Nikki Kimball

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Nikki Kimball (May 21, 1971 - ) is an American distance runner specializing in the Ultramarathon.[1] She ran her first 100-mile race at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in 2004, and was the female winner. She was the winning female at Western States again in 2005 and 2007, becoming only the third woman to win Western States three times. [2] Prior to running, her main sport was cross-country skiing. She was crewed at the 2007 Western States by U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana, where Kimball lives. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.[3]

Career Highlights

Ultra Marathon

  • Member of United States 100K Team 2001-2006; 8th overall and 1st American at World Cup 2003, Tainan, Taiwan; 7th at World Cup 2005; scoring member of gold medal 100K team at World Cup 2005
  • Western States 100 Champion 2004, 2005, 2007
  • 50-Mile Trail National Champion 2003, 2004, 2005, Crystal Mountain, Washington
  • 50-Mile Road National Champion 2005, State College, Pennsylvania. Broke course record by 23 minutes
  • Set course records at numerous 50-milers
  • 1st place, American River 50-Mile, 2003 (fastest time by an American woman in 2002-2003
  • 2nd Place, National 100K Championships, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001

Mountain Running

  • Member of United States Mountain Running Team 2001-2003; 24th overall, 2nd American, World Mountain Running Trophy 2003, Girdwood, Alaska
  • Mt. Washington Road Race 2003, 2nd place, 1st American
  • New England Mountain Running Champion 2001, runner-up 2003
  • Set numerous course records

Trail Running

  • Bridger Ridge Run, 1st place, Bozeman, Montana, 2004 (course record)
  • Grand Tree Trail Race Series: undefeated in all races run in 2000-2002
  • Set course records in 9 New England Grand Tree races, 2000-2003
  • Pennsylvania State Trail Running Champion, 1998

Road Running

Road marathon wins also include Adirondack Marathon, Schroon, NY; Green Mountain Marathon, Grand Isle, VT; Great Potato Marathon, Boise, ID, Salt Lake City Marathon; Lewis and Clark Marathon, Bozeman, MT

Snowshoe Racing

  • U.S. National Champion 2001, 2004, 2005; runner-up 2003
  • Member of U.S. National Team 2003-2005

Awards, Other Athletic Achievement and Running Community Involvement

  • Member of USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council 2002 to 2005; Championship Chair 2005
  • Member of the 100K Task Force for USATF
  • Member of U.S. Snowshoe Association advisory board 2004-2005
  • 1st place team Moab Adventure Xstream, 2005
  • North American Female Ultra Runner of Year 2003, 2004 (Ultrarunning magazine)
  • USATF Ultra Runner of the Year 2004
  • 15K Biathlon U.S. Olympic Team Trials, 13th place, 1994
  • Williams College Ski Team 1989-93; skied to top-20 finishes in Division I NCAA National Championships all four years
  • Two-time winner of the Williams College Alumnae Ski Award