Marshall Ulrich (Marsh) is an accomplished endurance athlete, trainer, guide, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Named the “Endurance King” by Outside magazine, Ulrich’s specialty is competing in extreme conditions.
He's climbed Mount Everest, crossed Death Valley a record 24 times (on foot, in July), completed the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents), and finished more than 126 ultramarathons (averaging over 125 miles each).
Oh, and at the age of 57, he ran across the United States in 52 days.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Marshall Ulrich about his book, training, and racing accomplishments.
How did you get started in endurance racing?
Although I did respectably in longer distances, such as half and full marathons, I found that if I extended the distance out to over 100 miles or 24 hours, I could be competitive or fortunate enough to win some major races.
The bonus was that I would discover a bit about myself, too. That’s what the driving force behind extreme adventures became; it’s been a discovery process and a learning experience: how fast and far could I go? What is the human body and mind really capable of?
Did you have a mentor who inspired you?
Ted Corbitt was my hero, as he was well beyond the thinking of his time when it came to how hard you can push yourself. And he kept on setting records into his 80s!
As you discuss in your book, what drives your motivation as you age?
What continues to motivate me is the challenge to do things other people say can’t be done. That plays in my mind, and I enjoy the process of figuring out how to persevere so those things that were thought impossible get done.
It’s what keeps me young and the juices flowing.