Men's Cross Country News
July 12, 2008
SILVERTON, Colo. - Kyle Skaggs, a 2005 Evergreen State graduate, won one of the most difficult Ultra Marathon races in the country in record time Saturday.
In a race where more than of a third of the entrants did not finish, Skaggs led from the start to set a course record of 23 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds. It was the first sub 24 hour run on the course. Even more impressive is the fact that this was Skagg's first 100 mile race.
"I blew out my shoes!" exclaimed the tired but happy 23 year old Skaggs.
The 100 mile race starts and finishes in Silverton, Colorado and is known for it's extreme terrain and elevation changes. The course has over 33,000 feet of elevation gain and includes several passes over 13,000 feet.
Skaggs was a member of the Evergreen State Cross Country Team in 2003 and 2004. His early days of trail running included many miles on Evergreen's campus trails and in hills of nearby Capital Forest.
Since graduating, Skaggs has made a name for himself on the Ultra scene. At the end of 2007, he was named the third best male ultra runner in the country by UltraRunning Magazine and was recently featured on the cover of Trail Runner Magazine.
In a sport where the average age of participants is over 30, Skaggs is leading the way for a new generation of younger, faster ultra runners. As a self-proclaimed "running bum", Skaggs works part time and is backed by the support of Montrail, a trail running shoe company. It is a relationship that allows him to train the many miles needed to be successful in the sport.
Currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Skaggs is from Glennwood, New Mexico. He frequently trains with his older brother Erik, also an accomplished athlete.