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Bitter trail record earns him USATF Athlete of the Week


Zach Bitter (Phoenix, Arizona) broke the world 100-mile trail run record to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Bitter, 32, won the Tunnel Hill 100 at Vienna, Illinois, in 12:08:36, 24 minutes faster than the previous world record, set in 2010 by Sweden’s Jonas Buud. He also shattered the previous American record, slicing 36 minutes off the standard set by Ian Sharman in 2011. Bitter holds the AR for the track 100-miler, clocking 11:40:55 in 2015.


Full results can be found here.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Kellyn Taylor—Taylor won the women’s Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon by more than two minutes in 70:13, a PR and the fifth-fastest time of the year by an American.

Wilkerson Given—Given was the men’s winner at the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon, clocking 62:48 for a 2:06 margin of victory.

Emily Lipari — Lipari won the women’s Brooks Beasts Desert Throwdown road mile by one second with a 4:38.

Nick Hauger — Hauger won the NCAA West Regional cross country title in 29:42.4 to lead his Portland squad to the team trophy.

Cailie Logue — Logue ran away with the NCAA Midwest Regional women’s title by almost 10 seconds to lead Iowa State to the team trophy.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price; September 20, Charles Allie; September 27, Katelyn Tuohy; October 3, Sonja Friend-Uhl; October 10, Jeannie Rice; October 17, Grace Stark; October 24, Gene Dykes; October 31, Fiona Bayly; November 7, Emily Sisson; November 14, Zach Bitter.

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