Catra has run over 250 ultra marathons. She holds the overall record (for men and women) for completing the John Muir Trail twice (out and back), a total of 424 miles, and has the second best all time result for a woman running one way (212 miles).
In November 2011 she ran her 80th 100 mile race. Known as one of the most determined and colourful characters in ultramarathon running,
- Competed at over one hundred 100 mile races
- Survivor of drug abuse
- Record breaker for the 424 mile John Muir Trail
Catra lives an extremely healthy lifestyle now, although she abused alcohol and illegal drugs in the past. She was arrested for selling speed and spent a night in jail, so decided to change her life altogether. This included going vegan and giving up alcohol and other drugs immediately.
Her positive attitude is a regular feature on her blog and something she brings to her job as a fitness training instructor.
In 2011 Catra ran 4,154 miles, and her lifetime mile count was an amazing 65,914 to the end of 2011.
In early 2013 she ran her 86th race at 100 miles, the Razorback 100. She finished as the overall winner, beating all male competitors as well as winning the women’s race (read more here). She has since completed her 100th hundred mile race, seventeen years after her first race (read more here).
Catra has her own clothing line, which reflect her unique style and her veganism, and can be seen here.
“I have been a vegan for 15 years. I also love fast packing, long distance hiking, rock climbing and crossfit. I am not fast but love to run I love motivating others to attempt what they believe is impossible. I believe anything is possible as long as you want to do it.”
No Meat Athlete is a great running resource Full disclosure: 50% of any book you buy on there goes to support this website but there’s also a ton of free resources there.