10 Inspiring Ultra Finishes - Page 2
9. Grand Slamming
Tom Green, 1986
Tom Green with his pacer, Judith, at the finish line of the 2014 Western States, Green's 10th WS finish. Photo by Mark Melvin.
In 1986, there were only four 100-mile races in the United States: Old Dominion, Western States, Leadville, and Wasatch, all held between June and September. While Green was not the only runner to attempt running all four that year—and certainly not the runner making the most well-publicized attempt at it—he was the only one to complete his attempt (including a sub-24 at Western States and a sub-22 at Old Dominion), making him the original finisher of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning.
The Slam, which has since replaced Old Dominion with the Vermont 100 in July, is still considered one of the toughest feats of endurance on the planet.
- Green was the last finisher before the cutoff at Western States this year, finishing in 29:57:32.