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Amy Grafius
Events: Ultramarathons
Height: 5'3" 
Born: 9/28/73 in Anaheim, CA
Current Residence: Independence, CA
College: University of Nevada Reno
Profession: Substitute teacher
Club: Buffalo Chips


  • 10 km - 38:20
  • 10 mi - 1:02
  • 50 km - 3:50
  • 50 mi - 7:44

Career Highlights

  • 2001 first ultra: Run on the Sly 50k ran with my mom, Dee Dee Grafius
  • 2004 raced six ultras, won four ultras: Jed Smith 50 km, Pony Express 50 km set overall course record, High Sierra 50 km, High Desert 50 km
  • 2005 raced five ultras, won three ultras: Calico 50 km, set women's course record, High Sierra 50 km, overall winner, High Desert 50 km
  • 2005 Southern California USATF 50 km Trail Champion: High Desert 50 km
  • Adventure Racing - Team Smith Chevrolet: 24 hr. Gold Rush, 4th, 24 hr. Sierra Challenge, 3rd


Amy started her running while at Modesto Junior College, California. She competed for MJC earning an athletic scholarship and then ran cross country and long distance track events for CSU Fresno and University of Nevada, Reno. Road races and cross county were the focus during the post-collegiate years,1997-2001. She did her first ultra in 2001 with her mom, Dee Dee. Since 2003 her focus has been on ultrarunning.

In their own words...

Running achievement I am most proud of: Running my first ultra (50k Run on the Sly, 2001) with my mom, Dee Dee. We ran together the whole time. We had a great time and kept each other going.

Why I run:  I enjoy running. I like the challenge of seeing just how far and fast I can go. Competing keeps we motivated to get out the door and run, especially in those less-than-ideal running days.

Future Goals: To keep improving my race times. Fast-pack the John Muir Trail.

Favorite quote: Don't let a small defeat get in the way of a big victory.


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