Ultra Race of Champions Ready to Run in May

17 Apr, 2019

Katie Arnold, the 2018 Leadville Women’s Champion, will toe the line at the 9th annual Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100k. Katie will compete with a deep field of elite men and women ultra-distance runners on one of the most challenging and scenic 100 kilometers courses in the US. The race boasts a $21,000 cash purse. It attracts many elite runners while remaining open to competitors of all abilities, following the inclusive culture of ultra-distance running.  It also includes a 50k and 25k and is set to take place on May 11 at stunning Skylark in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Skylark, a vineyard and nature preserve, is a unique and beautiful venue with 360 degrees views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Katie is very excited to return to the Blue Ridge, where her passion for running was born. “I’m so excited to return to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where I became a runner as a girl of 7 years old, running my first race, a 10K, near my father’s farm outside Front Royal. UROC’s course looks amazing and the race will coincide with the publication of my first book, RUNNING HOME: A Memoir, to be published by Random House in March.”

“I am thrilled to have the 2018 Leadville Champion, Katie Arnold, compete at the 9th Annual Ultra Race of Champions at Skylark,” says James Russell Gill III, UROC’s Race Director and Founder. “Katie is an incredible running talent and has proven her ability to compete at the highest level on extremely challenging courses. Katie’s skills will serve her well: UROC was created to bring together the best ultra-distance runners from around the world and compete on a course that will challenge all ultra-running disciplines, while still remaining open to all runners.”

The 2019 event is also possible thanks to the support of the race sponsors, including Naked Hydration Packs.

The Ultra Race of Champions is produced by Bad to the Bone Sports and registration is now open. More information can be found at On social media, UROC can be found on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. For more information and for sponsorship or press inquiries, please contact Dr. Francesca Conte at (434) 218-0402 or

About Bad to the Bone Sports™: By directing premiere road and trail events all over the United States, Bad to the Bone Sports strives to motivate runners of all backgrounds to challenge themselves. For over 13 years, Bad to the Bone Sports events have reflected owners James Russell Gill III and Dr. Francesca Conte decades-long knowledge and passion for running.

About the Ultra Race of Champions: UROC is open to all runners. The mission of UROC is to create the Super Bowl for the sport of ultra-distance running. Elite runners are invited based on the recommendation of the UROC Elite Advisory Council and their performances at key events in the sport all over the World: at UROC, elite runners and weekend warriors race side by side. The UROC Elite Advisory Council includes some of the best ultrarunners from around the World: Ian Sharman, Dave Mackey, Michael Wardian, Kaci Lickteig, Devon Yanko, and Anna Frost. UROC also relies on the support of several Ambassadors, who are vital to the success of the championship. UROC Ambassadors Catra Corbett and Ken Michal are the backbone of ultra-distance running and some of the most active and influential runners in the sport. Best of the Best, One Course, One Day. For more information, visit find it on social media on Facebook at “Ultra Race of Champions” or on Twitter #UROCUltraRace, #BeAChampion.


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