Chris Hammes (“Hammiss“) headed to Europe for his first time with a simple goal: Run well, execute a smart race, and have fun at UTMB. After all the carnage and DNFs from this year, Chris was the first American to cross the finish line, in 12th place overall and just under 24 hours.
So who is this guy? His Ultrasignup page shows some solid runs at Bryce, Run Rabbit Run, and Quad Rock, but nothing that stood out as someone who could outlast the likes of Tim, Kilian, Jim, and Zach in Chamonix. After hearing about his training and attitude, it all makes sense: Chris did everything right in his training–both physically and mentally–and kept a positive attitude during the 106 miles around the Alps.
I like the suffering of these races…so when things are tough, I can just think, ‘this is what I came here for…just shut up and keep doing it…I paid to see the whole course.’
Christopher Hammes grew up in the corn fields of Illinois and didn’t really run until he moved to Fort Collins a few years ago. From there, he fell in love with the mountains, with adventure, and most importantly, with his love for suffering. Add to that a strong work ethic, smart training, and patience, and you’ve got the recipe for success.
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Chris Hammes Episode Sponsor: Overlook Endurance Run – Sep 29 from Foresthill to Auburn, California
Here’s what you need to know: Point to point 25k/50k/50M on the Western States course, designed by Ann Trason, with burritos and beer at the finish.
Bonus: Ann will be running and volunteering, Camille will be racing the 25k, Sally McRae in the 50k, and I’ll be on the mic at the finish line.
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