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WORLD RANKINGS —
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LONGEST CAREERS, finishing running races of 50 miles (80.47kms.) or more, for 40 YEARS or more*:
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192 men & 5 women, from 10 countries —
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So. Africa 58; Switzerland 39; USA 37; France 21; Italy 18; Germany 15; UK 5; Finland 2; Austria & Australia 1
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compiled by Nick Marshall (Camp Hill, Pa.), with assistance from Bob McCubbin (Glen Rock, Pa.)
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corrections & additions welcome - send to n.marshall@verizon.net or runjfkbob@gmail.com
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(criteria for qualifying performances shown at bottom of the page)
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latest update: Feb. 2021; next major update: Aug. 2021
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status definitions: "active" = runners with an ultra attempt in 2019-2021 (including ultras of any length, and DNFs)
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"inactive" = most recent ultra performance in 2017 or 2018
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"retired" = runners with most recent ultras in 2016 or earlier (subject to change if they resume trying ultras)
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RankNameCountry
career length
status
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1Wally HaywardSouth Africa59y 7d
age 97.8 (b.1908-d.2006)
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***59 years***
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2Rudolf SchneiderSwitzerland52y 348d
active, age 77
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3Dave RogersSouth Africa52y 2dretired
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***52 years***
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4Tom WhitesellUSA51y 237d
active, age 66
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5tWilli FurstSwitzerland51y 0d
active, age 70
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5tWerner HohlGermany51y 0d
active, age 76
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***51 years***
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7Alf BurgessSouth Africa50y 10d
active, age 81
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8Walter SonnendeckerSouth Africa50y 9d
active, age 70
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9Shane HuttonUSA50y 8d
active, age 64
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10Liege BoulleSouth Africa50y 7d
(b.1909-d.2000)
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***50 years***
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11Helmut UrbachGermany49y 351dretired
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12Reto CalderariSwitzerland49y 335dretired
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13Ulli KammGermany49y 282d
active, age 73
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14Kim ByronUSA49y 233d
inactive, age 65
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15Heinz MaderSwitzerland49y 1dretired
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***49 years***
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16Hugo MoriSwitzerland48y 346d
active, age 74
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17Heinz-Werner DellwigGermany48y 234d
inactive, age 70
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18Fritz ScheideggerSwitzerland48y 213dretired
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19Gerhard BrachtGermany48y 80d
inactive, age 71
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***48 years***
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20Felix RobadeySwitzerland47y 361d
active, age 76
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21tFlorian ConradSwitzerland47y 354dretired
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21tUrs KrahenbuhlSwitzerland47y 354dretired
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23Max KarliSwitzerland47y 5dretired
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***47 years***
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24Hansueli FahSwitzerland46y 363d
active, age 75
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25Allan FergusonSouth Africa46y 361dretired
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26Keith BlomUSA46y 139d
active, age 64
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27Nick MarshallUSA46y 116d
active, age 73
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28tZwelitsha GonoSouth Africa46y 8d
active, age 69
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28tBarry HollandSouth Africa46y 8d
active, age 68
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28tLouis MassynSouth Africa46y 8d
active, age 70
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***46 years***
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31Rudolf MartiSwitzerland45y 363dretired
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32Hans MathysSwitzerland45y 357dretired
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33Manfred LeismannGermany45y 356d
inactive, age 74
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34Don Ross-WattSouth Africa45y 123d
inactive, age 74
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35Angiolino ZanardiItaly45y 111d
active, age 71
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36Dan CoffeyUK45y 24dretired
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37tPierre BoudetFrance45y 13d
inactive, age 72
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37tPatrick de FuentesFrance45y 13d
inactive, age 64
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39Bernard RouziesFrance45y 7d
active, age 68
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40Leon Van WykSouth Africa45y 1dretired
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41Werner SahliSwitzerland45y 0dretired
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***45 years***
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42tMarco GelliItaly44y 364d
active, age 68
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42tClaudio PientiItaly44y 364d
active, age 63
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44Hans-Jurgen ReuterGermany44y 280dretired
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45Ed HouseUSA44y 232d
inactive, age 71
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F1Fiorenza Simion DonaItaly44y 112d
active, age 78
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47Lucio BazzanaItaly44y 105d
active, age 66
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48Johann van EedenSouth Africa44y 10d
active, age 66
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49Mike CowlingSouth Africa44y 9d
active, age 70
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50tLowell ShowalterUSA44y 8d
active, age 63
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50tLinden ShowalterUSA44y 8d
active, age 62
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52Jean-Pierre LucasFrance44y 7dretired
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53Alec WainwrightSouth Africa44y 4dretired
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54tJohn MorrisonSouth Africa44y 3dretired
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54tBoysie Van StadenSouth Africa44y 3d
inactive, age 65
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F2Marianne EggerSwitzerland44y 1dretired
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56tBlaise PerrotSwitzerland44y 1d
inactive, age 75
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56tDaniel RebetezSwitzerland44y 1d
inactive, age 64
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56tPeter GrassleGermany44y 1dretired
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60tFrancesco FabbriItaly44y 0d
inactive, age 73
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60tWalter FagnaniItaly44y 0d
inactive, age 96
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***44 years***
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62tCalie BenekeSouth Africa43y 363dretired
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62tRoy NattrassSouth Africa43y 363dretired
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64Lawrence MallenSouth Africa43y 360dretired
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65Hermann RodunerSwitzerland43y 359d
active, age 65
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66tErnst GysinSwitzerland43y 345d
active, age 75
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66tPaul HunzikerSwitzerland43y 345dretired
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68Johannes LeopoldAustria43y 288d
active, age 65
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69Willy BartlomeSwitzerland43y 72d
active, age 63