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 to be 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. Multi-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.”
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