Front of the Pack
Nick Clark races to the top of U.S. ultrarunning
Whether it is a 100-mile trail race or the local Vertical Beer Mile (where Clark currently holds the course record) in his hometown of ...
Photo by Paul Guenther
Whether it is a 100-mile trail race or the local Vertical Beer Mile (where Clark currently holds the course record) in his hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado, 37-year-old Nick Clark will not only run it, but will likely finish in the front of the pack. And if it's an ultra, that usually means the podium.
A former rugby player and Canterbury, England, native, Clark moved to the U.S. with his wife, Dana, in 2001. They settled in Fort Collins in 2006 and Clark, a web editor who works from home, hit the trails and quickly began accumulating a slew of impressive trail running performances.
According to fellow Fort Collins Trail Runners Club member, Catherine Speights, "Nick is an elite runner without an elite attitude. He is an inspiration to us all," she says.
In 2009, Clark was second at Wyoming's Bighorn 100. A string of course records kicked off 2010, including New Mexico's Ghost Town 38.5-Miler, Texas' Bandera 100K and Utah's Antelope Island 50K. He posted the third-fasted time ever at Utah's Speedgoat 50K before topping off his breakout year with first-place at Utah's Wasatch 100.