Q&A with ultramarathon legend Pam Reed
Pam Reed was the first female overall winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon –“the world’s toughest foot race”. She is the women’s record holder for the 24-hour track run and once ran 300 miles without sleep. Now 57, Pam is still pushing the limit. Known for extreme road running, she’ll pit herself against alpine trails at the 2018 170km Ultra Tour Monte Rosa(UTMR). So what does it take to push the limits of ultra-endurance? We spoke to Pam before the race to find out.
Pam, you’re a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, US – a trail runner’s paradise. What’s it like to live and train here?
We’ve had a home in Jackson Hole for 25 years and moved her fully 11 years ago. It's really helped my running because you can tackle a lot more when you’re altitude trained. I can go out the door and up a mountain, so I get a lot of hill training. That’s important for taking on something like the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa (UTMR) as your quads have got to be prepared to go up- and downhill for thousands and thousands of feet. I can do that. I can run anything here. I can run flat hills, it can be hot, it can be cold. It's a great place to live and train.
How did you first hear about the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa?
I first heard about the UTMR from a friend of mine here in Jackson. Lately I decided I wanted to try different things. I've done many hundred mile runs and I wanted to try something outside my comfort zone, so I decided to go for it.