Adam Kimble is an ultramarathoner and motivational speaker from Tahoe City, CA. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Karen, and they have a 4-year-old chocolate lab named Sofi. Adam played Division-I baseball at Bradley University prior to developing his passion for ultrarunning, and after graduation in the summer of 2009 ran his first ever race (5k) near his hometown in Minooka, IL. It resulted in very bad cramps and a lot of pain, but fortunately it also came with a second-place age group finish! Once the pain subsided, Adam decided his racing days weren’t done and trained to complete his first half marathon in 2011. A half marathon led to the Chicago Marathon in 2012, and his first ultramarathon (50k) in 2014. With each and every race, the question became “what else is my body capable of?” Following three top-three finishes in 100-mile races, a 60-day transcontinental crossing of the USA, 60 days alone in the wilderness on Discovery Channel’s The Wheel, and a 31-day self-supported crossing of Great Britain, the limits are nowhere close to being reached.
After responding to a casting email in the summer of 2016, Adam was named one of 30 finalists for Discovery Channel’s new survival show, The Wheel. Only six contestants were chosen out of the 30 finalists, and Adam made the cut! In September of 2016, the six contestants were flown to remote areas of South America in an attempt to survive in six different eco-systems over the course of 60 days. In November of 2016, Adam completed all 60 days and officially conquered The Wheel, which you can learn about here.
Run Across America:
Driving down the coast of the Pan-American Highway in Chile during a 2015 RTW travel adventure with his wife, Adam decided that he wanted to run across the USA in hopes of setting a new Guinness World Record. In April of 2016, he completed his transcontinental run, which you can learn about here.
Great British Adventure:
In July of 2017, Adam and his friend Kris King set off on foot to run the length of Great Britain from John o’ Groats in Northern Scotland to Lands End in southern England. The two became the first people to complete a self-supported run the length of Scotland, Wales and England, while summiting the highest peak (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon) in each country along the way. Adam was fundraising in memory of his late friend, Mark Smith. You can read more about the American Brain Tumor Association #SmithStrong fundraiser here.
Race Results and Career Highlights:
2015 Gobi March 250km (4 Deserts): 25:39:33 (1st place and CR)
2017 Squaw Valley Half-Marathon: 1:24:01 (1st place)
2016 Burning River 100: 19:14:00 (2nd place)
2014 Yellowstone-Teton 100: 17:16:00 (3rd place)
2017 Woodside Purisima Creek Crossover 50k: 4:45:52 (3rd place)
2015 Ultra-Trail Cape Town: 14:17:43
2014 Leadville Silver Rush 50: 9:24:16
2014 Tryon Farm 50k: 3:52:14 (6th place)
2017 Napa Valley Marathon: 2:55:52
Adam’s Personal Bests:
Half Marathon: 1:23:27
100 Mile: 17:16:00