Adam Kimble is an ultramarathoner from Minooka, IL, currently residing in Tahoe City, CA. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Karen, and they have a 3-year-old chocolate lab named Sofi. Adam played Division-I baseball at Bradley University prior to beginning his running career, and following graduation ran his first ever race (5km) near his hometown in the summer of 2009. 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 completed 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, and 60 days alone in the wilderness on Discovery Channel’s The Wheel, 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.
Race Results and Career Highlights:
2015 Gobi March 250km (4 Deserts): 25:39:33 (1st place and CR)
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