Runner: Matt Urbanski, Seattle, WA. Runner. Coach. Dad. Husband. Vegan. World traveler. Long distance hiker.

Years Running: 25+

Age: 37

Upcoming races: Javelina 100, Hong Kong 100k, (maybe Seattle Marathon, maybe Tarawera 100k)

Current goals: Get back to Western States and place top-10; race UTMB again and make major improvements; keep running in the low 2:30s for marathons, and keep racing cool races around the world while I can

Long-term, big shot goals that you someday hope to achieve with running: I want to be a podium guy in the big ultras. Cracking 2:30 would be awesome too!

Tell us about your running accomplishment that you’re most proud of and why:

  • 14:04 in 2017 at Rocky Raccoon. I’ve raced this one 5 times, and I feel like I finally cracked the code not only on this race but on managing 100 milers as well. I stayed strong and in control my entire run, I placed well, and I got damn near my potential on race day.

  • Cracking 15 minutes in the 5k. I worked hard on the track in my late 20s and at the end of my final track season back in 2010 I executed the race really well and was able to finally break the 15 minute barrier.

Favorite part about being a runner: First, I eat a ton and I manage to maintain a good running weight. Two, I think that all the discipline, testing of will power, ability to push myself, and to do things when I don’t want to or lack motivation - all parts of being a successful distance runner, carry over into other parts of my life. Basically, I feel like I’m better at everything else I do because I’m a runner.

Favorite Workout:

  • Tempo. I love dialing into a pace, finding my aerobic max zone, and cruising. It’s a challenging mental and physical workout that leaves me feeling fast and fit.

  • Long Race Sim runs in the mountains. I love how I can be out for 5 or 6 hours on trail and finish feeling fine. I used to be wrecked after a two hour long run, but now I feel like I can go all day and I love it!

Most Challenging Workout: Intervals. My lungs burn, I get a cold feeling in the back of my throat, and my legs get worked. I have to make a mental decision each time to push my body where it doesn’t want to go. These workouts also help me get stronger and make major fitness gains!

Best races: 3rd at 2017 Rocky Raccoon in 14:04. 2nd at 2017 Cascade Crest 100 in 20:11. 14:58 5k on the track in 2010. White River 50 miler in 2014, finished 4th. 2:33 marathon at CIM in 2014.

Running words of wisdom: Consistency is key. Train hard, but only so hard that you can keep training tomorrow and the next day, and the next day…

Notable PRs:

1500m:  4:00.4 (2002); Louisville, KY, Outdoor

3000m:  8:35.37 (2/14/10) UW, Indoors

5000m:  14:58.19 (5/7/2010) Mt. Hood Twilight, Outdoor

10,000m:  31:20.82 (4/2/10) Willamette Invite, Outdoor

Half marathon:  1:10.10 (1/24/10) Vancouver Lake, Road

Marathon:  2:33.37 (12/7/2014) California International Marathon, California, Road

50 miler:  6:26.22 (3/9/13) Land Between the Lakes, KY, Trail

100 miler:  14:04.08 (2/4/17) Rocky Raccoon, TX, Trail

Other notables races:

  • 100 milers: Run Rabbit Run, Western States, Leadville, UTMB

  • 50 milers: White River, Land Between the Lakes, Iceage, North Face NY and North Face SF

  • Marathons: Boston, Chicago, New York, California International, Los Angeles, Seattle, Prague, Madrid, and a whole bunch of other smaller ones!

Other notable achievements:

  • Completed thru hikes of the Appalachian trail (both 2000 and 2011), Pacific Crest Trail (2007), Colorado Trail (2012), and the Continental Divide Trail (2013)

  • Ran the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim (2014)

Self published author:

  • A Long Way from Nowhere - A Couple’s Journey on the Continental Divide Trail (published in 2014)

Race Reports:

Cascade Crest 100 - 8/26/17

Needles 50k - 7/22/17

Allianz 15k - 6/4/17

Tokyo Marathon - 2/26/17

Rocky Raccoon 100M - 2/4/2017

North Face 50 San Francisco - 12/3/2016

Grand Ridge 50k - 11/19/2016

New York Marathon - 11/6/2016

Stone Steps 50k - 10/23/2016

UTMB - 8/26/2016

Coahuila 100k - 6/18/2016

3er Gran Maraton Mexiquense - 6/5/2016

North Face 50 New York - 4/30/2016

Boston Marathon - 4/18/2016

Mercer Island Half - 3/20/2016

Lake Sammamish Half - 3/5/16

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