Burien Man Finishes 4 ‘Ultramarathons’ In Grand Slam Of Running
Last time we reported on Burien resident Jeff Wright, he had been honored for volunteering for the non-profit ‘Outdoors For All’ Foundation.
Now, we’re talking about him because of something he did on his 2011 ‘summer vacation.’
You see, Jeff did something not many other have done (in fact, only 32 attempted, and of those only 12 finished) – he finished the four 100-mile ultramarathon races that make up the Grand Slam of Running on Sept. 10th.
The four races of the Grand Slam that Jeff finished included:
- Western States 100 Mile Ultra
- The Vermont 100
- The Leadville 100 Mile Ultra
- The Wasatch 100 Mile Ultra
BTB Reader Ken Waletzki adds:
While hundreds participated in each of the ultramarathon runs, only 32 attempted to finish all four that make up the Grand Slam series.
Of the 32 that started, only 12 were remaining and finished at the last event, the Wasatch 100.
Jeff Wright finished in fourth place!
Oh, and did we mention that he’s 50-years old? Not bad for an “old guy” huh?
Here’s a video of Jeff as he crosses the finish line at the 2011 Western States Ultramarathon 100 mile race in Auburn, CA (including the announcer mentioning Burien):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTSrsZRiNSI
According to the Grand Slam website:
The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning award is recognition for those who complete four of the oldest 100 mile trail runs in the U.S. The “Slam” consists of officially finishing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run all in the same year. The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Award was established in 1986, when Tom Green was the first finisher.