Anne and Mark Lundblad—two of the country’s top ultra runners—will begin blogging for Blue Ridge Outdoors on Monday.
Anne Riddle Lundblad is a nine-time national champion in ultra and trail events. In 2005 she was the World Cup 100km Silver Medalist. She also holds the female speed record for the Foothills Trail in upstate South Carolina and the South Beyond 6000. She is a mother, a counselor at Warren Wilson College, an obsessive knitter, and a wanna-be banjo player.
Mark Lundblad has won the USATF 50 Mile Road Championship, JFK 50-Miler, Shut-In Ridge Trail Run, Uwharrie 40-Miler, and Strolling Jim 40-Miler, and he is the course record holder for the Mount Mitchell 40-Mile Challenge, the Great Eastern 100K, and the Bel Monte 50K and 50-Miler. He’s also a trail maintenance volunteer for the Carolina Mountain Club and a mean darts thrower (he’s the B-division champion of the WNC Dart League).
Mark and Anne live in Swannanoa, N.C., and they have been running regional and national races for the past 20 years. Despite their incredible running resumes, they are humble, down-to-earth people with full-time jobs, a family, and a deep commitment to give back to the running community. You’ll find both of them volunteering at races, cheering back-of-the-packers to the finish line, maintaining trails, and volunteering with youth programs like Girls on the Run and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.
Our readers will undoubtedly benefit from their experiences, humor, and insights into the running world.