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Catra Corbett

Catra Corbett Catra Corbett has walked a long hard road in life, but has turned it into a story that's worth telling - again and again. She has transformed herself from a veritable train wreck into a 50 something year old woman who is an inspiration to anyone who hears her story.

"Before I was an ultrarunner, I was a drug addict. I was a hair stylist. a go-go dancer, a daughter, and a friend to many. But mainly I was a drug addict, doing crazy shit to get more drugs."

"The drugs led me to drop out of high school, develop an eating disorder, and damage my relationship with my family. I eventually found myself in jail. That was the start of my turn-around - my rock bottom that shook me into deciding I no longer wanted to be an addict."

"In 1996, two years after being clean and sober, I started to dig myself out of a pretty dark hole - moving my body by lifting weights and walking.

I never liked running when I was a kid, but my dad (who died unexpectedly when I was seventeen) had planted a seed in my head about how long distance runners can work through all kinds of pain and accomplish truly remarkable things. One day I just started running."

"Decades later, I’m one of the few humans who has completed more than one hundred 100-mile races. I run every single day, and it has completely transformed my life."

"Many people would probably call my running an addiction. I can see their point. The thing is, running is not an addiction in the same way I was addicted to meth."

Catra Corbett"I don’t feel trapped in a life of running the way I felt trapped by drugs. I don’t have to run. I choose to run. And that choice makes all the difference."

Apart from her colorful looks, Catra Corbett is a phenomena in the running world on her accomplishments alone. Catra is the first American woman to run over one hundred miles or more, on more than one hundred occasions, and the first to run one hundred and two hundred miles in the Ohlone Wilderness.

She holds the fastest known double time for the 425-miles long John Muir Trail, completing it in twelve days, four hours, and fifty-seven minutes. Quite outstanding for a former meth addict.

In Reborn on the Run, the reader accompanies Catra as she runs through difficult terrain and extreme weather, is stalked by animals in the wilderness, and nearly dies on a training run but continues on, smashing running records and becoming one of the world's best ultrarunners.

Along the way she attempts suicide, loses loved ones, falls in love, has her heartbroken, meets lifelong friends including her running partner and dachshund TruMan, and finally faces the ugly past that led to her addiction.

She had been living in a death spiral of drug addiction, eating disorders, and sexual and emotional abuse. Running radically changed her life.

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Catra CorbettCatra Corbett’s determination is phenomenal.

With her bright red hair, loud clothing and a body covered with tattoos and piercings, Catra Corbett wouldn’t look out of place at a rave.

But this 50-something-year-old has been there and done that and has the T-shirt to prove it. She’s now replaced alcoholism and a destructive meth habit with a passion for extreme ultra-running.

She has run more than 250 ultra-marathons - which is any race of more than 42 kilometres. She is one of only four people in the world to have run 100 miles or 160km - more than 100 times.

Corbett has now been clean and sober for almost 20 years - now a raw vegan and fruitarian working at Whole Foods. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one is capable of going.”

Her Facebook page is filled with photos of her completing the most intense tests of endurance on the planet, often in blazing heat or freezing cold temperatures.

And she looks on top of the world as she does it, dressed in her signature neon running skirts, armbands, spray-painted running shoes, scarfs, visors and polarised sunglasses.

Her dog Truman is equally tough - actually running a 50km last month. “I’m pretty sure he may be the first mini dachshund who has run that far,” she wrote on her blog, Dirt Diva.

Catra CorbettThere’s something special about the number 50 for Corbett. On her 50th birthday last December, she ran for 50 hours. She now has 50 tattoos, which took more than 50 hours in the chair, plus 25 piercings.

She runs 130km a week, and has clocked up over 128,000km since she started running in 1996.

Corbett, who loves goth, punk, techno and alternative music, is a “fast packer”, meaning she carries her supplies with her as she runs, sleeps where she stops, and gets back on the trail when she wakes up.

She’s always pushing herself to achieve more, filling her time away from ultra-running with rock-climbing, hiking and crossfit. In a blog post from April, entitled “Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down, so you can learn how to live, right side up”.

She recounted having run 200 miles or 321km solo in the Sunol wilderness in only 79 hours and 29 minutes.

In a post from earlier the same month, she had written about having to drop down from a 160km course to “just” a 24-hour run because of a bladder infection, nausea and diarrhoea. “I was first in the relentless 24-hour race 75 miles. I’ll take it,” she smiled.

She has broken her toes, pulled her hamstrings and put huge strains on her body, but her strength of mind always brings her through. Ultra-marathons are her therapy, and she says she always outruns her demons every time.

Catra CorbettCorbett isn’t alone in substituting hard exercise for hard drugs: it’s an exchange that seems to make sense for many former addicts.

