In a sport that is often all about personal transformations, Traci Falbo’s story is a standout. She is a 45 year-old mother of two who lost 80 pounds from 2003-2004 and ran her first marathon in 2004. Since that time, Traci has become an accomplished and highly decorated ultra runner.
Traci earned an American Record and a World Indoor Track Record for running 242.093 miles in 48 hours in August of 2014. She previously held the American 100 mile trail record (14:45). In April of 2015, she placed 2nd in the 24-Hour World Championships in Italy, completing 148.9675 miles. Traci placed was 4th in the 2013 24-Hour World Championship, and 16th in the 100k World Championship in 2016.
Since that first marathon in 2004, Traci, as of December 2016, has completed 103 marathons and 33 ultra marathons. She has finished marathons in all 50 states, sub 4 hours, winning 21 of them. She completed the Grand Slam of Ultra running in 2013. In 2014, she was voted Masters Ultra Road Runner of the Year by USATF, #8 Ultra Runner of the Year by UltraRunning Magazine, and was the runner-up for IAU Athlete of the Year. In 2015, she was voted Masters Ultra Road Runner of the Year by USATF and Masters Ultra Trail Runner of the Year. When not competing for podium places, Traci has also paced over 16 marathons, including helping two blind men complete the New York Marathon in 2010 as a guide for Achilles International. In true Traci fashion, she gives back in other ways as well, helping promote the sport of running as a member of USATF MUT (Mountain Ultra Trail) Executive Committee and the AAC (Athlete Advisory Council) representative for USATF MUT Executive Committee.
When I’m not training or competing, I love to: Travel, play cards & games with family, SCUBA dive, scrapbook, and go flying with my husband.
Something that very few people know about me is: I have my private pilot’s license.
A good title for my autobiography would be: ”Fat to Fit to a bit Crazy”
My favorite moment or achievement to date is: 48 Hours in the Alaska Dome, breaking an American Record and a World Record in the process…it was surreal.
The toughest moment I’ve ever experienced in a race is: The Grand Slam, race #4, totally in a hole mentally and physically, having a tantrum at the top of the mountain with my pacer.
I live in Charlestown, IN because: It’s where I am at the moment…
One thing I hope to achieve this year is: Breaking the American Record at the 24-Hour World Championship.
The events on my bucket list are: Western States redemption, Tarawera 100k, Antelope Canyon 50 miler, a 6-day race.
My pre-race superstition is: Carbo-loading…yup…old school.
Nathan helps me run stronger and run longer by: Nathan has a ton of sweet gear. The hydration packs are second to none…there is something for everyone! I love the Insulated handheld. Aside from keeping me hydrated, the lights with LOTS OF LUMEN are keeping me from tripping… as much!