Events: Masters 100 km
Seeing the photo of the 1992 USATF 100 km Team that competed at the IAU World Cup 100 km in Palamos, Spain, sparked Chrissy Fergusons desire to run her first 100 km national championship race to get on to the team. But, when the 1993 100 km national championship in New Yorks Central Park started in February 1993, Chrissy was at her home in California recovering from an injury. So, she decided to travel to the World Championship 100 km race in Torhout, Belgium with the team as an alternate. When the 1994 USATF 100 km Jed Smith national championship race started in Sacramento in February of 1994, Chrissy was ready to run for a top three finish to assure herself a place on the 100 km team. And thats exactly what she didplaced third.
"I liked running against the known women in the sportputting faces with the names of the runners who I read about." Chrissy did not stop running with the team after the Lake Saroma World 100 km Championships in Japan where she ran an impressive 7:56:57 to place in the medals (7th) in the overall race. Since then, she has been on six USATF 100 km teams earning herself a berth on the 2001 team by again placing in the top three and simultaneously winning the USATF masters 100 km title at the 2001 GNC ultra championship race. This was the first championship race that she participated in as a masters and she was thrilled to be in a new competitive category. "You may not be able to win overall when you are a masters runner but you could win the masters category. I couldnt wait to become a masters." The prize money and the special USATF patch awarded to masters medallists are appealing to Chrissy in addition to the opportunity to watch the performances of runners who are attracted to the competition of ultra championships and to meet them.