Poland’s Dominika Stelmach began 2023 off on a excessive word. The completed endurance athlete, 40, ran 152.633 kilometres (94.841 miles) on Thursday, Jan. 5, on the Spartanion race in Tel Aviv, Israel, setting a brand new ladies’s world file (pending ratification).
The Spartanion race was created for athletes in Israel to have a close-to-home setting to realize hit the factors essential to enter Spartathlon, the world-renowned 246-kilometre race held yearly in Greece between Athens and Sparti, the fashionable city on the positioning of historic Sparta. Spartanion earned some international fame in 2022 when Lithuanian ultrarunner Aleksandr Sorokin broke his personal 12-hour and 100-mile data on the course, a quick flat loop in a park.
Stelmach made it clear from the outset that she was going after American endurance phenom Camille Herron’s former world file of 149.130 kilometers (92.665 miles) that she ran on the 2017 version of Desert Solstice Invitational. Stelmach, who additionally coaches and runs coaching camps, has a formidable ultrarunning resume, profitable the difficult 2021 Cappadocia Extremely-Path 120K and taking a detailed second on the 2022 Black Canyon Extremely. She holds the European 50-mile file of 5:51:58.
Stelmach shared her record-breaking expertise on social media–together with each highs and lows. Whereas the athlete was coping with the onset of her interval and “compulsory (each 2 hours) bathroom visits” had her barely out of rhythm, she nonetheless shared that for the primary 75K she was “working nice, comfortable.” After 75 kilometres she handled some overheating and abdomen points however finally pushed via any discomfort to take the 12-hour file.
Stelmach had initially been entered within the 24-hour occasion, however says she opted to cease when one in all her two sons leaped into her arms. “It’s a fantastic begin to the yr,” she shared. The athlete has already shared her plans for Comrades Marathon and UTMB in 2023, and she or he’ll actually have a brand new legion of followers cheering her on.