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Ultra Marathon

  • Member of United States 100K Team 2001-2006; 8th overall and 1st American at World Cup 2003, Tainan, Taiwan; 7th at World Cup 2005; scoring member of gold medal 100K team at World Cup 2005

  • Western States 100 Champion 2004, 2006, 2007

  • 1st place, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, 2007

  • 50-Mile Trail National Champion 2003, 2004, 2005, Crystal Mountain, Washington

  • 50-Mile Road National Champion 2005, State College, Pennsylvania. Broke course record by 23 minutes

  • Set course records at numerous 50-milers

  • 1st place, American River 50-Mile, 2003 (fastest time by an American woman in 2002-2003

  • 2nd Place, National 100K Championships, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001

  • 1st place, Marathon Des Sables, 2014

  • 2nd place, Big Horn 100m, 2016

  • 2nd place, HURT 100m, HI, 2017

  • 2nd place, Hardrock 100, 2018

Mountain Running

  • Member of United States Mountain Running Team 2001-2003; 24th overall, 2nd American, World Mountain Running Trophy 2003, Girdwood, Alaska

  • Mt. Washington Road Race 2003, 2nd place, 1st American

  • New England Mountain Running Champion 2001, runner-up 2003

  • Set numerous course records

Trail Running

  • Bridger Ridge Run, 1st place, Bozeman, Montana, 2004 (course record)

  • Grand Tree Trail Race Series: undefeated in all races run in 2000-2002

  • Set course records in 9 New England Grand Tree races, 2000-2003

  • Pennsylvania State Trail Running Champion, 1998

  • Run the Rann, 1st place, Dholavira, Gujarat, India, 2014[5]

Road Running

  • Road marathon wins also include Adirondack Marathon, Schroon, NY; Green Mountain Marathon, Grand Isle, VT; Great Potato Marathon, Boise, ID, Salt Lake City Marathon; Lewis and Clark Marathon, Bozeman, MT

Snowshoe Racing

  • U.S. National Champion 2001, 2004, 2005; runner-up 2003

  • Member of U.S. National Team 2003-2005

Awards, Other Athletic Achievement and Running Community Involvement

  • Set a new women's record for fastest supported time on Vermont's Long Trail, 273 miles in 5 days 7 hours 42 minutes, August 13–18, 2012.[6] The record breaking attempt was captured in the documentary film "Finding Traction"[7]

  • Member of USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council 2002 to 2005; Championship Chair 2005

  • Member of the 100K Task Force for USATF

  • Member of U.S. Snowshoe Association advisory board 2004-2005

  • 1st place team Moab Adventure Xstream, 2005

  • North American Female Ultra Runner of Year 2003, 2004, 2007 (Ultrarunning magazine)

  • USATF Ultra Runner of the Year 2004

  • 15K Biathlon U.S. Olympic Team Trials, 13th place, 1994

  • Williams College Ski Team 1989-93; skied to top-20 finishes in Division I NCAA National Championships all four years

  • Two-time winner of the Williams College Alumnae Ski Award



Ultra Running, Skiing, Snowshoe Racing, Biathlon

Nikki is an American distance runner specializing in the Ultramarathon. While growing up in Chittenden, VT, Nikki's love for sports began at a very early age. Her parents put her into her first pair of skis at age 3 at the recommendation of a pediatrician. Nikki was born severely pigeon-toed and did not walk well and skiing is known to help the problem by forcing and training the legs to stay parallel. In high school, Nikki became a multi-sport endurance athlete, excelling in Nordic skiing, cross-country running, and cycling.
Nikki went on to ski race at Williams College placing in the top 20 at the NCAA Nordic Ski Championship. After graduating from college, Nikki competed in biathlons (Nordic skiing & rifle shooting) and devoted two years to the sport with the goal of making the Olympic team in 1994. After failing to make the Olympic team, Nikki stopped training and decided to shift her focus from sport to career. While attending graduate school in Physical Therapy, Nikki began trail running with a local club to blow off steam. After years of competing and dedicating her life to sports with a high level of seriousness, Nikki was thrilled with the lack of pressure and the genuine fun she found in trail running. In 1999, Nikki graduated with her masters degree in physical therapy and ran her first ultra marathons. Her first ultra was a 50K race at Mt. Pisgah, NH followed by the Vermont 50-miler only two weeks later. Nikki won both in the women's division, setting course records in each. This is just the beginning of a winning streak that lasted well through 2006. She ran and won her first 100-mile race in 2004 at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.  She was the winning female at Western States again in 2006 and 2007, becoming only the third woman to win Western States three times. In 2014, she won the Marathon Des Sables multi-stage endurance race on her first attempt. She has also won the most competitive trail ultra in the world, Vermont’s 273, and has created a documentary to cover the story, Finding Traction (2015). Nikki now makes her home in Bozeman, MT where she works as an orthopedic physical therapist. She also helped co-create a running clinic aimed at preventing injuries. The clinic provides monthly screening services to runners and triathletes and advises runners on nutrition and training.

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