Event: 24 Hour Run
Weight: 112 lbs
Born: 1974 in Freeport, PA
Current Residence: Littleton, CO
College: Penn State University, 1996
24 hour team member in 2008 & 2009 (top American both years); team member in 2010
Ultrarunning Magazine's ultra runner of the year runner-up
2008 & 2009
New American TRACK Record in the 200km (21:01)
USATFs athlete of the week 2009
Two time Badwater 135 women’s champion and current record holder
Other Race Results
Lost 118 (2/27/10)-1st female, 1st overall-18:36 (men's and women's course record!)
Philadelphia 100 (4/3/10)-1st female, 1st overall-14:58:23 (course record)
Rocky Raccoon 100, Texas (2/7/09)--1st female, 3rd overall-16:51
Delano Park 12 Hour Run, Alabama (3/14/09)--1st overall (78 miles) & new women's course record; tied men's course record
24 Hour World Championships/Italy (5/2/09)--4th female, 1st American, 20th overall--136.83 miles
The North Face Endurance 50 mile, Washington (6/6/09)--1st female, 9:42
Badwater 135, California (7/13/09)--1st female, 5th overall-27:20
Leadville Trail 100, Colorado (8/22/09)--2nd female, 21st overall- 21:53
Self-Transcendence 24 Hour in Ottawa, Canada (9/26/09)--1st overall, 133 miles, New American TRACK Record in the 200km (21:01)
Donaldson is a middle school math teacher who has been the USA's top finisher at the 24-Hour Run World Championship the past two years, finishing fourth in 2009 world title race in Italy with 136.83 miles. She was runner-up to Kami Semick for Ultrarunning Magazine's Ultrarunner of the Year in those years and was a USATF athlete of the week in 2009. She is a two-time winner and women's course recordholder of the Badwater 135 mile race across Death Valley. She recently ran 21:01:28 to break the American track record for 200km.
In their own words...
Running achievement I am most proud of: Breaking the “unbreakable” Badwater 135 mile course record.
Why I run: I run to see what is possible, meet people, and explore amazing places.
Future Goals: To run 140 or more miles in the 24 hour run.
Favorite quote: You are better than you think you are and can do more than you think you can.