Charlie Engle, of North Carolina, beat a decade-long alcohol and crack addiction through ultra-running, winning elite races around the world, including a 250km run across China’s Gobi Desert in 2003 and a 217km course through the Amazon in 2004.

In 2007, he and two other ultra-runners covered 72 kilometres a day for 111 consecutive days, across the Sahara.

Brian Remington, a former meth addict and alcoholic from Denver, gave up drugs and started working out with his son after nearly losing an arm in a motorbike accident.

Despite the internal damage wrought by drugs and the fractures from the crash, he has run 37 half-marathons, six marathons and three ultra-marathons.

Exercise junkie Tarquin Cooper wrote in the UK Daily Telegraph about how many addicts he met when completing the 150-mile Marathon des Sables across the Sahara desert.

They ranged from a once-overweight alcoholic who has 619 marathons under his belt, to a former anorexic who broke the female John o’Groats to Land’s End running record in the UK, covering 1350km in 12 days and 15 hours.

“It is an addiction,” the 47-year-old told Cooper. “But it’s a healthy one.” It seems ultra-running is the only high that can compete with class-A drugs - “getting out is the first step.”

Catra CorbettOne of the planet’s most colorful athletes, Catra’s colorful goth-punk aesthetic is a perfect match for her sparkling personality.

Sporting wild rainbow colored hair, brightly colored running costumes and tattooed head-to-toe, you can spot the Dirt Diva’s smile from a mile out, happily covering trails with her trusty side-kick training partner TruMan - a goggle-adorned mini dachshund who loves running as much as she does.

Catra may be a bit eccentric, but don’t be deceived - she is an absolute goddess of an athlete. Over the course of her colorful career she has competed in over 250 ultramarathons and is the first American woman to run over 100 miles or more on more than 100 occasions (137 to date).

You might recall Catra from the book Born to Run as the radically tattooed woman who ran the 212-mile John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. When she reached the end, she didn’t stop. Instead, she turned around and ran back.

A 425-mile effort for which she holds the fastest known time, completing the roundtrip run in just over twelve days. Not enough? Catra also holds the fastest known time for the Muir Ramble – clocking 324 miles in just 7 days. Oh yeah - and she also ran 144 trail miles around Lake Tahoe in 43 hours on just 50 minutes of sleep.

Most recently, at age 53, Catra completed three back-to-back 200-mile races to become the oldest woman to win the triple crown of 200’s (Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200 & Moab 240).

It’s an astounding feat she completed in just 10 weeks. A mere eleven days later she celebrated her accomplishment by running another 100 miles at the Javelina Jundred — dressed as the The Mad Hatter. It was vintage Dirt Diva.

Catra CorbettTo top it off, she’s a vegan — a lifestyle she adopted 15 years ago to which she attributes her high performance prowess, race consistency and longevity.

As a young child she suffered mental health issues, sex abuse and low self esteem. At the age of 17, when her father died, she turned to alcohol and drugs to help block out the pain in her life.

By the age of 21 her life was spiraling out of control with toxic relationships, drug addiction and anorexia. Eventually, life came crashing down on her and being arrested and attempting suicide were her turning points and in 1996, she turned to running in to help save herself.

"My life changed when I found running. It helped me figure out who I was and who I was supposed to be. I shifted from being that cool girl, in the club to the cool girl on the trail, who is positive and outgoing."

"My life’s mission is to inspire as many as I can through my story. Sure, I still have anxiety, depression, stress and OCD but I have learned how to cope with it."

Besides her fantastic achievements in overcoming addiction, Catra's steely determination has helped her to become a hugely respected ultra runner. She has now run 250 ultra marathons with 100 of those being over 100 miles - as of 2018.

Catra’s resume speaks for itself. But most impressive are the obstacles she has faced and overcome to become the shining example of humanity and athleticism she is today.

Catra CorbettAll of these trials and tribulations are beautifully chronicled in her memoir, Reborn on the Run: My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons.

Listen to her on the following podcast of a fellow runner: www.richroll.com

In her own words:

"Nobody is Perfect in this world. Not even me!"

"Perfection is highly overrated. It comes with a sense of anxiety attached. I realized it from my own journey. The incessant chase towards Perfection spiraled me towards addiction - of being extremely perfect."

"The Perfection theory lands nowhere. It boggles us down with tremendous pressure. Highly antagonistic towards growth. However, the approach towards Perfection - is what creates a shift. A shift towards replacing Perfection with “Best Version".

"I work daily on being the best version of myself . We all should."

"Stop and take a moment to enjoy all the beautiful things You take for granted every day. Its important to stop, take a deep breath and take in the view.

One of the best parts of the amazing journey is the journey itself. Moab 240 you have taught me so much about myself each year. I’ll be back to learn more next year..."

