Rebecca Rusch is the epitome of the supreme endurance athlete… and in so many disciplines.
41-year old Rusch initially rose to fame in the Adventure Racing world. She took part in the Primal Quest Expedition Races in 2002 – 2006, the Eco-Challenge Adventure Races from 1997 – 2002, the Raid Gauloise Expedition Races in the year’s 2000, 2002 and 2003 – coming 1st in 2003 – and became the 24 Hour Orienteering National Champion in 2006.
She has also successfully climbed big walls from Yosemite to Zion, paddled on the world-famous Offshore Canoe Club’s women’s outrigger team in the brutal Molokai crossing and taken up mountain biking.
Not only taken it up – but well and truly conquered the sport. In addition to the three 24-hour solo mountain bike World Champion rainbow jerseys, Rusch is a three-time national champion in 24-hour team mountain biking. She’s won Idaho’s Short Track state championship (twice), and its Cyclocross state title. She was the 24-Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Champion in 2006 and the 24 Hour Team Mountain Bike National Champion in 2008 and 200 plus the USA Cycling Ultra Endurance Series Winner in 2006, 2007, 2009.
She is also an accomplished Nordic skier and won the Masters Cross Country Skiing World Championship in 2008.
Hold on – I’m not finished yet. I haven’t mentioned whitewater rafting – in 2001 and 2002 she was a member of the team that won the US Whitewater Rafting National Champion Team.
“It’s still hard to suppress a grin when people ask me what I do for a living, and I reply: “I am a professional athlete,” she says.
She has been profiled by Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine and Adventure Sport Magazine.
Rusch lives in Ketcham, Idaho and says it is “the perfect terrain for training.” 5 mountain ranges surround the town and if she is not out there training amongst them, she can be found in some of the farthest corners of the earth chasing adventure. Her 2010 results have to be seen to be believed:
- Trans Andes, 1st Open Women w/ Jennifer Smith
- La Ruta de Los Conquistadores, 3rd
- Tour of Patagonia, 1st Open Women w/ Heidi Volpe
- Sea Otter Classic, 2nd Pro Women’s Super D
- Sea Otter Classic, 23rd Elite Women’s XC
- Whiskey 50 Miler, 4th place Women’s
- Firecracker 50, 6th Place Pro Women’s
- Cascade Cream Puff 100, 1st Place Women’s
- Whit Henry Memorial Galena Grinder Marathon, 1st Place Women’s
- Leadville 100 Winner and Womens Course Record Holder 7:47 minutes (22nd Overall)
- Pierre’s Hole 50 miler, Grand Targhee 1st
- USAC Masters XC World Championships , 1st 35-44 category
- Spa City Marathon, Arkansas 1st
- Transylvania Epic Stage Race, 3rd
- Red Centre Enduro, Australia, 3rd
- Ashland Super D, 4th
… athe biggest triumph of the year for her must have been when she beat the women’s Leadville record by 7:47 minutes in the USAC Masters XC World Championship taking first place for the second year in a row among a stacked field of the world’s best mountain bikers.
Where you see a fine athlete you generally see Red Bull – and sure enough they are one of Rebecca Rusch’s many sponsors. “Red Bull has stuck with me and been supportive for all of my athletic metamorphoses. Red Bull is my motivation when nothing else works,” she says.
“I’m super honored to be receiving this award,” says Rebecca Rusch. “To attend the gala and meet all the incredible athletes is one thing, being recognized among the mountain bike community is something else entirely. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Ketcham must be very proud of its daughter…