Events: Masters ultra running
It was an Ultrarunning Magazine in 1990 that brought ultra championships to 12-time USATF Masters Ultra Champion, Kevin Setnes', attention. Setnes, now 47, began running ultra championships in the time of U.S. ultrarunning when there were few ultra championships to compete in. Although venues were limited in the early years, Setnes took advantage of all ultra championship opportunities to "rise to the occasion and deliver on a specific day; that is what a championship is." Participating in 16 ultra trail 50-mile and road 100 km and 24-hour championship races, taught Setnes "to peak for a major event and over-come the conditions that are thrown at you while managing a competitive field."
What the competitive Setnes likes best about ultra championships is that they provide the best competition possible. He also enjoys the sophisticated venues of ultra championship races such as those provided by the well-organized Orlander Park 24-Hour race where Kevin ran 160.4 miles in 1993 to win the race and set a then American Road record for 24 hours. The scenic, point-to-point Edmund Fitzgerald 100K road race in northern Minnesota in late October is a memorable venue for Kevin as well. He also likes the lodging and meals provided to runners at the GNC national championship in Pittsburgh along with the prize money it offers to both open and masters runners. But a championship highlight was sharing national titles with his wife, Kris Clark-Setnes at the 1997. Their dual championship victories earned the Wisconsin residents a berth on the USATF 100 km that competed at World 100 km Challenge in Winschoten, The Netherlands. "It was an honor to run for the U.S. with my teammates and my wife," says Setnes.