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Speaker: Rebecca Rusch

Rebecca Rusch

2011

Ultra Endurance Athlete

Rebecca’s illustrious career began when she joined the Downers Grove North High School cross-country team for the free track suit and years later, finds herself among the racks of the world’s elite endurance athletes. In July of 2009, Rusch won her third straight mountain biking 24-hour Solo World Championship.

In addition to those three 24-hour solo mountain bike World Champion rainbow jerseys, Rusch is a three-time national champion in 24-hour team mountain biking. She’s Idaho’s Short Track state championship (twice), and its Cyclocross state title. An accomplished Nordic skier, she’s won the Masters Cross Country Skiing World Championship, in addition to taking the top prize at Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Championships. And although that’s just cross-section of her palmares, it’s easy to see why Rusch has been profiled by Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine and Adventure Sport Magazine.

She is also an active part of the Ketchum, Idaho community; for more than two years she has been a stalwart volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter for the Ketchum Fire Department, and a homeowner.

 

Career Highlights

2-Time Winner and current female course record holder Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race (2009, 2010)

3-Time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)

24 Hour Team Mountain Bike National Champion (2008 and 2009)

Idaho Short Track State Champion (2008 and 2009)

Idaho Cyclocross State Champion (2009)

24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Champion (2006)

USA Cycling Ultra Endurance Series Winner (2006, 2007, 2009)

Masters Cross Country skiing World Champion (2008)

24 Hour Orienteering National Champion (2006)

Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Championships, 1st (2003)

US Whitewater Rafting National Champion Team (2001 and 2002)

Raid Gauloises Expedition Races (2000, 2002, 2003)

Eco Challenge Adventure Races (1997-2002)

Primal Quest Expedition Races (2002-2006)

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