Gunhild Swanson – Ultra Runner


I’m 71 years old, a mom, grandma and great-grandma, and running has been my passion since 1978. Since then I completed numerous races including 37 annual Spokane Bloomsday 12K’s, 162 Marathons and 62 Ultra-Marathons to date. Career highlights have been my marathon PR of 2:56:28 at the 1982 Seattle Marathon, the 2004 Javelina Jundred 4th F in 22:37:46,  the 2005 Boston Marathon F60-69 age group win in 3:52:51, the 2005 Western States 100 Mile F60-69 age group record in 25:40:30, and the 2015 Western States 100 Mile F70 & over age group record in 29:59:54, the first female over 70 years to complete this race. I love traveling and making new friends and connecting with old friends at races, and I hope to keep going for many more years.

  • 02-06-16 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile, TX
    02-13-16 Parterns In Pain 5K in Spokane WA
    04-02-16 Yakima River Canyon Marathon, WA
    04-09-16 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, CA
    04-16-16 Yakima Skyline Rim 50K, WA
    05-01-16 Lilac Bloomsday 8K, Spokane WA
    05-07-16 MIWOK 100K, CA
    05-28 & 30-16 Western States Training Runs, CA
    05-29-16 guest at 5-29 Trails In Motion Film Festival in Auburn, CA
    06-25-16 Western States 100 Mile, CA


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