Facts & Stats
🇺🇸 United States
DATE OF BIRTH
7 March 1990
FKT Ice Age Trail
1st Superior Spring 50k
2nd American River 50 Mile
2nd Quicksilver 50k
In 2014, American ultra runner Coree Woltering had never run further than 16 miles. Fast forward six years and he’s one of the best trail runners in America’s Midwest and a world-renowned outdoor role model for the black and LGBTQ+ communities.
Coree grew up in Ottawa, Illinois and enjoyed his first taste of victory at a young age. The event: a race against his grandfather, across a church parking lot. Having caught the running bug, Coree turned his sights to the track and, though he also ran cross country throughout his education, much preferred the shorter distances, competing at state for the 400 and 800 meters during junior high.
Coree remained a track athlete whilst at Greenville College and considered cross country running a chore. However, it wasn’t long before he made the transition to long distance events. Having taken up swimming and biking while recovering from a series of injuries at college, a friend convinced Coree to sign up for a Half Ironman in 2012. He qualified for the 70.3 World Championships on his first attempt, which he competed in later that year and again in 2013.
It was en route to becoming a professional triathlete that Coree discovered ultra running. Whilst on a hiatus from triathlon, he paced a friend at the 2014 Leadville 100 and became immediately hooked on the atmosphere of the race, the scenery, and the trail running community. On return from Leadville, Coree signed up for the Quad Cities Marathon and, having previously never run further than 16 miles, ran a 2:37.
Within 12 months he’d returned to Leadville and placed fourth at the Silver Rush 50. Coree then won every trail ultra he signed up for in 2015 and ran a blistering 5:30 at the Tunnel Hill 50 miler in 2016. After the global pandemic halted the 2020 racing season, he set a new fastest known time (FKT) of 21 days, 13 hours, and 35 minutes on Wisconsin’s 1,147-mile Ice Age Trail – not bad for a short distance athlete!
In a sport which lack diverse role models, Coree has been making his own way from the get-go and isn’t afraid to stand out. While travelling to a 50k race in Florida, Coree forgot to pack his running shorts, so improvised and raced in a pair of Speedos instead, giving birth to his alias, “Speedo Man”. A true athletic all-rounder (in 2019, Coree competed in the World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji), Coree and his husband Tom, a professional skydiver, hope to break stereotypes and champion diversity in the outdoor world, so that everyone can find a role model who looks like them.
“I am thrilled to be on the Ultra X Pro Team, because stage racing is awesome, and I really appreciate that Ultra X is putting on top notch, affordable events. Many companies talk about diversity and inclusion, but Ultra X back it up.”
The Guardian, August 2020
The endurance athlete has returned from a race across Fiji with an all-Black team. He is keen to break stereotypes in adventure sports.
Podium Runner, July 2020
On June 21, 30-year-old ultrarunner Coree Woltering finally stopped running after setting the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 1,147-mile Ice Age Trail that winds its way through the state of Wisconsin.
Ultrarunner Coree Woltering runs almost 1,200 miles in record time, fueled by fast food and heavy metal
CNN, July 2020
You’d have forgiven ultrarunner Coree Woltering for taking some time off after a number of his races were canceled, but the 30-year-old had other ideas.
Trail Runner Mag, April 2018
Without the traditional role models of the running community, Coree Woltering was making his own way from the get-go, and he’s not afraid to stand out. Black and openly gay, Coree laments being judged for … being from the Midwest.
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