

Full CV

Courtney Dauwalter

  • Age: 35
  • City of Residence: Golden, CO
  • Family: husband Kevin
  • Work/Occupation: ultra runner
  • Running Highlights: exploring the really long distances (Editor: and wins at WS100, UTMB, and Tahoe 200)
  • Social - - -
    • Facebook: Courtney Dauwalter
    • Instagram: @courtneydauwalter
    • Twitter: @courtdauwalter
    • Strava: none

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