Catra CorbettToday I planned on running 10 miles on the road , with BaXter. TruMan , never cared for running on the road, so planned on leaving him home.

But he gives me his best “Mom I want to go look” So I get his running stroller out so he can go with us. He of course wants to run 5 miles too, so I push the empty stroller.

I decide at our half way point we could go to the grocery store.

They both were well behaved at Grocery outlet so they got to have treats. TruMan has slowed down as he’s gotten older so we have to go at his pace when he’s on leash. If I don’t slow down I’d be dragging him.

Sometimes it’s good to slow down in life and enjoy the little things and be grateful for the time I spend with TruMan. It’s hard to leave him behind - he still has a lot of run left in him. Enjoy your pups while they are here since they don’t live as long as humans .

The Dirt Diva - Bishop, California





Catra CorbettJust over here living my best life. What it means to me...

Take chances, take risks, try to appreciate the things I do have, and surround myself with people that bring out the best in me.

Sometimes my happiest moments are among the most mundane made special by those they’re shared with.

I don’t hinge my happiness on things that I think will impress others — that’s not living my best life, that’s only living someone else’s idea of it.

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Follow your heart and chase your dreams until you catch them. Negative people who say you cant do something are only speaking for themselves.

Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn.

Took the pups on a two day backpacking adventure.

I love that I have the most amazing trailheads close to home. The hardest part is securing a overnight permit.

All the ranger stations are closed due to Covid 19 so you have to try and get a permit online.
Who else takes their pups on back country overnight adventures?

Life is too short to sit around - Happy trails

Catra CorbettI love the all the smells in the mountains. I have so many mountain memories associated with certain fragrances in the mountains.

I head out again next week for another 4 day JMT section with a friend who I’m teaching about fastpacking.

I’m gearing her up for next year when she will fast pack the whole JMT with me.

I love teaching my friends about traveling in the wilderness and how to be responsible and respectful.

Constantly making them aware of the leave no trace principles. We must be good humans in the backcountry.

There are so many disgusting human beings out in the wilderness this year it makes me sad that they could care less about the environment.

If that’s how you feel, and you’re not gonna practice 'leave no trace', so please stay home and do not come and trash the beautiful wilderness.




Catra CorbettJust taking it day by day out here on the Arizona Trail helping my amazing beautiful and tough friend@runcandicerunon on her FKT attempt.

It's such a strange time for us all and I'm not sure what it's really like on the outside of my bubble right now.

Things have changed so much. Just keep staying positive and this will pass.

Make sure to check on your friends and family members who suffer from mental illness.

I'm lucky to be surrounded by my friends so my anxiety & depression is not as bad as it would be if I were home in Bishop, California obsessing about the current situation in our world.

TruMan is with me and he is my therapy dog in times like these. Be safe.

We always have the time to do the things we want to do, and to be the people we want to be, we just need to choose to do it.

Make the time to do it. Get out there and chase down those dreams. Catra CorbettThere is little you can do to make everyone like you.

Some people will see the real you, straight away.

The you with the worries, the fears, the kind heart.

Others will only see what you have that is not theirs.

Or who you have. Or a life that sparkles a tad too brightly for their liking.

In Some People's Story You're An Angel, In Others You're The Villain. And that is pretty much that.

If you are spending any time worrying how others see you, or whether they think you are a good person or not, you are wasting precious time my friend.

Precious time that is much needed elsewhere. It is a universal truth that you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

That in fact, the best way to get even close to this goal, is to stop trying and to just be your authentic self, with kindness.

Always with kindness. So, if you have been hurt by an unjust representation of yourself, in someone else's story?

Take comfort in the fact that it is not the truth. And that the right people will see that.

Keep your sparkly little light shining and your people will find you and they will stay.

And you will never have to convince them of who you are. They will just know.

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Catra Corbett
FKT [fastest known time]
John Muir Trail Double
424 miles in 12 days, 4 hours, and 57 minutes

FKT Muir Ramble Route
320 miles in 7 days, 9 hours, and 49 minutes

OKT Fremont to Yosemite Valley 200 miles in 83 hours 15 minutes

1st Place Overall Razorback 100
21: 20

Oldest female finisher of the triple crown of 200's
Bigfoot in Washington
Tahoe in California
Moab 240 in Utah


50 ultra marathon podium finishes




Catra Corbett Finisher of the Badwater Ultra Cup
Cape fear 50-miler
Salton Sea 81-miler
Badwater 135-miler


Fastpacked the 212 mile John Muir trail twelve times
Fastest time: 5 days, 5 hours, and 53 minutes

2017 Run Across the US (6-per team Icebreaker) for addiction and mental health awareness
24 days

More than one hundred 100+-mile runs



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