Ultrarunners Set New Records

Stephanie Cundith of Wichita, Kan. won the 50-km race at the Kansas Rails to Trails Extravaganza in October 2018.

The Kansas Rails-to-Trails Extravaganza, held each October in Ottawa, Kansas, was the home to several records in 2018. In the 50-km race, Stephanie Cundith of Wichita, Kan. won the race outright and topped her previous best time on the USATF-certified course with a time of 4:22:48—a new Kansas state record. In the 100-mile race, Pamela Chapman-Markle of San Leon, Texas broke the USATF American Masters 100-mile record for her age group (Women, ages 60-64) with a time of 20:58:24. Both distances were an out-and-back on the Prairie Spirit Trail between Ottawa and Iola, Kansas. The race offers certified distances for the half marathon, marathon, 50 km, 50 mile, 100 km, and 100 mile.

Top Photo: Pamela Chapman-Markle in the 100-mile race. All photos by Mile 90 Photography.