Coree Wolter­ing


Facts & Stats


🇺🇸 United States


7 March 1990


Ott­awa, IL




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.


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Ultra X World Cham­pi­on­ships

5–13 June 2021

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.”

Coree Wolter­ing


Latest News

Ultrar­unner Coree Aus­sem-Wolter­ing: ‘I want to show gay people are extremely act­ive’

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.

Catch­ing Up with Coree Wolter­ing

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.

The Unex­pec­ted Pre­ju­dice of the Trail-Run­ning Com­munity

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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