Fueling The Pursuit

Record-Breaking Ultra Runner Coree Woltering on Blazing Your Own Trail and Staying True

Episode Summary

If you really want to know how to take on big challenges and conquer them, then this conversation with record-breaking ultra runner Coree Woltering will shed light on how to do it.

Episode Notes

“I just want to know how it feels. I ran my first 100-mile race because I was coaching some athletes, and one had signed up for a hundred-mile race, but I had never run a hundred-mile race, and I'm like, well, how am I supposed to coach somebody to do this if I don't know what it feels like. So that's why I signed up for my first one and loved it.”

We are joined by Coree Woltering, one of the most inspirational and remarkable ultra distance runners in the world today. 

I have to admit that I'm really impressed with Coree, not only as an athlete but also as a person. He’s living his life on his own terms and it’s just so darn exciting to meet someone who is adamant on creating a life experience that truly makes him happy. 

If you’ve read anything about Coree or listened to interviews with him, it’s clear that he has a unique outlook on life and his sport. His natural tendencies to be curious, stubborn and mindful about the world and everything happening in it seem to fuel his passion and ability to excel at ultra distance races. For Coree, running these ultra distances seems to be just as much about finding ways to get the most out of life as it is finding out how fast he can run on some of these trails. 

If you really want to know how to take on big challenges and conquer them, then this conversation with Coree will shed some light on how this can be done. There’s something really special about ultra distance running and what it takes to do it. I truly believe there’s a secret to being able to do it, and when that secret is discovered it sets you free to stretch your imagination around what you’re really capable of achieving.

Timestamped Show Notes

(4:04) Training for the next thing…

(5:37) Understanding the concept of the Fastest Known Time…

(10:18) Being exploratory AND competitive…

(12:21) “You can't think of it as the full distance. You have to break everything down into small, just micro-goals, to be able to get through it.”

(16:47) Balancing the personal challenge of a race with the logistical preparation for it…

(19:04) Dealing with the unexpected…

(21:15) How Coree chooses his races...

(24:45) “It's created a lot of opportunities to speak to different magazines, radio stations, podcasts, activist groups, and everything, and just get my story out there to help inspire other people. And just talk about issues in a way that doesn't feel threatening, but it's still like, ‘Hey, this is real life.’”

(27:34) Running through a divided country…

(29:49) What does training look like?

(32:12) “I think that's one of my other biggest qualities,  even though I am extremely stubborn... I can also be very reasonable.”

(35:00) Fun projects coming up…


Ice Age Trail - website

Pinhoti Trail - website

High Lonesome 100 (Coree's next race) - website

Arizona Trail (Coree's October '21 run) - website


Coree Woltering - website | Instagram | Twitter

Coree's fav UCAN product: Vanilla Energy Mix


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