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Facts & Stats

NATIONALITY

🇦🇺 Australia

DATE OF BIRTH

29 December 1994

BIRTHPLACE

Brisbane

SOCIAL MEDIA

@jacquiabell

BEST ACHIEVEMENTS

1st Fire and Ice Ultra
2nd Grand to Grand Ultra
3rd Alps 2 Ocean Ultra
3rd The Last Desert (Antarctica)

Biography

There are few people in the world who will accomplish or experience as much in their entire lives as Australian ultra runner Jacqui Bell has in her first 25 years. From battling addiction to breaking world records, Jacqui knows what it takes to go from rock bottom to the top of her game.

Jacqui grew up in Brisbane, Australia and discovered her passion for running somewhat by accident. A promising junior tennis player, Jacqui’s “on-court passion” (read: tantrums and racquet throwing), would often prompt her father to leave her at the tennis court facing a 7km run home. It was during these punishments that Jacqui realised she quite enjoyed running.

At 19, Jacqui signed up for her first 50km race – not even knowing this qualified as an ultramarathon. After finishing third and riding high for a week after, she decided to enter more races, including 100km hikes and road marathons. However, her route to stardom was far from plain sailing.

In 2016, Jacqui was left hospitalised with a number of broken bones after a series of sports-related incidents. During her recovery, she became addicted to prescription painkillers and her mental health began to suffer. In a bid to clean up, Jacqui moved to Bali to become a yoga teacher, but found herself in hospital once more after falling victim to a violent robbery, which left her with 200 stitches and in excess of $30,000 in medical fees.

For Jacqui, this was a real wake-up call. To avoid becoming immersed in self-pity and falling back into old patterns, she began researching ultra marathons and soon discovered her true passion: multi-day events. In little over a year, Jacqui competed in four 250km self-supported races across scorching deserts and freezing ice and, in 2018, became the youngest person in the world to run an ultra marathon on all seven continents.

The simplicity of life during multi-stage events is what appeals most to Jacqui (perhaps no surprise, considering what she’s been through) and she loves being disconnected for the week, totally immersed in the race. Outside of running, Jacqui is also a professional speaker on a mission to inspire, educate, and activate a deeper sense of purpose in tomorrow’s leaders.

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Next Ultra X Event

Ultra X World Championships

5-13 June 2021

“Running can be quite a solo sport. Yes, the community is like no other, but to be a part of an actual team and have support from Ultra X in all of my endeavours is something really special. Ultra X are pushing the boundaries of multi-stage racing and I am excited to be a part of it. I look forward to growing as an athlete alongside them.”

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Latest News

Interview With Ultra Runner: Jacqui Bell

myRaceKit, June 2020

In 2020, Jacqui became the youngest person to run a multi-stage ultra on every continent in the world. We sat down for, a socially distanced, interview to find out more about Jacqui and how she started her running career.

Why ultra marathon endurance athlete Jacqui Bell keeps running

Daily Telegraph, January 2020

For most of us, the word “marathon” isn’t usually the kind of thing that needs the word “ultra” in front of it. But for 24-year-old endurance athlete Jacqui Bell, that’s merely a warm up.

How Jacqui Bell Went From Rock Bottom To Racing In Ultra Marathons

Women’s Health, November 2019

Google ‘seriously impressive athletes,’ and you’re bound to come across Jacqui Bell’s name. The 24-year-old is the youngest person in the world to complete ultra-marathons on all seven continents.

Jacqui Bell conquered her personal demons by taking up ultramarathons -- now she's about to make history

ABC News, September 2019

Imagine running almost 2,000 kilometres. For most, it might sound like a form of torture. Not so for ultramarathon runner Jacqui Bell, especially when you consider what she’s already been through

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