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Saratoga Springs,UT,

Member Since:

Jan 31, 2008



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2016 Finished 12 100-milers during the year.  86 career 100-mile finishes, 9th in the world.   First person to do 6 consecutive summits of Mount Timpanogos.  Won Crooked Road 24-hour race. Achieved the 5th, 6th, and 8th fastest 100-mile times in the world for runners age 57+ for the year.

2013  First person to bag the six highest Wasatch peaks in one day. First and only person to do a Kings Peak double (highest peak in Utah).  I've now accomplished it four times. 

2010 - Overall first place Across the Years 48-hour run (187 miles), Overall first place Pony Express Traill 100.

2009 - Utah State Grand Masters 5K champion (Road Runners Club of America).  National 100-mile Grand Masters Champion (Road Runners Club of America). USATF 100-mile National Champion for age 50-54.

2006 - Set record of five consecutive Timpanogos Summits ("A record for the criminally insane")  See: http://www.crockettclan.org/blog/?p=42

2007 - Summited 7 Utah 13-ers in one day.  See: http://www.crockettclan.org/blog/?p=14 

Only person to have finished nine different 100-mile races in Utah: Wasatch, Bear, Moab, Pony Express Trail, Buffalo Run, Salt Flats, Bryce, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef.

PRs - all accomplished when over 50 years old

5K - 19:51 - 2010 Run to Walk 5K

10K - 42:04 - 2010 Smile Center

1/2 Marathon: 1:29:13 - 2011 Utah Valley

Marathon - 3:23:43 - 2010 Ogden Marathon

50K - 4:38 - 2010 Across the Years split

50-mile - 8:07 - 2010 Across the Years split

100K - 10:49 - 2010 Across The Years split

12-hours 67.1 miles - 2010 Across The Years split

100-mile 19:40 - 2011 Across the Years split

24-hours 117.8 miles - 2011 Across the Years split

48-hours 187.033 miles - 2010 Across the Years

Long-Term Running Goals:

I would like to keep running ultras into my 60s. 


Details at: http://www.crockettclan.org/ultras/ultracrockett.pdf Married with six kids and six grandchildren.  Started running at the age of 46 in 2004.  My first race since Junior High days was a 50K. I skipped the shorter road stuff and went straight to ultramarathons.  I started as a back-of-the packer, but have progressed to a top-10-percent ultra finisher.  Wish I would have started running at a much earlier age.  Have had several articles published in national running magazines.  Check out my running adventure blog at www.crockettclan.org/blog

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Race: Virgil Crest 100 (100 Miles) 32:45:00
Total Distance

Ran out in Central NY.  First day was rainy, cool, humid.  Very muddy in spots that slowed everyone down.  Finished first 50 in just under 13 hours.  Started really cruising at mile 75-85.  But then the morning sun came out.  My body just isn't adapted to heat/humidity like that.  At mile 90, had to lay in a cot for ten minutes.  By mile 93, I was in a bad way, probably heat stroke, scariest 100-mile experience yet. Dizzy, ashen looking, going 1 mph. They sent someone back from the mile 96 aid station to walk me in the last mile.  Layed on the ground at the aid station for quite a while applying ice. Came pretty clost to DNFing at mile 96.  Finally felt somewhat better.  Asked buddy Phil Rosenstein to run with me to the finish, didn't dare do it alone.  He did and somehow I made it.  Last 10 miles took me nearly 5 hours. Ran that same section in 1:45 for the first 10 miles of the race. Recovery has been very hard.  Six hours later finally starting to fill a bit better.  Learned a good lesson about trying to do hot/humid 100s without humidity training.

Hoka - Stinson Miles: 101.00
From Jon on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 23:35:45 from

Glad to hear you finished and didn't die. Heat/humidity is nasty if not ready for it. You planning on a long break now before another 100?

From crockett on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 07:39:13 from

Yep, long break, 4 weeks before Pony Express Trail 100

From Scott Wesemann on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 13:02:45 from

3 100's in 6 weeks is pretty impressive. My legs are still not back from Wasatch. Congrats on another 100 finish. Way to gut it out.

From crockett on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:26:16 from

Actually, 3 100s in 4 week span. I am ready for a rest. Feeling hammered.

From Jon on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 22:47:31 from

I know you're going to completely ignore my advice, but might you skip a few 100's left this year? It's not worth injury/death just to get a goal.

From crockett on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:01:55 from

Jon, you crack me up. It is easy from here, just flat Pony Express and flat Across the Years.

From JD on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 16:31:28 from

Just read your report. Pretty awesome. Good job sticking that one out. I was moved by Phil's willingness to accompany you to the finish.

From crockett on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 16:55:09 from

Yes, Phil provided me a service at a very tough time that I will remember forever. He didn't have to and I know it inconvenced his plans but he never even mentioned it. Great example. Phil has finished about the same number of 100s as I have so his experience was great to have. And we had fun telling each other tales on the way in.

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