Events: Ultra running
Ultrarunning was a "natural progression" for 2004 USATF 100 km team member, Rena Schumann. Schumann moved from the marathon to ultradistance, and has amassed 106 ultra performances and numerous wins, primarily on trails. A seven time winner of the USATF Pacific Association Ultra Grand Prix Series, Schumann has finished in the top 10 at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run three times. She attributes her start in ultrarunning to the encouragement she received from ultra-running friends "to accept the challenge." The challenge of ultrarunning was agreeable with Schumann's other priorities--"fitness, the love of the outdoors, and the feeling of accomplishment when seeing my race results reap the rewards of my hard training." Schumann focuses on Northern California races and annual favorites are American River 50, MiWok 100K, and Western States 100.
Training for Schumann is easy with her location and support system. "I run because I love the camaraderie of training with really super people and we support one another. Knowing runners are expecting me at a training run is critical for me. Living in the beautiful running mecca of Northern California makes it easy--the training grounds here are absolutely beautiful."
About being selected to represent the U.S. at the 100 km World Cup, Schumann says, "I am extremely honored to have been selected to the USATF 100 km team, and I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the United States. The opportunity to run at Winschoten is a once-in-a-lifetime for me, and I would not miss it for the world."
Schumann is running on the all-rookie USATF Women's 100 km team and has run the following PRs: