Adam Kimble is a professional ultrarunner (named Tahoe’s “Best Community Athlete” of 2019 by the Sierra Sun), motivational speaker and running coach from Tahoe City, CA. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Karen, and they have a 5-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 two stage race wins and new course records (Gobi March 250k and Desert Ultra 250k), three podium finishes in 100-mile races, a 13th place finish at Western States, 10 race wins in 2018, a 60-day transcontinental crossing of the USA (2,500 miles), 60 days alone in the wilderness on Discovery Channel’s The Wheel, and a 31-day self-supported crossing of Great Britain (1,050 miles), 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.
Tahoe Rim Trail:
In October of 2019, Adam set out to claim the FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the 172-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. He didn’t break the record, but instead, claimed the second-fastest known time ever on the trail, finishing in 45 hours, 36 minutes!
Race Results and Career Highlights:
2019 Vermont 100: 18:48:22 (3rd overall)
2019 Mt. Shasta 50k: 3:51:59 (1st overall & CR)
2019 Red Dragon 55k: 4:24:53 (1st overall & CR)
2019 Escape From Prison Hill 10k: 48:32 (1st overall & CR)
2019 Carson Canyons 1/2 Half: 47:46 (1st overall & CR)
2018 Desert Ultra 250k (Beyond the Ultimate): 25:07:02 (1st overall & CR)
2018 Folsom Lake Ultra Trail 68.5 Miler: 10:59:03 (1st overall & CR)
2018 Cool Moon 11.5 Miler: 1:15:00 (1st overall & CR)
2018 Western States 100: 17:33:10 (13th overall)
2018 Squaw Valley Half Marathon: 1:17:11 (1st overall & PR)
2018 Way Too Cool 50k: 3:36:48 (10th overall & PR)
2018 Fourmidable 35k: 2:44:02 (1st overall & CR)
2017 Rio del Lago 100: 17:42:41 (2nd overall)
2016 Burning River 100: 19:14:00 (2nd overall)
2015 Gobi March 250k (4 Deserts): 25:39:33 (1st overall & CR)
Adam’s Personal Bests:
Half Marathon: 1:17:11
100 Mile: 17:16:00